Colonial Sites in Macau
The Portuguese struck a deal with China in the early 16th century to clear the waters around Macau of pirates, leading to Macau becoming one of the first — and the last — colonial establishment on the Asian continent. These are some of the best colonial sites you won’t want to miss in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
What to See
Guia Fortress — the highest point on the Macau peninsula and home to the 17th-century Chapel of Our Lady of Guia
Dom Pedro V Theatre — China’s first Western-style theater, built by a Portuguese architect in 1858
Ruins of St. Paul’s — the remains of a 16th-century complex, including the Church of St. Paul and St. Paul’s College
Leal Senado and Senado Square — the seat of Portuguese government in Macau before it’s return to China
How to Visit
Board a hop-on hop-off bus to explore Macau’s colonial landmarks with 16 convenient stops.
Join a local guide on a Macau sightseeing tour to learn more about its UNESCO-listed sites.
See Macau’s colonial highlights on a day trip from Hong Kong.