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4 stunning mosaic art travel destinations to visit this summer

(3 min read) Summertime is a worldwide favorite time to grab hold of travel opportunities and set sail to see a range of cultural treats, from fine cuisine, rolling landscapes, to the colorful bounty of the arts.

Mosaic art offers a unique insight into deeply laced cultural styles around the world, from the materials used to the artistic influence and stylization portrayed in the skillful craft. Whether historical or modern, mosaic tiles are the perfect travel destination.

Whatever your travel calling may be, you will struggle to say no to the glistening variety of mosaic art travel destinations to see around the world. Read on to discover the beauty of tile mastery around the globe and four amazing destinations for your summer bucket list.


Nambucca Heads, Australia

The street art of Nambucca Head boasts a gorgeously textured and playful mosaic mural named “Fish and Chips”; this contemporary piece depicts a rolling wall of marine life encapsulated in azure glass. Fish and rolling waves emerge from the cement in 3D magnificence, demanding attention to every patterned scale and fragment. The work is 164 ft. long and was created by mosaicist Guy Crosley and a team of local artists.

Turquoise and greens handmade mosaic artwork makes is a perfect travel destination
Turquoise and greens compliment glossy reds in this underwater paradise.
A beautiful mosaic art display
This octopus relaxes on the edge of this incredible mosaic display.
These shiny Mosaic tile pieces are as breath-taking as they are adorable!
These shiny critters are as breath-taking as they are adorable!
This stunning mosaic artwork on the main street of Nambucca Heads.
This stunning mosaic work is on the main street of Nambucca Heads outside the Police Station.
Gorgeous work featuring a giant crocodile Mosaic design.
The work also features a giant crocodile.

New York City, USA

When one considers commuting on the underground rat-race through NYC subways, it may seem like a dull affair. However, these dull, well-trodden subways have been injected with bold color, political commentary and cultural statements with a series of mosaic artworks.

Fantastic colour and tile craft combine to create a gorgeous empowering piece at the New York City Subway.
Fantastic colour and tile craft combine to create a gorgeous empowering piece.
This beautiful glossy mosaic artwork covers themes of work and culture whilst maintaining a beauty in its own right.
This beautiful glossy mosaic artwork covers themes of work and culture whilst maintaining a beauty in its own right.
The stunning Spring street mosaic artwork is a must see.
The stunning Spring street mosaic artwork.
William Wegman’s famous dog mosaic art murals decorate the 23rd Street F, M subway station.
William Wegman’s famous dog murals decorate the 23rd Street F, M subway station.
John Lennon’s memorial at Strawberry fields, Central Park, New York City.
John Lennon’s memorial at Strawberry fields, Central Park, NYC Simple and profoundly sincere.

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is renowned for its mosaic art form; “Zellige” or “Zellij” which is crafted from handmade tiles in geometric, stunning arrangements. The Bahia Palace is a hub of mosaic artwork that boasts the epitome of Moroccan style with its interlaced geometric forms.

Gorgeous mosaic patterns and a dual colour scheme creates a simple yet intricate aesthetic.
Gorgeous repeated patterns and a dual colour scheme creates a simple yet intricate aesthetic.
This incredible ceiling mosaic artwork combines warm colours and lively pattern.
This incredible ceiling mosaic combines warm colours and lively pattern. Flight to morocco anyone?
This bohemian star with a complex mosaic art aura is a gorgeous example of Moroccan craftsmanship and culture.
This bohemian star with a complex mosaic aura is a gorgeous example of Moroccan craftsmanship and culture.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is not only famous for the Christ the Redeemer statue, but for its adornment with a magnificent display of color that lives up to the lively and vivacious culture of Brazil. The Santa Teresa Steps, by artist Jorge Selaron is a series of steps adorned with over 2000 mosaic tiles consisting of glass, ceramic and mirror, some of which are hand painted by the technical artist. The piece is so popular and loved, it has become a trademark of the Brazilian city.

