Swimming is a very popular part of the Macau experience but it is not the only daily exercise that you can do if you want to. Walking is something that a lot of people living in Macau do on a daily basis and because things in Macau are relatively close together depending on the neighborhood a person lives in, walking is actually a serious mode of transportation in the city. If you are a tourist however then it is quite possible that Macau is an area that can offer you walking in a way that is far better than simply walking around the city and having a look at everything that is available. Macau is also a centre of serious hiking and cycling, both of which can be done in Macau through the nearby islands.
The islands are called Taipa and Coloane and they collectively represent the location of the best hiking and cycling opportunities that are available for people to pursue when they are in Macau . Cycling has long been a popular mode of transportation across China and while the Chinese government has outlawed bicycles in various large urban centers the city of Macau was not part of that ban and for that reason you will see people walking and cycling to all parts of the city. Cycles are relatively cheap to procure in Macau even if you would like to buy them instead of rent them and overall both the hiking and the cycling trails that are around the two islands are beautiful trails that are relatively easy to navigate because of signs and maps that you can get before you actually go on the adventure.
The pathways that you will see on Taipa and Coloane are not the same as pathways that you might expect to see in some of the more developed areas of the world. In fact, these routes tend to be quite rural and for that reason are more dirt road type routes than they are paved routes that are nice on the feet and the wheels of the bicycle. For that reason, you should find both hiking and cycling to be challenging activities in Macau . Many people might be dismayed at that revelation but it is important to realize that the routes are not impassable but rather are challenging enough that you can go at a leisurely pace and stop often and you will still be able to break into a sweat by the time you get to the other end of the route.
The main reason to appreciate these particular hiking and cycling routes is actually quite simple. The routes themselves lead you in and around some of the most breathtaking natural beauty that Macau has to offer. You should make sure you bring a camera with you so that you can photograph it. Some of the most spectacular sights await you if you decide to go along the hiking and cycling paths that are available on the islands of Taipa and Coloane in the city of Macau.