Macau 101: One-Day Cultural Trip Itinerary to Coloane and Hac Sa
by: The Beat Asia
July 07, 2023
If you're looking for an alternative to gambling in Macau, a one-day trip to Coloane and Hac-Sa Beach is the perfect destination for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.
Originally an island but now connected with Taipa through the Cotai Strip, this southern tip of the Macau peninsula offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Macau and breathtaking natural scenery.
The Beat Asia brings you on a one-day trip to Coloane and Hac-Sa Beach to uncover the best of the city’s southern neighbourhood.
Morning Hike to A-Ma Cultural Village
Start your day in Coloane by visiting the A-Ma Cultural Village. It is approximately a 40-minute hike to the peak of the Coloane Hiking Trail from Coloane village. The A-Ma Cultural Village is home to one of the world's tallest statues of the goddess A-Ma on the mountaintop on Macao's Coloane Island.
The complex celebrates the legend of the Goddess of Seafarers. Fishermen will pray to A-Ma for a safe trip every time before they set sail.
Follow the hiking trail up to the magnificent A-Ma Statue on the hilltop and enjoy a captivating view of the island while immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Macau through exhibits, festive markets, and architecture.
Leisure Walk at Coloane Village
What to Do in Coloane, Macau for One Day: Culture, Food Head to the Coloane Village after the short hike and take a relaxing stroll through the narrow streets, pastel-coloured buildings, Portuguese-style architecture and Chinese temples.
The town is set just across the harbour from Zhu Hai, where you can leisurely walk through the Rua De Cinco De Outubro, where the famous television drama “Return of the Cuckoo” (十月初五的月光) was filmed. The village is perfect for shopping in local stores and tasting Macanese snacks along the way.
Lunch at Lord Stow’s Garden Café
Lord Stow’s Bakery is famous for its Portuguese Egg Tarts, a signature Macanese street snack infused with egg custard on salted pastry.
Set at the back of the Coloane village, the café is an extension of Lord Stow’s bakery, serving pastries, omelettes, and fried eggs, an all-day breakfast, set lunch menus and of course its renowned egg tarts.
Sitting in a Macanese influenced café would sure be some enjoyment for a chill and relaxing lunch.
Where: Lord Stow’s Garden Café, Coloane Village, G/F C Houston Court 21 Largo do Matadouro, Coloane
Opening Hours: 9 AM to 6 PM, Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM, Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays
Hac-Sa Beach and Long Chao Kok Coastal Trail
What better way to spend the afternoon on the south-eastern coastline of Macau than visiting Hac-Sa Beach.
Being the largest beach in Macau, Hac-Sa Beach literally means “Black Sand” in Cantonese and is known for its striking black sand, its unique colour coming from the minerals in the seabed.
The beach is a charm for its rural, laid-back atmosphere. Do not forget to take a seaside journey on the Long Chao Kok Coastal Trail next to Hac-Sa Beach, it is the perfect destination to get a stunning view of the sea with a spectacular sunset viewpoint at the Red Pagodas by the paved walk.
Dinner at Fernando’s Restaurant, Hac-Sa
After some sandy fun and coastal walks, go to Fernando’s Restaurant for an authentic Macanese-Portuguese dinner. It is probably one of the best-known Portuguese restaurants in Macau.
The food here is as simple as it gets, but perfectly cooked following traditional Portuguese recipes, must-try dishes include the grilled cuttlefish with olive oil, vinegar and a lot of onion, Roasted codfish and Grilled chicken.
With an alfresco area with a Mediterranean decorated garden, wrap up your day with a delicious Portuguese meal in the city.
Where: Fernando’s Restaurant, 9 Praia de Hac Sa, Coloane, Macau
Opening hours: 12 PM – 9:30 PM, daily
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