A Famosa is a Portuguese fortress located in Melaka, Malaysia. It is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia. The Port de Santiago, a small gate house, is the only remaining part of the fort still standing.
We were able to walk to this fort from our guesthouse. It is located at the foot of the St. Paul’s Hill (which we had explored the day before). There were a number of people relaxing around this fort. Just like the rest of Melaka, it was very peaceful and charming.
A canon located in front of the fort.
Walkway under the fort.
It was possible to enter, and walk through, the fort. Not surprisingly, there were souvenir salesmen around this area, however they never bothered us. Life is chilled here, and the locals don’t seem to smother the tourists.
This beautiful structure is one of the government buildings just across the road from the Fort A Famosa.
We wandered around on foot for a few hours, and then decided to find some “comfort food”. On this day that turned out to be McDonalds. The above display was inside a shopping centre that we found. We were not in the mood for much retail therapy because the weather was amazing, so we bought what we needed, and headed back into the streets.
This is the road that our guesthouse was on. The river was just behind the row of buildings on the right-hand side. We took a walk back to our room so that we could change out of our sweaty clothes, and freshen up for the evening.
Discovery Cafe & Guest House
We were told to come to this cafe to buy our bus tickets to Kuala Lumpur. Instead of traveling all the way to the bus station, and then trying to buy a bus ticket (in English), this cafe does all the work for you, at a minimal charge. They also pick you up from your guesthouse and take you to the bus station. We were impressed with the helpful nature of the people working here.
Back at the Melaka Riverside, we got to experience the pretty colors of dusk. The churches, bridges, and water were all starting to glow softly. It was very romantic 🙂
Beautiful. Notice how clean the walkways are.
This city is perfectly signposted for tourists.
The riverside graffiti is really quite unique and beautiful, especially at sunset when the walls start to become illuminated for the evening.
The Melaka flag.
We walked along the river for a couple hours. There were twinkly lights and cafes.
I loved the calm atmosphere.
When it was too dark to walk along the river, we headed over to Chinatown.
With Chinese New Year about a week away, this Chinatown area was about to get CRAZY!
Our day was filled with a lot of walking, so we decided to eat some take-out in the comfort of our guesthouse. A relaxing evening was definitely needed for our aching feet.