5 Things to do in Macau

5 Things to do in Macau

Macau might be best known for the Grand Prix and its array of casinos that bear a resemblance to Los Vegas, but venture away from this and you’re in for a surprise treat of culture and history. Macau is a Special Administrative region of China which means it has its own visa rules and is easy to access for most passport holders. Macau has a unique history in the region, having been a part of the Portuguese empire from 1557 to 1887. It’s Cantonese and Portuguese history is woven into the fabric of its everyday culture and wonderful historical buildings. If you are looking to visit China, but not yet ready to venture into the mainland, Macau is the perfect place to go. Check out these 5 things to do in Macau.

5-Tempt your tastebuds with a Pastéis de nata or two or three or more.

Perhaps one of the most famous imports to Macau from Portugal is the Pastéis de nata or Portuguese tart. Macau is famous for its own version of this delicious treat made from pastry and egg yolk custard with a Brule topping. Visitors from around the world line up to try them at Lord Stow’s Bakery in Macau.

Pastéis de nata

Pastéis de nata

Senado Square

Senado Square

4-Stroll around the World Heritage Listed Senado Square

You’d be forgiven for thinking you were walking the streets of Porto or Lisbon in Senado Square. Lined with many World Heritage listed buildings, the square is a popular attraction in Macau. The pretty pastel coloured buildings that line the square, provide a glimpse of times gone by. Strolling through the back laneways that lead to the square, you’ll find all sorts of food and reminders of Chinese culture.

3-Explore the history of Ruins of St. Paul

Originally built in the 1600’s the St. Paul Cathedral burnt down in 1835. What remains today is the wonderful façade of the building, which consists of 4 colonnaded tiers, and is covered with carvings and statues that illustrate the early days of the Catholic Church in Asia. Today it is visited by people from all over the world. Just beside the Cathedral, you’ll find the tiny Na Tcha Buddhist temple. A reminder of the dual cultural history of Macau.

Ruins of St. Paul

Ruins of St. Paul

View from Monte Forte

View from Monte Forte

2-Take in the views over the city at Monte Forte

Macau takes on a very different light from the top of Monte Forte. Venture your way up the slope past the Ruins of St Paul and you’ll find yourself in awe of this famous building built in the 16th century. Originally built by the Jesuits, Monte Forte later became a military base. Today it houses the Macau Museum and an observation deck from which you can view the whole city. Taking in the view from the top is well worth the climb.

1-Get lost in the past at Taipa Village

Once home to fishers, Taipa Village is the historical part of Taipa. The area is filled with heritage buildings, temples and reminders of the past, like the Vila da Taipa and the Tin Hau Temple. If you’d like to learn more about Taipa Village you’ll find a visit to the Museum of Taipa and Coloane History just the thing. You’re bound to find great food and lots of things to see and do around Taipa Village.

Why not check it out these 5 things to do on your visit to Macau?

5 Things to do in Macau
5 things to do in Macau

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