Macau is a tropical peninsula, which also includes the two islands of Taipa and Coloane. Macau is located just south of the Chinese city Zhuhai, with the Pearle River Delta to the west and Pearl River Estuary to the east/southeast. Hong Kong is a convenient 1 hour ferryboat ride away to the east.
Close to 95% of Macau’s total population is ethnic Chinese. European, Eurasian and other Asian expats make up the remaining percentage, bringing the total population to over 550,000.
The Portuguese arrived in Macau (“Bay Gate” in Portuguese) in the mid-1600s and their influence lasted until 1999. Now deemed an autonomous territory, Macau was the last remaining European colony in Asia, leaving behind hundreds of years of cultural beauty and charm.
For those wanting to test their luck at one of the many famous gambling spots, the Cotai area is the place for you! Head to the Casino at Venetian Macau, the Grand Lisboa Casino or the MGM Casino.
While Macau is famous for its luxurious casinos and resorts, it should not be overlooked by backpackers or other types of travelers!
Set off towards the AJ Hackett Macau Tower or the Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Center, and partake in an exhilarating bungee-jump or skywalk, taking in the amazing views overlooking Macau.
Hike up to visit the historic Fortaleza de Guia and Fortaleza do Monte, then make your way down to the UNESCO city center and stroll through centuries of history.
When you are done relaxing in one of Macau’s many cafes, make your way to Senato Square.
Paved with sparkling black and white tiles, you will be happily surrounded by vibrant colors and colonial style architecture. Don’t miss the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Saint Dominic’s Church or the A-Ma Temple.
For nature and park lovers, Camoes Garden is a great place for tai-chi, chess or even palm reading! Visit Black Sand Beach (Hac Sa Beach) to go swimming, play sports or fire up the b-b-q.
Take a short trip to Coloane and walk through the stunning villages or natural parks and try some of the delicious food while relaxing by the sea.