Barcelona is known around the world for its art and culture. A good part of that is thanks to the legacy left by a genius such as Gaudi with spectacular sights such as Park Güell and the Sagrada Familia, which you can visit in full luxury.
But it is not just modernist architecture that will leave you with the mouth wide open in Barcelona. If you are a lover of urban art and you love to explore the corners where you can find the best graffiti in the city, this is the perfect place for you.
In order to find the most emblematic urban art, sometimes all you need to do is to turn the right corner and it would be shame to miss something simply out of ignorance. So here we reveal where the best graffiti is so that you don´t miss it, but we´d also like to point out that if you comment to one of our guides that you are interested in this sort of art, we´re sure that they would take a small turn from their normal route so that you can see some in person and get a photograph. It is even possible to do a tailor made tour to cross Barcelona in search of the best urban art. We adapt to your needs!
Grafiti in Gracia
Gracia is one of the most picturesque neighbourhoods in Barcelona, considering that the streets preserve all the charm of when the neighbourhood was a different town. In the most recent times, the graffiti artist AXE Colours has adorned that doors and Persian blinds of the neighbourhood with its incredible graffiti of characters from well-known TV series such as Daenarys Targaryen, Rick Grimes or Heisenberg. All his works you can find on his Instagram:
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Grafiti in the Raval and Gothic Neighbourhood
One of the places in Barcelona with most graffiti per square metre is called the Gardens of the Three Chimneys (Jardines de las Tres Chimeneas). It is constantly changing, even if there are many that are really worth keeping, whenever you go. Some examples of what there is are the following photos, which will be popular amongst football fans!
In the Raval many different cultures come together and this also influences the graffiti, being one of the neighbourhoods most decorated by street art. Where San Rafael street meets the Rambla del Raval you can find the following example.
Grafiti in Poblenou
Poblenou has historically been an industrial neighbourhood where you would have previously found many factories which today are abandoned, or have been converted into modern lofts and the offices of start-ups. Its industrial character is conserved in some areas thanks to the incredible graffiti that in some cases occupies the façade of entire buildings.
Graffiti in other neighbourhoods
In El Clot, specifically in the Calle de les Escoles, 23, there is a mural dedicated to the Barcelonan Carmen Amaya, one of the most famous flamenco dancers in the world.
On Calle Lepant, 424, there are two enormous pieces of urban art, one in front of the other, that will also stun you. The first is inspired by Miró, a famous local painter and the second by the Venice carnival.
Map of the best art in Barcelona
So that you can easily find where the best graffiti is located in the city, we show you where all the graffiti we have talked about is on the following map. However, keep in mind that some of the pieces have been erased or may be replaced by others overnight, given that street art can be a very temporary thing. Ask your guide or somebody in the street if you want to visit a specific piece.