Friday, October 31, 2014

A View of Macau's Coloane Island


Macao is a peninsula with two islands connected by land fill bridges. Yes, two islands. So you know where this is headed. Taipa is the island north of Macao but Coloane, the southernmost island, really grabbed me. I've never met an island that I didn't love and Coloane is no exception. Check out the green landscape and Maco's highest point, Alto de Coloane. The island offers a striking contrast to bustling, densely populated and developed Macao. What captured me were the ocean views, quiet beaches and salty air. With tiled paths and Portuguese shops,Coloane really reflects Macao's European influences, even though the Portuguese didn't occupy the island until 1864. Coloane's sea caves and heavily forested hills made it a favorite pirate hangout for most of the 19th century. I don't know about the pirates but I'd gladly hole up in Coloane's hills, as long as I have beach access!

8 comments:

Janice Mucalov said...

We agree! Macao's casinos aren't too much of an interest for us, but the sea caves, Portugese shops and quiet beaches would lure us :-).

Fly Girl said...

Janice,
Thanks so much for dropping by! Macao has so much more to offer than casinos and I'll be sharing all of it!

TexWisGirl said...

lovely mountain!

Fly Girl said...

Tex, it was even more beautiful in person.

A Cuban In London said...

No,w that second photo just makes me want to go and visit it right now. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks.

Greetings from London.

Fly Girl said...


Cubano, you would definitely enjoy it, it's such a low-key, lovely place.

Andrew said...

Love that view. It's just the kind of place I'd love to hang around in for a while.

You mention the Portuguese shops, Rosalind, and I'm wondering if there are still Portuguese expats around. I have this vivid memory of the little old man in an immaculate white suit, sitting outside his restaurant,but that was a good twenty years ago. We had to communicate with him in Spanish, and he replied in Portuguese. He looked like a character out of a Grahame Greene story.

Fly Girl said...

Andrew, there are some Portuguese still around, the owners of the hotel where I took the photo are Portuguese and its mostly Portuguese that hold government positions in Macau.