The main island amongst the two Macau islands, Coloane Island is the only location in Macau where there still exists an essence of the past. A haven of tranquillity ideal for those seeking a retreat from the city bustle, the island flaunts a stunning environment with serene beaches and picturesque hills. Connected to the Taipa Island by a long dual Causeway, this paradisiacal island contains facilities for adventure tourism. Altogether these exclusive features present a unique holiday destination for both foreigners and the Macanese.
Having served as a refuge for pirates back in the olden days, the island also consists of a cultural village and a religious shrine. The cultural village is called the Coloane Village, containing narrow lanes and Portuguese-style houses. Located in the island’s southwest portion, Coloane Village itself is home to a large fishing community. Featuring colourful temples, local shops and more, it maintains the traditional way of Macanese living.
The charming island boasts two of the best beaches in Macau – Hac Sa and Cheoc Van, always bustling with sunbathing and swimming crowds. Many Macanese people flock to the islet to feast on the local cuisine including seafood.
The chapel of St Francis Xavier, located on the southern coast of the island, is a must-see attraction. This waterfront chapel houses some of the most sacred Christian relics in Asia. It has a small bell tower and classical oval windows with Portuguese colour schemes of white and cream as the background.
One can unwind basking in the sun and exploring the splendour of the nature the island is blessed with. The island also offers two impressive hiking trails preferred by all adventure lovers and energetic walkers to the area. Whilst a less sticky and placid trail around the Dam Circuit close to Hac Sa Beach provides a leisure trail, the other trail that ends at the summit of Alto de Coloane is suitable for a thrilling hike.
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