Goa in 12 hours – North Goa

Do you have limited time to explore Goa and don’t know where to start? We got you covered with an itinerary…

If your 12 hours start in the morning, head to Caravela Café & Bistro located in Panjim, Candolim, and Margao. They have their own coffee brand and roasters to give you that burst of energy to gear up to tour the State in a limited time. Their breakfast platters and Goan snacks are a great way to start the day. Another breakfast hotspot is Café Cotinga, Anjuna, which has a variety of coffee, tea, shakes, American breakfast, and more.

After this, put on your exploring shoes and visit either one or two of these options:

  1. Fontainhas – This place is a charming and historic neighbourhood with its quaint narrow roads, colourful doors, and alluring heritage buildings.
  2. Houses of Goa Museum – This uniquely shaped museum is definitely Instagrammable and has a cosy feel to it. You even have to walk barefoot while you visually get to know more about Goa’s beautiful architecture.
  3. Old Goa – You’ll be in for a treat when you visit this place as it is home to multiple UNESCO world heritage sites. Make sure to especially see the Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Ruins of the Church of St. Augustine.
  4. Reis Magos fort – The fort was once a stronghold of the Portuguese, where Viceroys and state officials would lodge en route to Lisbon. The fort also stood against the offence of the Marathas in the 18th It has a unique architectural style built with laterite stones.

After this, you’ll definitely be hungry. If you’re a person who wants to get into the heart of Goan food then head to Copperleaf or Ritz Classic for a delicious fish thali or to The Fisherman’s Wharf where they stick to delectable Goan food like ambotik, sorpotel and bebinca. If you want a place that really screams ‘susegaad’ enjoy great food and a spectacular view at Pousada by the Beach, Bay 15, or The Southern Deck.

As evening approaches and the sun sets, the choice is obvious… Goa’s gorgeous beaches. The colourful sky and the peaceful sound of the waves crashing against the shore shouldn’t be missed. If you want your adventure bone tickled, go for some watersports activities which are available on beaches like Vagator, Anjuna, Candolim, Mobor, Palolem, Baina, etc.

Even if your 12 hours started later on, go to the beach! Watch the sunset and enjoy snacks prepared by beach street vendors. If you aren’t a beach person, then you can have a scrumptious high tea at Tea Trunk in Fontainhas (Latin quarters of Goa) or at The Tea Room at Confeitaria.

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When the stars appear in the sky and you don’t know how to spend the night, here are a few options:

  • Have dinner with the gentle breeze of Goa’s beaches or backwaters. Your North Goa options are Britto’s Beach Shack (Baga), Curlies (Anjuna), La Plage (Mandrem),  and Seashells (Bambolim).
  • If you love shopping, you must check out Goa’s night markets like the Anjuna night market (every Wednesday), Saturday night market in Arpora, Calangute Market Square, etc. If you want an even more relaxing night, enjoy a dinner cruise over the Mandovi River.

While a 12-hour visit to Goa may only scratch the surface of all this coastal paradise has to offer, it’s enough to leave you enchanted and yearning for more. From the sandy shores to the historic forts and vibrant markets, a day in Goa promises a memorable blend of culture, relaxation, and adventure.