Join the best walking tours in Goa on a journey through time, often going back several centuries, and for local trivia, anecdotes, and historical detail that only someone who has grown up on Panjim’s streets can offer you. Walk along into delightful nooks and crannies you would never suspect existed, and discover a hidden Goa that still coexists with the stereotype humbleness and simple quarters.This walk along the central spine of Panjim takes you past the old Adil Shah Palace, to the steps of the Panjim Church, and ends at the old Central Library.
Walk through the exquisite azulejo tile mosaics on the walls in the vestibule, which illustrate selected verses from the epic Os Lusiadas the magnum opus of the celebrated Portuguese bard Luis de Camoes.A walking tour in Old Goa will involve a visit to several churches with explanations of architectural details, insights into the retables, paintings, a discussion on life in the “Old City” as you walk along streets where ancient markets bustled, and speculation on a whole host of reasons for its rapid rise and eventual decay.
If you wish to pick up something during the Heritage Walk, a visit to the gorgeous and enthralling Velha Goa Galeria is a must. Next to Panjim Inn you will find the Velha Goa Galeria (Old Goa Gallery), where you can get anything which is Goan or Portuguese. From Mario Miranda’s cartoons on tiles, to ordering your nameplate on blue and white ornamental tiles, beautiful crockery and glassware from Portugal, ceramic windows depicting heritage homes as showpieces, table mats with Mario Miranda’s cartoons, the works. It’s a must place for souvenirs. Velha Goa Galeria is an ideal place to pick up souvenirs not only for your home, but for friends as well. Don’t forget to check out some exotic Portuguese wine, Olive Oil and preserved olives as well.
There is a mix of foreign and Indian tourists who attend these Heritage Walks. There are a lot of Indians interested in the walks, even – Goans living in Goa who want to know more about their history and heritage and Goans living outside of Goa who bring their children so they can walk the streets where their families lived and learn about their history and appreciate it. The others who come for the Heritage Walk are Indians and foreigners who have settled in Goa and love Goa, history and architecture students from India, writers, photographers and artists. The tourists always enjoy knowing a side of Goa which they were not aware of.
Mentioned below are some of the best walking tours in Goa: