Pretty Painted Doors | Posted: 09 August 2013
Discover the painted doors of Funchal on a self-guided walking holiday to Madeira
Discover the painted doors of Funchal on a self-guided walking holiday to Madeira
Discover the painted doors of Funchal on a self-guided walking holiday to Madeira

It's certainly one way of brightening up a run-down neighbourhood: get everyone to paint their front doors with whatever design they choose. The results can be quite startling...

When my colleague James and I recently visited Madeira, we spent a day exploring the streets of the lively capital, Funchal, preparing notes for a self-guided city walk to complement our information packs for customers. As we wandered down the narrow cobbled Rua de Santa Maria in the Zona Velha (Old Town), we started to notice that many of the doors were highly decorated with all manner of designs – some painted, others encased in vast sculptures.

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Alternatively, spend a week in a quiet country hotel to explore the western side of the island – and Funchal – at leisure with a hire car.

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Intrigued, we walked on and saw more and more of them – see our pictures above. It turns out they are part of an art installation called Art Open Doors to “open the doors of the city of Funchal to art and culture. Not ‘virtual entrances’, but old and unloved doors from abandoned shops and businesses that have now been lovingly decorated by a variety of artists to take on new life and help revitalise a run-down area of the town.”

So when you come on your walking holiday to Madeira, visit Funchal and you will see these doors – and maybe more by then – if you follow our suggested route along Rua de Carlos I to the Fortress of Santiago (which now houses a gallery of modern art) and then back down Rua de Santa Maria, before taking in the rest of the city.



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