Monte Fort Tours

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Built by the Jesuits to repel an attack from the sea, the Monte Fort (Fortaleza de Monte) is the oldest military fortification in the peninsula of Macau. With construction beginning in 1617 the Monte Fort was also seen as a measure of defense for the minority Christians to defend themselves from ethnic Chinese who comprised the religious majority.

With walls over 330 feet (100.6 meters) long and walls nearly 30 feet (9.1 meters) high the Monte Fort was solidly built and capable of storing enough munitions to withstand a two-year siege. Though cannons were readied and defense preparations made, the only military action the Monte Fort ever saw was during an unsuccessful raid by the Dutch in 1622. Looking to gain an advantage in the lucrative East Asian trading route, the Dutch laid a surprise siege on the Portuguese at Macau. Heavily outnumbered and inevitably doomed, a Jesuit, Portuguese priest hunkered inside Monte Fort fired a lone cannon shot which miraculously struck a Dutch gunpowder storage. Devastated by the ensuing explosion the Dutch fell into retreat and ultimately failed in their effort to take Macau. Officially regarded as the only time the cannons were fired in defense, the same cannons today (though now defunct) now point at the towering Casino Lisboa and the ultra-modern skyline of Macau.

Classified as part of the UNESCO Historical Centre of Macau, visitors to Monte Fort are welcome to peruse the grounds of the old fort and walk through the subterranean tunnels. A strategic compound on the hill with a sweeping view of the city, Monte Fort once briefly served as the residence for the Governor of Macau before the construction of a meteorological observatory in 1965. Finally, in 1998, the observatory closed in favor of the Museum of Macau, a place which continues to educate visitors on the unique heritage of Monte Fort and the overall history of Macau.
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Address: Macau, China
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Hours: From May - September: 6am - 7pm; From October - April: 7am - 6pm
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Group Day Tour to Macau from Hong Kong with Hotel Pickup in Kowloon Area

On a day trip from Hong Kong, discover the top sights of Macau, a small peninsula part of mainland China and known for the casinos and extravagant shopping malls that have earned it the nickname ‘the Las Vegas of Asia.’ Located a 1-hour ferry ride across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong, Macau retains influences of its time as a Portuguese territory; explore its history as you visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of A-Ma Temple, the Ruins of St Paul’s and Mount Fortress. Hotel pickup is included in Kowloon.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Sightseeing Coach Tour of Macau from Shenzhen with Ferry

Explore Macau, across the Pearl River delta from Shenzhen, on this 8-hour tour. Catch a ferry to the city for a sightseeing tour while learning all about this former Portuguese colony. Visit UNESCO-listed landmarks such as the A-Ma Temple and Ruins of St. Paul’s; explore Monte Fort; and climb the Macau Tower (own expense) for 360-degree views. Buffet lunch, outward ferry ticket, and post-tour transfer to your Macau hotel or back to the ferry terminal included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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7-Day Independent Tour: Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Macau with Transport

Enjoy the best of both worlds on this independent 7-day tour of Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Macau, with guided sightseeing tours of each location, plus plenty of free time and flexibility. Admire the iconic Victoria Harbour skyline of Hong Kong, cruise along the Pearl River delta in Guangzhou and discover Macau’s UNESCO-listed landmarks, including the A-Ma Temple and the Ruins of St Paul. This action-packed tour includes 4-star accommodation with breakfast, private transfers and transport by train and ferry.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Hong Kong including Shenzhen and Macau ( 5 Days - 4 Nights )

Trying to plan activities and transfers in a country you haven’t been to before can be a difficult task. Let a guide take care of planning on a 4-night tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to Shenzhen, Macau, and Hong Kong, and eliminates the need for any advance organisation. You’ll travel between top attractions with ease and relish the convenience of included meals, accommodation, and tours.
  • Duration: 5 days
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