The Historic Centre of Macau is probably the number one tourism attraction outside of the casinos and it’s also inscribed on the World Heritage List. Its a collection of buildings and temples that reflect the history of Macau, in particular it reflects the history of east meeting west, with most of the buildings reflecting the citys Portuguese past.
The attractions are spread out around the south-west side of Macau Island, and the easiest way to take all this in is to get a Macau World Heritage brochure or a Whats on Macau map, which most hotels seem to have, and follow the walking route.
The list of famous buildings and attractions include the A-Ma Temple (not to be mistaken with the A-MA statue at Coloane), Moorish Barracks, Lilau Square, Mandarins House, St Lawrences Church, St Joesphs Church, Dom Pedro V Theatre, Sir Robert Ho Tung Library, St Augustines Church, Leal Senado Building, St Dminics Church, Senado Square, Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple, Holy House of Mercy, Cathedral, Lou Kau Mansion, St Dominics Church, Ruins of St Pauls, Na Cha Temple, Old City Walls, Mount Fortress, St Anthonys Church, Casa Garden, Protestant Cemetery and Gui Fortress. Yes, there’s lots to see!
You could race through the walk in a couple of hours particularly if you are prepared to skip a few, but you could also just as easily spend a relaxing day wandering and sight-seeing. Myself, I started at the A-Ma Temple and ended at the Ruins of St Pauls Church.
The Senado Square area is quite popular and also features plenty of places to eat and shop. It’s also at the centre of where most of the sights are.
The major draw cards of the heritage sites, for me at least, is the Ruins of St. Pauls Church, Mount Fortress and Senado Square.
For a map of hotel locations in Macau with ratings, and links to discount specials and rates see here.