Known to many as the “Las Vegas of the East”, Macau is a city full of lights and excitement. Situated on the western banks of the Pearl River Delta less than 70 km from Hong Kong, the autonomous territory is not only one of the most densely populated cities in the world but also one of the richest. Exciting discoveries can be made around every corner, which is why it’s no big surprise that Macau has recently become a popular tourist destination for many people around the world. This exciting place has something to offer for everyone. We’ll show you which attractions you definitely shouldn’t miss on your trip.
This beautiful town square will leave you speechless. It’s paved with wave-patterned Portuguese mosaic and in its centre sits an elegant fountain. Take your time to look around and enjoy the splendour of the European-style buildings surrounding you – it’ll be hard to believe that you’re actually in Asia. Senado Square is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site and from here it’s easy to reach many of Macau’s other attractions, including St. Dominic’s Church and the ruins of St. Paul. You’ll also have no problems finding good restaurants in the area.
Ruins of St. Paul
If you come to Macau without visiting the ruins of St. Paul, then you haven’t really been to Macau. They are the most visited attraction in the city and its most treasured icon. The facade and stairs are all that remain of the early-17th-century church. The former Jesuit church was Asia’s greatest monument to Christianity and even today the fusion of architectural styles show Macau’s interesting duality. It’s a busy place, but it has its own unique atmosphere that is not to be missed. In the evenings ,/the ruins are beautifully lit, so it’s worth visiting them during the day and at night.
Built in 1488, A-Ma Temple is the oldest and most famous Taoist temple in Macau. It’s also said that when the first Portuguese sailors arrived here, the locals would only reply with “A-Ma-Gau” (Bay of Goddess A-Ma) thus giving Macau its current name. This is a quieter part of Macau with a rich history and some stunning views, so it’s well worth a visit.
When in Rome… or Macau for that matter, you don’t want to miss out on visiting the largest casino in the entire world. The Venetian Macau is a huge entertainment complex on Cotai Strip. Here you’ll find everything you could ever wish for. All of its 3,000 rooms are luxuriously decorated, have Italian marble bathrooms and offer guests over 70 sqm of space. You can shop in one of over 350 exclusive shops, take a ride in a real Venetian gondola or watch one of the great shows.
If you’re interested in luxury, history, shopping, relaxation or a little bit of everything, then Macau is the place for you. This place has everything you could wish for, so it’s not hard to see why it’s getting more and more choose to visit it.