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Top 13 FREE Attractions to Enjoy in MACAU

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There’s a lot to love about Macau, but if I could pick just one, it’s probably the fact that most of its attractions can be enjoyed for FREE! In this article, we’ll list down the places to visit and things to do in Macau that charge no entrance fees!

Macau may be home to some of the most flamboyant and most luxurious hotels on this side of Asia, but budget travelers can easily build an itinerary without much damage to their pockets. It is one of the most walkable cities, with its streets punctuated by multi-lingual signs. Many of the hotel companies offer free shuttle bus services, too.

But it doesn’t stop there. Macau’s map is dotted with several interesting attractions that can be enjoyed for free. Here are 13 of them.


1. Senado Square

If it’s your first time in Macau, you’ll find that it’s almost impossible to do brisk walking here at Senado Square. Why? Because there’s just so much to see here!

Senado Square MacaoSenado Square Macao

A giant outdoor museum, the Senado Square is a part of the extensive Historic Center of Macau, inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you look around, you’ll see an architectural ensemble that perfectly exemplifies East-meets-West, a product of over 400 years of the Portuguese rule over the city. One of the edifices that will catch your attention is the two-story neo-classical Leal Senado Building.

Leal Senado Building MacauLeal Senado Building Macau
Leal Senado Building

Senado Square Chinese Lanterns MacauSenado Square Chinese Lanterns Macau

Today, while the Portuguese-style monument still stands proudly around the square, it is now often adorned with festive Chinese lanterns and other installations that match the season. When you walk deeper into the area, you’ll pass by lanes of shops, broken by other smaller praca like the St. Dominic’s Square with St. Dominic’s Church overlooking the area.

St Dominic Church Square MacauSt Dominic Church Square Macau

Follow the wave-patterned mosaic floor and it will lead you to another popular tourist spot – the Ruins of St. Paul’s!

2. Ruins of St. Paul’s

Architecture of St. Paul’s CathedralArchitecture of St. Paul’s Cathedral

Probably the most iconic landmark in Macau, the Ruins of St. Paul’s (Ruinas de Sao Paulo) attracts droves of tourists all year round. This is perhaps the most crowded site in the city.

Ruins of St Paul's at NightRuins of St Paul's at Night

Ruins of St. Paul MacauRuins of St. Paul Macau

Like the Senado Square, it is also part of the city’s Historic Center. Built in the 16th century, this used to be a complex with a cathedral and an academic institution. The church itself was added later in the 17th century. But today, only the facade remains standing after being battered by a typhoon and three fires. The ruins stand atop a steep 68-step staircase…

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