Guided tour

Panaji: Heritage Walk through Goa's Latin Quarter

4.9 / 5

11 reviews

Activity provider: Make It Happen

Panaji: Heritage Walk through Goa's Latin Quarter

Activity provider: Make It Happen

From US$ 11.36 per person

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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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • 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
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entry into heritage homes
  • Meeting with a well-renowned Goan musician
  • 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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Date

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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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Cash
  • Reusable water bottle

Know before you go

  • This is a group tour therefore 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
  • Additional food and drinks are not included
  • Souvenirs are not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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We had a very fun and informative walk with Lata Rodrigues. She was very pleasant and took us walking around the Latin Square lanes which we enjoyed a lot. A stop by at Uncle Chico's home was like an icing on the cake. He was such a sweet soul who entertained us with Goan Songs in his pretty little home! Highly recommend anyone visiting Goa to take this stroll with Lata!

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February 10, 2020

The tour guide Nelson was great, he told us great stories about Goa and was there with all his love, you can tell he enjoys it. Super great

May 7, 2022

It was very informative and entertaining. I had lovely two hours.

May 4, 2022

Product ID: 282642