Within a 5 minute walk from the Ruins of St. Paul’s and right beside the Protestant Cemetery (both listed as part of the Historic Centre of Macao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Camões Garden, named after the famous Portuguese poet Luís de Camões, is one of the largest parks in Macau. The poet’s bust is to be found inside the grotto, as well as an imprinted excerpt of his most widely known work, “Os Lusíadas”.
Behind this grotto, pathways lead up to a wooded hill with a Chinese pavilion surrounded by stone tables and stools, where locals frequently gather to play Chinese chess.
The spacious garden is shaded by big banyan trees, and is a popular hangout amongst locals to meet up with friends or bring their caged birds out, leaving the cages dangling in the trees for a while. Many people also go to Camões Garden do to their morning tai chi. Undoubtedly, Camões Garden is a great place to witness local life and habits.
At the entrance of the garden there is a fountain that contains a bronze sculpture entitled “Embrace”, specially designed to symbolise the centuries’ old friendship between Portugal and China.
Opening hours: Daily from 6:00am to 10:00pm