Fontainhas Tours

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Situated on the banks of Ourem Creek in Panaji, Goa's capital city, the charming neighborhood of Fountainhas is dotted with charming old homes dating back to the mid 19th century. Fontainhas occupies land that was reclaimed in the 18th century and gets its name from the natural springs situated at the edge of the area.

The Basics
This charming area attracts travelers with its old-fashioned Portuguese-style architecture: beautiful old houses painted in pastel hues of yellow, green, blue, and pink with large balconies and red tiled roofs. It’s a fun place to wander and take photos, whether independently or as part of a group. Some heritage tours involve walks through the area, and many visitors end up stopping by the 1818 Chapel of St. Sebastian, a highlight of the neighborhood.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes and sun protection, as this area is best explored on foot. 
  • Fontainhas is a must-visit for history buffs and anyone with an interest in old architecture. 
  • Don’t forget your camera; this is one of the most photogenic spots in the city. 

How to Get There
Fontainhas is located just across the Rio de Ourem from the more modern commercial hub of Panaji, and it takes about 15 minutes to get there by foot from the Panjim Bus Stand. If you're visiting Panaji from North Goa, you'll need at least a half hour to get there by car from Calangute or about 45 minutes to an hour from Anjuna and Vagator.

When to Get There
Because Fontaihas is an outdoor destination, it’s wise to visit either early in the morning, when temperatures are at their most manageable and the light is still good for photography, or in the evening, when the area begins to cool down and locals come out to walk around. If you visit in February, don’t miss the Fontainhas Festival, a week-long event celebrating art and culture in the neighborhood.

The Chapel of Saint Sebastian
Most visitors make a point of stopping at the Chapel of St Sebastian, situated at the southern end of the area on a small square where locals traditionally celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Livrament. Inside the chapel is a crucifix that used to hang inside of the Palace of the Inquisition in Old Goa, one featuring an eerie image of Christ with his eyes open.
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Address: Panaji, Goa, India, India
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Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa

Uncover Portuguese history and influence on this private half-day Portuguese heritage tour from Goa. Gain a deeper understanding of the state’s colonial past on visits to Se Cathedral and the Basilica of Born Jesus—a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. This epic tour includes a visit to the city of Panaji, where you’ll see the impact of the Portuguese in Fontainhas, the Latin Quarter. Catch incredible views of the Arabian Sea from the Dona Paula Jetty before enjoying a traditional lunch at the O’Coquerio restaurant.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Full-Day All-Inclusive Tour of Goa with Lunch at a Spice Plantation

Discover Goa on a private full-day tour with your own personal guide. Take in the history and culture evident at sites including UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Goa (Velha Goa), Mangueshi Temple, Shanta Durga Temple, the Latin Quarter in Panaji, Dona Paula village, and the state capital Panjim City. Your all-inclusive tour includes lunch at a spice plantation, private guide and air-conditioned transportation, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Fontainhas Walking Tour with visit to 02 traditional homes in Panjim,Goa

A two hour walking tour through Fontainhas, an old Latin Quarter in Panjim that to this day maintains its Portuguese influence. T Impeccably maintained, this part of Goa takes us back to a Portuguese past, surviving the onslaught of development in the 21st century. Buildings built in classic Portuguese style dressed in yellow, green or blue with balconies fronted by wrought iron railings and tiled roofs transport you to another era.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Walking tour of the Latin Quarters including tile painting in Goa

A walking tour of heritage Pasoi de Fontainhas (popularly known as Latin Quarters) in Panaji / Panjim. Admire the charming Latin Quarters in the evening and also try your hand at traditional tile painting. Includes services of a local guide, an evening snack, dinner, and return hotel transfers from select locations in North Goa.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Custom Goa Shore Excursion Tour with guide

Explore the scenic beauty of the serene and tranquil side of Goa- with a private and customizable tour according to your requirements and have the best experience. A professional guide will be at your service to enlighten you about the history and interesting fact about this place- and thereby helping you share an incredible walking and ferry shore excursion tour of Goa. Includes transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle, ferry transfers & sightseeing with a knowledgeable guide
  • Duration: 8 hours
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