The Portuguese struck a deal with China in the early 16th century to clear the waters around Macau of pirates, leading to Macau becoming one of the first—and the last—colonial establishment on the Asian continent. These are some of the best colonial sites you won’t want to miss in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
What to See
- Guia Fortress—the highest point on the Macau peninsula and home to the 17th-century Chapel of Our Lady of Guia
- Dom Pedro V Theatre—China’s first Western-style theater, built by a Portuguese architect in 1858
- Ruins of St. Paul’s—the remains of a 16th-century complex, including the Church of St. Paul and St. Paul’s College
- Leal Senado and Senado Square—the seat of Portuguese government in Macau before it’s return to China
How to Visit
- Board a hop-on hop-off bus to explore Macau’s colonial landmarks with 16 convenient stops.
- Join a local guide on a Macau sightseeing tour to learn more about its UNESCO-listed sites.
- See Macau’s colonial highlights on a day trip from Hong Kong.