15 Must Visit Macau Attractions & Travel Guide

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1. Ruins of St Paul

Traveling Macau without visiting the Ruins of St Paul literally means not visiting Macau attractions at all. It is one of the most visited Macau attraction. Originally built in 17th century, it was destroyed by fire in 1835 & what remains till today is the facade of the Church & St Paul’s college.

Getting There

Bus – 2, 5, 10, 18, 19, 26A

2. Senado Square

Senado Square has been Macau’s urban centre for centuries & still a popular venue for celebrations. It is paved with a wave-patterned mosaic colored stones created by the Portuguese.

Getting There

Bus – 2, 5, 10, 18, 19, 26A

3. Venetian Macau

Venetian Macau the world largest casino, is one of Asia’s most exciting entertainment destination, and nowhere else in Asia will you find such a rare combination of facilities, attractions and amenities.

All 3,000 of its room are suites, each with more than 70 sqm of space and lavish Italian marble bathrooms take luxury to a new level.

Experience shopping with over 350 international shops, be dazzled by the street performers, or take a ride on an authentic Venetian gondola, all at the resort.

Getting There

Complimetary Venetian Shuttle Bus to Venetian Macau from :

  1. Macau International Airport
  2. Gongbei border gate
  3. Ferry terminal

For More Info : Venetian Macau

4. A Ma Temple

Macau’s name is derived from A-Ma-Gau or Place of A-Ma and this temple dedicated to the seafarers’ goddess dates from the early 16th century.

According to legend, A-Ma, a poor girl looking for passage to Canton, was refused by the wealthy junk owners but a lowly fisherman took her on board. A storm blew up and wrecked all but the boat carrying the girl.

On arrival in Macau she vanished, to reappear as a goddess, on the spot where the fishermen built her temple.

Getting There

Bus – 2, 5, 7, 10, 18, 21

5. Macau Fisherman’s Wharf

Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is a 111,500m² park and the first-ever cultural, themed and creative attraction in the tourism industry of Macau.

Centrally located in the outer harbour and it is not purely a theme park, but also combines dining, shopping, entertainment, accommodation, convention and exhibition facilities in one single location which takes just a 5-minute walk from the Macau-HK Ferry Terminal and Heliport.

Getting There

Bus – 3, 3A, 10, 12, 32

Shuttle Bus – Complimentary from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal

6. Macau Tower

Soaring 338 meters above the city, the Macau Tower is the 10th highest freestanding tower in the world and the 8th tallest in Asia.

At the Outdoor Observation Deck the Tower dominates the skyline and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Macau cityscape, China, the Pearl River and even some islands of Hong Kong on a clear day.

There is also a Revolving Tower Restaurant seating 250 persons which takes 60 minutes to make one revolution.

Getting There

Bus – 9A, 18, 21, 23, 32

7. Kun Iam Statue

This statue is dedicated to Goddess of Mercy. It is 20 meters tall and made of special bronze. The dome shape base like a lotus flower, is an ecumenical centre where information is available on Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

Getting There

Bus – 8, 12, 17

8. Wine & Grand Prix Museum

Situated just side by side, Macau Wine & Grand Prix Museum is one of the interesting places to visit in Macau.

The Wine Museum is the only one of its kind in Asia. One of the main targets of Wine Museum is to bring the visitor into contact with the social, economical and cultural importance of the wine in the Portuguese tradition, daily life and celebration rituals.

The visitor can even taste different types of wine (wine tasting – “Prova de vinhos”), a unique experience for only a small price.

The Grand Prix Museum in Macau contains exhibits that are related to Grand Prix worldwide including photos, videos, illustrated articles, cups, records of champions and some commemorative items.

It was built in 1933 in memory of the 40th anniversary of Grand Prix Racing in Macau and is located in the Tourism Activities Center on Rua Luis Gonzaga Gomes.

Special Note : Wine Museum is closed on Tuesday.

Getting There

Bus – 3, 10,12, 17, 23, 32.

9. St Lawrence Church

This is probably the richest & most beautiful church in Macau, not only of its decorations but also because of the objects displayed in the church.

Originally it was built by wood in 16th century, renovated to the existing one from the 19th century.

