Holidays in Macao offer a vibrant mix of Eastern and Western heritage. Spend your time immersed in Macanese culture, which is influenced by more than 400 years of life as a Portuguese colony before Macao became a Special Administrative Region of China in 1999.
Tucked behind the glamour of luxury Macao hotels, there’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, Senado Square, in the region’s historic centre. Discover ancient landmarks, relax on white sandy beaches, shop for original gifts and enjoy hilltop picnics near the heart of Macau in Senado Square. Visit the former islands of Taipa Village and Coloane (officially known as Freguesia de São Francisco Xavier), which are now connected to the Macau Peninsula by reclaimed land.
Macao holidays: A hidden gem
Macao, also known as Macau, is a hidden gem just waiting to be explored. Take one of our Macao holidays to discover this incredible region which borders the Guangdong Province on the south-east coast of China; 37 miles west of Hong Kong. Set by the Pearl River Estuary, the Macau Peninsula and its former islands (Taipa Village and Coloane) are knitted together by the hotel and casino glamour of the Cotai Strip. The surrounding villages provide a leisurely pace for your holiday in Macao, where the influence of Eastern and Western heritage shines through in the local architecture, food and culture. Senado Square is home to a number of important landmarks, including the magnificent facade and ruins of St Paul’s Church. The 15th century Buddhist temple of A-Ma, which is dedicated to a marine goddess who kept fishermen safe at sea, is another fabulous place to visit. Enjoy the relaxed charms Macao’s former islands - visit Taipa Village where you can source unique artisan products, and feast in authentic Macao restaurants in the foodie haven of Coloane.
Why not extend your holiday in Macau by adding some nearby destinations too? Your bespoke holiday in Macao is within easy reach: you can take the high-speed train or ferry from Hong Kong, or travel by road over the spectacular new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, which connects Macao to Hong Kong and mainland China.
Great sample itineraries
Macao is a relaxed holiday destination that is brimming with a rich heritage. Be inspired by one of our sample Macao tours.
Our favorite hotels
Choose from our fantastic selection of luxury Macao hotels. Whether you wish to include incredible views, exquisite cuisine or relaxing spas and swimming pools, we can find accommodation ideal for you.
From Baroque churches to Chinese temples, this beautiful area is one of Macao’s greatest gems. It was in 2005 when UNESCO named over 20 buildings and squares collectively, as the Historic Centre of Macao World Heritage Site, providing a distinctive connection to the fusion of the East and West. Perfect for strolling around, highlights include A-Ma Temple, the oldest building in Macao, the Iconic ruins of St Paul's and the elegantly beautiful Senado Square.
From glitzy malls with all the latest designer labels to traditional markets selling antiques and souvenirs of all kinds, there’s no shortage of options in Macao for the shopaholic. Popular areas are around São Domingos near Senado Square, and in the Three Lamps district (Rotunda de Carlos da Maia) near the Red Market.
Relaxing in Macao
Macau is famous for its casinos; however, there are many other hot nightspots available to keep everyone entertained. Apart from Macau’s world class restaurants, there are plenty of options for night owls including vibrant bars and clubs welcoming international DJs. Or catch one of the shows, such as the spectacular multi-million dollar House of Dancing Water, with its breathtaking high dive acrobatics.
It's two beaches, Hác-Sá and Cheoc Van, are perfect for lazy afternoons of sunbathing and swimming, while Coloane Park boasts walking trails, a sizeable hill to climb and excellent picnic spots. Both of which are ideal for a relaxing afternoon after a morning of exploring the city. And with the vast amount of 5* hotels there is no shortage of elegant spas offering a wide range of local and international treatments.
“Head to Lord Stow's Bakery in Coloane Town Square, and sample their famous Portuguese egg tarts. These tasty treats draw visitors from far and wide for their reputation as the most delicious variety of egg tart within the whole of Asia. With their flaky pastry crusts, scrumptious egg custard centres, and crispy crème brûlée tops, these glazed treats taste twice as nice when served warm - they’re simply a must-eat snack to enjoy during your holiday in Macao.”
“If you need to cool down after a morning of sightseeing in Macao, head to the Grand Resort Deck - a water wonderland inside Galaxy Macau with a white sandy beach, and several swimming pools with waterslides, waterfalls, and geyser features. It has the world’s longest Skytop Aquatic Adventure River Ride, and the world's largest Skytop Wave Pool, plus poolside dining and attractive gardens.”
Macau Arts Festival
Immerse yourself in the world of Chinese and Macanese theatre drama, or see a variety of music, dance, multimedia, visual arts and family friendly events. The Macau Arts Festival is held in May every year.
Macao International Dragon Boat Races
See the colourful spectacle of long paddle boats as they take part in the Macao International Dragon Boat Races challenge. Each of the boats is beautifully decorated in Chinese characters and can be seen on the waters of Macao during the month of June.
Macao International Music Festival
Listen to unique renditions of opera, jazz and classical pieces through beautiful song and instrumental interpretations at the Macao International Music Festival. The events are held at the Cultural Affairs Bureau in October.
Macau Grand Prix
Experience the thrill of fast cars at the Macau Grand Prix in November, where both car and motorcycle races are held. Top professional drivers compete in the Formula 3 Grand Prix race.
Macau Food Festival
Savour delicious local produce at the annual Macau Food Festival at Sai Van Lake Square. The festival takes place in November near the Macau Tower, and celebrates the region’s incredible variety of cuisine.
Portuguese and Chinese restaurants are abundant in Macao, with the best meals to be found in local cafés and restaurants. Macanese dishes, a fusion of Portuguese and Chinese ingredients, are harder to source; for authentic Macanese cuisine such as egg tart and sweet pork jerky, head to Café Litoral in Taipa, Carlos Restaurant in Macau, or the timeless 500-year-old APOMAC canteen in Macau.
Serradura, also known as Sawdust Pudding, is a traditional sweet dessert from Macao. It’s made from just four ingredients: a mixture of whipped cream, vanilla extract and condensed milk, before being topped with a ground cookie crumble. Served chilled, this dessert is simply delicious.
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