Fontainhas Heritage Walk

Patto Colony, India

Experience hosted by Amreen Venita Raysancia Lata Murali

2 hours, Hosted in English
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Up to 10 people

What you'll do

The walk begins Tobacco Square near the main Post Office in Panjim and then leads us into the heritage precinct of St. Thomas ward, passing the small chapel of Sao Tome.

We visit the famous old 31st January Bakery, and then move into the Fontainhas area passing the chapel of St. Sebastian.

This leads to a cluster of interesting buildings around Panjim Inn, Portuguese Foundation, and Galerie Gitanjali.

We give you an exclusive insider access to visit a famous Goan musician and get insights into Portuguese influence on Goan music. Get mesmerized by Fado, Latin and Folk music performed by the musician.

We then return to the Post Office by a different route highlighting the elements and places of interest that liven up the Latin Quarters in the evenings .

Our presenters will highlight all the above places with fascinating history and anecdotes that are unheard of and will share a very unique perspective of the making of Fontainhas.
Other things to note
The experience may not be enjoyed by infants and toddlers.
We suggest you to bring your own water bottle, preferably a reusable water bottle as we would like to minimize the usage of single use plastic products.
Wear comfortable footwear and carry a Hat/ Cap.
The walk begins Tobacco Square near the main Post Office in Panjim and then leads us into the heritage precinct of St. Thomas ward, passing the small chapel of Sao Tome.

We visit the famous old 31st January Bakery, and then move into the Fontainhas area passing the chapel of St. Sebastian.

This leads to a cluster of interesting buildings around Panjim Inn, Portuguese Foundation, and Galerie Gitanjali.

We give you…

Meet your Host, Amreen Venita Raysancia Lata Murali

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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We are a group of passionate hosts under MAKE IT HAPPEN, which is an Experiential Travel Company, that specializes in curating immersive travel experiences.
We qualify as local experts and are passionate about the history, culture, art & heritage of Goa, and have invested several years into studying and perfecting the art of storytelling.
Here is an introduction about our team:

Lata: A veteran from the hospitality industry, she always has an interesting story to tell, whether it’s historical or an age-old traditional snippet. Lata was the Principal of the culinary institute at Cidade De Goa and also hosts culinary experiences.

Amreen: Nothing fascinates Amreen more than unraveling history, be it local or global. Currently, pursuing her Masters in History, she is stacked with knowledge on Portuguese and Pre - Portuguese history of Goa.
We are a group of passionate hosts under MAKE IT HAPPEN, which is an Experiential Travel Company, that specializes in curating immersive travel experiences.
We qualify as local experts and are passionate about the history, culture, art & heritage of Goa, and have invested several years into studying and perfecting the art of storytelling.
Here is an introduction about our team:

Lata: A veteran from the hospitality industry, she always has an interesting story to tell, whethe…
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Where you'll be

- Get a vivid introduction to the city of Panjim at the Tobacco Square.
- Get insight to typical Indo-Portuguese architecture at the Latin Quarters.
- Immerse yourself in the interesting stories about the streets and houses of Fontainhas.
- Visit the oldest bakery of Panjim known for delectable Goan sweets, savories.
- Music performance by a renowned Goan musician at a heritage property.
- A refreshing drink

Rated 4.89 out of 5 from 85 reviews.

Bhaskar
October 2021
Venita was a superb host who knew her facts. She made the experience personal and had a bag full of historical anecdotes. I really enjoyed the surprise musical performance and visit to the local Goan shop where Venita helped me pick up some local Goan delicacies. This was my first AirBNB experience and was totally worth it.
Kushagra
October 2021
The experience was so wonderful and the storyteller Amreen had a lot of insights about the area. Tasting Goan sweet made my mind go gaga. In the end, there was musical session for us. Overall 5 starts well deserved.
Nivedita
October 2021
I would highly recommend the Heritage walk to everyone irrespective of whether you are a history buff of not. Raysancia’s anecdotes and storytelling transport you back in time. It’s awe-inspiring how knowledgeable and passionate she is for her age. The walk helped us understand the history of Goa and stories behind little things like statues of roosters, smoking balconies, and so much more. We were also served refreshments while Francis played us beautiful songs on his guitar. The walk was definitely the highlight of our trip.
Vaibhav
October 2021
Very good way to get introduced to Fontainhas. The walk is not lengthy so most people can do it. The host pointed out important locations and history of the area in great detail.
Aashay
September 2021
A wonderful experience guaranteed! Venita was very well-prepared and accommodated everyone during the tour. She has answers to almost every question from the participants and her knowledge of the place is amazing! A very enriching walk and the art galleries and the music performance at the end is an icing on the cake! Special thanks to Francisco at 'The White Balcao' for his songs. A highly recommended experience for all! 😊
Tarang
September 2021
It was my first time booking an experience from Airbnb and it was super engaging and fun, all thanks to our host Venita. She's a knowledgeable historian and made the experience interactive and novel.I have been to Fontainhas before but this visit had experiental elements that made this neighborhood more interesting. To add to that, Francesco is a vibrant artist and created a lovely environment with his songs at the balcao. I highly recommend this walk if one is in Panjim.

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 7 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Hat or Cap on a bright and hot day
Umbrella or Raincoat in Monsoon
Own Water Bottle

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing or at least 7 days before the experience starts for a full refund.