The Vibrant Street Art of Valencia, Spain

Valencia was the first stop of our Spanish road trip, and we didn’t really have any preconceived ideas about the city beyond oranges and paella. What we found was a very unique medieval and modern city, with an abundance of street art that gives a fresh twist to exploring its old town.

Overshadowed by Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is the third largest city in Spain with a population of about 800,000. It has a fascinating historical center with a labyrinthe of cobbled streets that is very walkable or great to tour by bike. You will notice  that Valencia was hit hard by war, and next to intact or restored buildings are ruins and vacant spots often walled off for future development or restoration. These blank walls have become a canvas for a variety of street artists, and the combination of their art with historical architecture leads to a surprise around every corner.

A Sample of the Street Art of Valencia

Valencia is a city of contrast.

I think he looks like Picasso surveying the scene.

Picasso keeping watch.

Winston’s favorite.

Poor kitty!

Street art – love it or hate it? Which is your favorite?