Banksy in Fuengirola?

Banksy in Fuengirola?  Most likely, no, but this picture stenciled on a wall on ‘Fish Alley’ certainly looks like a Banksy.  A smiling chimpanzee sticking bananas in his or her ears is a notable diversion from the endless tourist bars and restaurants.

Banksy in Fuengirola?  Probably not.
Banksy in Fuengirola? Probably not.

Banksy in Fuengirola?

I’m sure Banksy aficionados would scoff at the very notion, but it’s most definitely in the style of the famed street artist.  Find it at the top of “Fish Alley”, the street back from the promenade full of, you guessed it, fish restaurants.  OR at least that’s what you might think with a name like that, but it’s mostly English and Irish bars, with all manner of euro-style restaurants ready for the tourists.


“Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based street artist, political activist and film director whose real name and identity remain unconfirmed and the subject of speculation.”, says Wikipedia.  Though Banksy’s identity was well guarded, he came to notice as a freehand graffiti artist in 1993. Using stencils since 2000 to enhance his speed, he developed a distinctive iconography of highly recognizable images, such as rats and policemen, that communicated his antiauthoritarian message. With wry wit and stealth, Banksy merged graffiti art with installation and performance. In the 2003 exhibition “Turf War,” he painted on the bodies of live pigs. At his “Crude Oils” exhibition in London in 2005, which featured altered replicas of the works of Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Edward Hopper, he released 200 live rats in the gallery. In 2005 Banksy, fully disguised, installed his own works on the walls of major museums in New York City and London, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Tate Britain.

Fish Alley in Fuengirola

Fish Alley aquired its name for how much fish cafés in and around Calle Moncayo. Presently they have generally gone to clear a path for more worldwide scope of eateries from Brazilian, Indian, Chinese, Thai and Argentinian to the European cafés of Spain, Italian, British and Irish. Strolling through Fish Alley is somewhat similar to going through the test of endurance however positively. You will be approached to eat in each café through the rear entryway by the front of house staff. They are largely cordial and it adds to the climate of the space. Assuming you are searching for an assortment of food with an extraordinary climate then this is the spot.

It’s a fun town, no doubt.  Don’t expect ‘culture’, but expect good drinking holes and places to throw up your food.

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