When I went to Portugal, I learned a lot about myself and about street art. Upon arrival, I was really taken back by the graffiti in Lisbon. Portugal actually had it in a lot of other places as it was also prevalent in Porto and a bit in Sintra. Nevertheless, I wrote about my experience with Lisbon graffiti here if you would like to hear my thoughts. But I want to show you how lovely the Miradouro Panorâmico de Monsanto was.
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I didn’t fall in love with it immediately. In fact, it wasn’t until I took a Lisbon graffiti tour that I began to appreciate it. On two different days while with Traverse Journeys, we ventured out to observe the street art. I had my camera in hand and couldn’t stop snapping images! I want to show you the photos from the Miradouro Panorâmico de Monsanto.
Graffiti in Lisbon Portugal
It’s important to know a bit about the background of street art. If you look at the image below, it is meant to depict the revolution that happened in Portugal in the 1970s. Basically, the country had been under an oppressive dictatorship for years until there was an outcry and eventual revolution in 1974.
Many Lisbon graffiti artists turned to the medium as a form of self-expression. Afterward, creating street art caught on all over the country and continues to this day.
Our Lisbon Graffiti Tour
All of the art around the city truly led me to believe that there was a Lisbon graffiti problem. Honestly, many tourists are taken back by it when they first arrive. We had a full day of perusing Lisbon scheduled with We Hate Tourism Tours, which involved stopping at a long-abandoned restaurant, the Miradouro Panorâmico de Monsanto.
It was a circular structure that was filled with art. I took the time to photograph many of the Lisbon graffiti walls – they were so captivating! And in the end, you will see a few views from the former windows of the structure in Lisbon. Self-guided graffiti tours are possible, but I would truly recommend going with a guide. I do hope you enjoy my images below!
Miradouro Panorâmico de Monsanto
Are you a fan of street art?
Have you ever traveled to a place that has an abundance of graffiti? I’d love to hear if so! I was recently in Dallas and adored the street art in Deep Ellum. It was so nice to be able to look at it and appreciate it.
Take a tour if you are headed to Lisbon
There are a few tour options below if you want to check them out that focus on Lisbon graffiti. Just click on any that interest you. I hope you get to go someday!
- 3 Hour Lisbon Street Art Tour
- Street Art and Historical Walking Tour
- 90 Minute Lisbon Street Art Tuk Tuk Tour
- 2-Hour Street Art Photo Tour
- The Real Lisbon Street Art Tour by Minivan
I saved the best for last!
This is my favorite piece of artwork that was in Miradouro Panorâmico de Monsanto. It’s made by blasting away part of the concrete, and it was so beautiful. Captivating, too! Be sure to notice the orb, which showed up in a few of my photos – interesting.