There’s so much more to Macau than just casinos. Sure, the “Las Vegas of Asia” has plenty of opportunities for high-stakes gambling. but there’s so much more! Here are three ideas for things to do in Macau!
1. TAIPA WATERFRONT
Far from the glitz of the casinos, Taipa’s cycling track is separated from the road and offers an ideal way to see some sights while escaping the crowds. Bikes are easy to rent starting around 2pm daily, and the track takes riders under lush tree canopies, past the University of Macau’s old campus and within view of Sai Van Bridge. Beat the heat and pound the trail by foot for some early-morning exercise or ride the trail at night when Macau’s impressive skyline is at its glittering best.
2. HÁC-SÁ RESERVOIR COUNTRY PARK
Hiking trails, paddle boating and a green maze await at Hác-Sá Reservoir Country Park. The fitness trail will take you to Hác-Sá Beach, or ‘black sand beach’ in English, while the Trilho Do Morro de Hác-Sá trail is a longer walk with views over the South China Sea. Pick up meat and skewers at a supermarket on the way—barbecuing is a popular pastime among locals.
3. COLOANE VILLAGE
Journey back to Macau’s multicultural maritime past at Coloane’s sleepy fishing village, where colorful Portuguese houses mingle with Chinese temples, European churches and abandoned shipyards. Famously the location where Englishman Andrew ‘Lord’ Stow created his iconic flaky egg tarts, the village boasts a wide selection of culinary treats. Shop locally made shrimp paste, oyster sauce, almond cookies and meat jerky for souvenirs, and then sample authentic Macanese cuisine for dinner.
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