A few months ago I went with two friends to Macau. As I explained in my earlier post, Macau has much more to offer than just casinos, and I recommend to anyone who stays in Hong Kong for a while to pay a visit to the former Portuguese colony.
In my previous post I forgot to mention where I and my friends stayed, so I’d like to share this information now because it might prove useful to travellers.
Instead of booking a room in a hostel or hotel, we decided to rent an apartment for one night. This is not the cheapest option, but for one or two nights it’s certainly affordable. Moreover, we could see how an average apartment looks like and also live there as if we were local people. We used a website called airbnb.com, where you can find flats or rooms to let.
The apartment was located in Coloane, in the southern part of Macau. On the map (see below) Coloane looks pretty far away from the most interesting parts of Macau, but remember that Macau is small. In fact, we always walked from Coloane to Taipa.
The apartment was very large, especially in comparison with the tiny homes in Hong Kong. There was an English couple living in the apartment (they were the tenants), and we shared with them the kitchen and the living room. One bathroom and two spacious rooms were all for us. We paid around $HK 290 (approximately 29 Euros) per person.
|This was my room|
|And this is the view from my room’s window|
If you want to see more picture of Coloane and Taipa, you can visit my Facebook album.
On the day of our departure we had breakfast in a really nice Portuguese coffee shop called CuppaCoffee. I recommend anyone who goes to Coloane to check out this cafe’, because it not only has amazing European-style bread and coffee (which also have European taste and don’t just look Western, as is often the case in many Asian bakeries and cafe’s), but it also seems to be a meeting point for the Portuguese (or Macanese) community in Macau. In fact, when we went there, we saw only European (or European-looking) people, and they spoke Portuguese.
You can see more pictures here.