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Portuguese Mansions of Goa

When you visit Goa, you'll find that there is far more to it than beaches, hippies, scooters and sunshine. As well as finding lots of things to do in Goa, we'll help you discover the best of traditional Goa in its own way. The colonial history of Goa is displayed in the crumbling cornices of its Portuguese mansions and whitewashed Catholic churches. When you visit Goa, you can choose to stay in a colonial Portuguese mansion in the tiny town of Nagoa, or in an atmospheric colonial house in the quirky city of Panjim. The calm, easy ambience lives on in the region and, most especially, in these Old Portuguese cities.

During your Goa visit, you'll soon pick up on the special atmosphere of this relaxed state as you spend long evenings surrounded by tropical vegetation, the scent of spices, and a curtain of coconut palms.  Sadly, these cities are often left out by travellers and are bypassed by those heading straight for the beach. This is a pity, as its faded glamour and laid back atmosphere make it something really quite special ...

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Duration 3 days / 2 nights
Departs daily
Best time to travel - November to May

Accommodation

Panjim Townhouse: Category 3
Colonial Mansion in Nagoa: Category 3
(see our accommodation page for more details)

Price

£208 per person - Panjim Townhouse
£218 per person - Colonial Mansion in Nagoa

Both based on 2 people sharing

Includes

2 nights accommodation with breakfast, return transfers from airport, guided tour of Old Goa

Transport

Return transfers by private car
(1 hour drive)

Excludes

Other meals

Day 1: Arrival in Goa

On the first day of your visit to Goa, you’ll be transferred from the airport to your charming colonial townhouse in the picturesque Latin neighbourhood of Fontainhas. You’ll spend the next two nights in this atmospheric house, dating back to 1850 and surrounded by narrow streets. Here you can spend your time as you wish as you explore Goa and soak up the colonial atmosphere.

Your room will be furnished in Portuguese colonial style with its own balcony. Meals and drinks are served to house guests on the veranda of the house. Across the road from the mansion, you’ll find a Hindu house managed by the same owner, where you can relax in the shady, tranquil inner courtyard.

Day 2: Goa - Old Goa Excursion

Once you have had breakfast you will be met at your hotel by our local English speaking guide. Together you wil walk through Fontainhas, one of the old Portuguese quarters in Panjim. The district takes its name from  is named after a small fountain, which no longer works today. The guide will tell you many interesting things about the city's history and show you some of the old houses. You will then continue onto Old Goa, the former Portuguese capital, which lies a few miles inland. It is a quiet place where there are many old churches, and you will get to see a side of Goa that is totally different.

Here in Old Goa, you will feel alomst at home as you walk past the old European churches and beautiful homes. The main attractions include the Church of St. Francis of Assisi (with its gilded wood carvings and an impressive altar wall) and the Jesus Basilica with the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier (a 16th century missionary). After the tour ends you will be taken back to your hotel.

Day 3: Departure from Goa

This India package ends after breakfast this morning, and when the time comes, you'll head onwards to your next destination.

Of course, you are welcome to extend your stay in Goa for a few days. We can combine our Portuguese Goa trips with our Exotic Beaches of Goa. Alternatively, you can combine this trip with a few more of our India bite-sized tours. Just ask our India travel specialists for more information or add any special requirements to the quote request form. 

A Peek at Our Panjim Townhouse Accommodation (Click to Enlarge)

A Peek at Our Nagoa Colonial Mansion


This remarkable mansion is built in colonial Portuguese style and each of the lovely rooms has been given a flower-based theme, such as the Lotus room and Jasmine room. The striking Indo-Portuguese decoration and traditional furniture will give you a sense of life as the wealthy inhabitants of old Goa used to know it. The rooms all have a private bathroom, air-conditioning and television.

During your stay you can take a refreshing dip in the gorgeous swimming pool or have lunch in the al fresco restaurant, which serves tasty Turkish cuisine. The mansion runs a daily shuttle bus both to the nearby beach and to the buzz of Calangute, one of Goa’s busiest beach resorts.


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