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“Street Art as you have never seen it before!”

Ruta de Murales Artisticos
Ranked #7 of 86 things to do in Estepona
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Estepona, Spain
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“Street Art as you have never seen it before!”
Reviewed 18 January 2014

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Street Art.

Or perhaps Building Art?

18 months ago Estepona Town Council started commissioning gigantic works of art. Enormous. When you first see one of them, you will hardly believe your eyes!

They were painted on the blank sides of generally rather ugly buildings, and have become a real talking point. The crowds gather to watch them being painted; amazingly most of them take just two or three weeks, with the artist up on scaffolding wielding his - or her - big paintbrush. On one of the paintings the artist has painted an actual local resident, an elderly gentleman who lives in the block. You can see how good the picture is by my photo.

There are now, January 2014, 16 of them around the town. They are not in the old centre, the Centro Histórico, because they are on the sides of high-rise blocks, and the old town doesn't have any of those.

They are scattered around, in different "Barrios" - local areas - of the town. You can find them in 'Mar y Sierra', 'Tres Banderas', 'Los Televisores', 'San Isidro Labrador', 'Primavera', 'El Cid', 'Fuerzas Armadas' , 'Los Remedios' and 'Isabel Simon'.

The Tourist Office in the Plaza de las Flores has a map with a lot - but not all - of them marked on; you can ask them to mark the others for you.

Mural-spotting around the town is not something to do on a hot afternoon in July or August - you'll faint from the heat. But at other times of the day - early morning - or other times of the year, it's a great way to walk around and get to know the town.

The latest - number 16 - was officially unveiled just a few days ago (January 2014), and is said to be the largest art work in all Spain, possibly in all Europe, covering over 1,000 square meters. And it took only 3 weeks. I couldn't have managed a coat of whitewash over that surface in that time, yet alone a work of art.

It is painted on six adjoining blocks of flats and, like many of the others, has a trompe-l'oeil effect. If you stand in the right position, you can see the fisherman casting his line then pulling out the fish.

The 17th is already planned, in the 'Picasso-Blas Infante' barrio, and this time the artists are . . . prisoners from the Penitentiary at Alhaurín de la Torre.

Estepona has so much going for it now, with its beautiful Centro Histórico, its lovely squares, its new museums, its great restaurants, its marvellous beaches, its wonderful weather and its friendly people. And now this!

Why would anyone ever want to go - or live - anywhere else?

:-)


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The Town Council has also just started another Route - the Ruta de la Poesía - the Poetry Route. And this IS in the Centro Histórico. Keep an eye out for large, attractive, ceramic wall plaques with an extract from a poem on them.

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Visited January 2014
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