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Fontainhas
Fontainhas

Fontainhas

Panaji, Goa, India

The Basics

This charming area attracts travelers with its old-fashioned Portuguese-style architecture: beautiful old houses painted in pastel hues of yellow, green, blue, and pink with large balconies and red tiled roofs. It’s a fun place to wander and take photos, whether independently or as part of a group. Some heritage tours involve walks through the area, and many visitors end up stopping by the 1818 Chapel of St. Sebastian, a highlight of the neighborhood.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Goa

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Great job
Pushkar_R, Dec 2021
Fontainhas Heritage Walk
Great and knowledgeable guide. Nelson did a great job. Thoroughly enjoyed walking. Didn’t seem tiring at any time and suitable for people above 50 as well. Good job!
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It was quite interesting...
Hemant_C, Dec 2021
Fontainhas Heritage Walk
It was quite interesting to learn about the History of Goa and walk around these 200 year old houses. It was a good experience.
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Spirit of Goa
Kumar_A, Sep 2021
Fontainhas Heritage Walk
We had almost prioritised this tour over typical sun and sand things in Goa. But trust me this walk is something you shouldn’t miss. It puts more Goa into you than all those other things. Amreen is a great story teller and brings history to life! Something i.e., a must do it Goa
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An fun and insightful stroll through Panjim's old quarters
Luanne_M, Mar 2020
Fontainhas Heritage Walk
Lata was an excellent guide who clearly knew her history and facts. We had a very enjoyable afternoon walking through Fontainhas as she took us back in time to the Portuguese in Goa, and entertained us will short stories along the way. Definitely recommended!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable shoes and sun protection, as this area is best explored on foot.

  • Fontainhas is a must-visit for history buffs and anyone with an interest in old architecture.

  • Don’t forget your camera; this is one of the most photogenic spots in the city.

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How to Get There

Fontainhas is located just across the Rio de Ourem from the more modern commercial hub of Panaji, and it takes about 15 minutes to get there by foot from the Panjim Bus Stand. If you're visiting Panaji from North Goa, you'll need at least a half hour to get there by car from Calangute or about 45 minutes to an hour from Anjuna and Vagator.

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When to Get There

Because Fontaihas is an outdoor destination, it’s wise to visit either early in the morning, when temperatures are at their most manageable and the light is still good for photography, or in the evening, when the area begins to cool down and locals come out to walk around. If you visit in February, don’t miss the Fontainhas Festival, a week-long event celebrating art and culture in the neighborhood.

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The Chapel of Saint Sebastian

Most visitors make a point of stopping at the Chapel of St Sebastian, situated at the southern end of the area on a small square where locals traditionally celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Livrament. Inside the chapel is a crucifix that used to hang inside of the Palace of the Inquisition in Old Goa, one featuring an eerie image of Christ with his eyes open.

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