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Fontainhas Heritage Walk provided by Make It Happen

Fontainhas Heritage Walk
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
15
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    15
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Soak in the rich heritage of a neighborhood described by historian William Dalrymple as a ‘small chunk of Portugal washed up on the shores of the Indian Ocean’, and interact with locals who strive to keep centuries of culture alive to this day. Discover the untold history of the city of Panjim at Tobacco Square, and hear intriguing tales of the neighborhood's former colonial Portuguese residents. Be transported to a bygone era as we explore painstakingly preserved heritage buildings that have survived the onslaught of development in the 21st century. The quaint streets are lined with traditional Portuguese style homes in a palette of striking bright colors, making this every photographer’s paradise. Visit Panjim’s oldest bakery and have a taste of their traditional Goan treats with a refreshing beverage (subject to the bakery’s operational days & timings). Meet with a renowned local Goan musician and enjoy a live performance of his distinctive blend of Konkani and Latin styles.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 117330P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Snacks
  • A Healthy Local Non-Alcoholic Beverage
  • Music Performance by a renowned Goan Musician
  • Entry to non-residential Heritage Buildings
  • Entry/Admission - Fontainhas
Exclusions
  • Private transportation
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Panjim Post Office, Patto Colony, Panaji, Goa 403521, India Out Tour Presenter will be waiting at the entrance of the Post Office.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Snacks
  • A Healthy Local Non-Alcoholic Beverage
  • Music Performance by a renowned Goan Musician
  • Entry to non-residential Heritage Buildings
  • Entry/Admission - Fontainhas
Exclusions
  • Private transportation
Departure details
  • Panjim Post Office, Patto Colony, Panaji, Goa 403521, India Out Tour Presenter will be waiting at the entrance of the Post Office.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 4 Jun 2021
A note from Fontainhas Heritage Walk
All our tour presenters & hosts will be wearing a face mask and use sanitizers. We will avoid physical contact with guests like handshakes. We will be serving refreshments / meals in places that follow hygiene and sanitary guidelines approved by Make It Happen. All enclosed spaces will be sanitized.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Panjim Post Office
    Patto Colony, Panaji, Goa 403521, India
    Out Tour Presenter will be waiting at the entrance of the Post Office.
    See address & details
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    Fontainhas
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    Fontainhas is not only the oldest but the largest Latin quarter of Asia. Located at the foot of the hills, Altinho hills with springs surround Fontainhas on the west side, which give it its name from Portuguese for “little fountain”. Witness the Portuguese past that eventually survived the onslaught of development in the 21st century. The houses are dressed in yellow, green and blue, balconies fronted by wrought iron railings and tiled roofs transporting you to another era.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Rahul Vijayan
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Solo
Goa is not just about beaches. You'll know it once you reach Fontainhas, one of the most beautiful parts of the state. Do opt the Fontainhas Heritage Walk and know more about what this place is, the portuguese settlement in Goa, the stories, myths and beliefs of the place. There is a lot that we don't know and all of it were put in a very consumable form by an excellent story teller. Amreen Shaikh was the story teller and what a pleasant walk it was. She walked us back to the old days of Colonial Panjim city, spoke about the architecture, the colours of the town, the popular sweets, and what not. Just go for it and it will be a memorable 2-hour walk. I promise.
Written 18 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Vasu A
1 contribution
Dec 2021
For someone who likes to know more about what they are looking at, the Heritage walk is a great experience. Walking around in the streets of Fontainhas is beautiful as it is, but having that extra context and information about what you're looking at always makes it better. Additionally, the timing of this couldn't be better for us, with the Christmas spirit all around.

We had a lovely time at the walk. The storytelling was engaging, ripe with historical anecdotes and fun, to say the least. Thank you, Nelson. We talked about the history of Goa, the construction of the houses, the balconies, the windows and everything in between. Learning about the local cultures, the people, their motivations and religious beliefs helped us understand why Fontainhas looks the way it does and what makes it unique. And to top it all, we were lucky enough to find a great group of people to share the experience with.

Highly recommend this experience to anyone wondering it it's worth the time. We might, in fact, book another experience with Make It Happen since we enjoyed this so much.
Written 16 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Curt Weiss
1 contribution
Dec 2021
Our guide Petulla Castellino really knows the history of the place and was very informative. She also included little stories from the past which made this walk very interesting. As we wandered around we enjoyed looking at the historic buildings with their sea shell windows, we realized that it must have taken a lot of effort to keep this heritage area in such good condition. We were also entertained at Fontainhas quarter by a local musician and ended the walk at Fundaçao Oriente Art Gallery
Written 15 January 2022
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Deepika Mamidi
3 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
One of the must visit places in Panjim, Goa. Rich in cultural heritage and history. Loved the experience of walking along the by lanes of Fontainhas. Thank you make it happen.
Written 14 January 2022
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Sri
Noida, India87 contributions
We are regular visitor to Goa, and this time around we wanted to explore Goa beyond its picturesque beaches. Looking at the colorfull photos, we decided to take this heritage walk through Make it happen.
We chose late afternoon slot and Nelson was our guide and story teller, took us through the narrow streets of Fontainihais during this small but memorable walk.
The colour ful houses reminded me something of a Capetown, SA, but here it was much more livelier with few people around and having the experience from nearly a century old a local bakery . The surprise package was at the end !
Must thank Nelson, the way he conducted this short trip with his narration and anecdotes. A highly recommended walking tour(only 2 hours) for every one visiting Goa to get the feel of old Portugese Goa( Panjim).
Written 14 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

