Saturday October 18, 2014
In Funchal there’s a little street in the old town called Rua de Santa Maria. This is kind of a back alley area that houses dozens and dozens of restaurants and is very popular with tourists to sit and have a bite to eat or a glass of traditional Madeira wine while enjoying the charm of the cobblestone streets and the antiquity of the area. Another fun thing about this street is the doors to some of these shops. Just about every one of them is decorated with ornate paintings and designs. Even further up this road you’ll find decorated doors as the restaurants dwindle into private residences.
During our few weeks here I have wandered this street many a time, with it quickly becoming my favorite area in Funchal. A few times now I’ve traipsed back and forth through here with my camera and tried to capture images of my absolute favorite doors I came across. There’s many I missed, only because I was starting to get strange looks from the diners around me, but here is a list of my top 9 doors on this little alley that I found the most fascinating.