Barcelona Street Art

I’ve often wondered why I find Barcelona so inspiring. It must be the vibrant energy and creativity that I crave, a chance to recharge my own creativity and challenge my notions of the limits of artistic expression.

Art and design are very much part and parcel of Barcelona, but not necessarily, or only, in ways that you would expect. Instead, artistic expression is constantly changing, reinventing itself, taking on new and unexpected forms in the most ordinary locations and situations, such as for example this window display of an ordinary coffee shop:

Barcelona food

Art is very much part of everyday life, and about everyday life, like these murals:

Barcelona street art
Barcelona street art

Creativity and artistic expression are also filtered into design, and as a result even the most mundane everyday objects look incredibly cool and sophisticated, as well as both classic and very modern at the same time:


And when shops and restaurants close, they become billboards advertising the shop and its wares to passersby, or canvases for modern urban street art.

Barcelona street art

Yes, that’s why I need my annual pilgrimage to Barcelona: it is a living, breathing work of art, but one that is both complete and still a work-in-progress.

Create the life you want, 

Tiina L,

Bad Tourist


  1. Jan Graham-McMillen
    22 April 2014 / 4:37 pm

    I loved this post … wonderful art. So kind of you to show us a little tour. I'll never get there in person, so I hope you understand the value of these posts to me! Thank you.(Over from Patti's Visible Monday … sorry your thumbnail didn't work!)

    • Tiina L
      22 April 2014 / 7:50 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! There will be more posts on Barcelona in the weeks to come, so far I've only showed photos from previous trips….

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