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!

Many street artworks are not signed, and, unlike a museum, you won’t find a little sign interpreting the piece either. We’d love to know the artist’s interpretation of this work.

It took a good while for traffic to clear at the very busy intersection to have a clear view of the captivating woman.

To photograph this piece, we had to accept that two parked cars would be part of the portrait.


We almost missed this rather small work.

Not all street art is with paint. We say kudos to the artist for a different approach.

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.

We were charmed to see this little guy peeking out at us as we walked by a crumbling building.

TONA’s portrait of the boy inside the window of the ruined building couldn’t help but remind us of the plight of refugee children with the image being closed inside the window but also being closed out at the same time.

We discovered this little TONA boy, alone in a ruined building, when we walked to the beach.

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.


September 2017

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13 Responses to URBAN art in PORTUGAL

  1. ostendnomadography says:

    Portugal is a paradise when it comes to urban artwork. Nice photo report! I went for a urban art trip to portugal last year and I can recommend: Porto, Viseu, Covilha, Estarreja, Espinho…. . Nice blogpost!

  2. I so enjoyed this post Beth, and thanks for opening my eyes to the street art in Lagos by the artist, Tona. You cannot imagine my surprise (and delight) when we found a mural of his in the historical section of Valencia, Spain last week! And here’s an even bigger coincidence. At the Hippie Market today (yes, the same one we took you to in the quirky artist village of Barao de Sao Joao) I spotted a stenciled figure on a van in the parking lot with Tona’s distinctive style and, upon a closer look, found it signed with his block letter signature! I have to sync my camera and the computer but expect some photos shortly. 🙂 Anita

  3. Really beautiful – I can imagine the time, planning, and thought put into these art pieces. I wonder if TONA travels the world just to leave a mark where he visits – just visited his link, and I guess that is what he does. How nice to have found the signature and explored it. I wonder where you’re off to next 🙂

    • Glad you liked TONA, too, and we’re hoping he’ll do some stencil work in the US. As to where we go next?…It’s the country next door: Spain! Will you be leaving the cottage anytime soon for your own travels?

      • We have been enjoying the homefront for far too long! It’s South America in Jan and Feb for us. Did you ever do a visa for Brazil – what a nightmare.
        I’m eager to learn your choice locations in Spain – don’t tell me, I want to be surprised 🙂

  4. I suppose the owners of those cars don’t even think twice about parking in front of the artwork. They would be so used to seeing them.

  5. Have loved your pics of the urban artwork – so much more pleasing to the eye than graffiti.

  6. plaidcamper says:

    These are wonderful – creative and thought provoking!

  7. These arts are absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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