That we were returning to Portugal surprised our friends. Here’s one of many good reasons for us to return: after traveling around the world, we think that no country surpasses Portugal for its street art. Our first visit to Portugal was to the lovely island of Madeira, off the coast of Africa. We spent days looking at more than one hundred doors painted in all styles and colors. Then we traveled to Porto where street art appeared everywhere and in the most unexpected places.
On this trip, our first stop was Cascais, and, yes, art graced the old walls in many of its neighborhoods. Would our month in Lagos be as good? Lagos is a small town in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. On our first day of walking around town, we saw a huge mural covering the entire wall of a narrow lane. We stood back, tried to take it all in and then took photos from many angles. We reminded ourselves: all it takes is keeping our eyes open in Portugal to see great art. It had not taken long to find it!
We kept seeing stencil art portraying children, signed by the artist, TONA. Assuming he was a local artist, imagine our surprise to discover this artist is from Hamburg, Germany, and many of TONA’s works also appear in India.
Even after a month in Lagos, we hadn’t discovered all the street artwork. What a treasure awaits those who stroll through the streets of Portugal to make their own discoveries.