Trip Advisor recently compiled a great list of European cities with an impressive array of Street Art. These open-air museums are a brilliant outdoor alternative for immersing oneself in a city’s local color.
I have to amend their list by adding my favorite installation: Arte de Portas Abertas (Art of Open Doors), located in Funchal Madeira. Funchal is the capital and main city, on the Portuguese Island of Madeira. Several cruise lines frequent the port of Funchal May through October, and for good reason. A beloved Grand Dame of a city, Funchal embodies the perfect fusion of old world charm and elegance – with the creature comforts of a major metropolis. The dining here, especially seafood, is out of this world!
I was exploring the narrow cobblestone streets of the Zona Velha (Old Town) when I discovered a marvelous art work-in-progress. The Arte de Portas Abertas is a public art program devoted to transforming Funchal’s Old Town into a permanent outdoor art gallery. Presently there are over 200 works of arts, created mostly on the doors of the district’s historic buildings, some dating back to the 15th century. Here is just a small sampling…
For more information, visit: http://www.arteportasabertas.com/en/info.html