Porto has a reputation for lots of Street Art and as soon as I’d booked my flights, I started to look at finding as much street art as I could. Unlike most cities I’ve been to, I couldn’t find much in the way of self guided walking routes, which is disappointing. Berlin taught me that just wandering hoping to find Street Art isn’t always that successful, so I headed to Air B n B and booked a Street Art Tour.
Porto, and the neighbouring Vila Nova de Gaia, are absolutely packed with Street Art, it turns out. I was most excited to see the Rabbit above (I think this is the most well known piece in the city) I found a lot by myself, but Miguel’s tour (which cost less than £25 for a three hour tour including a break for a drink) gave me the chance to see some lesser known pieces, as well as find out a bit about the history of Street Art in Porto, and some of the artists.
In Porto, there is lots of legal Street Art, comissioned and paid for by the Council, as a way to brighten up the city. Artists that have had work comissioned tend to have their old work left alone too, but the council regularly paint over unauthorised work-so there’s frequently something new to discover. The mix of older, tiled buildings and colourful Street Art makes Porto one of my favourite cities to photograph (but then where didn’t I love?) I’ve taken far too many shots (as usual) and if you’re a Street Art Fan like I am, you can follow my Street Art Instagram.
Where’s the best city you’ve visited to find Street Art?