Places to visit in Macau
- Ruins of St. Paul’s
- Senado Square
- The Venetian
- Macau Tower
- A-Ma Temple
- Fisherman’s Wharf
- Macau Museum
- Wine and Grand Prix Museum
Macau is an autonomous region on the south coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. Its giant casinos and malls on the Cotai Strip, which joins the islands of Taipa and Coloane, have earned it the nickname, “Las Vegas of Asia.” One of its more striking landmarks is 338m-high Macau Tower, with sweeping city views.
Macau also was known as ‘ Vegas of China’, is all about glamour, gamble, inspiring heritage, and a picture-perfect skyline. From casinos to Disneyland, there is a variety of nice places to visit in Macau. Certainly, this popular holiday destination knows the art of entertainment, regardless of the traveller’s age and preferences.
Dialling code: +853
Currency: Macanese pataca
Weather: 26 °C, Wind E at 8 km/h, 76% Humidity
Local time: Monday, 3:32 PM
1. Ruins of St. Paul’s
The Ruins of St. Paul’s are the ruins of a 17th-century complex in Santo António, Macau, China. It includes what was formerly St. Paul’s College and the Church of St. Paul was also known as “Mater Dei”, a 17th-century Portuguese church dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle.
It is one of the top Macau tourist spots. This is the most important and age-old structure of Macau with a gigantic relic and a stairway that reflect the remains of the century-old Jesuit Church. This structure of the biggest Catholic church in East Asia has five tiers, built in granite.
Height: 26 m
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm, Tuesday: 9 am – 2 pm
Open: Closes at 6 PM
Year built: 1640
Architect: Charles Spinola
2. Senado Square
Senado Square is always bustling with tourists and locals making it one of the top Macau tourist places. The Square isn’t just about shops, restaurants, and offices, this is an important World Heritage Site as announced by UNESCO since it well portrays the magical history of Macau.
Many European buildings, a park, and a fountain elevate the magnetism of the area. Though Senado is always flocked with tourists, with the arrival of festivals and events it puts on a more stunning attire. If you happen to be here on any special day like the Chinese New Year – don’t miss the glamorous firework, lion and dragon dance held there.
Address: Largo do Senado, Macau
Opening hours: Open throughout the day
Entry fee: None
3. The Venetian
Venetian – the Vegas-style and Venice-themed hotel is one of the stylish and best places to visit in Macau. It is known for ultra-luxurious expanses, spectacular décor, lavish facilities and amazing activities.
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is a luxury hotel and casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States, on the site of the old Sands Hotel. Designed by KlingStubbins, the hotel tower contains 36 stories and rises 475 feet (145 m). The Venetian is owned and operated by Las Vegas Sands. The Venetian also serves as the seat of the corporate headquarters for its parent company.
Opening hours: Throughout the day
Entry fee: None
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4. Macau Tower
Macau Tower is a significant landmark of the city, known for a lovely view from the top, a magnificent structure, and incredible construction. Constructed by Gordon Moller, this beautiful structure (338 m long) is one of the amazing places to visit in Macau.
It has observation decks and lounge, cinema, café, revolving deck and adventure zone. Also, the most enthralling and exciting activity related to Macau Tower is climbing atop the world’s second highest bungee jumping base. Macau Tower is famous for Macau Peninsula, Pearl River Delta, Coloane Islands and Taipa.
Opening hours: Weekdays: 10 am – 9 pm, Weekends: 9 am – 9 pm
Entry fee: Infant: Free; Children (age 3-11) and Senior Citizens (Above 65): 70 MOP; and Adults: 130 MOP
5. A-Ma Temple
The A-Ma Temple is a temple to the Chinese sea-goddess Mazu located in São Lourenço, Macau, China. The temple is one of the oldest in Macau and thought to be the settlement’s namesake. The ancient temple is one of the top tourist attractions in Macau. It is believed that this temple inspired Macau’s name itself.
The temple boasts of its marvellous architecture, décor, style and overall design – all of which combine to make it among the most important places to see in Macau. Also, there are six sections of the temple, and each holds significant spiritual significance of its own.
Province: Guangdong Province
Phone: +853 2836 6866
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6. Fisherman’s Wharf
Located near Maritime Terminal, Fisherman’s Wharf is a themed shopping mall and park, designed following Euramerican fisherman’s wharves. Spread over sprawling 28 acres, the Fisherman’s Wharf has three sections; namely, Dynasty Wharf, East Meets West and Legend Wharf and is one of the best places to visit in Macau. Fisherman’s Wharf is famous for its Water Performance Arena and a Video Games Center, Ramphitheatereatre, human-made volcano and waterfalls, model battleship and Arabian themed kids play zone.
Opening hours: Opens throughout the day
Entry fee: None
7. Macau Museum
The Macau Museum is located on the hill of the Fortaleza do Monte in Santo António, Macau, China. The museum presents the history of the city and territory of the former Portuguese colony of Macau.
Located in Monte Fortress, Macau Museum is a vast display area, exhibiting items and souvenirs of different communities and nationalities. The museum also presents how different sects of people had lived here in harmony, preserving their own culture and ethos. Offering an insight into history and culture, it has become one of the most visited Macau tourist attractions.
Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm. Last entry at 5:30 pm. Closed on Monday.
Entry fee: 15 MOP for adults and 8 MOP for children (5-10) years and senior citizens. Entry is free for all on every 15th day of the month.
8. Wine and Grand Prix Museum
Grand Prix and Wine Museum are among the most spellbinding places to see in Macau.
The Grand Prix Museum is known for its displays that are connected to Grand Prix globally, such as images, video clips, demonstrated write-ups, victory cups, chronicles of champions and many celebratory items.
Macau Wine Museum displays different processes and stages of brewing to the public. Sprawling over 1400 sqm area, this museum boasts of its collection of 1115 wine brands.
Opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Entry fee: None