Best Street Art Destinations in Europe
Street art is the most direct and accessible artistic expression. It is also the most modern, without filter and without institutional code. The best of European street art awaits you in cities such as Mannheim, London, Bristol, Porto, Marbella, Berlin, Krakow.
Artists such as Banksy, Invader, Keith Haring or less famous with the same impact await you in the Best Street Art Destinations in Europe.
Mannheim is a city that keeps pace with the times - liberal-minded, creative and so innovative that it brings art to its streets. The STADT.WAND.KUNST (City.Wall.Art) initiative by Alte Feuerwache Mannheim adds even more variety and colour to the already vibrant city of Mannheim and embellishes the public space in the most unusual locations. 38 murals are currently on display – among them Germany's largest one. Tourist Information Mannheim offers guided tours to discover this project.
How to get there: Book your flights to Mannheim.
Where to stay: "Speicher7 Hotel” free bikes and a bar.
Compact enough to get around on foot, yet big enough to boast an exciting line-up of entertainment, Bristol has much to offer. The city's most celebrated sights include the Clifton Suspension Bridge, built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the 19th century, and Brunel's ss Great Britain in the thriving Harbourside.
There are fine museums and galleries, many of which are free to enter including M Shed, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, and Arnolfini, one of Europe's leading centres for the contemporary arts.
Not to be missed is Bristol’s ever-evolving street art scene, made famous by the elusive graffiti artist Banksy whose work is scattered across the city.
Where to stay: "The Bear & Swan" offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private, parking, a bar and a garden.
Grenoble is considered as an open-air museum with more than 135 permanent wallstreet art frecoes in the city and in its urban area. Walls that are chosen from the public space as close as possible to sustainable traffic roads (tram lines, cycle paths, bus lines), but also walls in less busy streets, in which one will be happy to search for the next work that will come to one’s eyes. Strolling through the city then becomes a constant discovery. And all of this for free!
How to get there: Book your flights or your train to Grenoble as well as your sustainable activities in this green city.
Where to stay: "Maison Barbillon Grenoble" is talking steps towards sustainability that have environmental and social impact.".
Berlin has always attracted international artists. Many paintings have been made on the former "Anti-Fascist Wall" but also more recent ones on the facades of buildings, in particular "Obey Giant" by Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the Obama campaign poster, which has become historical. You can admire this mural at ShwerinSstrabe 3. If you like collective works, go to Holzmarktstraße number 25.
The murals on the facade of the Holzmarkt are amazing. A multi-talented troupe made of artists form Hong Kong and Berlin made this grazy makeover in the Holzmarkt where you can still find works of other artists not to mention the "Blue Indian" by Cranio.
If you want to discover more great murals in Berlin you can download the "About Berlin free app" with street art tours to immerse yourself in Berlin's street art scene.
Where to stay: "Mercure Berlin Wittenbergplatz”. Travel Sustainable property.
Paris has always been a high place of institutional art, official art, codified art, art validated by kings, aristocrats, commissioned from artists by bourgeois, but also chosen art and exhibited by gallery owners and museums. Alongside very codified, very closed structures, initiatives imbued with freedom have always developed.
To reach the Holy Grail of the Museum in Paris you have to be validated by gallery owners, curators, but to exhibit in the street, you only need your courage, a spray paint. Many artists, now world famous like Banksy or Invader (photo above) started like this.
Invader is worldwide known for his ceramic tile mosaics modelled on the pixelated art of video games, its name comes from the game “Space Invaders” from which many of the characters in its mosaics come. An application was created by the artist to take pictures of the creations and collect points. Barak Obama downloaded the application and travelled the world to discover, with the eyes of children, the works of art of this artist.
Where to stay: "The Chess Hotel". The Suite comes with a view of the Opera Garnier.
The idea of creating a mural in Pisa happened by chance when a young Pisan student met Keith Haring in the street of New York. The theme is that of peace and harmony in the world, which can be read through the links and divisions between the 30 figures which, like a puzzle, occupy 180 square meters of the south wall of the church of St. Anthony in Pisa.
Book your flights to Pisa, your accommodation in Pisa as well as your tours and activities in Pisa as a "From Florence: Day Trip Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano w/Lunch".
Where to stay: "Hotel di Stefano". Stay in the heart of Pisa.
Andalusia - Spain
Asian tigers, poetic whales, pop soda cans, urban dance postures, the MRB Street Art Project was born as an initiative for the development of urban art in the city of Marbella with interventions of walls in public spaces by local artists selected through an open call.
