Santa Maria Street
Santa Maria Street
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  • MerseysideTinkerbell
    Merseyside, United Kingdom4,981 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 16 August 2023
  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, United Kingdom1,297 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 August 2023
  • RoverP
    Inverness, United Kingdom742 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 November 2023
  • Gardengel-IoW
    West Sussex, United Kingdom889 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Food, drink and art
    Among the ‘must dos’ of Madeira. Lovely long lane full of cafes, restaurants and the famous painted doors, a few shops too. We have been before but still like to wander through. I think some of the paintings were new since our last visit but may be some places were closed this time making it easier to see the doors. This is essentially at street of eateries trying to make a living, they happen to have painted their doors. If you only want to see the doors it is best to go early before everything opens. If you walk all the way through, you will walk under the cable car. SO, from cable car walk straight across and down any lane to get into the painted street. This time were were here mid afternoon and was very pleasantly quiet. Still a good few places open though.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 March 2024
  • tinkle_24
    Northampton, United Kingdom1,742 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant stroll along street with art on its doors!
    Interesting street for its painted doors, many are worth photographing. Try to find one with paintings of azulejo tiles. Several small restaurants, bars and cafes line the street giving plenty of choice for a meal or drink.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 March 2024
  • Joasi23
    South Yorkshire, United Kingdom1,717 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quirky old street
    This area exceeded our expectations. From the faded old glamour of the once fabulous buildings to the varied art works on the door. We visited around 9pm so was busy with people eating and drinking , still possible to get good photos .
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 May 2024
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Joasi23
South Yorkshire, UK1,717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This area exceeded our expectations. From the faded old glamour of the once fabulous buildings to the varied art works on the door. We visited around 9pm so was busy with people eating and drinking , still possible to get good photos .
Written 4 May 2024
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tinkle_24
Northampton, UK1,742 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Interesting street for its painted doors, many are worth photographing. Try to find one with paintings of azulejo tiles. Several small restaurants, bars and cafes line the street giving plenty of choice for a meal or drink.
Written 15 March 2024
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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK889 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Among the ‘must dos’ of Madeira. Lovely long lane full of cafes, restaurants and the famous painted doors, a few shops too. We have been before but still like to wander through. I think some of the paintings were new since our last visit but may be some places were closed this time making it easier to see the doors.
This is essentially at street of eateries trying to make a living, they happen to have painted their doors. If you only want to see the doors it is best to go early before everything opens.
If you walk all the way through, you will walk under the cable car. SO, from cable car walk straight across and down any lane to get into the painted street.
This time were were here mid afternoon and was very pleasantly quiet. Still a good few places open though.
Written 14 March 2024
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Lilacwheaty
Nottingham, UK840 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Really nice how many doorways have entered into this, to make the street more interesting for visitors. Not all the art is great, but the overall effect is charming
Written 1 March 2024
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Rachel R
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Something to see. The door art is amazing. However wish we had gone before the restaurants opened up as we couldn't see all the door art. So would recommend to go there early in the day.
Written 28 February 2024
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Ilze H
Roskilde, Denmark129 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We went there for the paintings, but left because it was so overwhelming with all the restaurant traps! You couldn't stand still for a second without some restaurant worker hadn't sneaked up on you trying to get you in their empty, overpriced restaurants.
Very narrow street and all those paintings are hidden behind some restaurant 'tables'. Such a shame, cause it could be nice, even romantic attraction. In stead we felt abused by all the 'restaurant' workers!
Written 25 February 2024
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RoverP
Inverness, UK742 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 8 November 2023
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David D
Devon, UK24,873 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Friday 8th September and we took a walk along this  cobbled street in the heart of Funchal.

It stretches for approximately 2,000 feet (609 metres) through the Zona Velha, historic area of the City.

The street is lined with a plethora of restaurants with their tables and chairs along the street.

There is also a variety of shops and galleries along the way selling everything from tourist souvenirs, jewellery, paintings, rubber ducks, arts & crafts and so much more.

We did stop at a small local bar for a cold beer and a bit of a rest, it was an interesting experience.

There are many points of interest and historic buildings including the small Corpo Santo Chapel along the street, also 
Sindicato dos Enfermeiros (Nurses Union).

One of the most notable features of the Street are the brightly painted images on doorways along

Whilst it was a great experience walking down the Street, it was sad to see that some buildings were in a state of disrepair and neglected.

Also found it rather irritating the constant barrage from restaurant owners with their patter how wonderful their restaurants are and that we should visit.
Written 4 November 2023
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RMP1960g
London, UK311 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Interesting street made slightly worse but more vibrant with countless restaurants trying to drag you in off the street. Worth a stroll, particularly at the far end where it is quieter.
Written 20 October 2023
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John1010uk
Warwick, UK379 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
While some of the doors are interesting, overall I would say don’t bother to visit this attraction, as there simply isn’t much to see! It’s like some of the traders said let’s paint a few doors and get the tourists down here so we can hustle them into the restaurants which line the street. I wouldn’t go out of your way to see this.
Written 6 October 2023
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