Macau City is on the mainland peninsula, and it’s the most developed stretch of land in the area. This is where international tourists in Macau spend nearly all of their time, whether enjoying the entertainment scene, admiring colonial architecture or dining out.
Macau City was the first colonial outpost in China, and it remained under foreign control the longest. Famous Portuguese architecture includes the ruins of St Paul’s Church and the Jesuit Mount Fortress.
Most of Macau’s famous casinos are in this district. Among these are Casino Wynn, MGM Grand Macau, Casino Rio, Casino Lisboa, Casino Sands and a host of others. Most of the casinos operate hotels in Macau City, and they’re mostly located near the southeast waterfront coastline of the peninsula.
There are dozens of museums here. The Museum of Sacred Art at St Dominic’s Church displays hundreds of artifacts; while the Museum of the Holy House of Mercy explains the charitable work this organization accomplished in the 16th century. Other popular museums include Handover Gifts Museum of Macao, Macao Museum of Art, the Communications Museum, Lin Zexu Memorial Museum and the Gramophone Museum.
UNESCO praises Macau for its ability to blend Eastern and Western culture and architecture. Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple, by the Chinese Bazaar, is one of the best examples of this. It’s joined by Leal Senado Building (Loyal Senate). There are many other Chinese temples and mansions to balance the colonial architecture. The best of these are Na Tcha Temple, Mandarin’s House, A-Ma Temple and Kun Iam Temple. The Moorish Barracks, built to house an Indian regiment in the 19th century, introduce another unique dynamic.
Aside from hotels around the casinos, some of the most luxurious hotels in Macau City are on the outer edge of the islands. The best upmarket options are around Macau Fisherman’s Wharf and Lilau Square, a residential area with Mediterranean-style houses.