Fortaleza do Monte

Monte do Forte

The fortress on the 60-metre-high Monte Hill is one of Macau's main sights and one of the city's best views.

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Fortaleza do Monte is often referred to as "Monte Forte" and you should definitely not miss this landmark when visiting Macau. The fortress is also part of the modern Macau Museum.

Along with other monuments in the historic centre, the fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The best view with a touch of history

Because Fortaleza do Monte stands right in the centre of the city on a secluded hill, it offers breathtaking views of downtown Macau and the Chinese hinterland.

The fortress was built by the Portuguese Jesuits between 1617 and 1626 and most of its structures still remain, standing directly above the famous ruins of St Paul's Church.

The fortress covers an area of 8,000 square meters and is the largest historical structure in Macau.

Although the open spaces of the fortress offer the most beautiful views, even at exposed times in the evening it's not that crowded and you can always find a great spot to take photos.

Entrance fees and opening hours of the fortress

Admission to the observation deck and open outdoor areas is free.

The outdoor area is open 24/7.

Macau Museum

The fort's indoor spaces have been converted into the rather large Museo de Macau, where you can learn all about Macau's history from the Portuguese colonial past to the present day.

Allow about 30-60 minutes to visit the museum.

Entrance fees and museum opening hours

Museo de Macau is open from 10:00-18:00 every day except Mondays, when it remains closed.

The entrance fee is 15 mop. You can visit the museum for free every Tuesday and every 15th day of the month.

Official museum website:

How to get there

The fort has three entrances from the north, west and south. All are open 24/7.

You will climb a steep hill to the top of the fort from the nearest bus stops.

The nearest bus stops can be found at the following locations:

  • R. Tomás Vieira (approx. 250 metres) - line 17 (from this bus stop it is the smallest part of the way up the hill)
  • R. Campo / Vicky Plaza (approx. 500 metres) - lines 2, 4, 7, 8, 18A, 19

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