Fort Aguada is one of the most famous attractions and the best fort which Goa has to offer and one of the best places to visit in Goa. This fort, built in 1612, is domineering in size and unassailable in stature. It sits majestically by the Sinquerim Beach on Mandavi River’s shore and offers visitors a chance to take a joyride to the 17th century.
History favors this fort which has some interesting tales and legends to offer. Constructed by the Portuguese for trading and security reasons, it is now one of the biggest prides of India. In the mid-19th century, a lighthouse was also constructed in its premise and it further cemented its prestige as a hypnotizing structure guarding the entrance to the Arabian Sea.
There are no charges or fees levied on the tourists for visiting this attraction. It is symbolic in a way, since it also speaks for the fort’s own disposition of liberty and dominance. But you can hire a professional guide if you desire to learn a thing or two about its past.
Aguada Fort can be visited round the year and there is no best time to visit Goa, which itself is a 365-day destination. But if you plan to make the most of your visit, then try visiting the attraction during the late afternoon and stay on till the sunset. Also, it would be ideal to skip the monsoon months between June and September.
The view from the fort is surreal and panoramic. Photography is permitted. So, make sure to try your fingers over the cameras. Thankfully, there are no major or annoying restrictions and one can bring about anything.
The area in the vicinity is a hub of commerce with vendors and hawkers jostling for customers. Their voices may appear cacophonous at first, but they melt with the panorama brilliantly well. They have virtually turned the area into an exciting picnic spot with plenty of eatables available at hand.