Decades ago, Goa was a Portuguese colony and the remnants of the region’s colonial past are still visible in its numerous forts and palaces that are dotted across the length and breadth of the state, taking visitors for a nostalgic ride down memory lane.
Though ancient forts generally mean a place of bliss for history buffs, the forts in Goa offer much more than just times of yore. The top of these forts can offer stunning panoramic views of the beaches while some of the museums housed inside the structures offer a deep insight into the lifestyle and art forms of the region.
The forts of Goa were built mostly around the sea and strategically positioned to keep the enemy at bay. Some of the must visit forts in Goa include:
Located near the Anjuna beach, Chapora Fort is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Goa. The mammoth bastion was commissioned by Adil Shah, the ruler of Bijapur and is made from beautiful red laterite stones. The fort is also sometimes known as Shahpura, which in local dialect means town of the shah (ruler).
Cabo Palace Fort:
The fort was built in the year 1540 and used to house the Franciscan monastery during the 16th century. The most elegant of the country’s raj bhawan, the museum inside the fort contains a huge collection of rare artifacts and other things from the past on display. The Cabo Palace Fort is now the official residence of Goa’s governor.
Situated just a few kilometers from Panaji, the fort is a stunning illustration of Portuguese architecture. The fort, which was built in the 16th century has now been converted into a luxury resort for the tourists. Aquada in Portuguese means water, which represents the fresh water springs housed inside the fort.