Located in Southern China, Macau is one of the most attractive entertainment hubs in the world. The place is spread across a humble 20 sq km and has a lot to offer through its diverse cuisine, eclectic architecture, and lavish lifestyle. While the food is a mix of Portuguese, Malay, and Indian dishes, the architecture comprises Portuguese and Chinese traditions. Macau is one of the most populous places in the world, and UNESCO recognizes several of its places to visit as world heritage sites. Let us now take a look at the places to visit in Macau that fits your Macau travel budget.
The Ruins of St Paul
Since Macau was a Portuguese colony for centuries, its religion was not unaffected by Catholicism. However, the Church was burned down in the 19th century, leaving only the facade and stairway above ground. Although in shambles now, a grand-scale restoration of the cathedral, mainly the crypts, has been attempted by the Chinese. Tourists can reach the very top of the Cathedral by climbing a flight of stairs and observe the beautiful carvings at the site. A view from the top is also alluring because it allows for a wide-angle view of the place. The weather is not too unpleasant at 29 degrees, so it makes a comfortable place among the best places to visit in Macau.
Senado Square is also called “Senate Square”, and it is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The place follows the St Paul ruins close on its heels so you could do club these places together on your list. The place is mottled with shopping malls and restaurants, so if you are feeling too lazy for site-seeing, head straight here. During the Chinese New Year, the Senado Square becomes a seat of spectacle with dragon dance, fireworks, and jubilant gatherings. Explore the places to visit in Macau and you might discover stories that have survived the scourge of history.
This temple is located in San Lourenco and is said to be the oldest temple in Macau. The temple is dedicated to the Chinese goddess of the sea, Mazu. Some say that Macau derives its name from this temple. Like most Asian religious sites, the temple is an installation of Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucianist cultures. The engravings on the site are in beautiful Chinese ideography and attract hundreds of visitors every year. The place is exceptionally crowded during the celebration of Mazu’s birthday.
The Venetian Macao
Venetian Macau is the place for you if you are interested in gambling and lively nightlife. The entire place is Venice-themed, with the casinos having enormous suites constructed in Italian period architecture. The grandeur of the place rarely fails to attract people with more than 300 shopping stores vying for their attention. Venetian Macau is second to none in its ensemble offering of entertainment performers and digitally manipulated reality. You should visit this place with your family and pick up gifts for your friends and relatives from here.
A seat of military activity, this place never fails to gather curious glances from tourists. Apart from being a historically important fort, the place dazzles visitors with the view of the casino it offers. The fort is also listed under the world heritage sites, and you can see why—a jaw-dropping view of the sunset over the 8000 sq meters area. If you are a keen photographer, this is a haven for you. The place also attracts tourists who are interested in military and cultural history.
The Macau Tower in Se, Macau scales a height of over 330 meters and gives you stunning views of the city from its observation decks. Quite predictably, the place is famous for bungee jumping and has hosted several world record holders. You can expect every kind of luxury in and around the place, from shopping malls to theatres. If you are thinking of clicking an iconic picture of Macau Tower, look no further than a view from its skywalk. Just to mention here, the place has enough material for you to post on Instagram without your worrying about your stock of awesome images from the trip.
Grand Prix Museum Macau
The Grand Prix Museum is your chance to look at the racing tracks on which you have seen super fast cars competing with each other on TV. The place is filled with historical pictures, cars, motorbikes, and displays of the greatest matches that Macau has hosted. The place fits your Macau travel budget, and you can visit the museum from 10 am-6 pm.
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
If you were missing theme parks from our list, here we are with the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf—an entertainment hub sprawling over a hundred thousand square meters. The place blends Western and Chinese architecture, and the resultant harmony is a thing of beauty. The place does not jar the oriental conception of the charm of the east, with the rides sporting magical carpets inspired by the Arabian Nights. If you travel to Macau from India with kids, you should put this place at the top of the list.
Hac Sa Beach
The Hac Sa Beach is Macau’s largest, known for its enchanting black sand. The beach derives its spectacular color from the mineral deposits washed ashore by the sea. The water is crystal clear and is perfect for a swim to unwind yourself on a holiday. A beach is a perfect place for a picnic as it is all set with barbecue pits and a swimming pool. The beach is secluded from the buzz of the city and provides you with much-needed relief from your worries.
This fort is a 17th-century relic of peninsular Macau and boasts of the oldest lighthouse in this part of the world. The charm of the place lies in the architecture that was specially built for military purposes—battlements, commander’s house, ammunition storage, water cisterns, etc.
These were our picks from the places you cannot avoid visiting if you are in Macau. We are sure you will find more such gems once you put on your explorer’s shoes and set foot in this beautiful place.
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