The first post on this series was a success far greater than expected. Reassured of the interest of this kind of random information on Lisbon's events, Best Things to Do in Lisbon series returns this week with two activities that you can held independently, benefiting of the help of a batch of great books that I found recently.
You know I love tiles and street art. And I know that many of you love it too. The two great things I propose you to do while in Lisbon is to look for the best tiles in the city and / or look out for many amazing street art installations scattered all over Lisbon, both from national and international artists. Sounds good?
LOOKING FOR AZULEJOS IN LISBON
All over Lisbon you can find tiled panels. In museums, churches, on the building walls or in the subway stations, is impossible to miss them. But you want to check the most significative and beautiful, from the 16th century white and blue tiles to the contemporary artists works that beautify the city. In the 1st book you can find some of the best examples of what you can find in Lisbon. The second book presents itineraries trough the city to find some of the most interesting Lisbon's tiles.
Some of my own suggestions: Palácio Fronteira, Museu do Azulejo, Subway Stations (Parque, Oriente, São Sebastião, Colégio Militar and many others), façade of Vida Portuguesa store at Fábrica Viúva Lamego, São Vicente de Fora Monastery and Sintra National Palace.
LOOKING FOR STREET ART IN LISBON
Lisbon has so many impressive pieces of urban art that you can take almost a day to visit every site. So, if you like street art you better prepare yourself and plan ahead. One way of doing it is to consult articles on line or have a book like Street Art Lisbon where you can find some of the best works, how to get there and even GPS coordinates to easily find them.
Some of my own suggestions: go to LX Factory, walk down Calçada da Glória, visit Fábrica Braço de Prata, look for Vhils works scattered trough the city and for Bordallo II trash sculptures. You will be amazed by the work of this Portuguese artists.
You can find this books at Zest Books.