Vibrant blue and yellow mosaic tile art suits the bustle of the busy city and friendly folk.
Vibrant blue and yellow suits the bustle of the busy city and friendly folk.
black and white stone swirls boast the most contemporary of Brazilian culture.
At the Copacabana beach, Brazil; black and white stone swirls boast the most contemporary of Brazilian culture.


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87 Comments

  1. Cristina Petrini
    June 19, 2019 at 11:27 am — Reply

    Often the mosaics are part of the beauty of a city, in Barcelona there are so many to visit!

    • June 19, 2019 at 11:51 am — Reply

      Oh I’ve been a few times to Barcelona and I’ve written on here a few posts about it, gorgeous city.

  2. V
    June 19, 2019 at 1:03 pm — Reply

    It is amazing how art is all around us, we just have to take the time to look and appreciate.

  3. Joline
    June 19, 2019 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    Everything is so creative and beautifully done. We’ve been to Strawberry Fields. Would love to visit Morocco and Brazil.

  4. Neely Moldovan
    June 19, 2019 at 3:13 pm — Reply

    These are so cool! I would love to see them in person some day!

  5. Stephanie
    June 19, 2019 at 3:13 pm — Reply

    I haven’t been to any of these places before, but the mosaics there are stunning! I never knew there were so many around these cities.

  6. Lisa
    June 19, 2019 at 3:23 pm — Reply

    Yay I can say I’ve been to 2 on the list! These are stunning mosaic pieces, but I need to return to NYC again to visit Spring Street. They’re so pretty!

  7. Bree
    June 19, 2019 at 3:33 pm — Reply

    WOW these are all amazing places! But the one in Australia really takes the cake – that is such a great mosaic!

  8. Lasonia
    June 19, 2019 at 6:51 pm — Reply

    This is absolutely amazing art! Very nicely done. I’d love to view the one on my next visit to New York.

  9. Norma
    June 19, 2019 at 7:53 pm — Reply

    Beautiful mosaics. My favorite ones are in Australia. Would love to visit and see in person these lovely mosaics.

  10. Alma P
    June 20, 2019 at 1:43 am — Reply

    Heading to NYC this summer and these are perfect! Thank you soooo much for the tips – love mosaics!

  11. kumamonjeng
    June 20, 2019 at 5:04 am — Reply

    I love mosaics arts a lot. Recently I was in Portugal and Spain and saw so many of them, especially the pathway in Lisbon, it has the “wave” pattern pathway and looks similar to Macau China as it was conquered by the Portuguese before.

    • June 20, 2019 at 8:44 am — Reply

      I was in Lisbon and Barcelona a few months ago, the mosaics i saw there, gorgeous!!!

  12. Ritu Sharma
    June 20, 2019 at 5:43 am — Reply

    I am a big fan of mosaic art and all the listed above are the best one I feel like.

  13. Sundeep
    June 20, 2019 at 5:57 am — Reply

    We are planning to visit Brazil. I will definitely going to see this stunning mosiac art. I am looking for more places.

  14. Karen Monica
    June 20, 2019 at 6:11 am — Reply

    These are all so amazing and creative. I have never been to the places you mention. But would love to visit one day.

  15. cait
    June 20, 2019 at 6:38 am — Reply

    omg yo uare right there are STUNNING and even mroe so in person- ive seen a few over the years but id love to try and see them all

  16. Lynda Hogan
    June 20, 2019 at 7:56 am — Reply

    So beautiful. It has me thinking too – I can only think of one place I’ve seen mosaics here in Japan, I’m sure there must be more. I will have to look into it.

    • June 20, 2019 at 8:43 am — Reply

      I will check it out as well, i am sure there are a lot of mosaics in Japan. I will let you know.

  17. aisasami
    June 20, 2019 at 10:30 am — Reply

    What diverse place to show a different side of mosaic art. I love Rio’s better because it’s so colorful!

