Lisbon is a very walkable city (despite all of the hills). Many of the city’s sights were in the centre of the city within walking distance of our hotel. While wandering the streets of Lisbon, it was easy to stumble upon picturesque alleys and squares as well as wonderful painted murals and other street art that liven up walls and buildings. Here is some of the street art that we encountered on our walks around Lisbon.
This tunnel is just under the Miradoura das Portas do Sol and displays the history of Lisbon from the founding by the Phoenicians, the devastation of the 1755 earthquake and ending with the Carnation Revolution in 1974. The cartoon mural is by artist, Nuno Saraiva.
This mosaic tile depiction of Amalia Rodrigues was a must-see in a city famous for its tile work. Amalia Rodrgues was an iconic fado singer known for her emotional displays while performing. Interestingly, when it rains the image of Amalia appears to cry.
Another famous fado mural, “Fado Vadio”, in the Mouraria district of Lisbon is shown above. Mouraria and Alfama are the districts in Lisbon which are most associated with Fado music as the distinctive soulful music originated in this area.
We arrived at LX Factory after a day spent on the tourist track in Belem.
LX Factory is a former industrial area where the factories and warehouses have been converted into trendy stores and restaurants. We walked around LX Factory taking pictures of all the street art before stopping in a few shops and finding a restaurant for dinner.