Macao is a unique destination. It is built on a fusion of nearly 500 years of Portuguese presence and thousands of years of Chinese culture. The Historic Centre of Macao is a UNESCO World Heritage site and there are historical and architectural treasures in all directions. Don’t miss the Temple of A-Ma, dedicated to the goddess of the sea, whose name is the origin of Macao, or the dramatic Ruins of St Paul’s built by Portuguese and Japanese Christians with their local followers.
The picturesque cobbled streets of Senado Square are the former site of the old Portuguese colonial government. Then there’s the Mount Fortress and Guia Lighthouse, where you can climb up to enjoy a panoramic view of Macao and the Pearl River and then visit the Museum of Macao that traces the city’s colourful history. You can visit the Mandarin’s House, a large traditional Cantonese dwelling the ancestral home of a prominent 19th century writer, smaller in scale but devoted to the daily life of the local people is the Taipa-Houses Museum. Another reminder of the cosmopolitan past of the colonial period is the Moorish Barracks, where Indian troops from Goa were stationed.
Macao has many museums and galleries such as the Macao Science Centre and the Macao Museum of Art, as well as specialist collections at the Wine Museum and Grand Prix Museum. For a small city, Macao has plenty of attractions.