  18. Kalyan Panja
    June 20, 2019 at 11:42 am — Reply

    Thanks for sharing some interesting destinations around and such attractive works of art to cheer ourselves in this world with so many pulls and pressures every day.

  19. Natalie
    June 20, 2019 at 12:27 pm — Reply

    Morocco is certainly known for its mosaics! I would love to visit. You should add Sevilla, Spain to your list – beautiful mosaics at the Plaza de España 🙂

    • June 20, 2019 at 9:21 pm — Reply

      I was in Sevilla a few months ago, gorgeous city. Both Sevilla and Barcelona will be covered in a future post.

  20. Tiffany La Forge-Grau
    June 20, 2019 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    Australia is on my list to visit and has been for years. I am waiting to make sure I get to go for longer than a week since I’m in love with it!

  21. Tara Pittman
    June 20, 2019 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    So many cool pieces of art. I love the one with all the flowers around it.

  22. Jennifer
    June 20, 2019 at 2:08 pm — Reply

    These look absolutely amazing! I love mosaic art

  23. Haroon Ejaz
    June 20, 2019 at 2:16 pm — Reply

    A great list of awesome destinations. Thanks for the awesome share!

  24. Claire Lee
    June 20, 2019 at 2:45 pm — Reply

    I love mosaic art! These are so gorgeous. All the details and patterns are stunning.

  25. Sarah Bailey
    June 20, 2019 at 3:08 pm — Reply

    Oh wow those are some beautiful mosaics to go and visit. It is incredible that there are amazing ones to visit all around the world.

  26. Courtney
    June 20, 2019 at 4:40 pm — Reply

    Ooooo so many neat places to visit!!! I need to check out all the mosaic art in NY since I’m not too far away!

  27. Krysten Quiles
    June 20, 2019 at 5:09 pm — Reply

    Oh my goodness these are AMAZING. It’s just wonderful the art that you can find!

  28. Elizabeth Weitz
    June 20, 2019 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    Ahhh, the New York mosaic’s are amazing! All though I really loved the crocodile too. Such incredible talent!

  29. Poly
    June 20, 2019 at 6:05 pm — Reply

    We visited New York last year. It was lovely. Would like to visit Australia one day.

  30. Christa
    June 20, 2019 at 6:41 pm — Reply

    I’d sign up for a trip to visit all of these beautiful places! A city that has a thriving art community is my kind of place.

  31. Myrah Duque
    June 20, 2019 at 6:57 pm — Reply

    Wow this is some real extravagant pieces of art! I love mosaic.

  32. joy
    June 20, 2019 at 7:27 pm — Reply

    the dog in the raincoat is fun! thanks for sharing…:D

  33. Agnes Dela Cruz
    June 20, 2019 at 8:48 pm — Reply

    I will learn more about the places you posted here and also the amazing mosaci arts, truly a destination that needs to visit.

  34. Rosey
    June 20, 2019 at 11:40 pm — Reply

    I think it’s awesome that you have compiled a list of where to find them. I like to see mosaic stairs, I think they’re cool.

  35. GiGi
    June 20, 2019 at 11:48 pm — Reply

    Oh wow!!! Now I want to go explore these destinations first hand and see these stunning works of art in person!

  36. Rhonda Albom
    June 21, 2019 at 12:08 am — Reply

    You have two of my favourite cities on this list. I love the mosaic art in Marrakesh and the Selaron steps in Rio. Fabulous photos, and a new spot for me to visit in Australia.

  37. Lyanna Soria
    June 21, 2019 at 1:22 am — Reply

    Those are some great places to visit. I like the colors at Nambucca Heads. I’ve seen some mosaic artworks here in NYC and they are quite interesting and nice to look at.

  38. Annie Cho
    June 21, 2019 at 1:29 am — Reply

    I would also suggest the mosaic art of Gaudi in Barcelona! It’s on his architecture, sculptures, parks, etc! 🙂
    Xoxo
    Annie

    • June 21, 2019 at 10:48 am — Reply

      I definitely agree! I was in Barcelona a few months ago, Gaudi’s work is stunning, i didn’t wanna leave Park Guell, was gorgeous.

