A short walk from Largo do Senado along cobbled lanes is the broad stone staircase leading to the beautiful ruins of St Paul. The original 1602 church was destroyed by a fire in 1835 but is still considered a symbol of Macau. The crypt and nave house a religious museum.
The Guia Fortress lies on the highest, steepest hilltop in Macao, so use the cable car if you want to save your legs. There are great views of Macao from here and the excellent 17th century Guia Fortress complex to explore containing underground bunkers, a 91-metre tall lighthouse and chapel with elaborate frescoes.
The Panda Pavilion is located on the island of Coloane, and is one of its top attractions. They have both and indoor and outdoor area where the giant pandas live, along with an exciting exhibition area. And it isn't just pandas alone, other animals inhabit these quarters likewise.
Welcome to one of many entertainment complexes Macau is world-renowned for. You can enjoy an innovative collection of experiences from electrifying entertainment to Michelin-starred dining. Among all, one of the highlights is the breathtaking show, the House of Dancing Water.
If you are interested in space science, robotics, genetics, physics mechanic, just about anything, this is the place for you. At Macao Science Center you can easily spend a couple of hours exploring 12 permanent galleries and the highest resolution 3D planetarium by the Guinness World Records which takes you onto a journey travelling freely in space and time.
Lou Lim Lok Garden is located just five minutes from Coronel Lacerda square and offers a pleasant and relaxing environment. Once privately owned and one of the finest gardens in Macau, it now welcomes locals performing tai chi, playing cards and families spending time with children.
Portuguese flags, wine and television give the cuisine away at this place near San Domingo's. There are wholesome mains such as creamy codfish, grilled sardines and luscious desserts like chocolate mousse and creamy flan pudding. Don’t forget you can wash it down with Portuguese wine and bica.
The Golden Peacock invites you to a wonderful dinner experience with Indian flavours. It is the first Indian restaurant awarded one Michelin star in Asia. You with be served by attentive staff and plenty of vegetarian options during the lunch buffet and dinner every day.
IFT Educational Restaurant is a culinary trainee school gaining a good reputation among locals and tourists. In order to ensure the ingredients reach you in the best condition, they even grow most of the vegetables themselves. So you can enjoy high quality European and Portuguese cuisine including crept Suzette and ravioli with spiced cream cheese.
The Eight is the first Chinese restaurant in Macau awarded three Michelin stars for four consecutive years. You will enjoy contemporary Cantonese cuisine with the lavish interior. Diners can choose from over forty kinds of dim sum at lunch and experience classic dining with an elegant and creative touch.
Pizzeria Toscana is located at Calcada da Barra, opposite the historical Moorish Barracks. This is a well visited restaurant and they serve great Italian food in a typical Italian setting: dark wood, wine barrels and photo-adorned walls. They serve a variety of pizzas, pastas and salads, complemented by a decent wine list and some gorgeous desserts, including Tiramisu.
One of Macau’s iconic shows is the leggy Crazy Paris dancing girl show in the Grand Lisboa Casino. The women strut their stuff in front of the punters every night from 4.30pm until midnight wearing little more than a few beads and feathers - definitely not one to take the kids to.
Located away from the main touristy shopping areas, Three Lamps District is the place to be if you're looking for a somewhat more authentic experience of shopping where the locals do. The area is basically a street market packed with stores, private vendors and food stalls.
Koi Kei shops and kiosks may be found all over the city and are usually packed with customers. Koi Kei sells traditional local snacks and treats that make for an interesting shopping experience - prepare to stumble upon unique and unusual items like almond cakes, egg rolls and meat jerky.
When visiting Taipa, you cannot miss this little four-storey shop, offering a great variety of local products. You will find made-in-Macau T-shirts and gifts on the ground floor, as well as sketches and leather goods on the second and third floor. Don't forget to savour the flavor of almond cakes on the first floor.
All visitors must hold a passport or a valid travel document for travel to Macau and are required to have a visa except some countries which are exempted from a visa or entry permit. Most travelers can enter Macau with just their passports for between 30 and 90 days, including citizens of the following countries: Australia Canada EU New Zealand South Africa USA Travelers who do require visas can get them, valid for 30 days, on arrival in Macau. Visitors may also apply for an entry permit or visa upon arrival at the immigration checkpoint. However, visitors from certain countries are required to obtain a visa in advance before their trip to Macau. You can get a single one-month visa extension from the Peninsula or Taipa branches of the Macau Immigration Department.
The best time to visit Macau is during autumn and winter, from mid-October to December. The average yearly temperatures are around 20 degree Celsius and there are almost 100 days when the temperature becomes higher than 30 degree Celsius. Visitors are advised to wear a thick jacket or an overcoat to keep warm during the colder months.
Macau International Airport locates on Taipa Island and is serviced by flights of Air Asia, China Easter, EVA Airways, Silk Air, Singapore Airlines, Trans Asia Airways and Xiamen Airlines. From the airport you can catch public buses to Avenida Almeida Ribeiro, the Border Gate, the Jetfoil Terminal and Colôane. Shuttle bus service to your hotel is available departing from the north exit of the airport parking lot. Buses run every 15-20 minutes between 11.00am and 9.00pm. It is also possible to get to Hong Kong airport via the fast ferries from Macau Jetfoil Terminal.
Getting around Macau is easy. Bus services are provided by Transmac and TCM, and routes run from 6.45am until midnight to destinations all over the city. You pay your fare into the box at the front, there’s no change given. You can get a full list of companies and routes from the Macau Tourist Map. Mokes are also a fun way of getting around. These bright, open-sided vehicles are part of Macau history and worth a ride. Many gather outside the casinos and main hotels. Ferry services link Macau to Hong Kong and Shenzhen. First Ferry and Turbojet have regular services. You can also get a sampan across the harbour to Wānzái on the mainland.