Friday, 17 February 2017

Best Things to Do in Lisbon | Portuguese Tiles and Street Art Itineraries





The first post on this series was a success far greater than expected. Reassured of the interest of this kind of random information on Lisbon's events, Best Things to Do in Lisbon series returns this week with two activities that you can held independently, benefiting of the help of a batch of great books that I found recently.

You know I love tiles and street art. And I know that many of you love it too. The two great things I propose you to do while in Lisbon is to look for the best tiles in the city and / or look out for many amazing street art installations scattered all over Lisbon, both from national and international artists. Sounds good?





LOOKING FOR AZULEJOS IN LISBON


All over Lisbon you can find tiled panels. In museums, churches, on the building walls or in the subway stations, is impossible to miss them. But you want to check the most significative and beautiful, from the 16th century white and blue tiles to the contemporary artists works that beautify the city. In the 1st book you can find some of the best examples of what you can find in Lisbon. The second book presents itineraries trough the city to find some of the most interesting Lisbon's tiles.

Some of my own suggestions: Palácio Fronteira, Museu do Azulejo, Subway Stations (Parque, Oriente, São Sebastião, Colégio Militar and many others), façade of Vida Portuguesa store at Fábrica Viúva Lamego, São Vicente de Fora Monastery and Sintra National Palace.






LOOKING FOR STREET ART IN LISBON


Lisbon has so many impressive pieces of urban art that you can take almost a day to visit every site. So, if you like street art you better prepare yourself and plan ahead. One way of doing it is to consult articles on line or have a book like Street Art Lisbon where you can find some of the best works, how to get there and even GPS coordinates to easily find them.

Some of my own suggestions: go to LX Factory, walk down Calçada da Glória, visit Fábrica Braço de Prata, look for Vhils works scattered trough the city and for Bordallo II trash sculptures. You will be amazed by the work of this Portuguese artists.

You can find this books at Zest Books.






20 comments:

  1. I was so focused on the great food in Lisbon I missed the art.Next time! It looks incredible

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    1. There are so many tiled buildings from different centuries that you can make an album only with tile photos after you visit Lisbon. In the other hand, Lisbon is one of the richest European cities when we talking about Street Art.

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  2. I've heard so many great things about Lisbon so I booked a ticket to the city for this June!! Thanks for sharing your tips! I can't to experience all these myself!

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    1. Cathy you will love Lisbon. If you need any further tips while planing your visit, feel free to send me a message.

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  3. I love street art! It's such a wonderful way to get to know a city and explore! Love the tip!

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    1. Thank you for your feedback Meghan!

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  4. Very cool! I have always wanted to Lisbon. I also like street art, and I very much enjoyed Reykjavik because of that. My hometown, San Francisco also has some very nice ones.

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    1. Then you must visit Lisbon! And did I mentioned that Portugal has great wine?

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  5. I love street art & installations too. There's a book on Street Art Lisbon? Now, that's something!!!

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    1. Yes and I believe that there are from other editors too!

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  6. Lisbon was so cool looking when we went but I wish we had longer. The Street Art Lisbon sounds like a great way to find the good art. Gps is handy. This would be great for other cities I wonder if there is other books like that.

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    1. I'm sure other cities must have this kind of books too. This Portuguese editor has also other books on different subjects about Lisbon and Portugal (eg, Portuguese recipes!)

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  7. The art and the tiles in Lisbon are among the best. I'm sure I could devote a whole months Instagram pictures to Lisbon tiles.

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    1. Yes you could! There are IG accounts exclusively on Portuguese Tiles.

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  8. I used to live near Lisbon while growing up... but I haven't been back since! I don't think I ever noticed the tiled panels (might've been too young to remember) but I need to go back and check them out!

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    1. Yes you must Caroline! The city is beautiful and dynamic these days.

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  9. I always enjoy some really great street art. The suggestions you've provided seem like they'd be a really great way to spend time in Lisbon!

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    1. And this are just two ways of enjoying the city! The food is great, the culture and history are vibrant, the people are nice...

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  10. Never been to Lisbon but it's on my list! Looks so pretty

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    1. Do visit us soon. I'm sure you will love it Ashley!

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