A bit of Hiking, History and... well, that's it.
In between our "busy schedule" of tanning, swimming, dozing, sipping cocktails and feeding the street dogs we decided to spend one whole day sightseeing.
So, armed with my VT-travel tips, a taxi driver, a camera and lots of water we set off towards one of Goa's must-sees: Fort Aguada.
The fort was constructed in 1612 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. It is the largest and best-preserved Portuguese bastion in Goa.
The walls are 5 metres high and 1.3 metres wide... perfect for walking along the top for a good view. Not surprising then that this remains to be the only fort that was not conquered by any invaders during the 450 year long rule of the Portuguese empire in Goa.
It stands on the edge of a hill, overlooking the south of the Mandovi river & the lush greenery that we loved so much. A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop-by. This is how the fort got its name: Aguada = Water.
The other unusual feature is a 4-storey Portuguese lighthouse, erected in 1864 and the oldest of its kind in Asia.
Much of the site nowadays serves as a prison & is inaccessible, which made our visit a bit boring and therefore short. Also, as with any tourist-hot spot there's a small, slightly annoying gathering of street vendors on the road near the fort trying to sell snacks, pool & beach toys, postcards & plastic souvenirs.
So after getting some great shots on the camera, we left after about 30 minutes & headed off to discover more Goan heritage.
Even if you're not really interested in history, I'd still recommend taking 1/2 hour out of your day to visit the Fort. It wasn't too crowded, and sitting on one of the terraces overlooking the hills was worth the drive already :-)
Opening Hours: Weekdays 10:00am - 05:30pm (check with tour operators or taxi drivers... timings may change)