After spending nearly 2 months exploring the cities, towns and countryside of Spain, Barcelona easily wins the title of the best city in Spain for street art. (Just one caveat: I missed out on visiting Valencia; it’s been left for a future trip. And Valencia does also have a street art scene, so I might have to re-evaluate in future…)
Within Barcelona, you won’t find many artworks sprayed with graffiti paint in the old Gothic Quarter, the district that is thronged daily by tourists. In that area you need to instead rely on the many beautiful historic buildings to supply eye candy, which is definitely not in short supply. Instead, head northward to the district of Gràcia for street art.
Gràcia was once it’s own town, separate to Barcelona, and the district still maintain it’s own vibe, at once hip and cool but residential and family-friendly. The streets are lined with cute boutiques, funky cafes (including some great brunch options) and tiny bars. (Although you’ll have to settle for more sedate closing times around 3am at these bars, instead of them being open to dawn.) It’s becoming increasingly popular with visitors to the city, for good reason, and it’s my favourite area of the city to stay in.
But getting back to Barcelona street art… Wander down many of the streets and laneways of Gràcia and bright works will pop out at you. Many of the works are painted on garage doors (meaning you’ll see more of the colourful works outside of business hours). And while most are painted with graffiti paint, there’s also some great stencils to spot. So, let’s have a wander…
? Dog-friendly: This is a fun activity to do in Barcelona along with your dog. For more tips on travelling with a dog in Spain, check out my dog-friendly Spain guide.
Looking to explore more art in Barcelona? Check out my recommendation for a self-guided bike tour of Gaudi’s works
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