Barrio Del Carmen is the historic district of Valencia, and for me, it’s also the most beautiful part of the city. You never get bored, and it’s perfect to visit at any time of the day: by day you can take a tour at Mercado Central, sip a Horchata (yes, it’s vegan) or enjoy the shows of street artists, at night (people in Valencia go out very late, around 22) you can enjoy excellent tapas, order a cocktail in one of the many alternative clubs or simply walk for its picturesque narrow streets. But the thing I’ve preferred the most is to discover the many graffiti that decorate the walls of the whole neighborhood.

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Until some years ago, Barrio of Carmen was one of Valencia’s most decadent neighborhoods, but it was saved by street art, which turned this part of the city into a real open-air museum in continuous development . We don’t know much about the origin of its graffiti, but at some point in the mid-90s some real crew of artists was born, each with their own style, who gave a new face to the neighborhood.

Today el arte callejero, urban art, is openly appreciated and promoted by public authorities, thanks to town redevelopment and tourist flow increasing, which has taken over the whole area, making Barrio of Carmen the most alive and appreciated part by young people from all over the world.

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During our journey, thanks to Airbnb, we were lucky enough to stay in the heart of Barrio del Carmen. Our apartment was in front of one of the most beautiful and famous graffiti, from which start the tours leading to the discovery of valencian street art, “El Beso” by Luis Lonjedo.

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There are many artists who decorated the walls, shutters, road signs and any part of the city that can be decorated. One of my favorites is Julieta Xlf, as she always uses very bright colors and her style is inspired by japanese manga: amazing animals, sweet girls, rainbows, beautiful plants and bicycles characterize her works.

 

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Another artist I appreciated very much is Deih. His style is similar to that of Julieta Xlf because in his works there are always fantastic elements, but with the difference that Deih is much more macabre and mysterious, monsters, aliens, mummies and much more, but always with bright colors, which gives to all the work a surreal and amazing atmosphere.

 

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If walking through the streets of Barrio del Carmen you stumble into a super bright colored graffiti (like orange or electric blue), with geometric shapes and details reminiscent of Aztec art but at the same time for some reason reminds you of a painting by Picasso, then you just came across a work by Disneylexya. Her style is unique, every work is unmistakable.

 

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But it must also be remembered that street art is a forbidden art, an art against rules, which, in addition to being a form of expression, is also a form of protest. And this is where we find Escif, also known as the “spanish Banksy”, every graffiti always attaches a message of protest against society, politics and anything else that is not right.

 

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However, if street art is your passion, you have to know that in Valencia there are many tours that deal only with Urban Art. You can find them easily on the internet, but if you prefer to do the tour on your own I leave you a map highlighting the most famous and known works.

 

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