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“Utterly disappointing.”

Camoes Garden and Grotto
Ranked #54 of 242 things to do in Macau
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Utterly disappointing.”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

Our hope to find a lush garden with lovely grottos was totally shattered when we entered this neglected garden.
It was dirty, or rather - filthy, with flies and other bugs all over the place.
The only nice thing about this place was the gathering of old local men, who played unique card and board games.

Visited April 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“Lush park area, newly rennovated Camoes Square and temple on the west side of the gardens”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

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.

Visited November 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Lovely lush park”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

Lovely park - a great place to relax within a lush green surrounding; the park also provides lovely vista of the city. Definitely worth a stop and a better place to visit in comparison to the dismal Casa Garden.

Visited May 2013
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Shanghai, China
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“Nice garden to relax for a moment”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

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.

Visited January 2012
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“A green ‘Sonnet to Macao’”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

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…

Visited March 2012
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