This project is very recent and has already given rise to exceptional achievements in terms of their artistic quality, probably because the selected projects have been selected by renowned street art artists. The work of Antonio Zuinai, Mateo Benarroch, Art3sano or even Jessica Abou Nassar can be seen at Street Park in Marbella. In Marbella, art is everywhere and we also like the artistic creations, older and more traditional, such as the ceramic frescoes depicting scenes from the life of this charming Andalusian city.
Where to stay: "Boho Club". You can play billiards at the hotel.
Sex drugs and rock and roll have long resonated with the name of the English capital even if to tell the truth marketing, shopping and fast food have somewhat replaced this underground slogan. Anyway London still has, more than many European capitals, a very strong subversive spirit. Here more than elsewhere, maybe because everything is codified, and polished, unbridled and original things are 300%.
Nobody will look at you with big eyes in London if you walk around with a beer cap skirt and a Republican Guard hat. London artists, from all over the world enjoy English culture with its unbridled fantasy and madness.
The English know better, than others how to integrate madness, humour and art into our lives to counterbalance the rigor and the demands of modern lives that are a bit cold and boring. There is therefore always a libertarian and artistic spirit in London, particularly in the districts of Portobello and Camden.
Where to stay: "Motel One London”. Tower Bridge is 800m away."
It is unique enough to be underlined but in Amsterdam a community of street art artists created an eco-museum which used street art as a tool for dialogue between the stakeholders of Nieuw-West, Amsterdam, the inhabitants and the visitors to the region.
This museum brings together small pieces but also monumental works of street art. The Museum is located at rue Immanuel Kanthof 1, and is free and offers free 4km tours around street art, the goal being to respect the DNA of street art: to be democratic and to be enjoyed by all.
Book your flights to Amsterdam, your accommodation in Amsterdam as well as your tours and activities in Amsterdam as a "Amsterdam Moco Museum Entrance Tickets with Banksy & More".
Where to stay: "Hotel Estheréa" is set along the Singel canal in the centre of Amsterdam.
Street art, street food, pop-up stores, alternative parties, there is something of 90s Berlin in Krakow, a street art friendly city. One of our favourite works is certainly the work of the Italian artist "Blu". This work makes us reflect on the message of religion and its dissemination by state organs, the place given to the Catholic religion in Poland and in the world in general.
Overall the street art in Krakow is more impactful than the sometimes overly polished street art of some European capitals. It's street art as in its beginnings, made to make people think and denounce rather than to bring color to a neighbourhood.
Where to stay: "Warsauer Hotel" . Stay in the heart of Krakow.
In Porto, street art is everywhere and spans the ages. Street art was not born with paint bombs, the Azulejos murals of the Sao Bento station in Porto or the Igreja do Carmo are real works of Street Art, precursors of street art.
In addition to this you will find in Porto many murals, temporary or permanent artistic installations in the 4 corners of the city and at any time of the year. Without mentioning that the city of Porto is an open-air museum for those who know how to look up and look at the beauty of the architecture, the richness of the buildings.
An inspiring city that attracts artists from all over the world, particularly in the Miguel Bombarda district, Porto is at the forefront of trends in street art, design, music, food, video creations, architecture and fashion.
Where to stay: "PortoMoments". Top location: Highly rated by recent guests.
In Brussels there is a real mix of institutionalized street art, with walls assigned by the authorities to urban artists for more or less precise orders, and pure street art that is more anarchic, sometimes disgusting, sometimes brilliant.
There is therefore something for everyone in the Belgian capital which is truly a cultural melting pot. In Brussels all architectures mix, all nationalities mix, all identities, genres, fashions, codes, mix. The people of Brussels say of themselves that they are “Zinneke” understand bastards, street dogs.
Belgium has long been the capital of comic strips, for a little known reason, the book industry has developed strongly in Belgium because the small Kingdom, neighbouring France, quickly freed itself from the censorship imposed in France and printed what his neighbour did not want to print or did so without paying royalties to French authors, which caused a boom in its book industry and allowed the birth, a few decades later of an amazing comic book industries in Belgium.
Discover street art but also comics, surrealist art in Brussels by booking your flights to Brussels, your accommodation and your tours and activities in Brussels as a "Brussels: Walking Tour Through Comic Art".
Where to stay: "The Hotel Brussels". Stay in the heart of Brussels.
Since Gaudi Barcelona is seen as a creative and surprising city, an iconic city for free spirits. From its narrow streets to its wide avenues you will find artistic, architectural creations, temporary or permanent artistic installations in the 4 corners of the Catalan capital.
One of the neighbourhoods with the greatest concentration of graffiti is undoubtedly El Raval. You can also see the Keith Haring Mural painted at the end of the 80s by this genius artist who also created a fresco in Pisa, also ranked among your best street art destinations in Europe.
