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, but 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.
February 2018. With its cobblestone roads, narrow lanes, Portuguese architecture and colourful history as a pirate settlement, Coloane Village is a world away from the commercial buzz of the peninsula. Unapologetically sleepy, I was pleased to see that the village seems 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, which provide excellent views back across the village.
February 2018. Long queues can often be seen 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 and it proved so popular in Macau that a slew of imitators rapidly popped up across the region. Lord Stow’s also do amazing sandwiches, muffins, sausage rolls, fresh juices and decent coffee. Seriously, a visit here alone is worth the trip to Coloane Village!
February 2018. 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.
February 2018. Avenida Cinco de Outubro connects Coloane Village main street to the island’s main sights, Eduardo Marques Square and Tam Kung Temple.
Avenida Cinco de Outbro is a long, straight road with lovely bay views, particularly of this giant ghost-castle-hotel floating on the horizon.
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