Have you been to Macao? Macao has been on my wishlist and here’s why!! I have shortlisted these 8 beautiful spots that are so photogenic you must go in Macao!
8 Instagram Photo Spots you must go in Macao
1.Travessa Da Paixão
This is a small lane about 50 meters long which located beside one of the most popular tourist spot in Macao, The Ruins of St. Paul. Something intriguing about Macao would be their beautiful European architecture in pastel shades. Also known as ‘The Romantic Lane’, this place is lesser known by tourists and a perfect example of buildings painted in pastel yellow and pink on both sides of the lane.
The Portuguese word “Paixão” means passion, love and makes for a perfect dating spot and Instagram hot spot!
You will also be able to find the perfect spot that can capture both the pretty lane and the famous Ruins of St. Paul too! Definitely must go in Macao for a photo spot with less photo bombers!
Address: Travessa da Paixão, n.º 13, Macao
2. Chapel of Our Lady Of Penha, Hilltop of Penha Hill
The first Chapel of Our Lady of Penha was founded in 1622 by the crew and passengers of a ship which had narrowly escaped capture by the Dutch. Today it is a popular and beautiful spot for wedding photography.
It is definitely worth the walk up the hill as you will be able to get a panoramic view of the Macao Tower, Sai Van Lake and bridges. This makes for the perfect day and night bird’s eye view of Macao. Imagine taking a romantic couple photo with the mesmerizing night city landscape twinkling in the background.
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: Hilltop of Penha Hill
3. Macao’s Fisherman Wharf
The Macao Fisherman Wharf is Macao’s first theme park and inspired by the Fisherman’s Wharf shopping center of Europe and America.
There’s shopping, restaurants and entertainment all in this place! Best of all, the architecture definitely makes for Instagram worthy hot spots! I can already envision the many photos I can take here! Definitely must go in Macao!
Bus routes nearby: 3A, 3AX, 10A, 12
Tel: +853 8299 3300
Address: Avenida da Amizade e Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Macao
4. Lou Kau Mansion
Lou Kau Mansion is a two-storey, traditional grey-brick courtyard house, with the architectural characteristics of a typical Xiguan Chinese residential building. The intricate details in the mansion such as the Chinese-style brick carvings, wood carvings in contrast with the colourful stained glass, and French windows makes the place really beautiful.
Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., no admission after 5.30 p.m. (Closed on Mondays, except public holidays)
Address: No.7, Travessa da Sé
5. Coloane Village
Spot the cute colourful wall murals and the colourful pastel buildings which makes for endless photography opportunities.
Don’t forget to drop by the pretty Chapel of St. Francis Xavier too! The pastel yellow exterior is simply so photo worthy too!
Address: Avenida De Cinco De Outubro
6. Fulong New Street
The Fulong New Street exudes a different charm from the other streets in Macao. More than 100 years ago, this area was Macao’s “red light district” and home to numerous brothels, gambling houses and opium parlours. Today, the two rows of 19th century shophouses on each side of the street are painted in a distinct red and white colour.
This is also a great place to grab a souvenir or two for your loved ones while getting that Instagram shot that exudes the charm of this place.
Address: R. da Felicidade
7. Sai Van Lake
Have a picnic at the Sai Van Lake with an unobstructed glorious sunset view!
This is the perfect place for a romantic date with your loved ones! A beautiful spot away from the hustle and bustle, lesser known by tourists.
Address: Sai Van Lake, Macau
8. Bungee jump at Macao Tower
For the ultimate boomerang and bird’s eye view of Macao, thrill seekers can try out the bungee jump at Macao Tower! It will definitely be a memorable place you must go in Macao!
For those who would like to try something milder, you can also try “Skywalk X” where you get to walk around the outside of the tower.
Tel: +853 2893 3339
Address: Largo da Torre de Macao
How to get to Macao?
Via Macao International Airport
To search for the best flight deals from Singapore, I highly recommend searching through Wego.com for the best deals.
You can take a Ferry from Hong Kong towards Macao. The Ferry in Hong Kong leaves at the China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon (or the Hong Kong Macao Ferry Terminal on Hong Kong Island, near the IFC Towers).
– You need to fill out a departure card and have your passport ready to go through Customs before boarding the ferry.
– Upon arrival, you can take free shuttles from the ferry to drop-off into the city center.
How do I get around Macao?
Getting From The Ferry Terminal To The City
There are a few options you can do once you arrive in Macao:
Budget: Take a free shuttle to Cotai, the hotel/casino strip (if you want to walk from the strip into the city center later it is supposedly a 20-minute walk)
Affordable: Take the 3A bus from the terminal to one of many bus stops for $3.20 HKD each way (about $0.50 USD).
Fastest: Take a taxi or Uber.
What is the currency used in Macao?
Hongkong Dollars (HKD) and Macanese Pataca (MOP) are widely used in Macao.
Currency Converter: SGD/HKD
When is the best time to visit Macao?
October to December is the most pleasant season to visit Macao, when visitors can enjoy warm autumn days with low humidity. January, February and March are the winter months with relatively cold but sunny weather, when it slowly gets warm again in April. From May to September, the weather becomes hot and humid with more rainy days and occasional tropical storms (known as typhoons).
*As quoted from Macao Tourism
Where to stay in Macao?
To search for the best accommodations at the best prices, I would suggest checking out Wego.com for the range of hotels. Here are some of my personal recommendations for the different categories:
Budget: Hotel Royal Macau, Casa Real
Mid Range: Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, Sheraton Macao Hotel
Luxury: The Ritz-Carlton Macau, JW Mariott Hotel Macau
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I hope this article helped you to plan your trip to Macao! 🙂 If you have not, it’s time to start planning! With so many gorgeous Instagram Hot Spots, you must check out Macao soon!