Nape, the best area to stay in Macau
The Nape area is conveniently swathed across the waterfront close to the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal and the Macau Tower, making it an ideal place to stay while visiting Macau. While staying in the area of Nape you can walk to the Macau Tower where restaurants, theatres, shopping malls abound and the Skywalk X, an observation deck affords mesmerising vistas of the city.
Back on the ground, get your bearings at the Golden Lotus Square, which features a large sculpture of a lotus flower in full bloom. It commemorates the transfer of the sovereignty of Macau from Portugal to the People's Republic of China in 1999. Close by you can stroll to the Wine Museum to learn about Macau’s surprising history of wine making as well as about wine cultivation throughout the world. Each year Macau hosts the high-energy Formula 3 Grand Prix with one of the hardest circuits in the world, during which crowds have cheered on the likes of Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard. In this area you can visit the Grand Prix Museum that was opened to remember the 40th anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix. In the Nape neighbourhood you can also visit one of Macau’s cultural highlights, the Macau Museum of Art, where Chinese art and calligraphy can be viewed alongside overseas and contemporary artists split over a colossal five floors. Nearby the Handover Museum gives some insight on the history of Macau, directly on the spot where the Macau handover ceremony of the Sino-Portuguese Governments took place.
To understand Macau’s unusual past you can take a taxi for a few minutes or walk to the UNESCO protected historical centre where you will find the ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral, the stately Buddhist A-Ma Temple and the Senate and Senado Square, which displays pristine Portuguese architecture, 17th century Domingo’s Church and a good selection of restaurants that serve both European and Chinese cuisines. Don’t miss out on trying the rich and creamy Portuguese egg tart.
If you want to experience something truly extraordinary visit Macau Fisherman’s Wharf entertainment and theme park, a whopping 111,500m2 park that combines dining, shopping, entertainment, hotels, convention and exhibition facilities. You might want to bring an empty suitcase for a day of unbeatable shopping at the One Central shopping venue, a vast maze of shops that are loaded with luxury items, fashion and accessories with sweeping views over the waterfront. The area is also a great place to stay for those looking to discover what Macau’s nightlife has to offer. L, look no further than the bars and pubs along the Avenida Sun Yat Sen. Here you can sip sundowners facing out over a superb waterfront panoramic. Later on the clubs heat up around Avenida do Infante D. Henrique.