It was with great pleasure that I got to write about my favourite aspect of Porto – the street art – for the Wizz Air inflight magazine. Those who have visited Porto will know it can be a rather mysterious and grey city (and does get a tad gloomy in winter...), but everywhere you look, the walls pop to life with cheeky street art characters. I love it.
There's fun to be found in nearly every nook and cranny across the city, but this jubilant street art scene didn't emerge without a fight. In fact, the proliferation of urban art in Porto was born out of a graffiti war with the local government on one side and the artists and community on the other. One look at the walls and you can guess who won.
Read the full backstory in my article for Wizz Air, 'Painting Porto'.
The Portugal Wire is the blog of Australian travel writer, copywriter and photographer Emily McAuliffe.
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Lovely Lisbon: my top picks of where to eat, drink, visit and stay in Portugal's capital city
Porto street art: fighting the good fight
The best places to visit in Lisbon: 5 of my favourite neighbourhoods
Big waves in Nazaré: my favourite beach town in Portugal
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Portuguese wine: yes, the wines of Portugal extend far beyond port
Portuguese architecture Part I: Manueline style
Portuguese architecture Part II: Pombaline style
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Filigree designs: the beauty behind traditional Portuguese jewellery