The painted doors of the Rua Santa Maria in Funchal.
A decade ago the old town area around the Rua Santa Maria was looking very run down. In this former fisherman’s quarter the streets are narrow and cobbled and many of the houses were uninhabited and the doors were deteriorating.
Then Jose Maria Montero had an idea. He invited artists to come and paint the doors of some of the abandoned houses. Over 100 artists responded, most of them native to the island and the Arte Portas Abertas Project was born.
Their instructions were simple. Pick a door and create whatever you want on it. They were not limited to paint. Some artists used metal. clay or ceramics. 161 doors have been decorated. Here are a few images.
The area has been transformed. Once dark and gloomy, it is now bright and bustling and full of restaurants and cafes. It is just round the corner from the Mercado dos Lavradores so it is easy to do what we did and combine them into one trip.
Pop into one of the restaurants for a morning coffee or maybe stay for lunch and try the Espada.