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    Rua de Santa Maria Rua de Santa Maria


    Rua de Santa Maria is one of the early ones in the city and it is in the parish of Santa Maria Maior, which was the first to be created in the island.

    The stone path of more than 600 mts, from the beginning, close to ribeira de João Gomes, in Rua Brigadeiro Oudinot until Largo and Igreja do Socorro, is done in a long minutes’ walk.

    Straight after the beginning of the population, a small church was built there, known as Santa Maria do Calhau. Around it there was a gathering place, which ended at the beach zone, to which the street was parallel, because in that city area the land was flat and that made it easier to open a street.

    In terms of occupation, Rua de Santa Maria is a mixture. It has a residential component, which has previously been bigger, because families used to live there for many generations, but it also has a commercial zone, mainly restaurants, along all its length. In this street is located the famous bakery Mariazinha and a residential (guest house) with the same name, Santa Maria Hostel, a unit that took advantage of the facilities of the old male and female primary schools that exist there. It was a building designed to teach children and it was divided in two areas, because girls and boys were not allowed to be in the same classroom nor gather in the playgrounds. Today, these playgrounds are used as the restaurant terrace. Filled with restaurants and café terraces, the street offers menus for every taste, such as traditional or international gastronomy, bars where you can have poncha until dawn and houses where you can enjoy fado.

    Along the street, many known and anonimous artists transformed old doors in masterpieces. Tourists and even local people go for walks and fall in love, while they appreciate artwork in two or three dimensions. In one of the sections of the street you can also appreciate one of the steps of Via Sacra.

    Rua de Santa Maria is crossed by several small streets that are narrow, but the majority still allow the circulation of vehicles. On the 1st of May, Saint Tiago Menor’s day, patron saint of Funchal, a procession crosses the street and the main official entities of the capital attend to it.



    banner Funchal, the capital of the Madeira archipelago, was declared a city in the 1500s, and became an important point between the old and new worlds. The laid-back city owes much of its historical prominence to the white gold, the Madeiran sugar. Today Funchal is known for its appealing temperatures, wine and crafts. Top spots to visit include the open Worker's Market, Blandy's Wine Lodge and the Sacred Art Museum. Friendly locals, walkable streets and cheap taxis make the city easy to get around. SEE ON TRIPADVISORseta Mapa Turístico do Funchal

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