Getting There

Bus – 9, 16, 18, 28B

10.Greyhound Racing

Macau Greyhound Racing takes place at the Canidrome on Avenida General Castelo Branco. These races are held on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and weekends starting from 7:45 p.m. and there are 16 games on every racing evenings.

Admission is MOP$10 (usable for betting) for the public stand. Boxes are MOP$80 (Monday to Thursday) and MOP$120 (Friday to Sunday and Public Holidays) with a minimum charge of MOP$30 per person.

Bar, snack-bars and restaurant facilities are available.

Getting There

Bus – 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 23, 25, 26, 32

11. Guia Fortress

Guia Fortress was initially designed to defend Macau from attacks from the sea, but because of its position overlooking the entire city, its chief value has been as an observation post.

The lighthouse stands at 91 meters tall, and has a light visible for some 20 miles in clear weather conditions. The Guia Fortress was a restricted military area until 1976 when it opened as a major tourist attraction.

Getting There

Bus – 2, 6, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 32

12. City of Dreams

City of Dreams is a unique integrated resort combining electrifying entertainment, an amazing array of accommodation, regional and international dining, as well as designer brand shopping.

With The Bubble, a spectacular multi-media attraction and The Boulevard, a chic lifestyle precinct encompassing entertainment, restaurants and shopping boutiques, City of Dreams is the must-experience destination in Macau.

Getting There

Complimentary City of Dreams Shuttle Bus to City of Dreams from :

  1. Macau International Airport
  2. Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal
  3. Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal
  4. Macau Lotus Bridge Check Point
  5. Macau Barrier Gate Check Point

For More Info : City of Dreams

13. Dom Pedro V Theatre

Dom Pedro V Theatre is situated at Largo de Santo Agostinho, is one of the first western-style theatres in China. The theatre is an important landmark in the region and remains a venue for important public events and celebrations today.

The theatre is neo-classical in design, incorporating a portico front on a rectilinear plan.

Getting There

Bus – 18

14. Macau Museum

Macau Museum was inaugurated in 1998. Its aim is to preserve the cultural traditions, usages and habits, which specifically belong to Macau, in a place where East, and West have so peculiarly learned how to meet and to live side by side along the centuries.

Getting There

Bus – 8A, 17, 18, 19, 26

For More Info : Macau Museum

15. Camoes Garden

Camoes Garden and Grotto, is Macau’s largest park & one of the oldest parks. After the British moved out in 1835, it was bought over by a Portuguese merchant, who later built his resident house there.

The merchant adored raising doves and his hundreds of doves always hovered near the garden, forming a marvelous scene famous near and far.

After the death of the merchant, the garden was donated to the government and later opened to public as a memorial garden dedicated to Louis de Camoes, a famous Portuguese poet who lived four hundred years ago. Hence the name Luis de Camoes Garden.

It is a popular spot for locals to do their morning exercises, to play chess, to walk their caged birds or to meet with friends.

Getting There

Bus – 8A, 17, 18, 19, 26

Tommy Ooi’s Traveling Tips

To further simplify your travel experience in Macau, i have compiled a bus route that drops you to more attraction places.

Bus 18 Attractions

Macau Tower, A Ma Temple, Moorish Barracks, Lilau Square, Mandarin House, St Lawrence Church, St. Augustine’s Square, Dom Pedro V Theater, Leal Senado Building, Senado Square, Ruin’s of St. Paul’s, Macau Museum, Camoes Garden, Guia Fortress.

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  1. Hey! Thanks for the concise guide around macau! It’s really the best i’ve come across since i’ve started researching for my trip~ Hope dining in Macau will be posted in time before I get to macau =D

  2. HI Tommy,

    I love the shot you take, especialy the City of Dreams, macau.

    Can i use it for my own use, as i am compiling a list of where to go backpacking in a book?
    Or can you send your photoshot to me? Please?

    Thanks in advance!


  3. Hi Tommy,

    Love your blog! So many info I am getting for my travel to Macau-HK in a month later 🙂
    Could you do a post on Halal Food in Macau?
    Thanks so much!


  4. Hi Tommy

    Came across your website while researching about Hongkong. Very informative and precise blog – definitely useful for my trip to HK in mid-nov 2011. Thanks very much.

