Barrio del Oeste: Urban Graffiti and Quirky Coffeehouses

If you don’t live in Salamanca or know anyone who lives there, chances of you having heard of the Barrio del Oeste are pretty slim. But hey, isn’t that what I’m here for? In this post, I’ll be showing you the beauty that is this neighbourhood, with its funky graffiti and cute coffee shops. 

After some careful planning, my friends and I got together for an afternoon of wandering around the Barrio del Oeste.

Location of the Barrio del Oeste on the map of Salamanca

Graffiti, so much graffiti!

The great thing about this neighbourhood is that there’s at least one piece of graffiti on every single street (or, at least, so it seemed). That’s the main reason why it was so much fun to just wander around, without having any idea as to where you’re going.

The fact that all of this graffiti was made by young artists – with permission of the city – just makes it even better. The project even got its own website, on which you can see every piece of graffiti that makes a part of the project. (It’s in Spanish, but that shouldn’t stop you!)

For anyone who’s too lazy to check out the website, who’s not coming to Salamanca any time soon or who just can’t be bothered to do anything other than scroll, here’s some pictures we took while we were there.

Interacting with graffiti

As if all of that wasn’t enough yet, there are quite some works where you can interact with the art and get really cool pictures, like these. (Be creative: find new ways to interact with the graffiti and send them to me on Twitter or Instagram!)

One more reason to visit Salamanca

All in all, we had a fantastic day at Barrio del Oeste. I’d say it’s definitely worth coming to Salamanca for this. As if you needed any more reasons. I’ll be sure to show this neighbourhood to my parents and my sister when they visit in December.

While I hadn’t even heard of this place until a couple of weeks ago and it was definitely not on my Spanish bucket list, I’m very happy I visited Barrio del Oeste (it’s free!).

There’s also a video!

I know this was a short post, but there really wasn’t much more to write about when you’ve seen the pictures. (I did promise a lot of pictures in my last post, didn’t I?)

As always, thanks for reading!

-S

Author: Sander

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