First Time in Goa? These are the Top Places to Chill
Goa is one destination that is on everybody’s bucket list and contrary to popular opinion, it’s not just the party crowd that heads to Goa. Full of historical sites, culture, delicious food and the trademark laid back life, it is for anyone who seeks some peace and calm by the sea and the occasional vibrancy of a night life. Its people are warm and friendly and will make you feel right at home, even when on vacation. If you are one of the lucky ones whose plans to visit the beach capital have finally taken place and are looking to book online hotels in goa, then make sure you also know where to go to make the best of your first trip there.
- Aguada Fort
Built in 1612 to defend against European invaders, the fort is a delight for nature lovers, history buffs and photographers. The fort had great strategic significance for the Portuguese due to its vantage point. Its precise location is now one home to a spectacular sunset and offers a breathtaking view of the endless waters making it the perfect place to unwind with your friends or just watch the Sun rest for the day by yourself. There is also much to be explored with the fort also housing a prison and a lighthouse. The prison is said to be the largest in Goa but is sadly closed to public viewing.
Palolem is situated in South Goa and is away from the heavily populated beaches of North Goa. It is ideal for relaxing away from the crowds and has ample of shacks on the beach that let you enjoy the spectacular beauty of the beach. It has expanse of white sands stretching for miles and should definitely be on your itinerary. It faces the Canacona islands that are famously inhabited by monkeys. It is also the venue for the famous silent disco parties where the attendees dance to the music of their headphones.
- Old Latin Quarters
The Old Latin Quarters in Goa or the Barrio das Fontainhas are not so much places but an era to revisit. With winding and narrow roads, villas and projecting balconies, the places is a reminder of the bygone era. The area is also home to the famous Urban Cafe, frequented by writers, solo travellers and is the perfect place to soak in the environment. The area was established by a Goan expat in the late eighteenth century and is a testament to the 450 year old Portuguese reign over Goa.
Your trip will be incomplete without a visit to the party beach of Goa. It is probably the most famous beach closely followed by Anjuna and Calangute. One should visit Baga for its vibrancy and its famous night life. The beach comes alive during the night even more so as compared to the day and is home to some of the best bars and restaurants offering a memorable night life. It has quaint cafes that offer delectable bakery items, the Bakers Studio is one such place.
- Chapora Fort
It is famously known as the ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ fort and offers magnificent views of the Chapora Beach and the Arabian Sea. Built in 1617, it served as a defense against the Marathas but was later abandoned in 1892. The red laterite stone structure is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your friends and is a delight for photography enthusiasts. Get glimpses of the Chapora beach as you stroll along the vast property.
As you book online hotels in goa, make sure you also have your itinerary ready on places to see so you don’t miss out on the various experiences Goa has to offer. It has something for everyone and is steeped in culture and has managed to retain its original flavour through all the years.