Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Goa city

The heart of the city is the Church Square or Municipal Garden with the Portuguese Baroque Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, originally built in 1541. Other tourist attractions include the old and rebuilt Adilshahi Palace (or Idalcao palace), dating from the 16th century, the Menezes Braganza Institute and the Central Library, the Chapel of St. Sebastian and the Fontainhas area in general which is considered to be the Old Latin Quarter, as well as the nearby beach of Miramar. The Carnival celebrations in February include a colourful parade on the streets.

Mapusa: Mapusa is the main market town in northern Goa. Mapusa is pronounced by the locals as “Mapsa.” It’s on the National Highway 17, is at the cross roads of the network of highways covering whole of North Goa and 10km inland from the Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, and Vagator beaches. If you are coming from Mumbai by bus, you can get down here and then head to one of the northern beaches.
Baga beach: A small but crowded beach, Baga’s charm is that you are always in the thick of things. Numerous beach shacks with a delectable range of food to choose from, after a morning of unwinding in the sun… to becoming the party spot at night… makes this place a clear favorite for most tourists.

Calangute: Calangute beach is also called the 'Queen of Beaches' because the essence that is found here cannot be found elsewhere. Under the shade of palm trees, rests this majestic queen.

Dona Paula: An idyllic picturesque spot. Commands a fine view of the Zuari River and Mormugao Harbour.

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