Five of the Best Non-Touristy Places in Macau

Five of the Best Non-Touristy Places in Macau

Macau is known as the Gambling Capital of Asia and home to many traditional and contemporary tourist attractions.  Over the years, Macau has solidify its place as one of the top destinations in Asia.  It is receiving over millions of tourists from different parts of the world annually that famous attractions get crowded any time of the year.  Some would even go to the extent of saying that presently, Macau is one big tourist trap.  Though it is true that famous sites like Ruins of St. Paul’s and the Venetian Hotel are overcrowded, there are still some non-touristy places in Macau worthy to visit.

People would come to Macau to gamble, to see old churches or to visit temples.  The city has some of the biggest resort casinos in the world proving that it is a modern city.  It also has some of the oldest churches, thanks to the Portuguese influence, that has been preserved and taken care of for posterity.  If you are in Macau, a visit to these places should be on your itinerary.  That is, if you would not mind rubbing elbows with tourists.

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If you have more than a day to explore this beautiful but tiny city and are looking for some equally stunning but less crowded or non-touristy places to see, then you are in luck because Macau has lots of those.  Here are the Five Best Non-Touristy Places in Macau.


Five Best Non-Touristy Places in Macau


1. Penha Hill


People would go up to the Observation Deck of Macau Tower to get a 360 view of Macau Peninsula which is great.  But, you have to pay MOP135 for the entrance fee.  What if I tell you that you can get the same or even better view without costing you a penny and fewer crowds but require a little hike, would that be better?

If the answer is yes, then hike up to Penha Hill.  Penha Hill is not the highest peak in Macau but if offers a stunning view of the tower, the ocean, the bridges, and the city.  It is also home to the beautiful Penha church.

How to Get Here?  From Senado Square cross the street toward Rua de Felicidade and follow the sign to Penha Hill.  Alternatively, you may also start from Nam Van Lake, cross the street to the pink house and hike up.  Both take 20-30 minutes of walking.


2. Guia Fortress


Guia Hill where Guia Fortress is located is the highest peak in Macau and the favorite place of locals for morning/afternoon jog.  It also offers a wonderful view of Macau Peninsula.  Guia Fortress used to be a port of defense during Dutch invasion.

A tunnel, Guia Chapel, and the only lighthouse in Macau are what you’ll see when you make the hike here.  The hill has a very cool and quiet ambiance perfect for people wanting some quiet time.

Read our full account of what to expect in Guia Fortress right here:  Guia Fortress:  Macau’s Centre of Tranquility

How to Get Here?  Take the cable car from Jardim de Flora or take Bus #6 from BNU near Senado Square to Januario Hospital and start walking.


3. Coloane Village


Macau is comprising of three islands namely, Macau Peninsula, Taipa island, and Coloane Island.  Among the three, Coloane island is the least visited and is perfect for people who would like to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.  The last three entries on this list are located here.

Coloane Village is an old village in Macau and is known for the place where you can get the famous egg tart, Lord Stow’s bakery.  Lord Stow’s may be the primary reason of people going here but Coloane Village is not only that.  It is also the home of the smallest church in Macau that can only accommodate less than a hundred people on a single mass.  It also has an amazing coastal view.

How to Get Here?  Take 26A or 21A from Senado Square (Almeida Ribeiro) or 25 from Grand Lisboa Hotel (Praca Ferreira Amaral).

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4. Hac Sa Beach (Hac Sa Reservoir Country Park and the Stone of Prehistoric Man)


The beach is not something Macau has to boast, except that it has black sand.  But, Hac Sa Beach is a good place to picnic and bbq with friends and family.  If you are staying for atleast three days or more in Macau, a day spent strolling along the beach is perfect for relaxation.

For those of you who have kids, you can bring them to Macau Reservoir Park and enjoy a pedal boat ride which they will surely enjoy.  If you are a little adventurious and want some solitary, head to the right of Hac Sa Beach, Rua De Hac Sa Long Chao Kok and walk along the Stone of Prehistoric Man.

Fun Fact:  I am writing this article sitting on one of the rocks with view of the coast and the comforting sound of the waves.  One of my favorites, indeed.

How to Get Here?  Take 26A or 21A from Senado Square (Almeida Ribeiro) or 25 from Grand Lisboa Hotel (Praca Ferreira Amaral).


5. A-Ma Cultural Village and Panda Pavillion


What is a trip in a Chinese territory without seeing a panda?  In Macau, it is possible to see lovely pandas for just MOP10 entrance fee.  After your time with panda, head straight to A-Ma Cultural Village.  Just adjacent to the Panda Pavillion is a free shuttle bus to take you to the top of the mountain where A-Ma Cultural Village is located.

The oldest temples in Macau are full of visitors and those old but small and not popular temples are not worthy to see, but there is one temple that is neither old nor small that is worthy of a travel, the Tin Hau Palace or Temple.  It is big and also an important temple for locals.  Aside from the temple the A-Ma Statue is also a welcoming sight.  Only a few of travelers go here, so you can have your lovely time alone.

How to Get Here?  Take 26A or 21A from Senado Square (Almeida Ribeiro) or 25 from Grand Lisboa Hotel (Praca Ferreira Amaral).

These are the five best non-touristy places to see in Macau if you kinda wanting solitary.  Or just want to try different places that tourists do not normally visit.  After all, a traveler is open to exploring the unknown and taking the road less travelled.


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Carlo has started working in Macau in 2007 and two years after, he met his destined-to-be wife, Lorna and they started exploring the world. Together.


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