North Goa attractions

Fort in Reis Magos & Nerul Beach

Reis Magos Fort

Opened to the public in 2012 as a cultural centre, Reis Magos Fort overlooks the narrowest point of the Mandovi River estuary, making it easy to appreciate the strategic importance of the site. It was originally bui…
Fort in Candolim

Fort Aguada

Standing on the headland overlooking the mouth of the Mandovi River, Fort Aguada occupies a magnificent and successful position, confirmed by the fact it was never taken by force. A highly popular spot to watch the …
Arts Centre in Calangute & Baga

Museum of Goa

Not so much a museum as a gallery for contemporary art, MOG features artworks, sculptures, exhibitions, workshops, courses, sitar concerts and an excellent cafe and shop. It's the brainchild of well-known local arti…
Fort in Arambol (Harmal)

Terekhol Fort

This historic bastion just across the river from Querim was built by the ruling Maratha dynasty in the early 18th century. It was soon taken by the Portuguese, against whom a failed mutiny was attempted here by a pl…
Beach in Mandrem

Mandrem Beach

The beach here is wide and whiter than those further south. An unusual feature of Mandrem is the narrow river inlet separating the white-sand beach from most of the accommodation strip and road – rickety bamboo brid…
Beach in Anjuna

Anjuna Beach

Anjuna’s charismatic, narrow beach runs for almost 2km from the rocky, low-slung cliffs at the northern village area down beyond the flea market in the south. When the tide goes out, it becomes a lovely – and often …
Beach in Aswem

Aswem Beach

The quiet Aswem sands are popular with long-staying foreigners and play host to an annually changing parade of beach-hut accommodation and beach-shack restaurants. Swimming is usually safe, the sands are quiet, and …
Fort in Vagator & Chapora

Chapora Fort

Chapora’s old laterite fort, standing guard over the mouth of the Chapora River, was built by the Portuguese in 1617, to protect Bardez taluka (district), in Portuguese hands from 1543 onwards. Today it is a crumble…
Church in Inland Bardez & Bicholim

Church of Nossa Senhora de Penha de Franca

Britona’s parish church, Nossa Senhora de Penha de Franca, is a grand old dame, occupying a fine location at the confluence of the Mandovi and Mapusa Rivers, looking across to Chorao Island on one side and to the Ri…
Church in Inland Bardez & Bicholim

Church of St Thomas

Around 5km north of Pomburpa, the large and picturesque village of Aldona is home to the Church of St Thomas, built in 1596, and a grand sight on the banks of the Mapusa River.