What to do in Macau in a day? Well nothing much actually - Macau generally offers an abundance of food, historical places-to-visit and lots of casinos. Following my previous post of the Birthday Weekend with Ju in Hong Kong/ Macau, my friends and I decided to re-explore Macau (Senada Square and St. Paul Ruins), the two famous tourist-must-go-to attractions.
To save on taxi fare to Senada Square, you can take a shuttle bus from the ferry terminal to Hotel Lisboa/ Grand Lisboa (please make sure you’re 18 and above, because to head out you’d have to walk through the casino at the alighting point) and walk approximately 4 blocks across when you exit Grand Lisboa on your right. Macau is probably Macau, walk through Senada Square through the lanes of authentic Portuguese food, up to St. Paul Ruins and to Monte Fort that is just located next to it, that offers breathtaking views of the Cathedral (that is currently under renovation) and downtown.
Built 1617-26, Monte Forte occupies 21,000 square feet in an irregular quadrangle with bastions at each corners. It contained barracks, cisterns and storehouses capable of sustaining a siege of up to two years. Constructed by the Jesuits of chunambo on granite foundations, with brick gauardrooms and cannon housings, the fort was part of a complex together with the college and church of St. Paul.
The cannons commanded very wide fields of fire, covering the Inner and Outer Harbours and the Chinese border. The guns were used only once, when the Dutch invaded Macau in 1622. A cannonball fired by a priest from Monte hit the invaders’ powder key, creating total confusion in which the Portuguese and their African slaves drove the Dutch back to sea.
Today the fort is a public park, with fine views of St. Paul’s and the city. It is also used by the meteorology department to study the weather which is open for visitors to see the tracking charts and weather-watching equipment. There is a tourist information office at the entrance.
Opening hours :
May to September - 6:00am to 7:00pm
October to April - 7:00am to 6:00pm
Here’s a little food-blog tip on Macau by Kampung Boy City Gal if you fancy having some delicacies in Macau, which we did not have time for it! We soon headed off to Venetian for some Lord Stow’s flaky egg tarts (again, I know) and then to the casino for some ka-chingz! There are a lot more casinos available in Macau that you can also try your luck with :> Sometimes, I just don’t even know where to start!