If you enjoy gambling, then Macau needs no introduction. It’s the gambling capital of the world, home to mega casinos and hotels generating billions of dollars in gambling revenue annually.
But even if you aren’t into gambling, you shouldn’t let that stop you from visiting Macau because there’s plenty to see and do here, even for non-gamblers. Macau has an old world European feel left by centuries of Portuguese influence.
The best way to get to Macau from Hong Kong is by fast ferry. We took the turbojet which took only an hour.
From there we headed straight to our hotel, Sheraton Grand Macao and cooled off at the pool!
We were all pretty jet lagged by then so we took a looooong nap and when we finally woke up, it was 4 am!! Yikes! Since Macau is nicknamed the “Las Vegas of Asia” we headed out and explored (mainly in our hotel)! Look at how peaceful the streets are.
Ruins of St. Paul
Perhaps the most popular landmark in Macau is the Ruins of St. Paul’s. The facade of this gorgeous 17th-century church is all that remains after the destruction by fire and natural disasters in the 1600s and 1830s.
In 2005 the ruins were added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Historic Centre of Macau.
Of all the forts in Macau, the Monte Fort is the oldest, lying to the east of the Ruins of St. Paul’s. Built in 1616, it originally belonged to St. Paul’s Church and was used to defend the church from the pirates. It later became solely a military fort.
From Ruin of St. Paul walk to Senado Square – you’ll work up an appetite with all that walking and luckily the street around Senado Square are filled with food stalls.
Since it’s a touristy area, you’ll find lots of shops and bakeries where you can buy Portuguese Egg Tarts! The number one food item to eat in Macau!