Macau is well known for being a city of contrasts – old meets new, East-meets-West and just about everything in between. Consequently, it has no shortage of interesting sights to see.
Sure enough, at street level you can begin to appreciate the city’s unique character as you pass by Chinese temples that are situated mere blocks apart from Catholic churches, and Portuguese pastel coloured buildings that are a stone’s throw away from multi-billion dollar casino resorts.
However, from higher up, you can see the character and contrasts of Macau in even sharper focus. There’s no shortage of stunning vistas and a variety of spots to view this unique city in all its charm, here are some of our favourites:
For some of the best views in town head to Guia Hill Municipal Park. The top of the hill, reachable by cable car, offers some stunning views of the cityscape, Pearl River and the surrounding islands. Here you will also find the Guia Fortress, one of Macau’s top attractions. Constructed in the early 1600’s, the fortress features a fort, a chapel and an adjacent lighthouse.
The lighthouse was built in 1864 and was the first western style lighthouse on the China coast. If you walk through the Flora Garden Gate at the foot of the hill you will find a cable car that takes you to the top where you can enjoy some of the most picturesque views in Macau.
Guia Hill Cable Car, Avenida Sidónio Pais, Macau (853) 2833 7676
Macau’s iconic Tower stands at 338 metres and is perhaps the most outstanding fixture on the city’s stunning skyline. It’s the 10th tallest sightseeing tower in the world (even taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris). You can enjoy 360° views from the level 58 observation lounge.
On the 60th floor you’ll find the aptly named 360° Cafe, Macau’s only revolving restaurant. If you’re looking for dinner with a view, then this is the place to come. For the brave, Macau Tower offers both bungy jumping activities and a Skywalk where you can walk around the main outer rim of the tower, 233 meters above ground.
Macau Tower, Largo da Torre de Macau, Macau (853) 2893 3339
Alto de Coloane
At 560ft above sea level, Alto de Coloane is Macau’s highest point. It offers some lovely nature trails, including the 8km Coloane Hiking Trail, which takes hikers to the summit where you can enjoy panoramic views looking out to the South China Sea. On your route to the top, you can take in both the A-Ma Temple, located just below the peak, and the statue of A-Ma, a new picnic area which you’ll find at the top of the peak.
Alto de Coloane, Estrada do Alto de Coloane, Macau
As well as visiting the beautiful Our Lady of Penha Church, you can also take in some fantastic views looking out towards Macau Tower and the harbour. It’s a peaceful and tranquil spot and ideal for sitting in some of the nearby open air cafes. Penha Hill is the third highest point in Macau and stands 62.7 meters above sea level.
Penha Hill, Macau, China
A great spot to come for a few drinks and to take in the unique sights and sounds of Macau by night, mostly because it offers a spectacular view from high up on the 22nd floor of one of Macau’s tallest buildings.
Split across two levels, you have gourmet Pan-Asian dining on the 21st floor and then live music, drinks galore, and the best place to view the dazzling Macau cityscape and chill under the stars on the 22nd floor at Sky B Bar Lounge.
It’s the views that really make this place. But it also helps that there’s plenty of choice on offer when it comes to drinks, plus smart service to go with it.
21-22/F, AIA Tower, 251A – 301 Avenida Comercial de Macau, Macau (853) 2822 2122
Eiffel Tower Macau
Macau’s very own half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower is the signature attraction at the city’s newest multi-billion dollar resort, the Parisian Macao. The tower has two viewing decks, one on the 7th floor and the other, reachable by glass lift, on the 37th floor.
On a clear day the viewing deck offers stunning views of the ever-expanding city skyline. It’s particularly worth doing at night when both the tower itself and the skyline are a vision of twinkling lights.
Parisian Macao, Lote 3, Strip, SAR, P.R. China, Estr. do Istmo, Macau (853) 2882 8833
For another unique perspective of the city from that little bit higher up, you can take a ride on the world’s highest figure-8 Ferris Wheel.
Golden Reel offers panoramic views from 130 metres up in the air and is hoisted between the two art deco towers of the Studio City resort.
The giant Ferris Wheel, in the shape of figure eight, features 17 cabins offering sweeping views overlooking the Cotai Strip and far beyond. Enjoy the 15-minute ride on this unique attraction and appreciate Macau’s amazing city views.
Estrada do Istmo, Studio City, Macau (853) 8865 8888
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