Discover the Historic Center of Macao
Composed of over 20 monuments, the stunning architecture and cultural significance of this UNESCO World Heritage site is not to be missed. Must-see attractions include the remarkable Ruins of St. Paul's, the Mediterranean atmosphere and pastel buildings of Senado Square, the European-style of Dom Pedro Theatre (the first of its kind in China), and St. Dominic's Church, one of the most beautiful churches in Macao.
Enjoy Gourmet, Michelin-Starred Food
With 19 Michelin-starred restaurants and many more Michelin-recognized food trucks, Macao is a great place to come hungry and truly delight in delicious meals and snacks at every turn. A few “worth the splurge” Michelin restaurants are: The Eight, Mizumi, The Tasting Room, and The Golden Peacock. If you're hoping for something more casual, try a view of the local hot spots such as: La Famiglia Restaurant, Sei Kee Café, Restaurante Local, Lord Stow's Bakery, and Henri's Galley.
Create Your Own Macanese Cuisine
If enjoying the tastes isn't enough, truly be immersed in the culture by taking part in a Macanese cooking class. You can learn to make your very own exotic and delicious dishes of Macao, such as African Chicken, Mancanese Egg Tarts, Minchi, and more.
Experience the House of the Dancing Water
Prepare yourself for the performance of a lifetime at the House of the Dancing Water on the Cotai Strip. This one-of-a-kind theater contains one of the largest commercial pools in the world, holding 3.7 million gallons of water. The show itself, created and directed by the famous Franco Dragone, is a love story inspired by traditional Chinese culture and integrates record-breaking water, fire, and aerobic stunts within the tale.
A Museum for Everyone
Despite its small size, Macao boasts over a dozen engaging and unique museums. Visit the Macao Museum to learn about the history and culture of the city. Enjoy science? Check out Macao's new science center, equipped with a Space Theatre and life-sized spaceships. Macao's Art Museum showcases five floors of Chinese paintings, ceramics, and calligraphy. Learn about the social, economic, and cultural importance of wine at the Wine Museum, or celebrate Macao's historic connection to the sea at the Maritime Museum.
Dance the Night Away
Macao is a city that never sleeps. For exciting nightlife head to Macao's Outer Harbor and Cotai. Other options include enjoying a romantic and relaxing night out at Coloane Island or catching a show at one of Macao's various theaters and venues.
Stroll Through the Charming Old Taipa Village
Blast to the past in Old Taipa Village, a charming and traditional town found on Taipa Island. Explore narrow streets, quaint houses, ancient temples, and customary shops. Some of the most popular destinations in Old Taipa Village are Food Street and the Taipa House Museum.
Watch the International Fireworks Display Contest
If you're looking for an explosive and exotic time in Macao, this is the event for you. Over 10 international teams compete in September each year to create an unforgettable contest for the people of Macao. To enhance their displays, teams are required to accompany their vivid performance with a fiery soundtrack. The best spots to experience the contest are at the Macao Tower Outdoor Plaza waterfront, the Macao Tower Street waterfront, and the square in front of the Kun Iam Statue.
Witness Racing History at the Grand Prix
One of the most exciting and internationally acclaimed events in Macao is the Macao Grand Prix. Taking place annually in November, the Macao Grand Prix is known to have one of the most challenging circuits in the world and is the only street circuit racing event to incorporate both cars and motorcycles. In fact, the Grand Prix track in Macao is the longest in the world. Thousands of spectators congregate in Macao each year to watch national champions from around the globe compete for the Grand Prix title.
Enjoy a Walking Tour of Macao
Take in Macao's beautiful history and culture via one of the do-it-yourself walking tours. Pick up a walking tour pamphlet at a local tour shop and stroll along stunning Macao on your time, choosing the path that best suits your interests. Whether you're a history buff, foodie, or adventurer, there's a tour for you.
Adrenaline Rush at Macao Tower
Every cosmopolitan metropolis has an iconic giant at the core of its skyline, and the Macao Tower does not disappoint. Over 1000 feet tall, the observation deck at the top is full of thrills. Skywalk X is a staggering guided tour along the outer rim of the tower. And for true daredevils, one of the world's tallest bungee jumps can be arranged from this height. For a more mellow experience, a restaurant also awaits with panoramic views.
Unwind in Coloane Island
Ready to relax? Only a short drive away from the peninsula, Coloane Island features a stark contrast to the lively city with its serene coastline, rolling hills, and peaceful village. Lie out on the famous Cheoc Van and Hác-Sa beaches, play tennis or mini-golf with the family, or hike up the Coloane Trail to the summit of Alto de Coloane. Enjoy a bite to eat or explore the chapel of St. Francis Xavier or the Kam Tung Temple.
Explore A-Ma Cultural Village
The A-Ma Cultural village is a 22,965 square foot replica of a Qing Dynasty Palace and features towers, temple palaces, museums, and shops. The world's tallest statue of the goddess A-Ma (558 feet) overlooks the village and holds special significance in Macao. The goddess is revered as the protector of people at sea and is worshipped in over 4,000 temples all over the world. Many A-Ma followers come to the village to worship at the A-Ma temple and climb the hill to the A-Ma deity.
Shop at Senado Square
Senado Square with its bustling crowds and cobblestone streets is the center point for retail and dining in Macao. Take in the delicious cuisine while watching the latest festival or performance being put on display for everyone to enjoy. At night, Senado becomes a popular meeting point, with the colonial facades and fountain at its center lit up in a delightful display.
Gondola Ride at the Venetian
Escape into the romance of Venice while steeped in the culture of Macao with a 20-minute gondola ride at The Venetian. Relax on a traditional gondola craft as your gondolier serenades you with Italian classics, and marvel at the resort's impressive Venetian interior while you glide along the stream.
Lace up your Hiking Boots
Between the bustling city and nightlife, Macao also boasts beautiful hiking trails. Pack a lunch and enjoy views of the island on the Grand Taipa Hiking Trail, bring the whole family for the Hác-Sá Reservoir Family Walk, and experience some history while trekking along the Guia Hill Fitness Walk.
Travel to Hong Kong via Ferry
While in Macao, be sure to enjoy the ferry ride over to Hong Kong whether on your journey in or upon departure. The 1-hour boat ride will show off the stunning skylines of both cities and provide a fun way to transport to/from Hong Kong international airport. If the ferry ride isn't enough to soak up the sights, book a dinner cruise while in Hong Kong to witness the city lit up at night.
Take a Spin on the Golden Reel
Witness breathtaking views of the city on the world's first and highest figure-8-ferris wheel. Suspended between the twin hotel towers of Studio City, you'll get a thrill in the Steampunk-themed cabins while enjoying Macao from 426 feet in the air.
Macao Fisherman's Wharf
For souvenirs, calming waterfront walks, and plenty of entertainment, stop by Macao's Fisherman's Wharf. Complete with a harbor-front entertainment complex with hotels, casinos, rides, shops & restaurants, you'll find yourself spending all afternoon strolling among the adjacent waves and traveling in and out of the many centers.
Nature at Lou Lim Ieoc Garden
To take a break from the crowds and enjoy some of Macao's nature, relax in one of their many public gardens. Built in 1906, Lou Lim Ieoc Garden is a wonderful option featuring traditional Chinese landscaping with pavilions, bridges & ponds.