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Review of Fontainhas

Fontainhas
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Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona...
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Private Full-Day All-Inclusive Tour of Goa with Lunch at a Spice Plantation
Ranked #11 of 109 things to do in Panjim
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Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

I think I can only recommend this place to someone who really loves history and/or architecture.
If so, you will find nice colorful buildings and so on.
If not (like me), this place is just a "more clean and more colorful area".
Sorry but I think there are much more interesting places to visit (eg. the huge waterfalls).

1  Thank B3n3
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Fontainhas and its adjacent enclave São Tomé is a charming area that offers a glimpse of what public and residential spaces must have been like when Goa was under the Portuguese. The well proportioned official area of São Tomé yields seamlessly to the smaller, charming lanes of Fontainhas, which is a largely residential area. The quaint homes that line its streets offer beguiling little decorative details that will delight any architecture watcher, while their contours, colours and names clearly indicate their European influence.
The fountain itself that gave the region its name has been destroyed, a victim of municipal apathy and right-wing pseudo-nationalism that believes that destroying anything built by or reflecting of foreign colonisers will somehow 'right' the course of history. Similar thuggery has apparently put a halt to the Fountainhas Festival, which for three days sometime in November used to be a neighbourhood celebration, in which food stalls would line the streets, homes would be opened to strangers, and musical groups would play in public.
There are some attractive shops in the area, particularly Velha Goa gallery, Marcou Artefacts and Azulejos de Goa for ceramic artefacts. Eateries abound, as do little bakeries which sell some intriguing sweet and savoury items.
Some of the old homes have been converted into heritage hotels and look most attractive.

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Reviewed 10 July 2014

I took my husband and friends along to this place as I was keen to explore the old Goan architecture. Admittedly, I know nothing about architecture but still I figured the houses and churches would look pretty. :)

Well, to cut a long story short, I didn't find the place as interesting as some other reviewers obviously did.

Again, its probably my fault. We should have gone with a guide who could have explained things better.

That's what I would recommend to other travelers. Go on a walking tour/bicycling tour along with a knowledgable guide if you are keen to learn about the architecture. Venturing on your own if you are not knowledgable about architecture is as bad as going into a museum with no descriptions of the artifacts. It might look pretty but you won't understand a thing.

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Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

A walk down these streets will take you back in time. One of the few places where Portuguese architecture is still maintain in goa. Nice shops n eateries to visit and catch a breath...

3  Thank lulu1510
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Walk through the lanes of Fountainhas to enjoy the architectural beauty of the past portuguese colony of Goa.

2  Thank Puru3012
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