The superb location of Hotel Royal Macau provides our guests an unparalleled advantage to stay close to various iconic and exciting attractions in town. The hotel itself sits on the doorstep of the legendary Guia Lighthouse, the first modern lighthouse on the China coast. Within walking distance, the guests of Hotel Royal Macau can easily reach Ruins of St Paul's, Vasco da Gama Monument, Lom Lim Ieoc Garden, Monte Fortress, Senado Square, Flora Garden and many others.
Here's our guide to help you get a glimpse of the incredible sights on offer. Please feel free to contact our Concierge for updated opening hours and transportation information.
A gorgeous landmark not-to-be-missed! Just a stone throw away from Hotel Royal Macau, Guia Fortress was built during 1622 - 1638 to fend off the attempted Dutch invasion. Inside the fortress stands Guia Chapel and Guia Lighthouse which was the first modern lighthouse on the China coast. Guia Chapel was originally established by Clarist nuns, who resided at the site before establishing the Convent of St. Clare. In 1998, the frescoes were uncovered inside Guia Chapel during routine conservation work. They depict both western and Chinese themes, displaying motifs of religious and mythological inspiration that are a perfect example of Macau’s multicultural dimension. Guia Fortress, along with the chapel and lighthouse are symbols of Macau’s maritime, military and missionary past.
Definitely the most celebrated and recognisable icon in Macau! The Ruins of St. Paul’s refers to the ruins of a 16th-century complex including what was originally St. Paul's College and the Church of St. Paul (also known as "Mater Dei”) stood adjacent to each other. They were both destroyed by fire in 1835. The façade sits on a small hill, with 68 stone steps leading up to it. It measures 23 metres across and 25.5 metres high. It features a range of beautiful carvings of Jesuit images with oriental themes. The archaeological remains of these buildings stand witness to what was the first western-style university and church in the Far East. In 2005, they were officially listed as part of the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Come visit this much-loved garden of the locals! Lou Lim Ieoc Garden was built by a wealthy Chinese merchant, Lou Kau in 1906. When the family fortunes declined the garden once fell into ruins. Yet it was eventually purchased and restored by the government and opened to public in 1974. A manifestation of the much-acclaimed Suzhou classical garden style, Lou Lim Leoc Garden features a beautiful large pond filled with golden carp and lotus flowers, a nine-turn bridge, a large pavilion and many other plants and artefacts. Adjacent to the garden is the Macau Tea Culture House exhibiting various teapots and paintings which display the profound Chinese tea-drinking culture.
One of the most remarkable monuments in Macau! Built on top of Mount Hill from 1617 to 1626, Mount Fortress was the city’s principal military defence structure, and was crucial in successfully holding off the attempted Dutch invasion of Macau in 1622. The fortress covers an area of approximately 8,000 square metres, and was once equipped with cannons, military barracks, wells and an arsenal that held sufficient ammunition and supplies to endure a siege lasting up to two years. In 1998, a museum consisting of two underground levels and a level above the fortress’ top platform was added. It manifests the volume and design of the old military barracks that existed here before the area was demilitarized in 1965.
A fascinating place with charm and vibe! Full of activities, full of interesting shops, full of great foods, and inevitably full of people! Senado Square has been, and still is, the most popular venue for many kinds of activities in Macau for centuries. This 3,700-square-meter, open-air venue is filled with pastel coloured neo-classical buildings and beautifully-patterned cobble stones, creating an intoxicating Mediterranean atmosphere in this corner of the Orient. In 2005, it was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List as it forms part of the Historic Centre of Macau.
Perhaps this will be your most unforgettable moment in Macau! Experience the shortest cable car ride in the world (single journey only around 1 minute!) which leads you to enjoy full panoramic view over the Guia Hill, the highest point of Macau. Situated at the base of this hill is the European-style Flora Garden which was built by Padre Vitoriano de Almeida in 1848. It features a small zoo, a tree-shaded refreshment patio, flowering shrubs, recreation centre, children playground and gym facilities.