The historic attractions in downtown Macau are well documented in many guide books so the following comments are aimed at facilitating visits to those attractions rather than dwelling too much on the attractions themselves.
A large part of the old city is flat so walking is easily achieved but the attractions centred around Senado square are a long way by foot by those centered around the Maritime Museum so it is best to allow a morning or afternoon to visit each one separately.
Bus services between these two resorts are frequent and low cost but it is important to have the correct change in either HK$ or Pecatas before boarding the bus and to bear in mind that most bus drivers do not speak any English so you have to be aware of where you need to alight well before you board the bus.
Taxis are also available and are metered and for short distances the prices are not unreasonable. For the Senado Square area it is best to arrive early in the morning to avoid crowds, particularly on and around the steps of St. Paul's cathedral. Photography of historic buildings around Senado Square is also easier in the morning. Our opinion was that the Casa Gardens were not remarkable and the views over the town from the gardens are disappointing as they consist of primarily of roof tops of dilapidated buildings. The National Museum is well worth visiting and for those who have difficulty in walking, the museum provides wheel chairs free of charge.
For the other major tourist area, it is best to start at the Maritime Museum followed by the A-Ma temple and then take a gentle 20 minute walk, albeit uphill, past the Morrish Barracks towards Lilau Square and then visit what for us was the highlight of our four days in Macau, the Mandarin's house. It is not easy to find the Mandarin's house but once you have reached Lilau Square there is a narrow road directly opposite and approximately 50 metres down this road on the left hand side you will find the Mandarin's House which was built before 1869 and then in more recent years fell into disrepair but has been extensively renovated within the last 10 years and now is in excellent condition.
It is worth noting that several of the attractions in Macau are free and where there is a charge, for those seniors, above the age of 60, fees are either waived or reduced.
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