Diu attractions

Top Choice Fort in Diu

Diu Fort

Built in 1535, with additions made in 1541, this massive, well-preserved Portuguese fort with its double moat (one tidal) was one of the most important Portuguese forts in Asia. Today sea erosion and neglect are lea…
Top Choice Church in Diu

St Paul’s Church

Cavernous St Paul’s is a wedding cake of a church, founded by Jesuits in 1600 and then rebuilt in 1807. Its neoclassical facade is the most elaborate of any Portuguese-era church in India. Inside, it’s a great barn,…
Top Choice Village in Diu

Vanakbara

At the extreme west of the island, Vanakbara is a fascinating little fishing village and one of the highlights of Diu. It’s great to wander around the port, packed with colourful fishing boats and bustling activity …
Church in Diu

Church of St Francis of Assisi

A surprise awaits at this church, founded in 1593, and previously used as a hospital. The whitewashed exterior is all flaking paint and sea-spray decay, but the interior has recently been faithfully restored to its …
Beach in Diu

Ghoghla Beach

Ghoghla Beach, north of Diu town, is the best beach on the island. A long stretch of sand, it has less trash and fewer people than the other nearby beaches, along with gentle waves and one or two restaurants. Away f…
Hindu Temple in Diu

Gangeswar Temple

Gangeswar Temple, on the south coast 3km west of town, just past Fudam village, is a small coastal cave where five Shiva linga (phallic symbols) are washed by the waves. The most scenic way to approach it is by the …
Historic Building in Diu

Nagar Sheth Haveli

The most impressive and elaborate buildings in Diu town's western maze of tiny streets are found in the Panchwati area. Nagar Sheth Haveli, an old merchant’s house, is particularly notable for its stucco scrolls and…
Gate in Diu

Zampa Gateway

Painted bright red, this main town gateway in the huge city wall that hems in the western side of Diu has carvings of lions, angels and a priest, while just inside it is a chapel with an image of the Virgin and Chil…
Beach in Diu

Gomptimata Beach

On the south coast 9km west of Diu town begins the sandy 2.5km sweep of Gomptimata Beach. It's often empty, except at busy weekends, but it gets big waves – you need to be a strong swimmer here.
Landmark in Diu

Sunset Point

Sunset Point is a small, scenic headland at the southern end of the namesake beach, topped by the INS Khukhri Memorial – a model of the Indian Navy frigate sunk off Diu during the 1971 India–Pakistan War. Unfortunat…