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Soft sands, shimmering waters and swaying palms: that is Goa for most people. But there’s more to discover in this tiny yet shining slice of India. Its colonial past has left it with glorious architecture, and has given its food and culture a distinctive flavour that drips with joie de vivre.

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Old Goa
Open :7.00AM-6.30PM
Old Goa was, before Panaji, the capital of the Portuguese rulers. Vestiges of its great past remain in the form of the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier, and the Sé Cathedral, the largest church in Asia. The ruins of St. Augustine’s Church merit a visit, too.
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Braganza House
Open :9.00AM-5.00PM
The four hundred-year-old Braganza House in Chandor is steeped in history. Wander through the Great Salon and the colossal ballroom, gaze at antique European chandeliers adorning the ceiling, and admire the vintage gems, such as beautiful period furniture and Chinese porcelain, dotted about the house.
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Flea Markets
The Flea Markets in Goa are a treasure trove of hidden gems, traditional artefacts, flavoursome meals and the latest fashion trends. The vibrant flea market at Anjuna and the extremely popular Saturday Night Bazaar at Arpora is a haven for fashionistas and tourists. Connect with our Concierge to guide you with the operational timings.
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Miramar Beach
Open :5:30 PM-7:30 PM
One of Goa’s most visited beaches, Miramar is a beach lover’s paradise with its glittering views of the Arabian Sea and the majestic Aguada Fort at a distance. Originally named Porta de Gaspar Dias by the Portuguese, Miramar beach is a hub for several events and cultural festivals.
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The Adil Shah Palace
Open :9:00 AM-5:00 PM
The palace of Adil Shah of Bijapur is one of the oldest buildings in Panaji and pre-dates the invasion of the Portuguese despite looking typically colonial. The imposing structure stands on the banks of the serene river Mandovi and the building’s architecture is unique with a striking roof line.
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Find Hand Painted Tiles
Open :9.00AM-7.00PM
Azulejos, traditional Portuguese hand-painted ceramic tiles, are iconic Goan symbols. Pick one up at Velha Goa Galeria, where you will find tiles in a range of shapes, designs and colours. The store also has a lovely collection of glass products, and gorgeous ceramic curios.
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City Markets
Open :9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Shopping in the cities of Panaji, Mapusa and Margao is a mix of exotic, local, old and modern. It truly is a shopper’s paradise and are popular shopping destinations amongst locals and tourists. Take your pick from an assortment of items ranging from indigenous handicrafts, local spices, fresh produce, designer wear and much more.
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Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church
Open :9:00 AM & 3:30 PM-12:30 PM & 7:30 PM
The 17th century Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church is located in the heart of Panaji. The architecture of the church is a beautiful blend of the Portuguese-Baroque and Goan styles. It houses the ancient bell from the Augustinian ruins of the Church of Our Lady of Grace in Old Goa.
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Explore Paper Wonderland
Open :9.30AM-6.00PM
Paperworks is a dream come true for any stationery-lover. The tiny shop stocks handmade paper in an array of textures and colours, and also has a lovely collection of paper products. Pick from beautiful notebooks, papier-mâché jewellery, light-as-air lampshades and delicate gift boxes, which make for wonderful souvenirs.
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Reis Magos Fort
Open :9.30AM-5.30PM
The oldest fort in Goa, Reis Magos started out as a fortress on the north bank of the River Mandovi. Later, it was used as a prison and then as a hospital, until it was finally abandoned and fell into disrepair. However, since its restoration in recent years, it has gone back to looking its glorious best.
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Fontainhas
Open :10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Fontainhas is the heritage district of Panaji. It has the Ourem creek on its east and Altinho hill on its west. Goa’s very own Latin Quarter sports a laid-back and vintage vibe. The by-lanes of Fontainhas are dotted with brightly coloured houses, inspired by Portuguese architecture.
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Mandovi River Promenade
Open :5:30 PM-7:30 PM
The capital city of Goa is situated on the banks of the scenic river Mandovi. A long and wide promenade runs along the river, which offers splendid views of the riverfront. It is worthwhile to take a cruise to Old Goa and stop at the newly renovated Ribandar waterfront.
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