Nestled on the western end of the Algarve lies a thriving urban art scene waiting to be explored. 

At the heart of this creative movement lies the Laboratorio de Actividades Criativas (LAC), a cultural association housed within the historic jailhouse of Lagos. LAC has orchestrated the influx of renowned street artists from across Europe. 

Embarking on a journey of street art in Lagos is a thrilling adventure, a fusion of art appreciation and urban exploration. Armed with a local map from the LAC building, visitors can chart a course through the city, uncovering a diverse collection of murals and graffiti that adorn its streets. But it’s not just about the destination; it’s about the unexpected joy of stumbling upon hidden artworks, immersing oneself in the vibrant pulse of Lagos’ creative energy.

For those seeking a starting point, the LAC building is a gateway to a unique experience of the city’s artistic prowess. Its exterior walls are a canvas for captivating murals, while the interior undergoes a metamorphosis each August, with its white walls transforming into canvases for visiting artists. Although LAC’s doors are open primarily on weekends and may not always be manned, a visit is  a testament to the evolution of street art, a journey that is sure to inspire and intrigue.

Among the myriad of murals that adorn Lagos, one standout piece is “Meeting the God” by Polish street artists Bezt, a vibrant testament to cultural exchange and artistic expression. Located on Rua Lancelot the Freitas, this colourful masterpiece captivates passersby with intricate details and bold imagery. Additionally, works by renowned Belgian artist ROA, known for his striking black and white animal paintings, such as the “mating snails,” add to the city’s eclectic tapestry of street art.

Yet, the allure of Lagos’ street art extends far beyond these notable pieces, inviting visitors to delve deeper into its hidden gems and lesser-known treasures. Each mural is a unique story, a reflection of the diverse influences and narratives that converge within Lagos’ dynamic urban landscape, a rich tapestry that is sure to fascinate and inspire.

Whether you’re a seasoned art enthusiast or simply curious to explore a different side of Lagos, the city’s street art scene promises an unforgettable adventure. So, grab a map from LAC, wander through its winding streets, and let the vibrant colours and thought-provoking imagery guide your journey of discovery.