48 HOURS IN GOA

Once you have arrived in Goa, we recommend staying at Cidade De Goa in Dona Paula. Away from the hustle and bustle of Panjim, Cidade De Goa is reminiscent of Goa’s Indo-Portuguese heritage right on the peaceful Vainguinim Beach. https://www.cidadedegoa.com/

Morning

Explore Goa’s rich Indo-Portuguese history in Old Goa which is a World Heritage Site, housing some of the best churches in the Old Goa Heritage Walk.

Se Cathedral, Old Goa

Timings: Between at 09:00 AM and 04:00 PM.

Duration: 2 hours.

Location: Viceroy’s Arch, Old Goa.

Here’s where you can book: Old Goa Heritage walk

Afternoon

Option 1

You can head for lunch in and around Panaji. We recommend trying the scrumptious Fish Thali at Ritz Classic.

Address: 234 Ground Floor, Gera Imperium II, Patto Plaza, Panaji.

Timings: 11:00 AM to 03:30 PM and 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Price: INR 800 for two people (approx.)

Option 2

You can also try the Fish Thali at Casa Bhosle. They also have a Vegetarian Thali which is a must try if you are looking for vegetarian options.
Address: Cunha Rivara Road, Above Cafe Bhonsle, Near National Theater, Panaji.

Timings: 11:00 AM to 03:30 PM and 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Price: INR 500 for two people (approx.)

After lunch

In the afternoon, attend the Fontainhas Heritage walk and have a peaceful stroll around Panaji’s Old Latin Quarter while listening to stories about Goa, its people and their lives that to this day maintains its Portuguese influence.

Soulful Fado music performance during the Fontainhas Heritage Walk

Timings: Every Saturday at 03:30 PM.

Duration: 2 hours.

Location: General Post Office, Panaji.

Here’s where you can book: Fontainhas Heritage Walk

Once the walk is over, head down to Joseph Bar in Fontainhas. Joseph Bar is a quaint tiny bar tucked away in a small peaceful street in the Latin Quarter, which can easily pass by your eyes unnoticed during the day but is decorated with warm lights in the evenings and flooded by locals and tourists especially during the weekends. Do spend your evening here sipping on feni and interacting with the locals

Address: Gomes Pereira Road, Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403001
Timings: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 06:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

You can head for dinner in Fontainhas itself. We recommend trying out Viva Panjim, an old Goan house converted into a restaurant in Fontainhas serving mouth-watering Goan delicacies.


Address: H.No. 178, Rua 31 de Janerio, Behind Mary Immaculate High School, Fontainhas, Panaji.
Timings: 11:30 AM to 03:30 PM and 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

You can also try out authentic Hindu Goan food at the recently established Kokni Kanteen.
Address: H 10/14, Dada Vaidya Road, Opposite Mahalaxmi Temple, Panaji.
Timings: 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM and 07:00 PM to 11:30 PM.
Price: INR 550 for two people (approx.)

Day 2:

Morning

After having your breakfast, explore Divar’s fascinating secrets on the Divar Island Tour. Have lunch at a Portuguese House and learn about few local recipes.

Goan Meal in a heritage home

Timing: 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM.
Duration: 4 hours
Location: Ribandar Ferry Point (to Divar)
Book the tour here: Chronicles & Echoes of Divar

Evening

Later in the evening, you can unwind at the peaceful Vainguinim Beach and view the sunset. The beach is also accessible through Cidade De Goa Resort. Unlike most of the beaches in North Goa, this one is devoid of any shacks and hawkers and is a great place to spend a quiet evening.

Dinner in Dona Paula.

Cidade De Goa has a great variety of restaurants to dine at.
Cidade De Goa host events regularly and there is live music in the Lobby Bar every evening. Every once a month the hotel organises Noice De Fado at the Alfama, a fine-dining restaurant wherein Fado singers from across Goa come and perform.

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