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