Macau is a wonderful place to explore and has a remarkable history of centuries of Portuguese rule and recent Chinese rule. Many know Macau for its casinos, but there is much more to see.
Macau is a tiny place, home to half-a-million Macanese. The Macau Peninsula is the most northern part of the region, linked to the Chinese mainland. It's here that most of the must-sees are concentrated - the ruins of St. Paul, Senado Square, Na Tcha Temple and the Moorish Barracks to name just a few.
Taipa is the island south of the peninsula. Three bridges link it to the peninsula and the airport is situated here. It's also a major residential centre and a visit here is a great opportunity to experience the everyday hustle and bustle of Macau.
Cotai is the Las Vegas-like strip between Taipa and Coloane and is the site of gargantuan new casinos including The Venetian.
Coloane, the most southerly island, is mountainous and consequently less developed although it is where you'll find Macau's first golf course. Coloane Village is charming with narrow lanes lined by brightly painted Portuguese-style buildings. There are two beaches - Cheoc Van and Hac Sa - and hiking trails in the hilly interior.