Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Macau - what we did and how we did it

Macau: full disclosure. It's not my favourite place. It's a bit weird isn't it? That mix of China, Portugal and casinos...but you can enjoy the Portugal side of things and ignore the fact that you are smack bang in the midst of all the high rollers.

Stay in Coloane. We were given a great recommendation and stayed at Pousada De  Coloane. It's perfectly tucked far away from the casino crowds, nestled into some quiet bushland across the road from the beach. Perfect in every way (except for the food...just to manage your expectations. Enjoy the outlook and location...forget about eating there). 

If you are travelling from China, the hotel is about a 30 minute taxi ride from the border crossing. Word of warning though. Should be a 45 minute drive except that EVERY TAXI DRIVER WE HAD DROVE LIKE A RALLY CAR DRIVER.  Even the one who appeared to be 83 years of age. 

So back to what we did. We walked into Coloane village and ate delicious custard tarts from Lord Stows. Coloane is a beautiful spot to walk around and take in the brightly coloured buildings and interesting laneways. It's pretty small though so once you're done, hop in a taxi past all the high rises and high rollers and mooch around Taipe. We wandered around the old cobblestone streets before a lunch at Antonio's tapas bar, which was better food than Antonio's proper...

While the sun was shining we travelled into Macau's old town to take in the sites with all of our holidaying friends. Mandatory ice-cream at Limoncello's then back to the serenity of Coloane. 

Day two was spent hiking the Coloane Trail. Lots of well signposted paths through pockets of greenery and hazy see views. Surprise temples and reservoirs and suspension bridges make this a worthwhile way to spend a morning. Easy to find if you cross the road from the Pousada De Coloane hotel (just walk up their back stairs towards the main road) and start the trail from the BBQ area just behind the carpark. 

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