Loved this street art mural by @nanako_nene done for the village of Ordes' "Desordes Creativas" festival in 2012. It depicts the wildfires that affected the region's Fragas do Eume national park and Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt, who is seen here protecting the animals. // #streetart #desordescreativas #ordes #acoruña #galicia #spain #travel #snapseed #latergram
But many of the rural areas that have quickly urbanized since the 1960s haven’t done so well when it comes to architectural design; in fact, many houses and apartment buildings look so terrible that a term has been coined to describe this subset of Galician architecture: feísmo, literally translated as “ugly-ism.” Feísmo embraces everything from a mish-mash of building materials, heights, and decorative styles from one house to the next, to exposed brick-and-concrete framing, and even simply unpainted walls left to decay in the moist, humid climate. When you compare villages like Ordes, an agricultural community halfway between Santiago and Coruña, with either of those two cities I just mentioned, the contrast is shocking…and “ugly-ism” begins to seem like it must have been the guiding architectural movement in such towns.
|Untitled by Sekone (2010)|
|“Desordes no Paraíso” by Nada (2014)|
|“Ninguén” by Axel Void (2014)|
|Untitled by Erica Il Cane (2012)|
|Untitled by Mou (2012)|
|“Pecado Orixinal” by Sokram (2012)|
How to get there
The town of Ordes sits halfway between Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña and is served by 12 weekday buses in each direction run by Monbus and half that on the weekend. It’s a half-hour bus ride from both Santiago and Coruña, and it shouldn’t cost you more than 5€ for a round-trip ticket. Make sure to scroll down to the end of this post for an embedded map with links to all the street art featured on here as well as many, many more murals.
I had a delicious and super-affordable menú del día (fixed-price menu of the day) at Mesón do Pulpo Guindiboo, right across from a mural on the main drag, Rúa de Alfonso Senra, 73. If you’re planning on daytripping to Ordes it’s worth stopping off for a bite to eat here for some octopus or whatever’s on the menu that day!