Where to see street art in Lisbon

Updated 6/20/2023. This quick guide will introduce you to some of the best muralists who have worked in Lisbon and help you figure out where to see street art in Lisbon.

Some of the world’s best muralists in Lisbon

Alexandre Farto, also known as Vhils, hails from across the river in the town of Seixal.  Vhils drills, and often carves into walls.

Marble carving, Petra, created by Vhils, in 2020 hangs at the Museu Nacional dos Coches in Lisbon, Portugal

This marble carving by Vhils, known as “Petra,” hangs at the Museu Nacional dos Coches.

A man's face carved into the side of a building on Travessa das Merceeiras, Lisbon.  The carving, created by artist Alexandre Farto, or Vhils, went on this wall near the Lisbon Cathedral in 2015

One of his first works is this carving of a man’s face in a hidden alley – Travessa das Merceeiras,  behind the Lisbon Sé Cathedral.

Another of his most popular works is nearby.  Approximately 50 meters uphill from the Miradouro das Portas do Sol viewpoint, across the street and hidden behind a bus stop is this stunning cobblestone portrait of local Fado music legend Amália Rodrigues.

Vhils collaborated with Lisbon’s master stonemasons on this project, which was finished in 2015. For more information on cobblestone art in Lisbon, read my article Portuguese pavement: Black and white cobblestones in Lisbon

Artist Vhils (Alexandre Farto) tile portrait of Fado legend Amália
Artist Vhils (Alexandre Farto) tile portrait of Fado legend Amália

Vhils also collaborated with American artist Shepard Fairey (famous for the Obama Hope image and his OBEY campaign).  The duo combined forces to paint Universal Personhood with each artist doing half of the face.  This mural takes up the side of a building at Rua Senhora da Glória.

Shepard Fairey’s most famous piece in Lisbon is located nearby at Rua Natália Correia. His Peace Guard Lisboa honors the Carnation Revolution of April 25, 1974, ending the dictatorship and returning democracy to Portugal.

Kimble Young, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

During the peaceful revolution, demonstrators placed carnations on the lapels of soldiers, and into the barrels of their rifles.

Bordallo II, or Artur Bordal,  is a local plastic artist who largely designs works out of recycled materials. He has been creating large animals all over Lisbon for years.

Giant pelicans mde from recycled materials by Portuguese plastic artist Bordallo II.  The two birds are located behind Lisbon's Elevador de Santa Justa.

His large pelicans are right behind the Elevador Santa Justa in the Baixa neighborhood.

Bordallo II Giant Fox multimedia mural, Avenida 24 de Julho, Lisbon, Portugal
Photo was taken 6/19/2023

You can find his giant fox one full block west of the Time Out Market in the Cais do Sodré neighborhood. For more information on the Time Out Market, read my article Lisbon’s Time Out Market | Everything you need to know

Bordallo II created a big raccoon as well. It lives at Rua Bartolome Dias, 43, between the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery. Go around the back side of the Belém Cultural Center.

Bordallo II multimedia  Giant Racoon mural was still on this wall behind the Belém Cultural Center in Lisbon, Portugal as of 6/20/2023
Photo was taken on 6/20/2023

If you’re heading to the National Tile Museum in the Xabregas neighborhood, you might see his workshop at Rua de Xabregas, 49, which has a large monkey climbing the wall.   https://www.bordaloii.com/work

Plastic artist Bordallo II is famous for making large animals out of recycled materials.  Here a giant monkey climbs the wall of his workshop at Rua de Xabregas, 49, Lisbon, Portugal

You can also stop by the 1908 Hotel at Praça da Intendente (metro green line), and in the lobby, you’ll find Bordallo II’s Dragonfly.

Mural, Intendente station, Lisbon, Portugal
This mural near Intendente metro station no longer exists, but you will find another in its place.

See street art in Lisbon in Alfama

A black and white painting from Artist Camilla Watson's "Alma de Alfama" (Soulf of Alfama project, portraits of 40 elderly residents on the walls of Lisbon's Alfama nerighborhood. Here, Sr. Carlos Lola standing in front of his house.
Camilla Watson’s painting of resident Carlos Lola, “Alma de Alfama” project

As you wander the back alleys of Alfama, you will come across portraits of some of the neighborhood’s elderly residents. The 40 works scattered throughout the neighborhood were done by British artist Camilla Watson as part of her project “Alma de Alfama” (Soul of Alfama).

