According to the research of Bombingscience.com, a blog specialized in graffiti, Barcelona is in the Top 10 of most Instagrammed cities for graffiti in the world. Street art appeared in Barcelona at the end on the 70s and with the touristic boom in the 2000s, the government began to clean the city from graffiti. Nowadays, the city let street artists paint in some areas of the city.
This short-lived art is very interesting because artists spend their time and money even if their creations will exist only for a few days or weeks and then will be replaced. You should take a closer look at their unique and beautiful work that will evolve between each of your journeys in Barcelona. If you do not know where to go, here are the places you could visit.
Poblenou is a neighborhood where street art is the most present in Barcelona. Indeed, there are several locations where you can find amazing works of art created by various artists. There are a lot of closed factories because this neighborhood was once the industrial area so the doors and walls are a real playground for all the graffiti artists. Moreover, some businesses ask artists to decorate their doors so they would not be painted by beginners or to make clients want to discover what is inside of their shop. The Graffiti corner is the location where there are the most tags so we are sure that you will find some that you like.
Some of the most colorful graffiti of Barcelona are placed in Gracia district! If you like series from pop culture, this is the place you have to go to. You can find your favorite characters from famous TV shows as Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead or Breaking Bad which have been painted with bright colors by AXE Colours. They are gathered in a small area so you will not have to walk a lot to discover all of them.
The Gothic Quarter is one of the most touristic neighborhoods of the city and is very popular among graffiti artists. If you walk around in the streets in this area, you will see a lot of usual tags like the ones with the round writing but also, if you are attentive, you will be able to discover very precious pieces of art on every possible surface. This quarter is a mix of old and new graffiti that is a fine harmonization in the streets.
Located in Eixample district, La Carbonería, which means the coal-house, is one of the oldest buildings in Barcelona. It has been built in 1864 and is abandoned since 2014 after the police evicted the squatters living there. Then, the building was marked for demolition but it has been protected by the city council because they considered it as being of historic and artistic interest. Therefore, the huge wort of art on the building is one of the few graffiti that will not change for a while. You should take a look at the graffito the most photographed of Barcelona!
The only graffiti place built on purpose by the city for street art artists is the Three Chimneys urban park that is located in the Poble Sec neighborhood. It consists of large walls that can be repainted all over again. Graffiti artists enjoy this location because they can paint legally and let their imagination drive their paint sprays. This home of the skating community is the place where the frescoes are changed the most often so you will always be able to discover some new works there.
So, explore the city and find the graffito you like the most!