Avenida da República


Banyan-lined Avenida da República, along the northwest shore of Sai Van Lake, is Macau's oldest Portuguese quarter. There are several grand colonial villas not open to the public here. The former Bela Vista Hotel, one of the most storied hotels in Asia, is now the Residence of the Portuguese Consul-General. Nearby is the ornate Santa Sancha Palace, once the residence of Macau’s Portuguese governors, and now used to accommodate dignitaries. Not too far away are beautiful, abandoned art deco–inspired buildings.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Macau attractions

1. Penha Hill

0.07 MILES

Towering above the colonial villas of Avenida da República is Penha Hill, the most tranquil and least-visited area of the peninsula. From here you’ll get…

2. Chapel of Our Lady of Penha

0.09 MILES

This graceful chapel atop Penha Hill was raised as a place of pilgrimage for Portuguese sailors in the 17th century, purportedly by survivors of a ship…

4. MMM Workshop & JUJU Studio


A small painting studio that sometimes doubles as an art gallery for paintings and photographic works relevant to Macau. Check their Facebook page to make…

5. Moorish Barracks

0.21 MILES

These former barracks (c 1874) were designed by an Italian in a neoclassical style inspired by Moorish architecture to accommodate Muslim Indian policemen…

6. Mandarin’s House

0.22 MILES

Built around 1869, the Mandarin’s House, with over 60 rooms, was the ancestral home of Zheng Guanying, an influential author-merchant whose readers…

7. A-Ma Temple

0.26 MILES

A-Ma Temple was probably already standing when the Portuguese arrived, although the present structure may date from the 16th century. It was here that…

8. Maritime Museum


Located a stone's throw from A-Ma Temple and Moorish Barracks is the Maritime Museum. The highlights here are the interactive displays detailing the…