Macau is a small island (the country comprises 3 islands, but most of the historical sites are on the island of Macau).
The most famous landmark in Macau is the Sao Paoulo Cathedral Ruins. The church itself was destroyed by fire in the mid 1800s. The façade remains, and it’s a fun place to visit.
I particularly liked the giant panda outside. I’m not sure if it was original or not, but I most enjoyed it.
Up the hill from the ruins, is the old fort. It’s also worth a quick look. It offers a great view, and the chance to see some cannons.
Down the hill from the ruins is the Senate Square (Largo do Senado). At one end is the Sao Dominco church, and at the other end of the square is the senate building. (Both free and open to the public).
In the square, there was a set up of something-or-other. And, I particularly enjoyed the hairdo this kid was sporting.
From here it should be a quick walk to the A-Ma Temple. I say “should” because this is entirely dependent on whether or not you walk in a giant circle for over an hour or not.
If you do take the long detour, you’ll enjoy a nice walk, but it will take much longer to reach the A-Ma Temple.
The A-Ma Temple is an exploration of religions. It has aspects of Buddism, Taoism, Animism, and more. Unfortunately, there’s nothing there to explain what aspects are of which religion. So, know before you go.
It is very easy to walk the historical areas of Macau. It would probably take you as little as one afternoon to see all the sites, if you’re in the mood to snap pictures and run. It took us a little longer…for various reasons.