SENADO SQUARE: A Timeless UNESCO Gem in Macau’s Historic Heart


Senado Square, also known as Largo do Senado, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of Macau’s rich history. The square has served as the city’s political, economic, and cultural center for centuries, making it a significant historical landmark.

Senado Square, Macau

When I was planning for places to visit in Macau, this was on top of my list. I was amazed by the square’s architecture and colorful buildings. I wanted to see for myself these pastel-colored structures and distinctive facades that create a picturesque and unique atmosphere.

How to get to Senado Square?

We took the ferry from Hong Kong to Macau. When we arrived at Macau Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal, we took the free shuttle bus to Grand Lisboa. From here, Senado Square is just a 10-minute walk away along Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro. It is on the right side and is hard to miss.

Map thanks to Wanderlog, a trip planner app on iOS and Android

If you want to take a public bus, follow the steps below.

  1. From the Macau Ferry Terminal: If you arrive at the Macau Ferry Terminal (common for travelers coming from Hong Kong or nearby destinations), you can take several public buses to Senado Square. Bus numbers 3, 3A, 4, 8A, 18, and 19 are some of the options that will take you to this area.
  2. From Border Gate (Portas do Cerco): If you’re entering Macau from mainland China through the Border Gate, you can also take public buses to Senado Square. Bus numbers 3, 3A, 8A, 10, 10A, 12, and 28X are among the choices available.

Senado Square is a well-known landmark in Macau. It is definitely hard to miss once you’re in the vicinity. To be honest, when we arrived in Grand Lisboa we just followed along the crowd walking and moments later we already noticed we reached our destination. It’s surrounded by historic buildings with distinctive Portuguese and Chinese architectural styles.

St. Dominic’s Church

Located adjacent to Senado Square, St. Dominic’s Church is a stunning example of Macau’s colonial architecture. Its baroque-style facade and beautiful interior are worth exploring.

The square is surrounded by an array of shops, boutiques, and restaurants. It’s a great place for shopping for souvenirs, fashion, and local treats. You can sample Macanese and Portuguese cuisine at nearby eateries. Our favorites are these jerkies and egg tart.

We really enjoyed strolling around the area. Senado Square offers a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. It’s an excellent place to people-watch and soak up the ambiance.

Senado Square to the Ruins of St. Paul

The square is a convenient starting point for exploring the city’s other attractions, including the Ruins of St. Paul’s. We just followed the street signs.

Senado Square to the ruins of st. Paul's
Map thanks to Wanderlog, a trip planner app on iOS and Android

In summary, Senado Square is a captivating blend of history, culture, and charm. It offers a taste of Macau’s colonial heritage and a vibrant contemporary atmosphere. A visit to Senado Square provides a well-rounded experience of the city and its unique identity.

If you have questions let me know in the comment section below. You can also check Exploring Macau’s Ruins of St. Paul’s: A Historical Marvel & Travel Guide.

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