    L H (ms)

  5. The places you recommended looks great.. Do you happen to know any great clubbing places in Macau and to recommend me please? 😉 Especially for coming christmas…

  6. I’m here in Macau right now and this blog is very very helpful for me and my mom :)) Thank you so much! I especially love how you included the complimentary “getting there”.

  7. hi tommy!my hubby and i are planning to visit macau before this year end..with regards to your simplified attractions..could it be possible with just a 3 day stay?i want my visit to be worthwhile moment..could you give me an advise or a 3 day schedule tour..never been to abroad as this is my first time..i want to take your wise advise..thanks so much…

  8. Thanks for the post. I am doing research on how to spend my two days in Macau and what are the must-visit places and your post provides all the information I needed in a glance. Now, I have to consider should I do the walking tour to save some money or to take a hop-on-hop-off tourist bus that costs HKD150 per person.

  9. hi, I be travelling to macau in Jan 2013, wish to ask is it better to buy the hop-on hop off tourist bus alone or buy the hongkong pass iventure card? If I only know abit of cantonese, will I have problem finding the right buses to go? Or take taxi, is it safe?

  10. just read the Open top bus macau only from 9.30am to 4.15pm? So after 4.15pm, I would need to use taxi or other public buses? please kindly advise! thank you!!

  11. Hi

    Do we need to stay at the Venetian resort hotel to have access to the attractions, shop pings, restaurants?

  12. Hi Tommy,

    thanks for the concise details! Would like to seek your advise; if I only have 5 days 4 night with my family of 4 (my parents and brother), all adults, and could only spend 1 day in Macau and remaining 4 days in Hongkong, may I know how I can fit the itinerary in? What are the must go places we can squeeze into our schedule ? Thank you!


    • Hi, you can start off Ah Ma Temple then Ruins of St Paul, & walk down to Senado Square. Try Margaret Cafe Portuguese egg tart or have lunch in Chan Kong Kei roast duck. Then visit Venetian & City of dreams

      • Thanks so much Tommy! That will save me a lot of research time! I know I’m being very greedy hehe.. but just wondering Is it possible to also fit in The Fisherman Whart, Macau Tower and Kum Iam Status into the one day you have suggested? Ur pictures look so stunning!

  13. Hi tommy, I will go there on october 1′ 2013 with my frinds’ were frm hongkong,
    What bus we need t ride to ko to a ma, and all nice spots in macau, n what bus go
    Back to ferry terminal. Thank u so much for your hlp…

  14. Hi tommy, we are going to macau and chehoi china for 4 days 3 nites. I may only be spending 1 nite in macau. With your guide i am able to visit this places in macau without any problem. Thanks for your guide lines

  15. Hi Tommy,

    I would like to seek your advise.I’ll visit Macau on next month with my family and will stay there 1 1/2 days (next day 4pm will take ferry to Hong Kong). We will stay at Penha Apartment. So that we need your wise advise during 1 1/2 days which are the places we need to visit in Macau ?

    Thank you.

  16. Hi Tommy, I love all the attractions you’ve posted. I’ll try to visit them all this coming December. By the way, those photos were taken last 2010..right? Are the informations in “Getting There” part stil valid? We’ll just rely in the map and your data because we’re not familiar with the place.. thanks for sharing! 😀

  17. Hi, Thanks for your useful info..Good~~ i will travel to Macau next year, may i know the info got update? Thank you….~~

  18. Hi Tommy….
    I’ll go to Macau just for 2 days, arrive 7pm n leave next day at 5pm. Can I visit all the 18 place that u mentions by bus?? (Macau Tower, A Ma Temple, Moorish Barracks, Lilau Square, Mandarin House, St Lawrence Church, St. Augustine’s Square, Dom Pedro V Theater, Leal Senado Building, Senado Square, Ruin’s of St. Paul’s, Macau Museum, Camoes Garden, Guia Fortress)

  19. Hi Tommy, thanks for concise information. Can you recommend any place in Macau with nice food to eat (must try)? I will be visiting Macau in November this year. Thanks.

  20. Hi Tommy,
    I would like to take a ferry from HK to Taipa and crossovert to Senado if there is time. Is it easy to get to Senado from Taipa?
    Thank you.


