Santa Maria Street
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK6,403 contributions
Apr 2022
On Santa Maria Street nearly every other door is painted with a different design. They’re all unique and very colourful, I've included photos of a few of my favourites. They are a hundred or more different ones to find, some down side alleys and just off the main street. You can easily explore for half an hour or more, before stopping to enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants you'll find along the way.

There are many many restaurants here in old town (reviewed separately). We enjoyed all our meals especially at Basmati Indian restaurant. Most of the street is pedestrianised and some restaurants are set up outside right in the middle of the street, so it can get a little crowded in these places where the street becomes much more narrow.

We visited on 2 separate occasions; earlier on the morning is much quieter, before the restaurants open up, but later on there is more atmosphere if it does get a little too crowded.

A short couple of minutes walk from the seafront and the Avenida do Mar. The main bus stops and the cable car terminal is also just a couple of minutes walk away, so a very central location. There are public toilets near to the main bus stops.
Written November 15, 2022
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johnnymac2017
Kilmacolm, UK944 contributions
May 2022
Really like this street. Started at the end with the oxen statue and meandered all the way to the fort.

The doorways are very informative, and, some of the paintings are very good, others less so.

Regardless this is a must see must do when in Funchal.

Just be wary of all the restaurants trying to drag innocent passers-by into their establishments, although it is safe before 11.30.
Written May 30, 2022
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LeeJJS
Birmingham, UK29 contributions
Apr 2022
If you come to Funchal, I think this is a must see before you go back home.
Best to come early before the restaurants on this narrow street open up for trade. Maybe 10:00am. We arrived around 11:15 am and some restaurants/ cafes were opening up so you so it was difficult to see some of the paintings on the doors.
Written April 13, 2022
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David D
Devon, UK18,579 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Wednesday 9th June we were out about exploring and sightseeing in Funchal. No visit would be complete with without strolling around the Old Town.

One of the highlights is a walk down this street to see its famous painted doors.

It is a long narrow cobbled street that is lined with shops and restaurants but more importantly the wonderfully painted doors.

Well worth a walk down this ancient street.
Written June 9, 2021
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Ledgie1
Renfrew, UK669 contributions
Sep 2021
Had read about these doors being painted by varius artists since our last visit and as we were staying in the old town we came across this stree by chance. The paintings are so pretty and varied and it has made this street very popular with tourists.
Doors have also been painted by artists in other streets around here now.
Well worth a visit.
Written October 15, 2021
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taliward
Warwick, UK1,528 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We love our street art and have seen a lot of different types across the world. All very individual and so many different styles here. I loved the mermaid with the door knocker disguised in her hair and the photographer leaning in to another door to nose at what's going on. Wander right to the very top for another view point and then on your way back, take the first road on the left and head down through the lovely bars and restaurants back to the cable car area.
Written November 8, 2020
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Joanna R
Athens, Greece144 contributions
Feb 2020
You allow some street artists to paint the doors of the houses and shops of a small street and you transform a neglected neighborhood to an artistic attraction... It is one of the best ideas I have ever know. The artists have the opportunity to show their work and the locals have a beautiful and non-ordinary door. The street is now touristic and if you want to see the paintings it is better to visit in the morning, around 8
Written March 3, 2020
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wendyanddavid536
Solihull, UK2,067 contributions
Feb 2020
A long narrow street in the old part of Funchal, full of restaurants (mostly touristy with very similar menus and people outside trying to pull you in). Many of the house doors are painted with interesting murals. Interesting to wander along.
Written February 24, 2020
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Wacktle
Lincolnshire, UK108 contributions
Jan 2020
As we were staying in the Hotel Porto Santa Maria nearby, we walked along this street several times. The painted doors are good, and there are a couple of very nice arty shops. In the daytime the walk is quite pleasant, but in the evening there is more touting for restaurant business. Most staff are very pleasant, particularly if they know you've already eaten, but one person was quite rude and berated us for not listening to him or talking about his menu. As a result we went to eat elsewhere (at Almirante where the staff were pleasant, quiet and totally non-pushy).
Written January 7, 2020
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jrdh
587 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is an I teresring street to walk along, however can be best to strole through when the restaurants are not open. There are many painted doors, created by local artists. The street is very old with real character. There are many restaurants here as well as a few artist studios..... one does get many invitations to dine if the restaurants are open, Howe er this is done very politely. There are many interests streets to explore in Funchal's city centre, this being one of them.
Written January 11, 2020
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