A district in the southwestern region of Macau Peninsula, Sao Lourenco showcases a blend of historic landmarks, excellent museums and natural landscapes. Explore the district’s maritime history, learn more about traditional Chinese culture or enjoy the outdoors on a rewarding hike.
Things to do in Sao Lourenco
Sao Lourenco is home to one of Macau’s most iconic pieces of history, the UNESCO-listed A-Ma Temple. See one of the oldest religious temples in the country dating back to 1488 and marvel at its Classical Chinese architecture, from stone lion statues to ornate pavilions.
Learn something new about the region’s history at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. The museum showcases a seafaring simulator, so you can experience what it’s like to be a ship’s pilot. Then step back in time while admiring a scale model of a 19th-century Chinese trading junk and Harbor Viewing Gallery.
Catch a show at Dom Pedro V Theatre, the first western theatre in China built in 1860. Serving as a venue for music, dance and cultural performances, this 276-seat Greek Revival theatre boasts crystal chandeliers, French windows and a crescent-shaped auditorium.
For a bird’s-eye view of Sao Lourenco, climb to the summit of Penha Hill. At over 60 meters tall, it’s the third highest hill of Macau and has a moderate hike to stunning views across the South Bay. Explore the historic Penha Church sitting on the hilltop to see its bellower, Virgin Mary statue and flowered paths.
Getting around Sao Lourenco
The best way to explore Sao Lourenco is on foot, while buses, taxis and rental cars are also available. You can fly into Macau International Airport or arrive at Hong Kong International Airport and take the ferry from the Macau Ferry Terminal.