Extraordinary Street Art of the Azores

Extraordinary Street Art of the Azores

The Azores is a group of 9 beautiful islands off the coast of Portugal known for lush landscapes, excellent food and endless outdoor activities.  What you may not know about the Azores is that the people are very artistic and celebrate art in many ways.  Yearly the city of Ponta Delgada has a street art festival, where artists from around the world come to create street art throughout the city. The Walk and Talk Urban Art Festival transforms buildings, houses and even benches into works of art.  We found some of the art from past festivals.  The city became a treasure hunt for us, each road had a hidden gem waiting.  We hope you enjoy the extraordinary street art of the Azores as much as we did.

Extraordinary Street Art of the Azores

Extraordinary Street Art of the Azores

Extraordinary Street Art of the Azores


 Street Art of the Azores

Amazing Street Art- Whales

The whaling industry was a big part of Azorean livelihood into the 1980’s and now the whales are cherished and part of their tourism.  The Azores is home to more than a third of the whale and dolphin population.  It is no wonder whales were a common theme in the street art of Sao Miguel.

whale Street Art of the Azores
We found this beautiful piece walking back to our hotel after dinner. The next three are all part of the same piece.

Azores street art in alley

waves of street art in the Azores

Whale's tail street art in the Azores

big whale Street Art of the Azores
This is named Baleia Azul- Blue Whale

whale close up Street Art of the Azores

fish Street Art of the Azores

interesting Street Art of the Azores

graffiti in the Azores
This was on the roof of an abandoned hotel near Sete Cidades. Amazing art found once again in unexpected places.
cat Street Art of the Azores
Despite this one being worn out I had to share as it is a cat!

Extraordinary Street Art

Some street art was unlike anything I had ever seen, the piece below is etched into the building.  I had never seen anything like this before.  Later I learned more about this piece and the artist Alexandre Farto or Vhils.  Read about how he created this piece and see his other works on the links included.

Castle Street Art of the Azores by Vhils

close up Street Art of the Azores by Vhils
Close up of the piece above.

The Azores didn’t need to give us another reason to fall in love with them but they did with all this amazing street art!  These islands have a way of making the ordinary absolutely extraordinary!  From simple meals of fish and chips that were unlike anything we have had before to sidewalks with intricate designs, again and again, the Azores impressed us.  The street art was distinctive of the culture on the islands- make the ordinary extraordinary.

Other blogs you may enjoy:  Why We Fell in Love with the Azores and You Will Too!

For more street art see our article on the amazing Wynwood, Miami street art scene

We even found street art right here in New England!

Heading to Montreal? Check out their Mural Festival!

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Extraordinary Street Art of the Azores

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About Cathy

Cathy (aka “Wildcat”) is not your typical travel/adventurer. Whether it is traveling across the globe or exploring her beloved White Mountains of New Hampshire, this mother of 4’s curious nature has led her to find adventure everywhere she goes. Her blog RoarLoud.net was first started to chronicle the training and journey to the “Rooftop of Africa” – Mt. Kilimanjaro. Since that time, RoarLoud.net has expanded to highlight everything connected with the unique and fascinating adventures a Wildcat can find. She shares with her readers tips, advice, and encouragement to find their strength and inner “ROAR”.
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  1. Ami says: Reply

    The street art here is indeed, unique. Loved all your images.
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    1. I was impressed with how much the Azoreans valued the arts- I love it!

  2. Lynn says: Reply

    Love these photos Thanks Cathy!!

    1. Glad you like them Lynn- I do too! Do you have a favorite?

  3. Wow just can’t get over the fact that these guys are so talented. My favorite is that mural of the face machine weird thing lol
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    1. They are all so different, in some ways I like them all.

  4. Nikki says: Reply

    I love posts about street art. It’s like one of my favourite things to search for when I am exploring a new city. The artwork here is definitely unique and quirky!

    1. Thanks Nikki, I was surprised to find so much in Sao Miguel. Many were different than anything I had seen before:)

  5. I’m loving all of these photos!!! Some of my favourite places for street art so far are Mission District in San Francisco, Valparaiso in Chile, and Belgrade in Serbia 🙂

    1. Thank you! Do you have photos of some of them or a blog post on any of them? I’m going to put together a post about street art around the world- message me:)

  6. Loved all the pictures… what amazing artwork! Very unique… my fav being the big and cute whale on the wall 🙂 Cheers!
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    1. I loved the whales too:) Thank you for visiting and commenting!!

