Saturday October 18, 2014
In Funchal there’s a little street in the old town called Rua de Santa Maria. Â 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. Â Another fun thing about this street is the doors to some of these shops. Â Just about every one of them is decorated with ornate paintings and designs. What’s even more interesting is the UPVC Shopfronts bring a cool mix of modern style and artistic charm to the street. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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.