Camoes Garden and Grotto

Camoes Garden and Grotto, or just Camoes Garden as well, is one of Macau's oldest parks. The park is also Macau's largest, covering an area of nearly 20,000 square meters (about 24,000 square yards).

It was originally the house of a Portuguese merchant who enjoyed raising pigeons. His house served as a beautiful backdrop to the hundreds of flying pigeons that he raised. From afar, the pavilions and buildings in the compound looked like nests. After the death of the merchant, his residence was donated to the government, commemorating the great Portuguese poet Luis de Camoes, which is where the name of the garden comes from.

Camoes Grotto, the most famous sight in Camoes Garden, houses the bust of the poet Luis de Camoes. Because of peeving the court officials, he was exiled from his country and lived in Macau for two years. He often came to the park and framed up his poems. Here he composed the noted epic Os Lusíadas (Soul of Portugal). Macau people show great respect to him. June 10th, the day Camoes died, was declared 'Portugal Day' by the government. On that day every year, Portuguese in Macau assemble in the park to celebrate the holiday and remember the poet.

The small mountains, the topping trees, the flourishing grass and flowers will all capture your imagination as you walk through Camoes Garden. Standing in the park is the bronze statue 'Embrace' which symbolizes the friendship between China and Portugal. As you walk along the winding paths, you will reach the highest point in the park, the Gazebo, where you can enjoy the striking views of the inner harbor. Looking north, you will see a man-made fountain built in 1990.

Camoes Garden is a popular spot for locals to do their morning exercises, to play chess, to walk their caged birds (a Chinese custom) or to meet with friends. It's an oasis in the busy city.

How to get to Camoes Garden

1. Take bus 17 to Camoes Garden General Station.
2. Take bus 8A, 18A, 18B, 18, 19 or 26 to Camoes Square.
Entrance Fee Free
Opening Hours 6:00 -22:00

Recommended Nearby Attractions:
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Ruins of St. Paul
 The Museum of Macau
 Lou Kau Mansion

- Last updated on Jun. 27, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Camoes Garden and Grotto
Asked by Allen from PHILIPPINES | Jun. 18, 2013 03:43Reply
From the Macau Intl Airport, what could be a good sequence to follow in order to visit the famous attractions?
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Answered by Lydia from THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC | Jun. 19, 2013 01:22

You can travel by following this route:
The Venetian- City of Dream - Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro- Senado Square - Ruins of St. Paul - Ama Temple - the Fisherman Wharf - Macau Tower.
Asked by Ms.janet from PHILIPPINES | Apr. 10, 2011 09:07Reply
how do i go to fisherman's wharf from camoes garden? thank you very much! :)
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Answered by Ms.Cindy | Apr. 11, 2011 22:42

You can take bus 17, 18 or 19 and if you take taxi, about 30MOP.
Asked by Ms.Doremon from NEW ZEALAND | Mar. 12, 2011 15:44Reply
May I find out how I can get there from the Macau Senado Square?
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Answered by Mr.Jamie | Mar. 13, 2011 21:56

Walk from Senado Square to Ruins of St Paul's Church. Turn to R. de S. Paulo till you see the entrance to the garden.
Asked by Ms.oosdev from GREENLAND | May. 19, 2009 14:17Reply
were is the camoes grotto gardens located?
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Answered by Mr.Derek from CHINA | May. 25, 2009 01:47

Address: Praca Luis de Camoes
Hours: Open daily
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