2020’s best street art cities in Spain. Explore our country through its graffiti.

Best street art cities in Spain

Discover the Iberian Peninsula with a 2 minutes read guide. Travel through the best street art cities in Spain. Join now our urban art community!

Let’s discover the most important festivals, art fairs and alternative tours in the country! A unique opportunity to visit our country in a different way.

  • Barcelona,
  • Bilbao,
  • Valencia,
  • Madrid

1-. Barcelona, leads the list of Catalonian best street art cities

Picture of one the most famous artists in the city
Greg Wolf share an image of Konair in Barcelona/ flickr

Firstly, Barcelona is not only known for its football team, Sagrada Familia or Las Ramblas. For example, it is also number 1 destination for many travellers visiting Spain for the first time. It has it all: nice weather, amazing restaurants, and a very powerful alternative scene.

What kinds of urban art could we find in Barcelona?

Cranio artes & El Pez
Doesn’t it look colorful? This artwork was created by El Pez and Cranio Artes

The city showcases an important graffiti community. Writers ‘maintain’ the metal shutters and walls painted. Apart from that, many visitors from different European countries visit the region in order to paint Rodalies wagons (intercity trains) or the TMB (Barcelona Metropolitan Transport)

On the other hand, galleries such as Tres Punts or Montana bring every other semester new emergent artists to the city.

The techniques you can mostly observe in Barcelona are paste-ups, throw-ups, stickers. Overall, artists paint using spray cans. They either tag or paint fun characters.

Neighborhoods to discover in an alternative tour in Barcelona

Jupiter art in Barcelona
Street art in Poblenou

Similarly to what happens in many other capital cities around the world, tourist trends now focus on alternative tourism.

  • El Gotico, medieval narrow streets.
  • El Raval, Barcelona’s most multicultural district.
  • Poblenou, an industrial area in the north of the city.

Above all, Barcelona’s modern art scene & panorama is active all year long.

Where is the best street art area in town?

Barcelona’s walls have hosted artists from many different countries. As an example, some of these talented artists are : BemieJay Bisual, Emily Elridge or Magic Marina, among many others.

If you don’t have that much of time to treasure hunt, here’s the hottest spots in Poblenou:

Lastly, do not miss this Google Drive document with over 80 pictures from Barcelona’s best 2019 street art pictures!

2-. Bilbao, Basque country street art cities.

Spy urban art in Bilbao
Jaime Silva photographed this artwork by Spy /flick

Secondly, we find Bilbao. The Basque Country’s’ biggest city. It’s well known because of the Guggenheim Museum and its gastronomy. Likewise other Spanish street art cities, Bilbo (as locals know the city) has a very active artistic scene.

Check out this street art map elaborated by Bilbao: Arte en la calle (art in the streets). Thanks to their work, you may now check the most beautiful artworks in town!

What are the worth checking areas in Bilbao regarding its modern art?

Artwork in downtown Bilbao
Fermin Moreno painted this abstract mural in 2002

You can find a lot of artworks between Las Cortes and Bilbao La Vieja. Keep on the left side of the Estuary. You’ll also find murals & artworks across the river, between Zolokoetxe and Casco Viejo

If you walk around Doña Casilda de Iturrizar Park surroundings , you’ll get a different point of view of Guggenheim Museum. All surrounded by street art!

Whose artists collaborated to the Basque Country’s best street art cities?

Aryz contributing to the street art cities
What’s the message that Aryz wants to transmit to the public audience?

Some artists come from more academic settings. They graduated in fine arts and now work as muralists. Some others are involved in the graffiti community, coming from alternative backgrounds.

As an example, these are the street art names whose pieces were painted in public walls.

  • Octavi Arrizabalaga, aka ARYZ
  • French abstract artist El Tono,
  • Suso 33, representing the Spanish old school.

3-. Valencia, the street art cities coastal gem.

Fallas 2020, coronavirus street art cities
Firefighters extinguishing 2020 Fallas. Escif artwork with a woman wearing a mask. Credit EP

Meanwhile, we could then find a capital city watered by the Mediterranean Sea. Valencia is a very popular destination not only for international travellers visiting Las Fallas, but also for Spanish tourists. 

It offers a unique experience. You should enjoy its paellas, the modern architecture in the city of arts and sciences and its street art. Furthermore, Valencia is a rough diamond. It’s not as explored as its counterpart Barcelona!

Who are Valencia’s most famous artists?

Artwork exhibited in a modern art fair
Spray, acrylic and oil painting on canvas. Underdogs, Lisbon (PT)
  • Escif: the “Spanish Banksy”. Member of XLF crew. Famous for his recent piece at Fallas during the coronavirus lockdown.
  • Julieta XLF; little dreamy girls living in a fantasy world are her presentation portfolio.
  • Hyuro: although Argentinian born, she is one of Valencia’s most representatives realistic muralists. In other words, political messages painted to represent social issues.
  • Pichiavo: graffiti duo working with god-like creatures and graffiti throw-ups. Famous in the international artistic circuit!

Where to go to explore amazing streets art artworks?

street art artist from Valencia
Julieta as photographed by Proyecto mARTadero/ Flickr

Most of the street art and graffiti are located in the same area. Valencia is not as big as Madrid or Barcelona. Consequently, the places you should visit are in Ciutat Vella (old town), right in El Carmen district.

L’Eixample, and more specifically in Ruzafa, is a great alternative to discover Valencia’s most multicultural neighborhood. There are several murals!

To check Valencia’s resident artists artworks and to discover more street art cities, check this map!

4-. Madrid, the capital of all street art cities in Spain

Madrid, best street art cities in Spain
Spok, a local artist, painted this mural for the International Women’s Day.

Have you ever heard about Prado Museum or the modern art Museum, Reina Sofia? Despite the fact that those are the two most famous ones in town, there are still few other places that you should check. For example, La Neomudejar or La Tabacalera

 Who has ever painted a wall in town?

Travesia del Almendro
Urvanity walls 2020 edition. Artist: GVIIIE

Madrid’s contemporary art scene is very relevant, and its street art circuit even more important. Local artists, who have made it into the international panorama, have become friends with other big artists from all over the world.

As a result, not only do we have the best of national artists but also worldwide-known names. These are some illustrations you’ll be able to find in the city.

What are the best locations to check the latest street art in Madrid?

Torrejon de Ardoz urban art
The urban art in Madrid does not only appear in the city center.

The best route we would suggest you to take is the following one. Start in the alternative neighborhood of Malasaña and then continue towards Gran Via. Cross it towards La Latina and Lavapiés!

Our opinion about the street art cities.

Spain’s art scene is very active. You’ll see from classic master pieces turned into urban art to graffiti writers who tag on every corner. We love it!

To sum things up, we believe that our street art cities should be among the most important ones around Europe!

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