Old Meets New: Portugal's Street Art

Even with a boom in tourism this year, Portugal is still seen as an off-the-beaten-path destination where travelers can find alternative art scenes while still wandering through historic spots. Street artists from all around the world have now made their mark in Portugal. In Lisbon, I was even surprised to spot Miami's very own local street artist, Atomiko, twice throughout the city.

Traveling through Porto, Coimbra, Aveiro and Lisbon, I found that every city/town had it's buildings and homes covered in Portugal's original form of street art: tiles. I've seen azulejos in other countries, such as Mexico and Spain, but the ones in Portugal had an array of colors and patterns, ranging from traditional to contemporary styles. It's more than an accessory, it's practically part of the construction.