Goa's Fontainhas, the Portuguese-era Latin Quarter, is a cultural treasure trove located in the capital city of Panaji. Home to a plethora of architectural wonders boasting of distinct influences, Fontainhas is listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic neighborhood has some of the most unique and colorful colonial-style buildings with red tiled roofs, ornate balconies, picturesque windows dotted along the sloping terrain, and many placid cobbled streets lined with swaying trees.
Fontainhas was once the center of entertainment for the Europeans, loaded with countless restaurants, bars, and clubs. The entire locality is a piece of art that remains unaltered and is a “slice of Goa” quite like its original form. It is also deemed to be one of the most vibrant places to be, offering the perfect blend of urban settlement and rustic charm.
Today, the charm of Fontainhas with its unpolluted air and narrow lanes lies in the narrrow winding roads where only locals and tourists wander daily. The captivating heritage buildings serve as galleries, bookstores, and music cafes while the vendors in the area offer authentic traditional Goan cuisine and souvenirs to take back home.
Fontainhas is an area of eternal beauty that is simply brimming with numerous stories of Goa’s culture, romance, and art. Preserving the historic architecture and old-world Goan charm, Fontainhas is sure to bewitch visitors with its picturesque buildings and unexplored sights, painting a vivid image of a bygone era in their minds. It is indeed a beautiful locale that acts as a bridge between the past and the present.
A two hour walking tour through Fontainhas, an old Latin Quarter in Panjim that to this day maintains its Portuguese influence. T Impeccably maintained, this part of Goa takes us back to a Portuguese past, surviving the onslaught of development in the 21st century. Buildings built in classic Portuguese style dressed in yellow, green or blue with...Read more
Go beyond the pristine beaches of Goa and visit its colonial past with this heritage tour of Fontainhas! See a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese culture in every corner of the Old Latin Quarter; from architecture and music, to historical sites and Catholic churches. Start your journey with a meet up at the General Post Office Panjim, where...Read more