After breakfast, visit Miramar Beach, Old Goa, and Panjim.
Panjim’s most popular beach, Miramar draws local Goans every evening, transforming it into the city’s unofficial recreational spot. Offering stunning views of the illuminated Raj Bhavan, Miramar is most famous for the little islet hillock to its south – known as Dona Paula. The area’s noted attractions include its three beach stretches, the remains of an old fort, and the 16th century Cabo Chapel.
Situated around 10 km from Panjim, Old Goa or Velha Goa offers fleeting glimpses of an antiquated way of life, and also brings to life the 16th century Portuguese might on the tiny island of Tiswada, Europe’s first gateway to India. Considered an invaluable cultural treasure, the glorious Portuguese-era churches, cathedrals, and convents of Old Goa are together inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Leafy, laid-back capital Panjim feels like a small Mediterranean town with brightly painted houses, cobbled lanes, taverns, and churches. Looking out at the River Mandovi, the main town square is home to beautiful edifices of Portuguese heritage. Saunter along tree-lined roads, promenades and jetties, and the winding lanes on Altinho’s Hill. Or lose yourself in the old atmospheric district of Fontainhas – Panjim’s very own Latin Quarter.
Overnight in Panjim.