Some of the world’s greatest and most colorful graffiti art brightens the streets of Granada in southern Spain. Words & Photos: Phil Wiley © Travelfoodandwine Magazine
Granada, in the Andalusian region of southern Spain, sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, not far from the border with Portugal. Around an hours drive from the Mediterranean coast, it was once the capital of the Moorish world and is home to The Alhambra, the Moorish citadel and palace which has become the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy. It’s a really charming city blending Mediterranean and African influenced culture, and a million miles away from the booze and bonking culture of the coastal tourist towns.
Most visitors go there to see the Alhambra, and I’ve read in several books that the greatest artistic wealth of Granada is its Spanish-Muslim art inside the palace compound, but my most vivid memories are of the graffiti and modern street art rivals which rivals the work you see in high-end galleries.
In case you can’t tell the above photo is one image, not two, of a high art covered wall with an even more colourful house behind it.