Camoes Garden is also known as the “white pigeon nest” garden in Mandarin, because at one point, it was home to hundreds of white pigeons who nested there. One of Macau’s oldest garden parks, Camoes garden spans close to 20,000 square meters.
Built in the 1770, it was the house of a wealthy Portuguese merchant Manuel Pereira who enjoyed raising pigeons. After his death the government took over his residence and named the garden after prolific Portuguese poet Luis de Camoes, who spent two years in Macao during his exile and penned many poems at this park. One of his most famous works include Os Lusíadas (Soul of Portugal). There is a bust of Camoes in the garden to celebrate his contribution to the literary world.
Today, Camoes Garden remains a popular local place for walks, taichi and morning stretches.