For more information: https://www.camillawatson.com/alma-de-alfamasoul-of-alfama

This mural of a large blue and white panda bear with a floral background is by muralist Léo Lunatic.  It is found near  Santa Engrácia - the National Pantheon of Portugal in Lisbon's Alfama neighborhood.
This mural of a large blue and white panda bear with a floral background is by muralist Léo Lunatic. It is found near Santa Engrácia – the National Pantheon of Portugal in Lisbon’s Alfama neighborhood.
Mural "Lisa" by Brasilian artist Tami Hopf at Portas do Sol viewpoint in Lisbon's Alfama neighborhood

The Lisa mural by Brazilian artist Tami Hopf was created in 2016.  Her website is Tami Hopf / Hopf Studio This portrait of a lady in black, white, and tan is one of the most viewed murals in Lisbon, given its location at one of Lisbon’s most popular scenic Viewpoints – the Miradouro das Portas do Sol.

Comic strip at Miradouro das Portas do Sol tells the story of the history of Lisbon
Comic strip at Miradouro das Portas do Sol tells the story of the history of Lisbon

Practically next door, a few feet downhill from the Miradouro de Santa Luzía, you will find the cartoon “Historia de Lisboa” by local artist Nuno Saraiva.  He created the piece in 2016.

For more information on Nuno Saraiva, visit his Instagram Nuno Saraiva (@nunosaraiva_ilustrador) • Instagram photos and videos

See street art in Lisbon at the LX Factory

Front view - LX Hostel, Lisbon
Front view – LX Hostel, photo courtesy of LX Hostel. Bumble Bee by Bordallo II.

The LX factory is one of Lisbon‘s coolest areas. For more information, read my article Is the LX Factory worth visiting?

Portrait of a little girl, mural at Lisbon's LX Factory

These former warehouses and industrial buildings have become hip restaurants and shops. The property is filled with various art installations, including this Multidimensional bumblebee created by Bordallo II.

Colors jump off the walls at Lisbon's LX Factory
Mural of the Virgin Mary at Lisbon's LX Factory
Mural at Lisbon's LX Factory
Pastel faces mural by Misterpiro at Lisbon's LX Factory.

One of my favorite shops at the LX factory is the Ler Devagar (which in English is Read Slowly) bookstore.

Mural at Lisbon's LX factory advertising the LLer Devagar bookstore

The bookstore is housed in a former print shop, and the original printing press sits in the center of the room. Visitors will also enjoy the bicycle suspended from the ceiling. If you are into bookstores, check out my 7 great bookstores in Lisbon

Bicycle suspended from the ceiling of Ler Devagar Bookstore in Lisbon's LX Factory

Near the LX Factory, you will find the Village Underground. This colorful collection of railroad shipping containers and buses has been re-purposed and turned into co-op work spaces, shops, and restaurants.

The village underground is located just north of Avenida Brasília and just east of the April 25 Bridge.

Murals at Fábrica Braço de Prata

A mural depicting a face in a fist on a wall outside of Lisbon's Fábrica Braço de Prata arts center

Fábrica Braço de Prata – The Silver Arm Factory, is an artsy community center in the northwest of Lisbon. Creative people will enjoy this facility, formerly a weapons factory.

A mural depicting a bearded face and a Himalayan hat outside of Lisbon's Fábrica Braço de Prata arts center

The colorful space now offers a bar and restaurant, a collection of used books, a restaurant with outdoor seating, artist workshops, RV camping, a variety of live music, and of course some interesting murals.

For more information, see their website, https://www.bracodeprata.com/ 

Street Art in Lisbon at the Ascensor da Gloria

Upper terminus of Lisbon's Ascensor da Glória. To the right is the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara scenic viewpoint
Upper terminus of Lisbon’s Ascensor da Glória. To the right is the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara scenic viewpoint
Ascensor da Gloria funicular carrying passengers up to Barrio Alto in Lisbon, Portugal

They even painted the Elevador da Glória funicular!

History of street art in Lisbon

Lisbon has always been a visually appealing city.

Portugal is famous for the black and white cobblestones mosaics, the Calçada Portuguesa, which were first used at Castelo de São Jorge.

Then the cobblestone patterns made their way down to Rossio Square – Lisbon’s most famous pavement project.

There is the ornate Manueline Architecture from the Portuguese Age of Discovery. 

Then there is the Pombaline architectural style of the late 1700s as Lisbon rebuilt from the earthquake.

Close-up of blue, yellow, white tiled façade at Campo de Santa Clara, 126, Lisbon

As they rebuilt after the earthquake, people began to use colorful ceramic tiles on the exterior of buildings. It was attractive and it protected against moisture. See my article Lisbon’s tiled houses – A tradition you will love

In the turbulent years following the 1974 Carnation Revolution that saw the end of an oppressive dictatorship, young people began to express themselves by tagging and scribbling on walls.