SharmeenKhan
New Delhi, India493 contributions
It was a wonderful experience booking with Make It Happen. Easy, effortless and simple booking.
We were taken around by Lata who is a very sweet and charming lady. Her knowledge of the area and its history is very impressive and she made it very very interesting while explaining the various chapels, homes and streets.
We also had a taste of Goan sweets and could purchase some other products from a local shop. If you are there in winter, don't forget to buy guava cheese which is locally known as perad.
The highlight of the tour was a gentleman singing us beautiful songs at a quaint little cafe.
If ever I get a chance I would want to book a tour with Make It Happen all over again to Fontainhas, and to Old Goa.
Written 13 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Nayanika Singh
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
It was a fun exciting opportunity to learn as you explore the lanes of fontainhas with make it happen storytellers. I was with petulla And she was very kind in making sure that my mother (eho cannot walk fast or for long at a stretch) was alright throughout the tour. She was a wonderful guide as well.
For those who are beginners or novice when it comes to appreciating architecture & history, the walk is a good openin It was a fun exciting opportunity to learn as you explore the lanes of fontainhas with make it happen storytellers. I was with petulla And she was very kind in making sure that my mother (eho cannot walk fast or for long at a stretch) was alright throughout the tour. She was a wonderful guide as well.
For those who are beginners or novice when it comes to appreciating architecture & history, the walk is a good opening door to some segments of Goan history.

Anyways, if you are in Goa and wish to go to Fontainhas (even to click pictures for Instagram), I recommend taking a tour with Make it happen so that you can appreciate the aesthetics of your snapshots later !
Written 12 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Soham B
1 contribution
Dec 2021
This was a wonderful way to appreciate the history of a very picturesque neighbourhood in Panjim. Petulla, our guide, did a fantastic job and enthusiastically answered all our questions.
Written 12 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Hitesh
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
Must do activity in Goa!

Highly recommended. Short and engaging activity. Did it along with family and really liked it.
Written 12 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rohit G
2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
This is my 10 or 11 th visit to goa....but first time I experienced...or able to view different historical...side f goa....it was such a memorable experience...I would definitely recommend..these walking tours to everyone who is above 14 or 15
Written 12 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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FayEmm123
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Good for a history of Goa
This walk gives a good sense of a part of the history of Goa through its churches. Lots of dates and saints, great
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Great experience
The tour was extremely good. Amreen was very knowledgeable and great command of English. Would recommend to anyone
BataviaLady
BataviaLady
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Perfect introduction to Goa's rich history
My husband and I booked a private Old Goa Heritage Walk for the first morning of our trip to Goa. The extra money
Drdeepikamamidi
Drdeepikamamidi
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An experience of all the ancient and great churches in Goa
We had a beautiful experience of all the beautiful churches around Old Goa. A lot of history behind these places. S
varunm0212
varunm0212
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Fascinating and fun
Amreen and Nelson are great guides, energetic, well-informed, and also have a sense of humour! :) A refreshing 2.5
DevpurHomestay
DevpurHomestay
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An incredible experience
Being addicted to Goa, earlier in August we stumbled upon Make it Happen on AirBnB and they conducted two tours for
Drdeepikamamidi
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Great experience at Divar Island, Goa with make it happen.
Definitely recommend the Divar island tour with make it happen. Had a wonderful time. An offbeat experience of Goa.
Mkaishap
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Transported back a 100 years and more!
What an idyllic island! The deeper we rode around into the island, the more we were drawn to its magical history. I
Robi1001
Robi1001
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Wonderful local food and drink tour
Great way to see Panjin and get to know the local food and drinks. We got to go to places we wouldn't have found ou
Robi1001
Robi1001
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Wonderful stories in atmospheric place
Great stories told in an engaging way by an excellent guide. Loved the variety of locations visited and really felt
Robi1001
Robi1001
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Great highlights tour
Great highlights tour of the churches of old Goa, variety of churches visited with the differences well explained i
Anubha19
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It was great tour . We got to know the history behind the old churches in old Goa
The tour was good since these were not known to us earlier.. good to know any history of Goa and churches. Our guid
Aishwarya T
Aishwarya T
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My favourite group activity in Goa!
Very informative, really picturesque spots, one of the best activities to do with a group! Amreen was an expert at
Kikikeerthana
Kikikeerthana
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Amazing
Must do if you are visiting Goa! Make it part of your bucket list! The walks are as exciting as they make it sound
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