At only 11 square miles, Macau might be small, but it’s certainly not lacking in things to do. Here’s our pick of the top 20 attractions which cover beaches to bungee jumps and everything in between. If you thought Macau was just a place for casinos and gambling, think again!
The House of Dancing Water
Entertainment doesn’t come much better than The House of Dancing Water. It’s the world’s largest water show and is housed in its own 2,000-seat, custom-built theatre and the attraction itself cost US$250 million to create. Produced by renowned theatre director Franco Dragone, the show is 90 minutes of mind-blowing action, featuring some of world’s greatest gymnasts, circus artists, dancers, divers and motorcyclists. The stage transforms from a huge pool to a dry stage within seconds – the sheer technical brilliance of it will leave you in awe.
The House of Dancing Water, City of Dreams, Macau, + 853 8868 6688
The House of Dancing Water | Courtesy of Dragone Entertainment
This US$3.2 billion cinematically-themed leisure resort offers several entertainment options like Golden Reel, the world’s first and highest figure-eight ferris wheel, and The House of Magic, a theatre show where you can witness some of the world’s greatest magicians work their craft. The newest attraction is Batman Dark Flight, a 4D flight simulation ride – the first of its kind in the world.
Studio City, Estr. do Istmo, Macau,+853 8865 8888
Studio City Macau | Courtesy of Melco Crown
Macau Tower holds the Guinness World Record for housing the highest commercial bungee jump in the world – at 233m (764 ft.), it’s not for the faint-hearted. Offering panoramic views of the city, the tower is also home to The 360°Café, Macau’s highest revolving restaurant.
Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre, Macau, +853 8988 8656
As the oldest Chinese temple in the city, A-Ma Temple is believed to be the place where Macau’s name was derived from. The variety of pavilions dedicated to the worship of different deities in a single complex makes the temple an exemplary representation of Chinese culture inspired by Confucianism.
A-Ma Temple, Largo da Barra, Macau, +853 2836 6866
A great representation of Macau’s East meets West character, Taipa village is home to Portuguese and Mediterranean influences alongside Chinese architectural features, offering a detailed example of the region’s rich cultural heritage and historic beauty. Here you will find museums and colonial churches juxtaposed against Chinese temples in what is a welcome alternative to the casino area.
Taipa village Macau, Taipa, Macau, +853 2857 6083
Macau Maritime museum
Macau’s harbour was one of the main trading posts in the region and forms an integral part of the city’s history. This museum, shaped like a ship, is located at Barra Pagoda, the place where the Portuguese first landed. The highlights here are the interactive displays detailing the maritime histories of Portugal and China, its gallery of aquariums and the mock-ups of boats – including the long, narrow dragon boats used during the Dragon Boat Festival.
Macau Maritime Musuem, 1 Largo do Pagode da Barra, Macau +853 2859 5481
Grand Resort Deck
This water wonderland located inside Galaxy Macau is the go-to place to cool down during the long hot summer months. It’s a whopping 75,000m² (807,293 ft.²) and features multiple swimming pools, an expansive white sand beach and the world’s largest Skytop Wave Pool. Other attractions include waterslides, beach lagoons, white water rapids, geysers, waterfalls and Macau’s largest kids aquatic zone.
Grand Resort Deck, 2F, Galaxy Macau, Macau, +853 2888 0888
Grand Resort Deck Macau | Courtesy of Galaxy Macau
Museum of Macau
The Museum of Macau is the biggest museum in they city, located just across from the ruins of St Paul’s. The exhibition building is a three-floor structure, covering a total area of 2,800m² (30,128 ft.²), and features more than 3,000 exhibits and historical relics. The museum covers a broad scope of the region’s history, encompassing both Chinese and Portuguese perspectives.
Macau Museum, 112 Praceta do Museu de Macau, Macau, +853 2835 7911
Ruins of St. Paul’s
Arguably Macau’s most famous landmark, the Ruins of St. Paul’s is an astounding stone façade. The complex of St. Paul’s College and the Cathedral of St. Paul were originally constructed in the 16th century, but burned down in 1835 leaving only one surviving wall. The Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt was built at the base of the ruins in 1996 and houses many religious artefacts.
Ruins of St. Paul’s, Calçada de S.Paulo / Rua de São Paulo, Macau, +853 6238 6441
Macau’s famous town square is best visited during the daytime when you can truly appreciate the beauty of the place. A stunning symbol of Macau’s East meets West heritage, the square is surrounded by pastel coloured neo-classical buildings and has Portuguese-style mosaic tiled floors. It’s the perfect spot to sit, rest, relax and take photographs as you watch the world go by.
