When it comes to Goa there are very few “tourist” attractions, but one is called Old Goa. If you’re going to be here for a short time I don’t recommend seeing Old Goa and actually have only gone once, which was after a year of living here when Colleen who blogs at Colleen Brynn Travels visited me.
I thought it was more of a tiny little town but actually it’s a square with a couple old Portuguese churches which admittedly have a lot of history (I actually enjoy sharing history on Hippie in Heels but only topics I’m interested in.. and well, I can’t be bothered on this topic.. ah, how many people will this offend!), cute stray dogs, and mass amounts of street vendors selling junk rather than typical tourist gifts you see on the beach. There were a lot of tourists here and it’s so far the only place I’ve been in Goa where you should dress modest like the rest of India wishes.
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Other than Old Goa, another architectural place to maybe take a tour of is Panjim, the capital. The architecture is very European. I love the way the streets are angled like in Paris.
Overall it’s not much to see and although a little interesting I feel like Goa is known for it’s beaches, jungles, and nightlife (and nothing else) for a reason: the touristy things like buildings and museums aren’t that great in comparison to other places.
I suggest only coming to Old Goa if you have lots of time on your hands or if you have never been to Europe. My parents will visit in December for at least 10 days and I’m not going to bother taking them here. I actually don’t mean to offend any Goans or people who love Old Goa, but as I’ve said many times, I write on here what I would tell a friend visiting.
If you’ve seen great architecture before you might find it a little boring here. I could go on and on about how the European influence that left just recently means there are tons of Christians in Goa, but I really doubt you all are interested! There is so much more to Goa, which is what I’m writing about on here all the time. Make sure to check out my ultimate guide to Goa to get some ideas.
A sneak peak to Old Goa places to visit:
If you want to take photos with Indian locals or tourists, just ask and most likely they will agree to it and want one on their phone too. Often times they will ask you before you have a chance to ask! Some of my favorite photos are with random groups like this.
and starting here we have a few clicks from Panjim…
This is the main Christian church in Panjim: Church of Our Lady the Immaculate Conception
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