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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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Nagoa Colonial Mansion

When you visit Goa during this special trip, you won’t forget this unique accommodation in a hurry. The 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.
The house you'll stay during your Goa visit is surrounded by colourful tropical gardens, filled with the rustle of coconut palms. 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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Duration 4 days / 3 nights
Daily in Goa
Best time to travel - November to May

Accommodation

Colonial mansion in Nagoa
Comfort Level 3 (see accommodation)

Price

£275 per person - based on 2 people sharing

Includes

3 nights accommodation with breakfast, return transfers from airport

Transport

Return transfers by private car
(1 hour drive)

Excludes

Other meals

Panjim Townhouse

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 three 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.

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Duration 2 days / 1 night
Departs daily from Goa
Best time to travel: November to late May

Accommodation

Portuguese townhouse - Panjim. Comfort level 3 (see accommodation).

Price

£135 per person - based on 2 people sharing

Includes

3 nights of accommodation with breakfast, return transfers from the airport

Transport

Return transfer by private car
(1 hour drive)

Excludes

All other meals


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