  7. It is amazing where you can find street art – I never would have associated it with the Azores. Very cool!
    Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats recently posted…Oak Alley Plantation: Our Overnight Stay at a Louisiana PlantationMy Profile

    1. Thanks Jessica! I didn’t expect to find it there, a nice surprise

  8. Oh, I love the 2-storey high ‘steaming whale’. Some of the other pieces are quite humorous too, like the bare-bottomed guy with tan lines and hairy legs.
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    1. There was quite the diversity of street art:) I thought that was a funny one too:)

  9. Street art has certainly come of age, no longer is it just vandals tagging their name.
    It truly is art and you have found some beautiful examples that should be available for sale or in an art gallery.
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    1. Yes, there has been quite the change over the years. Glad you liked some of the pieces too:)

  10. Anda says: Reply

    Cathy, you are making me so envious! I’d love to photograph street art like this, but I didn’t come across anything so beautiful and interesting. How do you find it? Do you research the place ahead of time?
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    1. Anda, It was actually a great surprise when we got to the Azores! Ponta Delgada has a large artistic community and the yearly festival they have contributes even more to the city. We asked some tour guides to help us find more after we found some on our own just wandering. The two whales were found on the way back to the hotel from dinner- I didn’t want to stop walking!

  11. Wow, the street art looks amazing! I’ve seen a lot of bad graffiti in my travels, and graffiti of any kind is actually considered vandalism and is a criminal offence in my country (Singapore), so I hardly ever see good street art. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂 If I ever make it to Portugal and the Azores, I’ll keep a look out for these!
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    1. I know some don’t care for street art and I understand why some places don’t allow it. I love street art, not vandalism, though. Finding the street art in the Azores is definitely a fun adventure:)

  12. I’m a big fan of big art. Love that you included close ups of some of the pieces for detail and a better sense of scale. You’ve inspired me to get to the Azores to see for myself!

    1. Thank you, it was all so amazing. The Azores are incredible for so many reasons, a must see!

  13. Ruth says: Reply

    This is awesome! I have never read or seen this “side” of the Azores. The icing on the cake is that work from Alexandre Farto. I was not expecting that at all.

    1. I didn’t remember his name- I also think Vhils. That piece is amazing, we were pretty excited to be shown that:)

  14. Hey Cathy,

    Beautiful pictures!!

    From a very long time, I was in a search of a place where I can go for a vacation. And after reading your blog I found an amazing place to visit that is Azores. I will surely go there and will watch all these beautiful street arts live 🙂

    Thanks for sharing !!

    1. Thank you so much! I am truly in love with the Azores, I can’t wait to go back. Don’t forget to try the egg tarts:)

  15. Wow, the people indeed are very artistic and creative. Beautiful works 🙂 Hope I get to see it one day.
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    1. I was surprised how much the Azores had, I didn’t realize they have a big artistic and musical community. Such a beautiful place in so many ways!

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  18. I love both of the whales and the weird spaceship/man-face one. The first because whales are awesome and love how long they are, the latter because it was so odd and thought-provoking. A tortured soul on a spaceship trying to flee the current world, but he’s unknowingly chained in place. :/

    1. I love your thoughts on the art! I try to figure out some of them too. I love that you can really connect with some pieces. I’d love to hear your take on the pieces in the Wynwood Miami blog- http://roarloud.net/2016/07/19/street-art-story-wynwood-miami/ Thanks for your thoughtful comments!

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  22. I had no idea street art was so popular in the Azores, but it is getting that way everywhere. That last one though, etched into the building, is amazing! It’s interesting how artists see a building as a canvas or a media to create with. Very cool!

    1. I had no idea that the Azores would have street art, it was a wonderful surprise for me:) I love the work of Vhils- his etching street art is incredible!

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  25. Madhu says: Reply

    Beautiful photos of some amazing street art. I especially love that ‘motherhood’ mural. Heading there this September, can’t wait to see it for myself.

    1. Please share what you find there, I love the Azores! I’m sure you will find some new treasures there.

  26. […]  I’ve loved street art for a couple years now, having fallen in love with it deeply in the Azores.  I had never knew the variety there was to street art, and my own desire to see more and more […]

  27. thank you for sharing these street arts. i have never been inspired since i saw these. thank you!

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