Coloane & Hac Sa Beach

Take a taxi to the southern most point of Macau to Coloane. We spent the better part of the day walking from the beach through the rock lands and some paths-less-travelled into the village. The largest natural beach in Macau boasts its famous black sand, but sadly it’s disappearing to erosion.

We were not expecting to walk and hike as much as we did. And while Edith maintains that her flats were comfortable, she’s not fooling anyone. Once in the village, we were glad to refuel with custard tarts from Lord Stow’s Bakery.

 

And of course we had to stop at the panda sanctuary on the way back to Macau Central.

{Obligatory panda photo}

Angela’s Café in New Yaohan Department Store (L2)

Hard to find without a map, but well worth the short walk from city and the wait for a table. With a quick turnover for lunch, we grabbed a spot overlooking the makeup counters and quickly checkmarked the toppings for our custom sandwiches. We watched plates of food walk by us, and were not disappointed when our order arrived. While we easily could’ve shared one plate, the leftovers were well appreciated later that evening.

 

Hard Rock Hotel - wave Pool Bar

A great place to hang out if you don’t mind spending a bit of  money. You can go here even if you are not staying at the hotel. They charge a resort fee but it gives you access for the whole day. If you really want to splurge, we recommend ordering a carafe of frosty strawberry margarita and then taking a nap in a cabana, or on the steps halfway into the pool. We won’t judge. 


Macau Central

Macau is a seriously mashed up collection of architecture and culture as well. There are heavy roots in Portuguese culture since Macau was a Portuguese settlement from the 1500s till it transferred sovereignty in 1999.  One thing that was very handy is the fact that road signs are written in Portuguese. It is actually quite friendly to westerners since it uses the Roman alphabet. You can still find your way around. 
The buildings are a constantly changing collection of modern mixed with 16th Century influences. Skyscrapers rule the skyline line, but there are still small pockets of protected heritage sites.

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