As our world gets smaller and smaller and we travel more we are always looking for something else to see. Huge cities such as London, Melbourne, Rome and Paris can cost you a small fortune to visit and as we all know we all try to get as much as we can from our money. We all want to see the most popular sites but there are some days that we are short of funds. You can wander a city and find free things where ever you go and I must admit I forget about the amazing street art that is now popping up all over the world. From city to city all different types are on show. From alleyways to whole sides of a building there is always something interesting to see and the best is that it is free!
Street art no museum required!
So if you are looking for a free activity and to see some amazing free art here are some places that have brilliant street art that you should check out if you are visiting!
From Kerri of Beer and Croissants
From Cindy of Free Two Roam
Auckland, New Zealand
From Rhonda of Albom Adventures
From Paula of Contented Traveller
Stavanger in Norway is a city of street art.
Stavanger is an affluent city in Norway and is famous for its beautiful old wooden houses. Located on the northwest coast of the North Sea, Stavanger is the fourth largest city in Norway. When oil was discovered in the North Sea, Stavanger was in the prime location to benefit and is also home to NATO’s Warfare Centre. This means that there are people from all over the world who live and work in the city, giving it a very cosmopolitan feel. While the city is charming, it was quite a discovery to find out that Stavanger in Norway is a city of street art.
Stavanger in Norway was an early adopter of street art, and they hold the Nuart street art festival annually attracting some of the best of the best international street artists like Dot Dot Dot, Bordalo, and Fintan Magee, an Australian favourite. There also walking tours to show you the 16 years of street art in the city. On the day, we were there it was National Independence Day in Norway, so we went on our own voyage of discovery to find these works ourselves. Many were on the sides of the beautiful old wooden houses, which Stavanger is famous for, and many were entirely satirical statements.
From Dean of Lavida Global
From Paula of Sydney Expert
Running parallel to Newtown’s main thoroughfare King Street, Lennox Street boasts more large-scale street murals in its 500-metre length then I have come across anywhere else in Sydney.
Most of these large works are the result of an innovative Perfect Match program run by the Inner West Council that unites property owners with artists to create new art on walls that have previously attracted tagging or were just generally unattractive.
My favourite here is by Ox King (Steven Nuttall) and is called the Promise. The mural is based on the story of Miss Havisham, the jilted bride from the novel Great Expectations who was who insisted on wearing her wedding dress for the rest of her life.
While you could easily spend a day checking out the rest of the suburb make sure you don’t miss the Lennox Street and the streets running off it including Mary Street. I have made a little map of the area that includes a couple of suggestions like a Young Henry’s beer at the Courthouse Hotel, coffee and of course a slice of the infamous watermelon cake from Black Star Pastry or a Cocktail and some Spanish tapas plates.
From Bec of Wyld Family Travel
One thing that you will notice about Reykjavik in the winter is that it can get dark and gloomy quickly. We visited in January and the one thing that stood out was the amazing street art that was all over the city. From huge murals on the side of a building to small pieces in little alleyways, it was brightening even the coldest of days.
As some of you may know Iceland is a very expensive place to visit but wandering the city to see as much of the street art you can is free while you are there! You just need to stop every now and then for a nice, warm drink. The Reykjavik city centre was the place that we focused on as our two daughters found the wind cold at times and we could shelter in a cafe until they warmed up. We made our way down the street from Hallgrimskirkja all the way to the Harpa (Concert Hall) checking out as many as we could on the way.
Where do we stay in Iceland?
We stayed at Downtown Reykjavik Apartments. Apartments at Downtown Reykjavik Apartments are modern and offer a kitchenette free wifi and very friendly staff who love to help you. There are also multiple apartments designed for families.
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It filled in about an hour and a half (with a couple of stops for a warm up) and we saw so many beautiful murals on the sides of the buildings. It is a fantastic free thing to do in Reykjavik!
From Sally of Our3kidsvstheworld
From Marley of Wyld Child Travel
Lisbon Portugal is one of my favourite cities that I have ever been to. On our last trip, Mum and Dad made us walk up the steepest hill to the lookout called Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara. Luckily for me, there was plenty of street art along the way for me to rest and look at.
On our way up there were so many different types to look at. There were some that looked like graffiti, there were some really big murals on boards and then there were some murals just on the walls of the buildings. Right near the top, there was a man painting a new mural and we got to watch him for a little while. It was very intricate and I liked watching him. We saw plenty of other street art murals all over the city as we travelled around it. It really is a beautiful place and I can’t wait to go back and find some more to look at.
From Debbie of Travel with the Greens
Wynwood Walls, Miami.
Street art at Wynwood Walls is one of the highlights of Miami, USA. Only a 15 minutes drive from Miami Beach to the centre of the Street Art.
Make sure you allow at least half a day to explore the area of Wynwood Walls. The whole Wynwood area is an open-air art gallery with murals around every corner. We enjoyed our time walking from street to street looking at so many different pieces both arty and political. It was interesting to watch the kids interpret the street art and discuss their favourite pieces. In between the street art pieces are amazing shops, quirky bars and great restaurants.
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There is also a gallery at 2520 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami where there are local artists working and selling their art pieces. There is plenty of street parking in the area, bring some coins for the parking meters!
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Mexico City, Mexico
From Katja of Globetotting
From Anna of My Well Traveled Friend
I am sure there are thousands of places that we have not included and some that are still undiscovered but as you can see the Street Art phenomenon is spreading everywhere. We hope you get to wander a city and see some of these murals but if you don’t we hope you loved this post!
Here are two other articles from Wyld Family Travel that you may find interesting!