Discover treasures of urban art in Barcelona by booking your flights, your accommodation in Barcelona as well as your tours and activities in Barcelona as a "Moco Museum Barcelona: Entry Tickets with Banksy and More".
Where to stay: "W Barcelona". 1 minute walk from the beach.
Street Art in Reykjavik is something quite new compared to other European cities. It was in the early 90s that street art developed in this modern city. It is an international group of artists, created in Berlin, which is at the origin of the urban artistic movement in Reykjavik.
This translates today into murals painted in the 4 corners of the city in a rather very artistic style. We are closer to Land Art than to the urban art of graffiti artists fleeing at the approach of police sirens. Walk on the sunny side of the street walking on Reykjavik's rainbow fame. Here you'll discover a thriving and diverse cultural life, with a variety of interesting museums, theatres, galleries, sports facilities and some first class universities to boot. So however long you stay, you will discover the energy of Reykjavík on your own terms… and pass it on!
Book your flights to Reykjavik, your accommodation in Reykjavik as well as your activities and tours in Reykjavik as a "From Reykjavik Blue Lagoon Admission with Transfers".
Where to stay: "Grandi by Center Hotels". Stay in the heart of Reykjavik.
On the Handschoenmarkt place in Antwerp is a statue of two heroes whose story has crossed continents and moved readers around the world. It is to an English writer that we owe the story of "Dog of Flanders", a novella written in 1870. The idea came to her during her stay in Belgium and her book, which describes the relationship of friendship between a young boy and his dog also denounces the bad treatment that humans, and Belgians, inflict on dogs.
This short story was adapted in Japan and had an incredible success until it became a classic of Japanese literature. The Belgians took a very long time to appropriate this story which was not in their favour. It was only at the beginning of the 1980s that the Antwerp tourist office understood the interest of highlighting this wonderful history known by Japanese and English travellers.
Passionate about street art? Antwerp has more than 400 works of street art.
Where to stay: "Yust Antwerp" has a restaurant, a bar and a shared lounge in Antwerp.
Belfast, like Berlin, brings together all the ingredients for the expression of a committed, rebellious, hard-hitting street art. The weight of politics, culture and religion act like cocoons and artists are there to release all this pressure through the expression of their art.
Fed up with bigotry, fed up with politics, fed up with deaths, with crimes, it is a rage but also a hope that is expressed on the walls of Belfast.
Where to stay: "The Flint". Situated in the best rated area in Belfast.
It is in the districts of Anofiotika, Exarchia and Psyrri but also Metaxourgeio and Gazi that you will find the most examples of street art in Athens. It appeals to graffiti lovers and displeases those who like clean, neat cities, but Athens is really full of graffiti, this is due to a winning combination for street art: a lot of young creative people, underemployment and a police force little overwhelmed who doesn't have time to take care of that, which is not seen here as a real problem anyway.
In Athens, you will therefore find raw street art, in its most direct expression, far from the framed and polished street art of other European cities. Athens is therefore a very good choice for lovers of pure Street Art.
Where to stay: "Hotel Lozenge" set just steps from designer's shops.
18. Vila Nova de Gaia
Facing Porto, Villa Nova de Gaia is world famous for its cellars where the famous Port wine is aged. The Dom Luis bridge, the work of a disciple of Gustave Eifel, is one of the artistic and architectural symbols that connects these two cities.
With its biennial of contemporary art, its numerous artistic projects, artist residencies, temporary or permanent art installations, Gaia has been part of an artistic approach for several years. With large spaces available, often cheaper than in Porto, it attracts artists, start-ups, people who need large spaces, not too expensive, to create and express themselves.
With its authentic charm but also its Californian beaches, Gaia stands out with Porto as a small European San Francisco with an even richer history, welcoming inhabitants and some of the most daring projects created in Europe in recent years.
Where to stay: "PortoMoments". Stay in the heart of the wine cellars.
The inhabitants of this city positively adore neon lights and so do we! here ever you stroll, they are everywhere, in the gyms, pizzerias, hotels and fashion stores.
To admire a unique collection of neon lights at dusk, go to the following address: "Ruska 46c" where the old neon Reklama factory is located. We owe the idea of reclaiming and restoring the various abandoned neon lights of the city to Tomasz Kosmalski, a young citizen of Wroclaw. So, come and discover this wonderful place from 9pm to 10pm and enjoy the show!
Where to stay: "Herbal Hotel Wrocław". Stay in the heart of Wroclaw.
Valencia street art artists are world famous like Chikitin and Bowie and globally Valencia Street Art is renowned for its quality. Street art in Valencia is everywhere, from murals to street graffiti but always in an artistic and illustrative approach.
Where to stay: "Hotel Dimar" is a modern design hotel.
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