Travel Report: Coloane Village, Macau.
February 2018. It’s almost criminal to think that thousands of people come to Macau and see out the entirety of their visits in the neon bubble of Taipa Island’s towering hotel-casinos. Sure, Macau is world famous as a gambling mecca and shopper’s paradise. However, it also boasts some gorgeous rural scenery. Most unforgivable of all, it’s just a fourteen minute drive (ninety minutes if you’re walking) from The Venetian down to sleepy little Coloane Village Macau.
Arriving at the town’s little roundabout garden square and the vibe is immediately clear: This is a place for unwinding.
With its cobblestone roads, narrow lanes, Portuguese architecture and colourful history as a pirate settlement, the village is a world away from the commercial buzz of the peninsula. Unapologetically sleepy, I was pleased to see that the village appears to be Macau’s sittin’ doin’ nothin’ capital.
You can also check out Coloane Village’s modest collection of traditional stilt houses. Most are sadly empty, though a handful have been converted into craft stores and little shops selling salted fish snacks.
Down by the stilt houses, you’ll also find a couple of piers running out into the bay. Make your way out here for excellent views back across the village.
Coloane Village, Macau.
There’s nearly always a long queue snaking out of Lord Stow’s, Macau’s most famous bakery. Opened in 1989 by the Essex-born English baker Andrew Stow, this modest little shop was the first to introduce the popular Pastel de Nata (egg tart) to Macau.
Apparently, Stow fell in love with the sweet snack during a trip to Portugal. Subsequently, it proved so popular in Macau that a slew of imitators rapidly popped up across the region. Lord Stow’s also does amazing sandwiches, muffins, sausage rolls, fresh juices and decent coffee.
Armed with our Lord Stow lunches, Wonderboy and I settled in at a stone table in one of the tiny squares running off Coloane Village main street. It was a sunny day and there was a slight breeze coming in off Seac Pai Van Bay.
Avenida Cinco de Outubro is a long, straight road with lovely bay views, particularly of this giant ghost-castle-hotel floating on the horizon. It’s a lovely walk down here and a fine way to cap off your Coloane Village experience.
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