Anyone who has walked through the gullies of Goa is no stranger to what everyone comes here for. The beaches. The gorgeous setting sun sprinkling dramatic hues over the pristine beaches is a sight to behold. Undoubtedly, beaches are one of the most integral parts of Goa. But what if we told you that Goa is much more than a land of beaches? The culturally rich city of Goa has so much to offer that you are sure to run out of time. Be it parties, history, architecture, or food, it never disappoints. Any foreign tourist in Goa is in for a treat, as the experiences found here are a rarity elsewhere. Let’s look at some of the magical things and places to visit in Goa for foreign tourists.
Forts & Churches
If history is something that intrigues you, Goa is a paradise. From churches to forts, this city has it all. History enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world arrive here in droves to witness the mortal remains of Saint Francis Xavier at the Basilica of Bom Jesus. The Basilica is an architectural marvel that sways the likes of many. Also credited as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this church dates back to the year 1605, and boasts ornamented interiors. Tourists can visit the church between 9:00 am to 6:30 pm (Monday to Saturday) & 10:30 am to 6:30 pm (Sundays). Another gem in Goa’s crown that exudes ancient energy is the Aguada Fort. Amongst the best places to visit in Goa for international tourists, Agoda Fort offers breathtaking views of the setting sun. The fort also features a lighthouse that dates back to 1864, prison cells, and much more. Tourists can visit the fort between 9:30 am to 6:00 pm every day.
Food & Festivals
The hidden beauty of a city is truly witnessed only through the local culture of that place. When in Goa, be a local. Goa is home to many festivals that celebrate its culture in ways that leave one speechless. Goa finds itself brimming with joy and festivities as people crusade through the streets in celebration. Those looking to dive deep into the history of this city should never miss the festivals. Celebrations like the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier that honours the missionary on his death anniversary is something one should never miss. The Sao Joao festival which finds people swimming in streams, ponds, and wells as a tribute to Saint John, the Baptist is another festival that introduces one to Goa’s history. Another way to experience the rich culture of Goa is to treat your taste buds to some local preparations. These delicacies, filled with aromatic flavours and the magic of the chef’s hands, might turn out to be the best meal of your life. Some well-known dishes that Goa proudly boasts are the Goan Fish Curry, Pork Vindaloo, Chicken Xacuti and Chicken Cafreal. Get served heaven on your plate, and relish every bit of it.
Beaches & Markets
Since we are talking about everything Goa offers, let us not shy away from what everyone comes here for. Beaches are an important part of Goa, a part that makes it stand out from other cities. The abundance of beaches in the city makes it impossible to not find yourself at one, at some point in time. The Southern part of Goa is home to the best beaches in Goa. Beaches like Palolem, Benaulim, Agonda, and many more are pristine beaches that offer views rarely found elsewhere. Palolem is the best beach in South Goa for foreigners who come for majestic views during the sunset to be enjoyed with refreshing drinks and unforgettable memories. Anjuna beach in Goa also hosts a weekly flea market which is the perfect place to indulge in some thrifting and collecting souvenirs. Here, one can get their hands on handicrafts, Tibetan goods, jewellery and much more.
Goa’s beauty is unrivalled, but it is also important to be careful and keep some things in check during your travels. When in Goa, keep your documents in a secure place. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Be mindful of what you eat, because as they say, we are what we eat. Be careful when swimming on the beach. And most importantly, choose the right place to stay. Heritage Village Resorts & Spa, Goa is a luxurious abode that offers elegant stays in Goa. A vacation to this city of beaches is incomplete without a stay here.