Senado Square, Largo do Senado, Macau
Macau Giant Panda pavilion
The Giant Panda pavilion offers a rare chance to catch a glimpse of two giant pandas, Kai Kai and Xin Xin. Last year giant panda Xin Xin gave birth to a set of adorable twins named Dabao and Xiaobao, giving you double the reason to visit. The pavilion is a 3,000m² (32,291 ft.²) state-of-the-art facility that comprises indoor activity quarters and an outdoor yard, as well as buildings where the pandas are fed and cared for.
Macau Giant Panda Pavilion, Avenida de Seac Pai Van, Coloane, Macau, +853 2833 7676
Flora Garden is Macau’s largest public park. This European style garden features a stone pathway that winds upward, past small waterfalls and belvederes, to the top of Guia Hill, the highest point in Macau. Alternatively, you can ride the cable car to the top of the hill and enjoy the panoramic views of the city below.
Flora Garden, Avenida do Sidónio Pais, Macau, +853 2833 7676
Hac Sa Beach
Hac Sa Beach, which translates as ‘Black Sand Bay’, is Macau’s largest natural beach. Located in the area of Coloane, the beach’s standout feature was its coal black sand. However, in recent years, white sand has been added to the shores. Despite losing its original touch, it’s still a great beach to visit.
Hac Sa Beach, Coloane, Macau
Hac Sa Beach Macau | Courtesy of Macau Government Tourist Office
The largest leisure and themed entertainment complex in Macau Peninsula, Fisherman’s Wharf features a variety of hotels, casinos and typical marina attractions alongside a parade of restaurants and shops. It’s located within five minutes of the Macau Ferry Terminal.
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, Avenida de Amizade, Macau, +853 8299 3300
Macau Grand Prix Museum
Built in 1993 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Macau’s biggest annual sporting event (the Macau Grand Prix), the museum is a must-see place for F1 enthusiasts. More than twenty Formula cars and motorcycles once driven by world-renowned drivers such as Eduardo de Carvalho, Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard are on exhibition here.
Macau Grand Prix Musuem, 431 R. de Luis Gonzaga Gomes, Macau, +853 8798 4108
Macau Grand Prix Museum | Courtesy of Macau Government Tourist Office
The Broadway Food Street is a collection of over 40 local or ‘first-to-Macau’ popular Asian food brand stalls and Michelin-rated restaurants. You’ll also be entertained by festive street performances at the market, and will likely be able to find unique Macanese souvenir shops.
Broadway Macau, Cotai, Macau, +853 8883 3338
As casinos go in Macau, none are more famous than the Venentian Macao. Said to be one of the 10 largest buildings in the world, The Venetian features 3,000 hotel suites, countless restaurants and shops and has a gaming floor measuring in at over 46, 451 m² (500,000 ft.²).
The Venetian, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Macau +853 2882 8888
Venetian Macao | Courtesy of Sands China
Portuguese egg tarts at Lord Stow’s Bakery
Bakery, Deli, Portuguese
Portuguese egg tarts at Lord Stow’s Bakery
Macau has its own delicacy – the Macau Portuguese Egg Tart. Its reputation for being the most delicious variation around brings visitors from far and wide to try them out. With their flaky pastry crusts, delicious egg custard centres and crispy crème brulee tops, they taste twice as nice when served warm. A must-eat snack in Macau!
Lord Stow’s Bakery, 1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane Village, Macau, +853 2888 2534
Spa at Mandarin Oriental
This luxury spa offers the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind in the hands of skilled massage therapists. They offer locally inspired signature treatments or deep sleep and deep tissue massages, combining the powerful effects of oriental meridian massages with the therapeutic benefits of custom-blended essential oils. Pure bliss!
Spa at Mandarin Oriental Macau, Avenida Dr Sun Yat Sen Nape, Macau +853 8805 8888
Spa at Mandarin Oriental Macau | Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Macau
A unique wine lounge which exclusively serves Portuguese wines, head to Macau Soul for a relaxing evening chatting with friends over a bottle of wine or two, in a cosy and relaxing setting. They offer over 600 labels, so it’s a great place to discover why Portuguese wines are now beating French and Italian brands when it comes to earning top awards.
Macau Soul, 31A Rua de São Paulo, Macau, +853 2836 5182