Financially times were tough in 20th-century Portugal. Neither the city nor property owners had money to repaint walls.

The city decided on a simple solution. If you can’t beat them, join them. The city decided to condone and support actual works of street art.

The Calçada da Glória is an urban art gallery with its many murals that constantly change
A mural at Calçada da Glória

Many of the pieces are sponsored by the city.

Galleria de Arte Urbana (GAU) begin trying to create partnerships between the city of Lisbon and internationally known urban artists in 2008.

The idea was to beautify abandoned buildings and cut down on lesser-quality vandalism by promoting works of art. 

Galeria da Arte Urbana continues to sponsor murals at the Calçada da Glória, where the Ascensor da Glória carries visitors up a steep hill.  Even the funicular itself gets painted by local and international artists.

Street art lines the walls of Lisbon's Calçada da Glória

Based in Madrid, Italian Newpolitan Street Artivism has this black, white, and yellow piece at Calçada da Glória.

Mural on Lisbon's Calçada da Glória celebrating International Day of the Black Latin American Woman

This azulejo tile piece dealing with mortality is located on Calçada da Glória. Polish – Irish female artist BerriBlue is based in Porto. For more information on BerriBlue: https://www.berriblue.com/?locale=en

Artists have also decorated the Ascensor do Lavra – Lisbon’s oldest funicular, east of Avenida da Liberdade.

The two graffiti-covered cars of Lisbon's Ascensor do Lavra are parked side-by-side for the night

Lisbon's Elevador do Lavra lit up at dusk

Murals are everywhere in Lisbon

The floral mural Saudade by Mário Belém is found on the side of a building at Rua Damasceno Monteiro, 2 in Lisbon, Portugal

Saudade by Mário Belém can be found at Rua Damasceno Monteiro, 2, near the Miradouro da Graça. See my article A guide to the beautiful Miradouro de Graça viewpoint

"Yes, Life is Good" pasteup on a rooftop seen from Lisbon's Miradouro de Santa Catarina scenic viewpoint.

This “”Yes, Life is Good” paste-up on a rooftop is near the Miradoro de Santa Catarina viewpoint.

This mural is on one of the columns supporting the 25 of April Bridge in Lisbon's Alcântara neighborhood

In Barrio Alto, at Rua de O Seculo, 232, French – Portuguese artist Hopare has painted the face of an unknown common lady on the side of a house.

Painting of a woman's face by French-Portugese muralist Hopare at the corner of Rua de O Século and Alto do Longo in Lisbon's Bairro Alto neighborhood

Mural on Rua da Vinha in Lisbon, Portugal

The blue wall is a gallery of street art in Lisbon

Blue Wall, Street art, Lisbon, Portugal
Blue Wall, Street Art, Lisbon, Portugal

The Blue Wall is a mile-long circular wall surrounding the Julio de Matos Psychiatric Hospital.

More than a mile of murals on the blue wall surrounding the Julio de Matos Psychiatric Hospital in Lisbon

Local and international artists were invited to decorate the wall with murals that honor mental health issues and treatment.

A portrait on Lisbon's Blue Wall homoring mental health issues and treatment

This open-air gallery is located at Rua das Murtas, a 10-minute walk from the Avalade metro station. 

The wall is located in a non-touristy residential area, and there is no sidewalk from which to view the wall at certain points. If you love murals, it’s worth seeing though.

Blue Wall mural project, Lisbon
Blue Wall Murals, Lisbon, Portugal
See No Evil, Blue Wall Mural Project, Lisbon
Hear no Evil, Lisbon's Blue Wall mural project

This is but a small sampling of the murals at the Blue Wall.

At the Chão do Loureiro parking garage, each level features urban art.

This colorful portrait a of a woman reflected in a man's sunglassses by the artist, Nomen is in the Chão de Loureiro Parking Garage in Lisbon, Portugal
This piece by Nomen is in the Chão do Loureiro Garage

The garage is located at Calcada do Marquês do Tancos, 18. If you are walking, you can take an elevator up to the parking garage. See my article Lisbon’s secret elevators – free shortcuts to the hilltops

One of the murals found in the 
Chão do Loureiro parking garage in Lisbon,Portugal

Underground Art in Lisbon

Lisbon features some sort of artwork in every one of its metro stations. The most colorful of all is the Olaias metro station on the red line.

Ceiling of Lisbon's Olaias metro station
Olaias metro station ceiling

The mosaics at the Picoas metro station are also fantastic.

Lisbon Street Art tours

This article barely scratches the surface of Lisbon’s street art scene. There are so many pieces that I did not cover here. There are also a lot of stories and history to be told, so you should really consider a street-art tour while you are in Lisbon.

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