On Madeira, I saw in several public toilets pictures on the wall like this (made in Porto Moniz):

Picture on the wall

What do they mean or stand for?

  • 6
    It looks like graffiti. It means whatever the person drawing wants it to mean. Nov 9 '17 at 14:16
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    I guess the intention is to remind you of all the people waiting to use the toilet, so hurry up and finish your ... ritual.
    – user24582
    Nov 10 '17 at 9:52

Seems neither the locals nor the Internet sources have a conclusive answer. I searched on some Portuguese websites and asked a Portuguese friend, and come up with pretty much nothing. Apparently they can be found in continental Portugal too.

Only theories I found were "they might be the plans for the new hospital" (although I don't get why and haven't found any more info) and that it's some marking made by/for drug dealers.

The best source I could find was this Madeiran blog that quotes a local newspaper (couldn't find the original article though):

The Diario today reports on the strange “diagrams” that are appearing around the city centre, normally found around the small power distribution boxes that are a familiar sight on the street. A number of theories are being advanced on social media, but nobody seems to have an explanation at the moment. Reports say that these have only sprung up recently, but I recall first noticing the earlier in the year. Some are growing overnight with additional sections being added. One wit has accurately observed that they might be the plans for the new hospital in Funchal. enter image description here


As pointed out by @MikeHarris:

It looks like graffiti. It means whatever the person drawing wants it to mean.

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