The Azores: Ponta Delgada will surprise street art lovers on the island of São Miguel

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One of the best and most colourful street art murals in Ponta Delgada / Photo: travelooney.dk

I had high expectations when I visited the Azores for the first time recently – an exotic, Portuguese archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. But one thing I didn’t expect was to find such an abundance of high-quality street art around the city of Ponta Delgada, which is the economic capital of São Miguel (1 of the 9 islands) and the Azores.

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Sometimes the right timing can add to the story of a mural / Photo: travelooney.dk

For a true street art lover like me, it was a welcome bonus to be able to hunt for murals around this already colourful city. Much of the honour for the amount of street art here goes to the annual Walk and Talk Urban Art Festival that includes commissioned murals, as well as a wide range of concerts and performances. The festival will be held between July 5-20 here in 2019.

SEE ALSO: Brighton is a beauty for street art lovers

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Fun and cartoonish mural above a carpark in Ponta Delgada / Photo: travelooney.dk

My time in Ponta Delgada was limited, so there was definitely more to discover. I still managed to get a good collection of photos and I hope it will give you a good impression of this city as a street art destination.

I especially loved how all the rustic facades and old doors create some fantastic frames for many of these urban art pieces – and it was great to see a lot of murals dedicated to whales and other sea creatures in the waters surrounding the Azores islands.

Be sure to let me if you have any of the artist names behind these pieces.

SEE ALSO: Street art in the heart of Belfast


A FEW SEA THEMED MURALS:

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This stunning blue whale mural has been vandalized a bit / Photo: travelooney.dk

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A whale of details / Photo: travelooney.dk

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This colourful mural might be linked to the whaling past of these islands / Photo: travelooney.dk

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Avó means grandmother in Portuguese – and it’s part of the mural below / Photo: travelooney.dk

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Huge whale in a narrow passageway in Ponta Delgada / Photo: travelooney.dk

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The sea has eyes and carries a paper boat behind the whale / Photo: travelooney.dk

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A giant squid mural near the harbour of Ponta Delgada / Photo: travelooney.dk


A FEW RUSTIC DOORS:

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Doors and keys / Photo: travelooney.dk

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Ganesh on rustic wood / Photo: travelooney.dk

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Feathers and timeworn walls / Photo: travelooney.dk

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Black and white portrait on a wooden door / Photo: travelooney.dk


AND A NICE MIX:

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A couple of excellent sketchy portraits / Photo: travelooney.dk

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Cartoonish style and happy colours at a carpark / Photo: travelooney.dk

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War dancing weasels in a narrow street, by Reskate / Photo: travelooney.dk

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A close-up of one of Reskate‘s weasels / Photo: travelooney.dk

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An almost psychedelic decoration of a house in Ponta Delgada / Photo: travelooney.dk

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A bottle of labels / Photo: travelooney.dk


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By Brian Schæfer Dreyer
www.travelooneyblog.com
www.travelooney.dk
travelooney@gmail.com

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