Goa is a world-renowned destination located off the Arabian Sea, famed for its tropical beaches, laidback lifestyle and idyllic coastal vibes.
The beautiful and culturally-rich city has been attracting travellers for decades, with its sandy beaches and relaxed coastal lifestyle and long having a reputation as India’s beach party central for many Western travellers.
However, there’s more to Goa than meets the eye. The former Portuguese colony is a treasure trove of historical buildings, like the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception located in Panaji, also known as Panjim – the small but lovable state capital of Goa.
Panaji is the Portuguese quarter, home to the Goa State Museum, and beautiful historic buildings like the Secretariat Building and Menezes Braganza Institue. Whilst in the area, don’t miss the chance to divulge in some delicious Portuguese fare – which usually consists of a hearty meal of meat, fish and fresh seafood.
Elsewhere in the historic centre of Old Goa, there is the Roman Catholic Sé Cathedral, Church of St Francis of Assisi, Museum of Christian, Monastery of St Augustine and plenty of other churches and convents worth exploring. No wonder it has been nicknamed the ‘Rome of the East’.
The best time to go to Goa from December to March when there are plenty of festivals such as the Feast of the Three Kings (January), the colourful Shigmo of Holi (February), Sabada Gordo and the four-day Carnival (March) which marks the end of Lent.
With its cathedrals, charming alleyways, waterfalls, and lazy beach days, there’s so much to do in this Portuguese-influenced town, and there truly is no place like Goa.