Macau is the primary hub of China's Special Administrative Region of Macau. Almost entirely built up, its streets positively thrum with activity and excitement not unlike a Portuguese-flavoured twin to the British-accented Hong Kong. The peninsula has strong links to mainland China, whilst at the same time retaining strong and distinct ties to its colonial past, with a large area designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And with a huge concentration of restaurants offering Macau’s famously cosmopolitan cuisine, whether you’re in town to place bet, discover fascinating heritage, or dine out, a hotel in Macau won’t disappoint.
Where to Stay in Macau
Avenida da Republica — This delightful tree-lined boulevard is home to some of Macau’s most impressive and stately Portuguese-style homes. Looping around the southern-most tip of the peninsula, it also affords an incredible view across the Nam Van and Sai Van lakes. It’s here that lovers of luxury will discover the world-famous Pousada de Sao Tiago hotel housed in a gorgeously converted fortress.
Rua da Felicidade (Happiness Street) — Once Macau’s red light district, Happiness Street is now a much more respectable street rich with antique and handicraft shops. Even more interestingly, the street is ever-popular with filmmakers and may be familiar to film buffs as the location of the Shanghai Nightclub from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Luis de Camoes Garden and Grotto, Praca de Luis de Camoes — If you’re keen to indulge in open-air fitness or relaxation, then you should head to this public garden, one of the largest in Macau. Once owned by the British East India Company before passing on to a Portuguese merchant who bequeathed it to the government for conversion into a picturesque space for the general public to either practice tai chi and aerobics, or to simply relax and unwind.
Senate Square, Largo do Senado — This pretty square was once the very heart of Macau, certainly during the Portuguese administration. With a distinctly colourful Iberian feel, and surrounded on all sides by pastel-coloured neo-classical architecture, it’s strikingly old Macau feel make it the perfect spot to meet with friends, soak up the atmosphere, and unwind.
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If history is your thing then the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral is an absolute must. Perhaps the most famous landmark in the city, and widely regarded as Christianity’s greatest monument in the East, here you will also discover the Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt that documents its history. At the other end of the spectrum, you can’t get more modern that the Macau Tower from which you can take in a bird’s eye view of the city and, if you’re feeling particularly daring, from which you can even take an exhilarating bungee jump.
The Macau Tower, as well as the world’s tallest bungee jump, offers other adventure activities too, including a mast climb, a breathtaking walk around the tower’s edge, not to mention bouldering at the base. There are so many things to do in Macau
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