• Wander the grounds of a Trappist nunnery
  • Find serenity in the city at sunset

Escape the city streets (and its casino-loving crowds) to the serene Chapel of Our Lady of Penha set high on a hilltop. Founded in 1622 as a shrine for Portuguese sailors heading out to sea, it’s still a working Trappist nunnery today (listen for the chorus of nuns singing Gregorian Chants). This sacred spot with views stretching out to the city’s bridges and the Pearl River Delta is a favorite wedding photo backdrop for local couples. Blushing brides aside, the real showstopper is sunset from this lookout point. Arrive in the late afternoon, and take a contemplative walk though the chapel and courtyard before catching the sun descend on the sparkling city below.

The Chapel of Our Lady of Penha is a 15-minute cab ride across the Sai Van Bridge.

CHAPEL OF OUR LADY OF PENHA: Avenida da Republica; +853-2831-5566; www.macau.com; the courtyard and the grotto is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 pm; the chapel closes at 4:00 p.m.