Street Art in Barcelona

Our Guide to Street Art in Barcelona

July 20, 2017 10:00 am

Here’s where to find street art in Barcelona

Barcelona is a colourful city with Antoni Gaudí’s architectural works, countless museums and more scattered around, however there’s a lot to be said for all the street art in Barcelona. Here’s some of the top neighbourhoods and murals to check out while you’re in the city.

The Gothic Quarter

While the Gothic Quarter might be better known for its historical landmarks, there’s splashes of colour to be found scattered around the neighbourhood. Not only is it steeped in Catalan architectural history, it’s also a fascinating insight into the early days of Barcelona street art and there are even a smattering of stores and museums dedicated to promoting the local artists.

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El Raval

This neighbourhood is practically covered in graffiti and you can’t go a few steps without spotting street art. With art by big names such as SIXE and C215, it attracts both local and international talent – so much so that they’ve even set aside a special skate park specifically for graffiti artists to run amuck. Head to Rambla del Raval and don’t forget to stop off at MACBA, where Keith Haring’s iconic street art mural has been recreated.

Poblenou

While Poblenou was previously well known for its industrial characteristics, all it needed was a lick of paint or a few to really bring it to life. As the world of work moved on and the factories fell into disrepair, street artists took over its abandoned buildings and transformed an entire block into a graffiti wonderland. Entire building facades have become colourful landmarks by artists such as Crisa, Mariela Arias and Btoy – spend at least an hour here to soak in all the art.

Tauro del Carmel

This long twisting road is street art with a view, stretching up the side of a mountain for a panoramic view over Barcelona. Located within a park, every inch of the concrete wall that lines the path is covered in vibrant colours, tongue in cheek characters and text that speak to the city’s eclectic character. El Carmel itself is also a fun place to explore – keep an eye out for the gigantic shark made of 100 Euro notes climbing the side of a road.

Riereta and Sant Pau

The highlight of these areas is the gigantic colourful Joan Miró mural that dominate the sides of two buildings. Commissioned by the city itself, renowned artist SIXE (whose art is scattered all over Barcelona) took on the mammoth task of bringing Joan Miró’s art to the neighbourhood and channeled the spirit of the revolutionary artist in spray paint and concrete.

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