Guia Lighthouse & Fortress, Coloane Village and Taipa Village | Macau, China

And so, we’re on the last day of our 4D3N trip to Macau. When all the fun is supposed to come to an end, we went on more sightseeings and more food adventures before our flight home the same evening!

[Experience Macau May 2013]
19th May 2013 – Day 4 (Part 1)
Guia Lighthouse & Fortress, Coloane Village and Taipa Village

While it seems like I had already been to every part of Macau over the duration of our stay, I have to say that there’s actually so much more to see! And of course, the day just has to begin at the peak again! But nope, not another bungy jump session, just the highest point on the peninsula of Macau! 😀

Guia Lighthouse & Fortress 東望洋燈塔 & 炮台
Guia Lighthouse & Fortress 東望洋燈塔 & 炮台 | Macau, China

Guia Lighthouse & Fortress 東望洋燈塔 & 炮台 | Macau, China
Guia Lighthouse & Fortress is situated on the highest point of the peninsula of Macau. The fortress was built in 1622 – 1638 and rising above the old battlements is the old western style lighthouse that is still a beacon for shipping.

Today, the infrastructures of the lighthouse and fortress serves as a museum and provides a great panoramic view of Macau and the nearby islands. Also, there is a chapel, built in 1637, just beside the lighthouse which was restored and you can see the original wall painting with Chinese and Western angel figures.

The lighthouse is so much more easier to scale than the bony skeleton one I attempted while I was in Mindoro, Philippines and so, not before long…

Guia Lighthouse & Fortress 東望洋燈塔 & 炮台 | Macau, China
The lighthouse’s lantern room, on the top deck of course…

Guia Lighthouse & Fortress 東望洋燈塔 & 炮台 | Macau, China
Breathtaking view from the top deck of the Guia Lighthouse!

Guia Lighthouse & Fortress 東望洋燈塔 & 炮台 | Macau, China
Panoramic shot with none other than my beloved iPhone 5! Hehe 🙂

After the trip to Guia Lighthouse & Fortress, we took a 15 minute ride down south to Coloane Village.

Coloane Village 路環村
Coloane Village is once a small fishing village and port for trade with neighboring Chinese islands. Coloane is still a sleepy village with two focal points, namely the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier and the Taoist Temple dedicated to the seafarer’s God Tam Kung. It’s there where you can still experience the authentic Macau.

Coloane Village 路環村 | Macau, China
St. Francis Xavier Church 望廈聖方濟各堂

Coloane Village 路環村 | Macau, China
Square in front of St. Francis Xavier Church featuring mosaic paving and arcades of white and yellow neo-classical arches where there are open air restaurants serving Portuguese cuisine on one side and Chinese on the other.

Coloane Village 路環村 | Macau, China
Travessa Das Lindas 美人巷
The alley of beautiful ladies! I think I belong there! 😀

Coloane Village 路環村 | Macau, China
Between Patio Do Velho 老人圍 and Travessa Das Lindas 美人巷
Standing at a cross roads like that, which one will you take? 😛

Coloane Village 路環村 | Macau, China
I thought the signs for road names in Macau made of printed blue characters on white tiles are truly a beauty! Agree? 🙂

And just so you know, Lord Stow’s Bakery serving freshly baked Portuguese egg tarts is just round the corner in Coloane Village! Stay tuned to my next blog post to find out more! 😀

Taipa Village 氹仔村
There’s no where better to represent Taipa Village than the Taipa Houses!

In the early part of the 20th century, the Taipa Praia was chosen by local administrators and other Macanese families as a dream location of their homes. Then, in later years, as they fell vacant, they were bought over by the government and restored to their former elegance and begone era. The five houses now serves as museums exhibiting items from furniture in both Chinese and European styles from the olden days to a collection of maps, pictures and memorabilia from Taipa and Coloane.

Taipa Village 氹仔村 | Macau, China

Taipa Village 氹仔村 | Macau, China
The waterfront of Taipa Praia beautifully punctuated with Banyan trees…

Taipa Village 氹仔村 | Macau, China
Casa Macanese~

Taipa Village 氹仔村 | Macau, China

Taipa Village 氹仔村 | Macau, China

Taipa Village 氹仔村 | Macau, China
Inside the Macanese House… Indeed, the interiors was pretty much of European style but with Chinese essence like the display of chinaware! But no matter what, looks really cosy isn’t it?

And with that, that’s simply Coloane Village and Taipa Village for you!
But of course, a day is never complete without food! Look out for the upcoming post on the eats you can find in these two authentic villages of Macau! 🙂


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