Camoes Garden and Grotto
Camoes Garden and Grotto
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China20,278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Although Macau can be a crowded city, its city park is a pleasant escape from urban bust. Camoes Garden, as part of the UNESCO old town area, is a lovely option for tourists. The park is surprisingly large with plenty of lush spaces. The panorama of Macau Peninsula as well as Zhuhai is particularly enjoyable. It remains a local hangout place without many tourists.
Written April 1, 2023
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mfilcol2014
Lisbon, Portugal1,768 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful garden located right in the center of Macau, close to the Ruinas de S Paulo. Homage to Luis de Camoes, great poet. Portuguese. It is a very well-kept garden where the cave where Camoes wrote part of the Lusíadas, according to legend, is located. Interesting visit, especially for the Portuguese
Written April 19, 2024
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,724 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Couples
We really enjoyed our stop at the Camoes Garden and Grotto this past week. The Grotto area was decent and there were some interestingly patterned tiles leading into the heart of the garden area. However, what we really liked was the thick, flush green, rainforest like environment within the park. During the cooler months, this made a great break from the sun but did have us thinking about how hot and humid it must be here during the summer, probably not the best time in the world to visit.

In this area of Macau, just north of the Ruins of St. Paul, there are several additional attractions, all inclusions of the UNESCO World Heritage collection for the Historic City Centre of Macau. These include Casa Garden, the Old Protestant Cemetery and St. Anthony's Church. However, we enjoy the Camoes Garden, which is a non-UNESCO attraction best within this group. Collectively, you can visit all of these attractions comfortably in one hour. Then you can move down to the heavyweight attractions starting at the Ruins of St. Paul, approx 6-8 minute walk away.

If you are short on time in Macau, we'd suggest skipping the Camoes Garden and Grotto and attractions in this area and starting/finishing your sight seeing with the Ruins of St. Paul, where you will find more interesting and important UNESCO and non-UNESCO attractions in the central area of Macau.

If you really like gardens, this is a good place to visit. Others that we like in this area of Macau include the very good Lum Iok Gardens, northeast of Tap Seac Square and the Jardim San Francisco near the Lisboa Hotel.
Written April 8, 2012
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Thangam M
Chennai1,460 contributions
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Mar 2012 • Family
Jardim Luis De Camões (Camões Garden) is dedicated to the memory of Luís de Camões, whom many regard as Portugal’s greatest poet. In fact, there are those who put him right up there with legendary poets such as Virgil and Dante. While that may be up for debate, what is very clear is that Camões, who was born in the early 16th century, was a colourful character – a gifted poet and romantic, possessor of a roving eye, a bohemian, a traveler who explored parts of India, one given to indiscretions of word and deed, a soldier who lost an eye in battle, a swashbuckler who was exiled not once but twice (from Portugal to Goa and from there to Macau) – he led a pretty full life alright! While he won renown for his sonnets and poems, the epic “Os Lusíadas” (The Lusiads) is widely accepted as Camões’ greatest work. Camões died in poverty in 1580 in Lisbon at the age of 56, and June 10 on which he died is observed as Portugal's national day.

Camões Garden is one of Macau's oldest and largest parks. Camões Grotto, which is the Garden’s focal point, houses the bust of Camões. In the 18th century, this garden was apparently part of the grounds of a house called Casa Garden, the residence of the head of the British East India Company in Macau. After the British left, it was bought over by a wealthy Portuguese merchant – a person who we are told also had the rather droll hobby of growing flocks of pigeons. It was this merchant who originally had a grotto built around a bust of Camões. After the merchant’s death, his residence was taken over by the government who installed the present bronze bust of the poet.

Camões Garden is a verdant haven, a green oasis in densely populated, busy Macau. Seeing its beauty and the wondrous calm that pervades its lush vistas, we were at a loss to understand why there aren’t many more travellers visiting these gardens - in fact, the locals vastly outnumber the tourists. This park is open from 6am to 10pm.

We entered Camões Garden from the entrance opposite St. Anthony’s Church – and at very first glance we were enchanted, mesmerized, transported to an altogether different world. The first feature that caught our eye was the fountain and the towering bronze installation called ‘Embrace’, Beyond this was the view of a forested hillside with large banyan trees, impossibly green grass, colourful flowers, winding walkways.

