6 Reasons to Visit Macao
To experience one of the most exciting culture-packed destinations in the Far East, look no further than Macao. With rich history, vibrant nightlife and great food, Macao has something for everyone. Located 40 miles from Hong Kong Macao's Portuguese-Chinese heritage is a must-see for avid travellers looking for a cool alternative twin-centre stop off when exploring Hong Kong, Thailand and the rest of Asia.
From the Portuguese and Chinese buildings of the Unesco World Heritage-listed Historic Centre to iconic Macau Tower, home to the world's highest bungee jump, there's something for everyone. Explore thrilling nightlife, stroll picturesque countryside or feast on delicious cuisine in a place like no other.
Heritage: DISCOVER MACAO’S PAST
Those looking to step straight into the destination’s unique history should take a walk through the many World Heritage-listed temples and buildings of Macao’s Historic Centre. With 30 sites to check out, there’s hardly a more fascinating square mile for history buffs in the whole of Asia. Wonder at the dramatic Ruins of St. Paul’s, or enjoy Senado Square, with its pastel-painted buildings and beautiful wavy black and white flagstones.
Sights and Bites: VISIT OLD TAIPA VILLAGE
Strolling around the narrow streets and lanes of this atmospheric district, you’ll get a captivating glimpse of Macao’s traditional village life. A treasure trove of niche shops, restaurants and classic villas, don’t miss Rua do Cunha – known as ‘Food Street’ – which is the place to sample local delicacies like almond cookies, egg rolls and beef jerky. Or head to the Sunday flea market to find that perfect souvenir to take home.
Nightlife: WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN
With its cool clubs, sleek modern bars and glitzy casinos, Macao has endless after-dark options to unwind or revel. Whether you’re partying it up with the world’s best DJs, sipping a cocktail on a rooftop terrace or enjoying a nightcap in a cosy bar, you’ll always find the ideal spot to end your evening – with Macao’s glittering skyline as the perfect backdrop.
Get Active: MACAU TOWER VISTAS
For a rush of adrenaline, there’s only one thing better than taking in the breathtaking city views from the iconic 338m Macau Tower, and that’s bungee jumping off it! It’s the highest commercial bungee platform in the world and – for those with the nerve – the screams and wobbly knees are well worth it for the thrills, not to mention the views. For a less dramatic option you can SkyWalk around the edge of the tower or indulge your taste buds at the 360° Café – the tower’s revolving restaurant. At a lofty 233m up in the sky, it’s one of the best spots for skyline vistas.
Calm Country: CHECK OUT COLOANE’S BEACHES
If you want a change from the hustle and bustle, there’s really no better place to go than Coloane, the beautiful countryside island in the south of Macao. When you’re there, you’ll find rolling green hills, laid-back beaches and old European-style churches and squares that serve as a reminder of Macao’s rich Portuguese heritage. Sip a refreshing drink at an alfresco café, take a stroll along one of the walking trails or chill out beside the lapping waves on Hac-Sa beach.
Enjoy the Show: THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER
If you’re after an evening of high- flying action and awe-inspiring storytelling, head to the theatre at the Ct of Dreams resort on the sparkling Cotai Strip to catch The House of Dancing Water. The mystical tale of a humble fisherman, this electrifying multi-million dollar performance is the world’s largest water-based show, starring over 80 gymnasts, divers, motorcyclists performing high-dive acrobatics and stunts that’ll blow your mind. It’s not just one of the hottest tickets in Macao, the hour-and-a-half extravaganza is one of the greatest shows on earth.