Things to do in North Goa
Being a tourist destination, there are a lot of touristy things for people to handle in Goa. Broadly categorized, there are usually two types of tourists, the ones handling parties and other events, or the ones who prefer taking it slow, to catch up on their sleep and checking out a few sites. Here are a bunch of things that can be handled by tourists who are spending their time in North Goa.
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Walks on the beach
Finding the right beach to go for a long walk on can be a challenge. The idea is to find a beach that has the right number of people. Not too crowded and not empty either.
Cidade beach, Dona Paula
This beach is a little out of the way and most tourists travel right passed it without even realising it exists. Just take the road heading to Goa University and you should find the Cidade de Goa resort on the right, take the next road heading toward the coastline and you are there.
This beach is located a little off the Bambolim slope after Goa Medical College. It is the perfect place for a quiet picnic in the shade. The beach is connected to a rather shoreline that allows for long walks or even lying in the sand and watching the stars at night.
There are other activities that could tickle someone’s fancy. The by lane connecting Panjim to the small town of Santa Cruz passes through a smaller town called Fontainhas. Fontainhas is beautiful and covered in ancient styled Portuguese houses. These houses are protected by the Government and people living here have to follow the same design when they are working on them or planning on rebuilding something. Furthermore, Fontainhas has its own art gallery that has a bunch of paintings and other types of art hanging on the walls. Another interesting area to check out houses that follow the Portuguese architecture is Aldona. Most of the houses here as well have stood the test of time.
If architecture is what tourists are looking for, the churches and temples in and around Goa are definitely going to be a treat for everyone. Old Goa has some of the oldest, well maintained and most beautiful churches in the state. The Saligao church is also a one of a kind structure, built following gothic architecture.
The Mahalaxmi temple and the Sai Baba temple both located in Panjim are some more places that are definitely worth checking out from an architectural point of view.
There are a whole bunch of giant fields in the area. The villages of Guirim, Bastora, Olaulim, Penha de Franca have giant fields which are not completely cultivated. These locations make amazing spots to catch the sunset. It created a Lion King like feeling watching the sunset over the giant expanse of land.
Bike rides around the state are also catching up in recent times. There are a multiple biker groups, like a bullet group or a sports bike group, that coordinate with each other and meet for rides around Goa. North Goa has some of the best road (not referring to the condition of the roads) for long winding rides up and down slopes. The road connecting Parra to Saligao is one that appeals to most riders.