  39. Annita Nikole
    June 21, 2019 at 8:26 am — Reply

    WOW! These are amazing…I have seen a good number of the ones in NYC but not all of them. Next time I go I will have to make sure to see the rest! Plus, I’m planning a trip to Morocco so I have to add these to my list!

  40. Lavern Moore
    June 21, 2019 at 8:33 am — Reply

    These are all great places to experience mosaic art. Being from New York, I have always admired the subways for their mosaic art.

  41. Catherine Santiago Jose
    June 21, 2019 at 8:40 am — Reply

    Everything is so beautiful and I love it. Mosaic arts are so amazing and they really add beauty in any places.

  42. Alexandra Cook
    June 21, 2019 at 9:16 am — Reply

    The pictures are absolutely awesome Nambucca Heads, Australia is high on my list of countries to visit, it looks incredible. I love everything about it and I haven’t even been there yet!

  43. Ceci Rey
    June 21, 2019 at 9:57 am — Reply

    I love this! Your pictures are beautiful. My favorite are the ones from Australia. Thanks for sharing!

  44. Joanna
    June 21, 2019 at 10:34 am — Reply

    Another great place to travel to if you would like to see impressive mosaics is Barcelona. Gaudi used a lot of mosaic in his works, and Park Guell is quite impressive.

    • June 21, 2019 at 10:47 am — Reply

      I can’t agree more! I was in Barcelona a few months ago, gorgeous city gorgeous mosaics. Park Guell, la sagrada familia, stunning work.

  45. Amy-Lynn Denham
    June 21, 2019 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    What gets me is just how long it must take to create these things. The passion you have to have for what you’re doing is incredible.

  46. Itzel Gomez
    June 21, 2019 at 12:46 pm — Reply

    I can’t even imagine how much work went into making all of these! They are so pretty and I will for sure go see them if I ever travel to any of these places!

  47. Kaitlyn Fortier
    June 21, 2019 at 12:57 pm — Reply

    Just something about mosaic is so stinkin gorgeous!

  48. Shalini
    June 21, 2019 at 2:10 pm — Reply

    Ah, Morocco has my heart! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photographs.

  49. Jessica Joachim
    June 21, 2019 at 5:42 pm — Reply

    All of these mosaics are so beautiful! I have been wanting to go to Morocco anyways, and now I want to go even more!

  50. Annabel O
    June 21, 2019 at 6:10 pm — Reply

    The crocodile piece is stunning!

  51. Brittany Vantrease
    June 21, 2019 at 6:15 pm — Reply

    The time it must have taken to make some of these is incredible. A person/s must have to be really involved to start and finish these wonderful creations. I like that you also included artwork from different countries and how each country seems to have it’s own color scheme.

  52. Tina Andrews
    June 21, 2019 at 7:38 pm — Reply

    Oh wow, how neat is that. I love mosaics and these large scale pieces of art are beautiful!

  53. Holly
    June 21, 2019 at 11:01 pm — Reply

    Discovering new art is one of my favorite things to do while traveling.

  54. Shelby
    June 21, 2019 at 11:04 pm — Reply

    Wow! These are beautiful! I love Finding things like this when traveling around.

  55. Shannon Gurnee
    June 22, 2019 at 2:04 am — Reply

    Wow those are some really pretty destinations. I love how pretty mosaic art is.

  56. Samar
    June 22, 2019 at 2:46 am — Reply

    I am a big fan of the mosaic art, whenever there is a festival I am on to that.

    Thanks for putting up the list together.

  57. Maggie
    June 22, 2019 at 3:07 am — Reply

    Wow! These places look sooo amazing! Can’t wait to visit!

  58. Miljana
    June 22, 2019 at 3:40 am — Reply

    LOVELY! My husband, who is an artist, would love to see these! He’s actually into mosaics a lot too!

