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Explore the city's oldest religious temple

Located near the harbour, A-Ma Temple is Macau's oldest worship site and was a fixture here even before the city existed. Guarded by two stone lions, the religious complex includes a memorial arch, a prayer hall and a Buddhist pavilion and features various religious engravings, poetry and carvings, plus a lot of billowing incense.

Scare yourself with the world's largest bungee jump

Adventurers with a head for heights can enjoy/endure a 200kph (124mph) plummet from a Macau Tower platform (tel: +853 8988 8656; www.macautower.com.mo), which rises some 233m (765ft) into the sky. The world's largest bungee jump isn't for the faint-hearted, although neither is the climb to the tower's 338m-high (1,108ft) pinnacle.

See how Macau likes to drink and drive

In a rather odd arrangement, the Macau Wine Museum and the Macau Grand Prix Museum share a building. The former offers an insight into the city's Portuguese past as much as it does wine, whilst racing fans will enjoy seeing Ayrton Senna's car almost as much as the Grand Prix itself (www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo).

Snap some shots of the Ruins of St Paul

Once one of the most important Christian churches in Asia, three separate fires ravaged St Paul's and left it in a state of ruin. Even in disrepair, though, the early 17th century church is a spectacle, with a stone stairway leading up to the seemingly freestanding granite facade adorned with statues.

Visit the surrounding islands for a spot of hiking

Macau offers decent hiking on its outer islands of Taipa and Coloane. On Taipa, there is a selection of paved and unmarked trails, though serious ramblers may prefer the 8km (5 miles) Coloane Trail, which weaves around the island. With wonderful sea views and less taxing trails, Hác Sá Long Chao Kok is more suited to families.

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Hotel Royal Macau

This newly renovated Macau hotel may be a little removed from the action, but it's all the more attractive for that reason. It's just up the hill from the wonderful Clube Militar de Macau restaurant and offers some good-value packages. It sits at the foot of Colina da Guia, Macau's landmark hill and the site of the historic Guia fort and lighthouse.

Ole London Hotel

This very pink, six-storey block with 60 rooms near the Inner Harbour boasts smart and spotless (if small) rooms. All rooms have private bathroom with hair dryer, TVs and a mini bar. Breakfast is included. Given its location and rates, the Ole London Hotel offers one of the best deals in town.

Parisian Macao

Open on the Cotai Strip since mid-2016 (and echoing its Gallic namesake in Las Vegas), the Parisian Macao features a half-size replica Eiffel Tower, complete with observation decks and nightly light shows. The hotel itself has a mind-boggling 3,000 rooms and suites, all furnished to a high standard, and there are numerous dining, shopping and entertainment options.

Grand Coloane Resort

Formerly the Westin Resort Macau, this five-star getaway overlooks gardens and a sandy beach on Coloane Island. It's long been favoured by visitors seeking a bit of peace and quiet in upscale surrounds. Each room has a sea or beach view, and there's an excellent spa and an adjoining golf course.

San Va Hotel

This cheap traditional-style guesthouse has a decent location in downtown Macau on the historic Rua da Felicidade (Happiness Street). The rooms are simple but clean and comfortable, and some of the doubles and twins have en-suite shower and bathroom. It was established in 1873, and claims to be the oldest existing guesthouse in Macau.

Pousada de São Tiago

Built into what was once a 17th-century fort that defended Macau against hostile invaders, this traditional Portuguese pousada is a romantic place to stay. It commands a splendid view of the Inner Harbour, and the interior décor, with its flagstones, wooden rafters and blue tiles, is a delight.