My 7 Favorite Doors of Funchal, Portugal

One of our cruise stops this past February was the Capital city of Funchal on the Island of Madeira, Portugal. This was one of my favorite stops on the cruise, and we likely will return for a much longer time to truly explore this location. One of the most original components of the city is the revitalization of the streets through painted doors. Local artists and artists from abroad worked together in painting many of the neighborhood front doors. Some were adorned with sculptures and various items.

The public art project was designed to stimulate one of the most emblematical areas of downtown Funchal in order to turn it into a more significant and attractive cultural center and a permanent art gallery. Walking down the street of Santa Maria was magical as I observed the many different art doors on our route.

Although it was difficult to select my favorite 7 doors, here are the ones I chose for you:

Doors of Funchal, Portugal

Doors of Funchal, Portugal

and my favorite, as I am a long-time fan of The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Doors of Funchal Portugal

A tour of this neighborhood would likely take more than 2 hours to truly appreciate all the painted doors and art pieces.

Have you seen painted doors anywhere else? Where did you see these?

 

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Retired exec consultant who traveled for more than 4 decades, both corporate and leisure. I appreciate my travel experience and want to share tips, photos and stories with readers! I live in Ottawa Canada and have traveled to 31 countries.

28 thoughts on “My 7 Favorite Doors of Funchal, Portugal

  • September 21, 2017 at 1:28 pm
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    I love doors as art! We have some great ones in DC!

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    • September 21, 2017 at 5:02 pm
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      Hi Holly, I didn’t know about DC and the doors – will check those out next time I am there! Thanks for your comments

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  • September 21, 2017 at 1:32 pm
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    This idea is fantastic and I would love to recreate this in my own small town. I love the little prince so much. That is my favorite!

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    • September 21, 2017 at 5:02 pm
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      Hi Jen, Glad to meet another “Little Prince” fan. THanks for your comments

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  • September 21, 2017 at 10:42 pm
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    Portugal has really captured my attention lately and I think I would love to visit. These painted doors are just gorgeous, I really love the swinging mermaid!

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    • September 23, 2017 at 12:22 am
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      Jessica,
      thanks for your comments. It seems the mermaid and the Little Prince are the two favorite ones, and there were so many more, but we had limited time to visit. Now I have a good reason to go back!

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  • September 22, 2017 at 5:56 am
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    I love that there’s a little prince door as well! That’s just pure awesome. It would be nice to visit and stay longer as the place is truly interesting.

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    • September 23, 2017 at 12:19 am
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      Hi Carol, Thanks for your comments. I agree that more time would have been so much better, as this was a cruise ship stop, but it gives us a reason to go back!

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  • September 22, 2017 at 7:53 am
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    That’s beautiful! I haven’t seen doors specifically, but I know that artists sometimes join efforts to make troubled areas more livable by painting murals and such, I think it’s a great initiative and also makes art available to everybody, as it should be!

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    • September 23, 2017 at 12:18 am
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      Hi Cynthia, I love when artists get together to embellish or rejuvenate an area. I agree with you, making art available to more people is also a great benefit! Thanks for your comments.

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  • September 22, 2017 at 8:49 am
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    Amazing! I have never seen anything like this. I have always fancied Madeira and it is definitely pencilled in on my list of places to visit. Great photos thanks for sharing.

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    • September 23, 2017 at 12:17 am
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      Thanks AJ for your comments. Madeira is a beautiful area, and it was one of the highlights of our trip.

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  • September 22, 2017 at 3:26 pm
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    This is so cool! I have never been to Portugal before. I love the unique designs of each statement door! What a beautiful history!

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    • September 23, 2017 at 12:16 am
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      Hi Debbie, thanks for your comments. There were hundreds of doors to see, but we didn’t have a lot of time since this was a cruise ship stop.I really want to go back there.

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  • September 22, 2017 at 4:01 pm
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    I’ve never experienced door art, so thank you for sharung it. I’ve never been to Funchal, but Lisbon was one of my mist fun solo trips. Thanks for inspiring the memories!
    💛💛

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    • September 23, 2017 at 12:15 am
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      Hi Tanya, thanks for your comments. Lisbon is part of the mainland, whereas Madeira is an island pretty far from Portugal. Lisbon is on my bucket list!

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  • September 22, 2017 at 4:16 pm
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    Wow! Portugal is on my bucket list but I’d never even heard of this place before. LOVED the doors and hope to visit here sometime in the future myself.

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    • September 23, 2017 at 12:14 am
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      Hi Kathy, Thanks for your comments. Madeira is actually far from Portugal mainland – a beautiful location that I would gladly return to visit again.

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    • September 23, 2017 at 12:13 am
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      Hi Sue, Thanks for your comments. Do you already have your travel cities picked out for your trip? Sounds like a fabulous time!

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  • September 22, 2017 at 11:29 pm
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    I love the painted doors there. My first favorite is the mermaid on the swing under the sea. That’s so cool. But a close second would be the picture of the Little Prince. I love it.

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    • September 23, 2017 at 12:12 am
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      Thanks David for your comments – I agree, I have the same ranking. Thing is, there were so many doors, too little time to photograph them all.

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  • September 23, 2017 at 3:09 am
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    I totally love creativity but I’m not much of an outdoor person… I’d love to try this someday during my free time

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    • September 23, 2017 at 3:42 pm
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      Thanks for your comments – perhaps there are some forms of similar art in your parts of the world!

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  • September 23, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    Who would have thought a study of doors could reveal the Art of a people? I guess collaborator of these artworks sought to communicate that doors are important illustrative indicators of the happenings that go beyond the door.

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    • September 23, 2017 at 3:41 pm
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      Hi Ingrid, Thanks for your comments. I really appreciate your wording, you must be a writer, this was very beautiful!

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  • September 25, 2017 at 3:41 pm
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    Wow, these doors ARE amazing! My G. Boo has been studying Portugese for nine years now and we are going to finally visit Portugal in a couple of years! Can’t wait!

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    • September 25, 2017 at 6:15 pm
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      Hi Candy, The doors were a great surprise, to say the least. Thanks for your comments!

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