VISIT OLD TAIPA VILLAGE – Strolling around the narrow streets and lanes of this atmospheric district, you’ll get a captivating glimpse of Macao’s traditional village life. A treasure trove of niche shops, restaurants and classic villas, don’t miss Rua do Cunha – known as ‘Food Street’ – which is the place to sample local delicacies like almond cookies, egg rolls and beef jerky. Or head to the Sunday flea market to find that perfect souvenir to take home.
WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN – With its cool clubs, sleek modern bars and glitzy casinos, Macao has endless after-dark options to unwind or revel. Whether you’re partying it up with the world’s best DJs, sipping a cocktail on a rooftop terrace or enjoying a nightcap in a cosy bar, you’ll always find the ideal spot to end your evening – with Macao’s glittering skyline as the perfect backdrop.
DISCOVER MACAO’S PAST – Those looking to step straight into the destination’s unique history should take a walk through the many World Heritage-listed temples and buildings of Macao’s Historic Centre. With 30 sites to check out, there’s hardly a more fascinating square mile for history buffs in the whole of Asia. Wonder at the dramatic Ruins of St. Paul’s, or enjoy Senado Square, with its pastel-painted buildings and beautiful wavy black and white flagstones.
MACAU TOWER VISTAS – For a rush of adrenaline, there’s only one thing better than taking in the breathtaking city views from the top of the iconic 338m Macau Tower, and that’s bungee jumping off it! It’s the highest commercial bungee platform in the world and – for those with the nerve – the screams and wobbly knees are well worth it for the thrills, not to mention the views. For a less dramatic option you can Sky Walk around the edge of the tower or indulge your taste buds at the 360° Cafe – the tower’s revolving restaurant. At a lofty 233m up in the sky, it’s one of the best spots for skyline vistas.
CHECK OUT COLOANE’S BEACHES – If you want a change from the hustle and bustle, there’s really no better place to go than Coloane, the beautiful countryside island in the south of Macao. When you’re there, you’ll find rolling green hills, laid-back beaches and old European-style churches and squares that serve as a reminder of Macao’s rich Portuguese heritage. Sip a refreshing drink at an alfresco cafe, take a stroll along one of the walking trails or chill out beside the lapping waves on Hac-Sa beach.
THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER – If you’re after an evening of high-flying action and awe-inspiring storytelling, head to the theatre at the City of Dreams resort on the sparkling Cotai Strip to catch The House of Dancing Water. The mystical tale of a humble fisherman, this electrifying multi-million dollar performance is the world’s largest water-based show, starring over 80 gymnasts, divers, motorcyclists performing high-dive acrobatics and stunts that’ll blow your mind. It’s not just one of the hottest tickets in Macao, the hour-and-a-half extravaganza is one of the greatest shows on earth.