Macao's Historic Centre Tours
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Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, Macao's Historic Centre includes more than 20 historic and culturally significant sights. From churches and temples to forts and squares, Macao's Historic Centre reflects the area’s rich cultural legacy and its unique mix of Portuguese and Chinese influences.
Macao's Historic Centre is best enjoyed on a half-day or full-day walking tour. Popular stops include Senado Square, the heart of old Macau with its colorful colonial buildings; the Ruins of the Church of St. Paul with its grand façade; the 15th century A-Ma Temple, dedicated to the goddess of the sea; Monte Fort, which helped defend against the Dutch in the 17th century; and Guia Fortress, with its lovely chapel and the first modern lighthouse built on China’s coast.
Most sightseeing tours will stop at some of the sights in the Historic Centre. Tours originate from Macau, Hong Kong, or China. Those planning on visiting other attractions in southern China can opt for a multi-day tour of Macau, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, or Guangzhou.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Macao's Historic Centre is a must-see for first-time visitors to Macau.
- Though some of the sights are free to enter, others charge an admission fee.
- Wear sturdy and comfortable shoes, as the sights are spread out and include some hills and stairs.
- Full-day tours from Hong Kong can last upward of 11 hours.
How to Get There
Macao's Historic Centre is on the Macau Peninsula, which is located in southern China, near Hong Kong. It can be reached via ferry from Hong Kong or south China (Shenzhen, Shekou, Nansha). From the ferry terminal there is easy transport via taxi or bus. Macau also has an international airport, located on Taipa Island, about 20 minutes’ drive from the city center.
When to Get There
Macau and the Historic Centre can be visited year-round. Open hours and days will vary among the different sights. Macau is generally busiest during the weeklong May and October Chinese national holidays.
Sights in Macao's Historic Centre
Macao's Historic Centre includes the Ruins of the Church of St. Paul, St. Augustine's Square, Senado Square, the Leal Senado Building, Barra Square, A-Ma Temple, the Moorish Barracks, Mandarin's House, Sir Robert Ho Tung Library, St. Lawrence's Church, St. Joseph's Seminary and Church, Holy House of Mercy, St. Augustine's Church, the Cathedral, Dom Pedro V Theatre, Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple, Lou Kau Mansion, and several more.
Address: Macau, China
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Macao's Historic Centre
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Uncover the mysterious colonial culture of former Portuguese city, Macau, on a full-day sightseeing tour led by a knowledgeable guide. See legendary landmarks like the atmospheric Ruins of St. Paul and the sacred A-Ma Temple, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Marvel at modern wonders like opulent Macau Casino and the Guia Circuit and experience a holistic picture of the spectacular city. Revitalize with an international buffet lunch and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from selected Macau hotels.
Combine the convenience of transport to Hong Kong with a sightseeing tour of Macau, known affectionately as the ‘Vegas of China,’ on this 6-hour tour. Following hotel pickup, you’ll visit the Ruins of the Church of St. paul and A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu), a UNESCO World Heritage site. See, too, the Historic Center of Macau and Monte Fort, an ancient military fortification, before embracing Macau’s modern side at Sands Casino and the Macau Tower. Lunch and ferry transfer and hotel drop-off in Hong Kong are included.
Maximize your time in Macau on a full-day coach tour that takes in all the highlights of China’s entertainment capital. Admire UNESCO-listed monuments such as the Temple of Na Tcha, the ruins of St. Paul's Church, and the colonial-era city walls; take in the views from the Macau Tower; and visit the Sands Casino. Hotel pickup and lunch is included.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Macao's Historic Centre ?
The best ways to experience Macao's Historic Centre are:
- Macau City Sightseeing Tour
- Full-Day Macau Sightseeing Tour with Transfer to Hong Kong
- Macau Sightseeing tour including Buffet Lunch on Macau Tower and pickup in Macau
- Macau Instagram Photoshoot By Local Professionals
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