  21. Is there pubs near or around sheraton macau area….and what are the pricing of beers or lager like…..be going down to macau on the 16th of this month and will be staying at sheraton….

  22. HHi there i am doing a reserach on macau bcs im thinking to go there this year end.. May i know how much are the bus fare and do they have like a bus card… Or something?

  23. Hi Can you please give me information on how I travel in Macau, Is it better to buy a travel pass or pay as I go. I am going to Macau for 3 days. Thank you.

  24. Hi Tommy,

    I like your blog, it’s good. My family and I is going to Macau soon and we will bring a kid which only one year old. so do you know how to get a driver there? as travel with a kid and parents is not east and I hope they can just enjoy and relax much with a driver, no need tour guide. thanks.

  25. macau is very facinating place where tourists can enjoy the natural sceneries as well as the hospitality of the people residing there.

  26. What is the cost and process for a tourist visa with an American Passport traveling from Mainland China?

  27. Hi Tommy,
    Thanks for all the info above.

    Quick question – What do you think one would miss out by visitng Macau on a Tuesday as opposed to other days of the week?


  28. Hi Tommy. we (my mom which is 67 y.o and my son, 7 y.o)will be visiting Macau on the 21st of this month, I would like to know, how many hours it will take us to visit the place: a ma temple, senado square, ruins, venetian and city of dreams? and what can you recommend resto, cheaper but food is great.

  29. Hi Tommy, we are staying in Tsim Sha Tsui. Well, i haven’t searched yet how far is Tsim Sha Tsui to the ferry terminal going to Macau, but my question is, can we sight see all of the attractions you’ve recommended and be back in Hongkong, well Tsim Sha Tsui at least the last boat trip back to Hongkong?

      • Thanks Tommy. What if well just sight see the one you compiled for bus 18? and maybe see venetian and city of dreams? we are book all thru the new year in hongkong. im not so sure if they will allow us a refund should we decide to sleep for a night in Macau. Are you from Macau? Any suggestion or idea how much is the cost if we will rent a van for a day? if there’s any? Thanks much.

  30. Hello tommy. Can i ask something? Since you’ve listed all tourist spot under bus 18. from hk-macau ferry terminal. Can you enumerate step by step the first place that would be a stop for a tourist. So that I can plan where to go first. Because I’m planning to use bus 18 all throughout my journey since it caters all. And i have one day only to go to. Please please reply

  31. Hi, do u have any free shutter bus info. As we can safe some $$ to use the free service bus. Thanks Tommy.

    • Hi Winson, free shuttle bus normally provided to bring you to the hotel. So u can take advantage by taking free shuttle bus which is close to your attractions

  32. 1. Any immigration custom from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal to Taipa Ferry Terminal, Macau?? Can i buy ticket on Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal?

    2. Visa needed to enter Macau?

    3. Bus station all aroud Macau area? Bus 18 is sufficient to find all attraction around

    • Hi Jia Seng, No immigration between Hong Kong & Macau as both doesnt require visa for Malaysian & Singaporean. And both has the same immigration policy so if you are able to enter either one means u can travel to the other place with no hassle at all.

      • Are there any security check from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal to Taipa Ferry Terminal?

        And what procedure normally happen at boarding airport? is it as below
        1. Check in and get boarding pass
        2. Officer check our boarding pass
        3. Security check
        4. Waiting at Boarding gate

  33. Macau has so many beautiful attractions, and you list the run down Canidrome as number ten!!!! Why would a tourist want to go to a place where greyhounds are quite literally raced to death. They sleep on wooden beds; if they don’t come in the top three in five consecutive races, they are killed; the track they run on is hard and dangerous and they are often injured; and there’s no rehoming programme, so matter how hard they try to please their greedy masters, they are killed within three years. Do people in Macau really think this is the way to treat the noble greyhound?

  34. Hi Tommy,
    Thanks for this useful information. can u suggest me some palces in Macau for vegetarian food.?

  35. Hi Tommy,
    Thanks for an excellent description of travelers attractions in Macau. how many days do we need to visit all the 15 places mentioned?

  36. I used this page to visit Macau for the first time in 2014. Now I look for this webpage every time I recommend someone to visit Macau for a day tour from Hong Kong. Thanks.

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