City of paint and contrasts
One of the things I really enjoyed about the second city of greece is the street art of Thessaloniki. Some artists made huge murals on the side of buildings that really left me in awe. It’s amazing that even against the backdrop of old churches and other historical buildings, they somehow fit right in. What a nice contrast it is, to see modern paintings, with sometimes quite political statements, in contrast to porous walls. But it`s not only the huge murals who make the street art of Thessaloniki. It`s also the small tags on the walls, the decorations on the floor and so much more.
An organised scene
Yes, the street art scene in Thessaloniki is big. in fact it is so big, that they even have a dedicated festival to show the public what street art really is all about. It’s called SAF Thessaloniki (Street Art Festival) and it takes place every year. 2016 was the fourth year this has run, and although we were too late to attend by the time we visited, it is something we would definitely consider timing a trip around it if we come back to Thessaloniki in future years. Below is a short gallery showing some of the permanent street art that I enjoyed during our visit:
Street art of Thessaloniki in pictures
We also have another article about our short break in Thessaloniki and what we got up to in the city.