Immerse yourself in over 400 years of multicultural history when you step out of the hotel’s front door and into the streets of central Macau. Gaze through time at breathtaking colonial ruins, or lose yourself amidst traditional Chinese gardens. Across the water, Cotai’s attractions are an emblem of modern Macau.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Macau was established as a Portuguese colony in 1557. Today, the streets and landmarks that surround the hotel still bear Portuguese names. Explore the city’s UNESCO-protected treasures, starting at the majestic Ruínas de São Paulo (Ruins of St. Paul’s). Fall in love with the church’s dramatic 17th-century façade against the cerulean sky, and then stroll down bustling Rua de São Paulo to Senado Square, Macau’s traditional meeting place. Stop enroute to sample authentic regional cuisine at one of the street’s myriad sidewalk stalls.
Of course, the city is also rich in Chinese culture. Beautiful A-Ma Temple offers the opportunity to breathe in the fragrant scent of burning incense, and to admire stunning examples of Taoist architecture dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu.
Address:Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau
Ruins of St. Paul’s
Address:Rua de São Paulo, Macau
Address:Rua de Sao Tiago de Barra and Calçada da Barra, Macau
Address:Travessa de António da Silva, Macau
Today, extravagant shows and events constitute a large part of Macau’s modern culture. Cross the slender bridge from Macau Peninsula to Taipa Island, where top Cotai shows include The House of Dancing Water and the House of Magic. Studio City’s 4D Batman Dark Flight simulator lets you fight Gotham City villains alongside the legendary superhero; while Broadway Food Street recreates an authentic hawker-style market. Alternatively, at Pier 16 Macau 3D World, you can experience immersive art by posing for photos across seven fascinating themes, ranging from Jurassic World to Romantic Story.
The streets surrounding the hotel are full of unique retail opportunities. Step out onto iconic thoroughfare San Ma Lo for a morning spent browsing traditional shops full of Chinese antiques and jewellery. Try local delicacies like durian ice cream and pork chop buns; before stocking up on modern fashions at popular department store New Yaohan. In the evening, you can arrange tickets to a concert, opera or ballet performance at the Macau Cultural Center.
Ponte 16 Macau
Address:Rua do Visconde Paço de Arcos, Macau
Address:Rua da Torre de Macau, Macau
Macau Cultural Center
Address:Avenida Xian Xing Hai, Macau
After a morning full of meetings, find tranquility in one of the city’s many scenic spots. Spend a carefree hour in idyllic St. Augustine’s Square, a European enclave lent an aura of serenity by its monochrome mosaic floor and pretty, shade-giving trees. Fine examples of classic Portuguese architecture surround the square – including mint-green Dom Pedro V Theatre, and Sir Robert Ho Tung Library with its iconic arched saffron façade.
For unforgettable views of the city, pay a visit to Guia Lighthouse or Monte Fort, both of which are UNESCO heritage sites built during the 17th century at the top of lushly vegetated hills. To experience Macau’s richest nature area, however, ask the concierge to arrange a day trip to Coloane Island. Here you can explore charming colonial streets, sample traditional Macanese and Portuguese cuisine, and swim at Cheoc Van beach.
Lou Lim Ieoc Garden
Address:Estrada de Adolfo Loureiro, Macau
Address:Estrada do Engenheiro Trigo, Macau
Address:Rua do Monte, Macau
Sofitel is famous for its cousu main or bespoke service, which is why our dedicated concierge team is on hand to ensure that every aspect of your stay goes smoothly – from booking transport to making dinner reservations. Benefit from insider information about Macau’s history, as well as helpful advice about must-see attractions. With years of experience and a finger firmly on the city’s pulse, our concierges have what it takes to make your time with us unforgettable.