Valencia is beautiful!
I just came back from a city trip to Valencia.
There’s a lot I want to share with you about my days in that beautiful city, since Valencia has a lot to offer:
- an old city centre with numerous beautiful sights,
- small and big squares lined with bars and restaurants,
- the spectacular architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences,
- a 9 km long park that goes from the old centre to the beach,
- and so much more.
If you have not visited Valencia yet, then I strongly recommend you do!
But let me start with Valencia’s street art, since I’m a huge street art fan.
Valencia street art is abundant and awesome.
It’s not hard to find street art in Valencia, but there are a few hotspots.
Neighbourhood El Carmen is the most famous area for street art, and the one where you will find yourself anyways, since it’s in the old city centre, near the main sights and filled with restaurants, cafes, shops and bars.
Street art versus marking your territory
The economic crisis, having resulted in unemployment and poverty, has also lead to a lot of vacant, unfinished, neglected and crumbling buildings. Ideal canvases for street artists. Which is great, since it definitely beautifies these buildings, fences and walls that would otherwise be much more ugly and depressing.
Unfortunately the empty walls also appeal to untalented graffiti-ers of the ‘name-tagging’-kind. I’m referring to those spray-painters who just randomly spray their ‘signatures’ everywhere, in ugly letters, marking their presence like a dog that has to pee against every wall and tree.
For me, good street art is an improvement of the environment. It’s creative, it shows talent and it brightens your day. Ugly name-tags are not art, they are just vandalism, as far as I’m concerned. They uglify the city.
Intensely hateful comments never cease to surprise and shock me
Something (partly) off topic:
The last time I expressed this opinion, about ugly tags, here on the blog, I received nasty, hateful comments, typed up completely in capital letters ( I deleted them, of course).
As well as ignorant comments, stating that all artistic expressions are equally good. That you can like something or not, but that you can never say that something is good or bad. How dared I have a judgement…!
I’m usually very positive and enthusiastic on this blog. On the rare occasions that I have criticism, I formulate that nuanced and argumented, and I never burn anyone to the ground. No personal attacks.
So whenever I receive aggressive, very personal comments, calling me a f*ck**g b*tch and such, I’m shocked.
Where does all that hatred come from?
Fortunately it does not happen to me a lot -knock on wood- but I know of fellow-bloggers that receive a lot of sh*t.
Nasty, people, nasty…
….can we please respond in a civilised manner? You don’t have to agree with me, but can you please say and explain that to me in a friendly, respectful way?
Cool street art in Valencia
Okay, back to topic. Let me continue and end this post with showing you more cool street art that I spotted in Valencia:
I could go on and on, but you ‘get the picture’, I think, literally, hahaha…
Believe me when I tell you this is just the tip of the street art iceberg in Valencia!
Have you visited Valencia? Did you enjoy this city? What did you like most about it? Are you a street art fan?