Macau Top 5
The façade of this 16th century church sits regally atop a hill at the heart of Macau’s historic centre, and is its most recognisable feature. The stone façade was carved by exiled Japanese Christians and beneath are crypts and a museum. The view is outstanding.
The 338m tower offers much more than stunning views of Macau and the Pearl River Delta. It is a mecca for the adventurous, with bungy jumping, Skyjump, Skywalk and Tower Climb options. There is also a revolving restaurant and observation decks.
The UNESCO-listed colonial heart of the Macau is characterised by elaborate mosaic footpaths – with no vehicles to disturb the peace – and gracious old buildings. The beauty is best appreciated at Senado Square (Largo do Senado), a public square featuring a charming fountain and ringed by historic structures including the former senate.
This is one of the main casino districts and probably the most spectacular, especially at night. Among the casinos is the absurdly big Venetian Macau, which has 3000 rooms and an odd recreation of Venice within, complete with Chinese gondoliers. It’s all a bit over the top, but fun to suspend belief.
Much of Macau is new, with the mega hotels and casinos on areas such as the Cotai Strip dazzling the senses. A visit to this lovely old fishing village is quite a contrast and hints at what Macau was once like. There is a charming square, temples and churches and make sure you buy a Portuguese tart from Lord Stow’s Bakery.