  59. Lifestyle
    June 22, 2019 at 4:36 am — Reply

    Oh wow, such stunning designs and so creative as well. Loved the crocodile mosaics design, looks realistic

  60. Hannah Marie
    June 22, 2019 at 9:42 am — Reply

    Mosaic art is an amazing way to express culture and knowledge. I love them all, seems well prepared. The one from NYC is my favorite.

  61. Scott Gombar
    June 22, 2019 at 9:57 am — Reply

    I live about 100 miles from NYC so I have been there many times. Rio is next on the list

  62. David Elliott
    June 22, 2019 at 10:01 am — Reply

    I have seen some of the New York mosaics out there and they are beautiful. I would love to go to Rio or to Morocco and see theirs. They do look quite beautiful there.

  63. Anzie
    June 22, 2019 at 11:39 am — Reply

    Wow, so beautiful! We are planning for Australia trip this year. I would love to see those fantastic mosaic murals there!!

  64. Jackline A
    June 22, 2019 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    These are stunning pieces of art and I would love to visit these locations.

  65. Cindy Ingalls
    June 22, 2019 at 1:20 pm — Reply

    I’ve seen the mosaics in the subways in NYC and they make the ride even more interesting. Would love to travel to other cities and see their artforms as well.

  66. Cristina Ioana
    June 22, 2019 at 4:42 pm — Reply

    They are so beautiful! I’ve only seen the ones in Barcelona but the other ones are worth visiting as well. Lovely pictures.

  67. Jocelyn
    June 22, 2019 at 11:32 pm — Reply

    These mosaics area amazing! I’ve seen some mosaic art in Washington, DC and New York City during my visits and I’ve enjoyed and admired them all.

  68. Catherine
    June 23, 2019 at 3:17 pm — Reply

    I’m always blown away by the mosaic artwork you share! These exhibits are amazing!

  69. Jasmine Hewitt
    June 23, 2019 at 5:28 pm — Reply

    wow some of these are breathtaking!! I’d love to see a few of them in person

  70. Kara
    June 24, 2019 at 2:43 am — Reply

    I would add Barcelona too – some beautiful mosaics there too

  71. Irina
    June 24, 2019 at 10:08 am — Reply

    I love street art. It adds so much to a city. Thanks for sharing these destinations

  72. Swathi
    June 24, 2019 at 2:20 pm — Reply

    Beautiful I wish I can travel to all these places. May be some time. Not sure.

  73. Priya
    June 25, 2019 at 4:54 am — Reply

    WOW, that’s some absolutely amazing mosaic artwork. I think I’d love to visit Australia to see this for sure!

  74. Romina Tibytt
    June 25, 2019 at 10:08 am — Reply

    wowwww great list!! I would love to go to Australia. Some day!

  75. Gavin
    June 26, 2019 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    I had never paid much attention to mosiac art but looking at your pics makes me wanna hunt them down!!

  76. Eloise
    June 26, 2019 at 10:05 pm — Reply

    I would love to design something like those! they are amazing/stunning works of art.

  77. Melissa
    June 27, 2019 at 12:37 pm — Reply

    i love mosaics and bright happy colors. Marocco has been on my wish list for a long time now.

  78. Paula Stewart
    June 27, 2019 at 2:23 pm — Reply

    When my aunt visited Phillidelpia she said that they had a beautiful mosaic garden that she went to see.

  79. Fatima Torres
    June 27, 2019 at 7:33 pm — Reply

    These mosaics are wonderful. Worth checking them out in person.

  80. Rena
    June 28, 2019 at 11:05 am — Reply

    I love this! I’m pinning this so I can start seeing these when I travel. It’s not something that I would have been watching for.

  81. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    July 5, 2019 at 2:32 pm — Reply

    How did I miss this post?? Now you have me thinking about a trip to NAMBUCCA HEADS, AUSTRALIA just to see that mosaic in person.

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