For clients looking for a Far East destination with a southern European vibe, Macao will really hit the spot
Just 40 miles and a one-hour ferry ride from Hong Kong, Macao has a unique Portuguese-Chinese heritage and is one of the region’s most vibrant destinations.
With the eight Step Out, Macao walking routes, visitors will discover the destination’s most iconic attractions as well as off-the-beaten track districts and a smorgasbord of eateries and shopping hotspots.
Top attractions include the Unesco World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Macao, featuring buildings of both Portuguese and Chinese origin. Highlights include the iconic Ruins of St Paul’s, Macao’s most famous monument, and elegant Senado Square, which has been Macao’s urban centre for centuries and is surrounded by pastel-coloured neo-classical buildings exposing its European heritage. For fans of mythology, A-Ma Temple is the oldest building in Macao, and tells the story of Mazu, the goddess of seafarers and fishermen. Meanwhile, the picturesque St Lazarus district attracts artistic types that showcase their artistic flair and sell inventive items.
Food glorious food
Macao’s food scene is legendary too, offering everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to local cafes. As well as Chinese favourites such as dim sum, and some of the best Portuguese food outside Portugal, the local Macanese food is reputed to be the world’s first fusion cuisine.
Village life and countryside
Atmospheric Taipa Village is known for its narrow streets, including the famous Rua do Cunha (known as “food street”) and historic buildings, while Coloane Village is the place for tranquillity and local cuisine. For relaxation, visitors can head to Macao’s southern countryside of rolling hills and beaches.
No visitor to Macao can miss the 338-metre-tall Macau Tower. With an observation lounge complete with glass floor and the world’s highest bungee jump, this is the place that adventurers should make a beeline for. The IM Pei-designed Macao Science Center is a must-visit and packed with interactive activities and a 3D planetarium.