Santa Maria Street
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  • Darijus Z
    10 contributions
    The circle of history
    The street is full of romance, which gives you the opportunity to think about how people lived here when the island could not be reached by airplanes. The doors decorated by artists are truly original. Some are very simple, but some are true works of aesthetic art. There are many good restaurants in the street.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 25, 2023
  • Paul H
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom1,329 contributions
    Enjoyable Walk.
    It is located a 5 minute walk south east of the farmers market (Mercado dos Lavradores). All the door paintings are different, and to a high standard. It is best to go early in the morning before the opening of the restaurants, and before other visitors start to do the same walk. Also, the lighting is better in the early morning. 30 mins. max is all it takes. And it is free of course.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 27, 2023
  • MerseysideTinkerbell
    Merseyside, United Kingdom4,997 contributions
    This is in old Funchal kinda not far from Cathedral and Fort. Rua de Santa Maria.
    This is very interesting to see the different painted doors of these properties, some are a lot better than others. I dont know if the residents themselves paint them or are there artists that just come and do it for them. But interesting to see and wander down this street. It is called Rua de Santa Maria.
    Visited September 2022
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, United Kingdom1,279 contributions
    Great street to wander down
    Our small group tour leader took us here as part of a walking tour of Funchal. He had actually been involved with this project after disastrous rains and flooding in the area in 2010 meant it had to be rebuilt. There is a real mixture of styles and pictures, some of which are superb but all of which are good; as a street it is really interesting! Our guide pointed out that, in order to see the doors themselves at their best, you need to come between 1am and around 11am as that’s when the bars and restaurants on the street are mostly still shut so the doors are closed.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 22, 2023
  • RoverP
    Inverness, United Kingdom700 contributions
    Beautifully painted doors.
    Well worth a stroll down here. There are a lot of shops and cafes to tempt you but the main attraction here is the painted doors. Clearly the daytime activity results in views of many of the doors being obstructed and many of them being open and therefore not really visible. Whilst we didn't do it, it would probably be a good idea to come here early in the morning when it is light but nice and quiet.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 8, 2023
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johnnymac2017
Kilmacolm, UK1,050 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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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK6,983 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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Wacktle
Lincolnshire, UK111 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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David D
Devon, UK20,404 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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LeeJJS
Birmingham, UK30 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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jrdh
594 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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Ledgie1
Renfrew, UK677 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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Paul H
Bournemouth, UK1,329 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
It is located a 5 minute walk south east of the farmers market (Mercado dos Lavradores). All the door paintings are different, and to a high standard. It is best to go early in the morning before the opening of the restaurants, and before other visitors start to do the same walk. Also, the lighting is better in the early morning. 30 mins. max is all it takes. And it is free of course.
Written April 27, 2023
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Darijus Z
10 contributions
Feb 2023
The street is full of romance, which gives you the opportunity to think about how people lived here when the island could not be reached by airplanes.
The doors decorated by artists are truly original. Some are very simple, but some are true works of aesthetic art.
There are many good restaurants in the street.
Written February 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MerseysideTinkerbell
Merseyside, UK4,997 contributions
Sep 2022
This is very interesting to see the different painted doors of these properties, some are a lot better than others. I dont know if the residents themselves paint them or are there artists that just come and do it for them. But interesting to see and wander down this street. It is called Rua de Santa Maria.
Written August 16, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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