Coloane village is the place to get a glimpse of Macau's real heritage, away from the artificial tourist attractions built around or promoted to support Macau's casino industry. In fact, Coloane is even better than Taipa Village (Rua Do Cunha) where one gets to see more of shops than anything else. An afternoon spent roaming the streets of Coloane will leave you with a sense of accomplishment and as a bonus you will get to taste Macau's real egg tart fresh from the oven. To make the most of your trip to Coloane, get a hold of Macau Tourism's 'Step Out Guide' or download the 'Step Out' Smart Phone App. The best way to get here is via a Macau public bus. You may like to do a part of the trip using a free Macau shuttle bus and a part via a Macau public bus. In this page you will find essential information to do this trip on your own. Keep reading...
|Eanes Square in Coloane Village Macau|
This printed guide can be obtained free of charge from Macau Government Tourist Office centres at Macau Airport or Macau Ferry Terminal and a few other places. The last section of this guide is on 'Nostalgia in Coloane'.
Public Bus to Coloane
You may take a Macau public bus going towards 'Praia De Hac Sa' and get down at the bus stop named 'Vila De Coloane-2'. There are even buses that terminate at 'Vila De Coloane-2'. Bus Route numbers 15, 21A, 25, 26, 26A, 50, and N3 go to Coloane. A good place to board a public bus to Coloane is the bus stop outside City of Dreams or the one outside Sands Cotai Central. Both of these bus stops are on the opposite side The Venetian East Wing. Read this Simple Guide to Macau Public Buses.
The Walking Tour of Coloane
Your walking tour of Coloane will begin at the point where the public bus will drop you. 'Vila De Coloane-2' is the bus stop where you need to get down from the bus. This is also the first stop in your walking tour called 'Largo do Presidente Antonio Romalho Eanes'. This square has a small public park with a small statue of Cupid in the middle. Actually, this place is a kind of centre of Coloane from where you will find the road signs to go to most of the attractions in Coloane. A public toilet is located in the wet market which is on one side of the square. Eanes Square was named so after the visit of the Portuguese President Antonio Romalho Eanes. Its a nice place to sit around and take a rest but you can save that for later.
Have a Coffee First
|A nice coffee shop in Coloane Village Macau|
May I suggest finding this little cafe in the Eanes Square for a hot or cold coffee or hot chocolate which is excellent value at just 20 MOP. The lady in the shop is really nice and if not for the language barrier will be the best person to tell you all that you need to know about Coloane.
Find Rua Do Meio
|Rua Do Meio Coloane Village Macau|
Take a round of the square and find the entry to Rua Do Meio as shown in the above picture. Your next stop is the Ancient Temple of Kun Lam.
|Entry to the Ancient Temple of Kun Lam in Coloane Village Macau|
Rua Do Meio will lead you to this temple with the help of the map given in the Step Out Guide but you may need to ask someone for the exact location. The best way to do that will be to show a picture of the temple to a local. There is a house with several dogs in it next to the temple. If this is your first Tao Temple, see it up close because later you will discover that almost all Tao temples, big or small, have a similar set up and design. You can enter a Tao temple wearing shoes.
|Ancient Temple of Tin Hau in Coloane Village Macau|
|Chapel of St. Francis Xavier in Coloane Village Macau|
|Walking Trail in Coloane Village Macau|
The next Steps
By looking at the Step Out Map, you may proceed to the temple of Tin Hau, Tam Kung temple, Coloane Library, Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, Sam Seng temple, Coloane Pier, and back to the Eanes Square. Do not forget to take a walk on the sidewalk along the water.
Egg Tart at Lord Stow's Bakery
|Lord Stow's Bakery in Coloane Village Macau|
Return to Eanes Sqaure and find Lord's Stow's Bakery. Here you will see a write-up that says that Coloane Village is the birthplace of Macau's famous egg tart. Lord Stow's was started here in 1989 and over the years has spread to some other geographies including in other countries. You may like to have a fresh egg tart here or dine in at one of the other restaurants along Eanes Square.
Take a public bus back
|Public Bus from Coloane Village, Vila De Coloane-2|
The Vila De Coloane-2 stop will take you back to your place in Macau, just read the bus route cards at the stop. Before you come to Coloane Village, and if you are not doing this trip on a Monday, it will be a nice idea to make a stop at Macau's Giant Panda Pavilion which is on the way to Vila De Coloane. If you wish to go there from Coloane, make sure you have adequate time because the last entry to the panda pavilion will be at 4.00pm. You will need to get down at Coloane Quarry Bus Stop or at 'Parque De Seac Pai Van' if your bus stops there.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|