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Panaji: Heritage Walk through Goa's Latin Quarter

Product ID: 282642
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Enjoy a walk through the Old Latin Quarters of Panjim full of art and music . Trace the history of the Portuguese in Goa. See charming colonial buildings.
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  • Gain insight on the Portuguese influence on Goa's architecture, music, food and art
  • Explore the picturesque homes and winding lanes
  • Visit art galleries and see works of local and international artists
  • Stop by a Goan musician's house and let him serenade you with songs from a bygone era
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Meet your guide at the Panjim Head Post Office near the Mala district of Panjim. Walk through the lesser-known but culturally-rich Fontainhas area of Goa, the oldest and largest Latin quarter in Asia. See heritage homes, appreciate Portuguese architecture, meet friendly locals, and experience the cultural side of Goa. Developed in the late eighteenth century, Fontainhas derived its name - "little fountain" in Portuguese - from the springs found at the base of the Altinho hills. A strong Portuguese influence still prevails in this neighborhood, evident from the architectural style and the road names.

Begin your walk at Tobacco Square and trace the arrival of the Portuguese in Goa. Along the way, your knowledgable guide will be happy to share information based on your personal interests. Pass by the small Church of San Thome. Stop into the quaint 31st January Bakery for a quick bite. Take photos against the neighborhood’s colorful backdrop as you make your way to the Chapel of San Sebastian.

Explore interesting buildings around Panjim Inn, Fundacao Orient, and Galerie Gitanjali. Lastly, visit a famous Goan musician and learn about the Portuguese influence on Goan music. Before heading back to the meeting point, you can stop by a studio which makes handcrafted ceramic souvenirs.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entry into heritage homes
  • Meeting with a well-renowned Goan musician
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Insurance
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

India Post Panjim Head Post Office, (MG Road, Patto Colony, Panaji, Goa 403001, India). Your tour presenter will be waiting for you at the main entrance of the General Post Office in Panjim. Please arrive ten minutes prior to the start of the tour.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes
Know before you go
• This is a group tour, and you may be joined by other guests on this walking tour. The maximum group size is 15 people.
• This tour does not run on Sundays.
• Please do not tip our guides
• Please be respectful of local residents and ask their permission before taking photographs of people and inside homes.
• It is recommended to carry reusable water bottles and avoid the use of disposable plastic bottles.
• It is recommended you carry sunscreen and a hat on sunny days, and an umbrella or raincoat during the monsoon season.

From US$ 12.80 per person

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Product ID: 282642