As you follow the gently ascending path, a sense of tranquility possesses your senses. You are one with nature. At the higher reaches of the garden you get to see a huge rock into which is engraved ‘Sonnet to Macao’ which hails Macau as “gem of the orient earth and open sea”. Yes of course, it’s a Camões sonnet. Right there we saw an old, tall, very athletic looking Chinese gentleman who wasn’t in the least distracted by us as he continued with his fluid, graceful tai-chi routine.

The grotto in which the bust of Camões nestles is tastefully lit in silhouette – no garish lighting thank God! In front of the grotto are benches to sit and savour the restful environs. Behind the grotto, paths lead up a wooded hill to a Chinese gazebo with stone tables and seats where we saw men playing chess.

We left Camões Garden with some regret – for, we had got in a trifle late in the evening and so did not get as much time here as was clearly demanded. Worse, we also denied ourselves the pleasure of capturing as many images of this magical place on film as we would have liked, if only to rekindle our memories of this green paradise.

And yes, it did strike us that the calm stillness of these gardens dedicated to his memory, is such an amazing counterpoint to Camões’ short and turbulent life…

SUGGESTIONS:

1. If you like gardens, put Camões Garden right on top of your must see list. It is an incredibly beautiful place and no words are rich enough to do it full justice.

2. Do ensure to get there no later than 4pm which should give you the time to explore, experience, enjoy the place – and to carry away with you photographs or video films of an amazingly restful haven.

3. Just sit on the Garden benches and let the tranquil surroundings make you theirs, allow the calmness to seep into your very soul…
Written July 30, 2012
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Anthony G
Shanghai, China779 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Couples
After visiting St. Anthony’s Church and the Old Protestant Cemetery, the adjacent Luis de Camoes Garden & Grotto dedicated to the poet is a nice place to relax for a moment. Lot of old people doing their exercises at the fitness apparatus! See for an extended review the former review.
Written August 31, 2012
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LuisSilveiro
Muscat, Oman400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017
After a walking tour through all of old Macau, we undertook the final leg and were so happy we did. Camoes Garden is absolutely beautiful, and being off the beaten track (beyond the ruins of St Paul's) it is largely underpopulated by tourists. The locals hang out there playing cards, badminton and just doing exercise. It has lots of lovely twists and turns and at dusk, the views of Mainland China can be quite beautiful. There are large marvellous Portuguese mosaics depicting scenes form Camoes' Lusiadas, a grotto with a bust of the famous Portuguese writer and chronographer, and lots of little surprises. Absolutely see this one - if you come down from St Paul's, you might also like to stop at a supermarket half way down Rua de Santo Antonio, which has great cool Portuguese beer for 80 US cents!
Written June 9, 2017
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MaxmacauHKG
Hong Kong, China7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Solo
Really impressed by this historical location. Also interesting for me was the the protestant cemetary and the british east india old mansion in between..... Old macau was a cool place...
Written November 28, 2011
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Valter F
Macau156 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
Camões is a 16th century Portuguese writer (the Portuguese Shakespeare or Cervantes, one can say). This beautiful garden was made in his honour, as it is supposed that he wrote part of his masterpiece "The Lusiads" here. You can read parts of his works as you walk through the garden and you can spend a very relaxing hour here.
Written April 7, 2016
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,724 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
In addition to lush, forested park area which makes up Camoes Garden and Grotto, we have been pleased with the renovated square in front of the garden entrance as well as the restored temple structures on the western slope of the garden hill, facing the city.

The square has more seating area now as well as a nice fountain, with flooding water. The temple and worship area, can be accessed by walking out the back of the garden and along the western slope. Here you can find some attractively decorated temple structures, lion statues and other items of local worship (see review pictures).

While not a member of the Macau World Heritage collection, we often stop by Camoes Garden, finding it a nice place to kill time in this part of Macau.
Written November 20, 2013
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zenwoman35
Utrecht, The Netherlands98 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Family
There are paintings in the Macau museum of art of Camoes grotto. It's nice to go and see it for real. The park around it is lovely.
Written December 23, 2011
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