Best time to visit11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Open hours9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Things to dohistory tours
Best MonthsSeptember - May
Traveller TypesCouples, Families, Friends
Rank2 out of 2 attractions in Sinquerim
This is a very well preserved fort which was built in the 17th Century by the Portuguese. The fort was made as the most important building of the Portuguese colonials and they always wanted to save it against the Dutch and the Maratha rulers. It is in the Candolin area on the Sinquerim Beach. The location of the fort on the banks of the Mandovi River makes it look even more beautiful. The fort covers a large area and almost covers the whole tip land of the Bardez Peninsula. At present there is also a holiday resort built here by the tatas and is a beautiful place to stay for a peaceful vacation. It is also close to the Candolim Beach and the shopping and eating areas around. This was at one time the most important port where most of the ferries and boats landed and left from and thus the name Aguada meaning 'water'.
Places to stay near Fort Aguada
Reviews of Fort Aguada • 56
Overlooking the vast expanse of ‘seeming to be endless’ blue waters in front of it, Fort Aguada is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Goa. It receives a lot of tourist traffic all around the year. Reasons are that it’s excellent for sightseeing and also that it stands as a testimony to the glory of Portuguese empire. If you are in a group, then this is the place where you should go.
2. Fort Aguada. Fort Aguada is a 17th century fort built by the Portuguese. The fort along with its lighthouse overlooks the Arabian Sea. It was one of the most crucial and prized forts, built to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas.
Spend an evening an Aguada fort: You know what's good about this fort? It's free unlike other famous forts in India. It's a large Portuguese fort on Sinquerim beach in North Goa where you can sit and chill after a long tiring day.
A beautifully constructed fort I would say. Built by the Portuguese in 1600s, the fort provided a great defence base for the Portuguese. The fort has a lighthouse too, which was built much later. It gives a stunning view of the area around. Being one of the most visited tourist destination, it has a vast expanse of waters in front of it. There is also a prison house in the fort where the accused were jailed in. In summer, it provides an awe-inspiring view of the sunset too.
My chauffeur parked the cab and asked me to go to the fort and he would be waiting outside in the parking zone only.I went there, took some photos of that place and took a selfie of mine too.There I met this girl who took 2-3 photographs of mine. Her name was Arshi. So, for the gesture and to keep her name in my memory I took a selfie with her.From there I went to that place where the shoot of the movie Dil Chahta Hai happened.And trust me, all the scenes were in front of my eyes. I could recognise each and every trees even.
Hire a 2 wheeler on Sunday morning and do beach hopping while shopping local artifacts.Have tasty steaks for lunch with a glass of wine.Finish your day with a dive in the hotel's swimming pool.
On the first day, started off to the Aguada Fort. A Portuguese Fort constructed in 1613 overlooking the Arabian Sea. No wonder the fort and the view of the mighty Arabian Sea is breathtaking.At a little distance from Aguada Fort is the Sinquerim beach. Another spot to mesmerize oneself with the beauty of the water and coconut trees drooling over the clear beach.On the way from the beach we went to the Dolphin point. For one hour they took Rs. 200 (rates differ from season to season) onto a boat and we set off for the Dolphin spot. We could see some dolphins playing and swimming which was really exciting for us to see but soon they disappeared when all the boats came close.After all the day activities , at night we went for some authentic Goan food. The mouth watering sea food and the ambience was just too good to get over with at any shack along the beach or Old Goan restaurant.We went to Café Mambos at Baga beach which is just beside Tito’s restaurant. Few hours at Mambo’s , with the loud music and dance floor and a great ambiance was the way we called off for that day. Next day was for Old Goa. Speaking of Old Goa, one has to visit the famous Basilica Church which is also UNESCO World Heritage Site.Apart from the beautiful architecture and Art, the biggest mystery is the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. It is believed it’s the same as the day it was buried, that too without any preservatives or chemicals. Devotees from all over the world gather there especially on that particular day when the body is allowed for public viewing every 10 years! (Last held in 2014). The Saint is believed to have miraculous healing power.Beside Basilica is the white colored Museum of Archaeological survey of India.Near to it is one of the most spectacular monuments, St. Augustine Tower. The construction began more than 400 years ago and was completed between 1597 and 1602. This forty-six meter high colossal tower stands tall even after the demolition ordered by the Goa and Portuguese Government in 1835 after it was abandoned due to the expulsion of the religious orders.On one hand the remains of this huge Convent gives you goose bumps, while on the other it depicts the beautiful and well designed architecture with galleries, halls, pillars, corridors, dormitories, etc..There are few beautiful temples including Mahalasa Temple, Shiva temple and Tirupati Temple around the area of Mardol.While returning from the temples we had a scrumptious fish thali at ‘Lembranca’ , Carambolim, Old Goa. And it’s said to be an authentic thali of Goa. While returning we also saw one of the oldest British Cemetery in India.The most beautiful thing happened towards the end of the day while we were returning. We saw a complete semi circular rainbow in front of us. It was so huge I couldn’t capture it completely. It was a colourful, bright , vivid and majestic arc. But it definitely gave a beautiful closing for the day :)At night the view of the Casinos at RND Jetty, Panjim is amazing, full of lights and colours which is at the Old Goa. The markets at Candolim, Calangute and Panjim are not to be missed of course.Definitely Goa is a paradise for all kinds of people with the beautiful beaches, greenery and the humble localites. It’s real beauty can be explored beyond Calanguta and Baga beaches. Even though we just had 2 days in hand, we explored and enjoyed more than we expected.Happy travelling and exploring! :)
Largest Portuguese fort in Goa.Located in north Goa.The fort was built to control water flow from Mandovi river into Goa.Also it protected from enemy attacks during ancient times.This is the only fort which was not conquered by invaders during the 450 year Portuguese rule.The fort expands into a picturesque view of Mandovi river aside.Another monument which should not be missed while on a visit to Goa.
While at Sinquerim, worth stopping by is the Aguada fort right behind. Instead of just visiting the fort and the lighthouse one can walk behind the fort complex and reach a cliff along the shore from where we can watch the sunset. It is beautiful. One can also trek down this cliff and reach the shore. But make sure you come back before the sun sets as it can get dark and there isn’t any source of light around.For Nature Lovers:
We decided not to stay in room for the whole day then we went out for aguada fort were we saw the architectural intelligence of the people who built the fort in the mountain. It was raining there for more than 4 hours so we stuck there. And we went to baga beach were the funny thing happened. We walked for 3KMS in the beach sand and then we realised that the baga beach is connected to calangute beach. We sat on the sand and laughed at ourselves. The were trying to eat some South Indian foods but it was possible out there. The we enjoyed the dinner out there. The we went to Tito's lane and enjoyed in the pub. At 3:00 in the morning we went back to our rooms.
We got down as we were hungry again. There is something in the breeze of the Goa, you can eat double here. The cab dropped us in the Calangute beach. We had some snacks from a beach side café. The food was moderate. The Calangute beach seemed crowded so we decided to go to the Baga beach.We did some shopping from the beach side market, bought some souvenir and gifts for families and relatives. We all knew drinks are cheaper in Goa, but how much cheaper we understood after going there, it's like one third of the usual price. It is true that beer is cheaper than water there.
While entering into the fort rain started, so we covered with umbrella and hides somewhere. It’s very beautiful scene watching fort & sea while raining and take some photo snaps.
In the next morning, after completed the breakfast in Alfran Beach Resort, we vacated the room started to visit the Fort Aguada. The fort was constructed in 1612 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. It was a reference point for the vessels coming from Europe at that time. This old Portuguese fort stands on the beach south of Candolim, at the shore of the Mandovi River. It is named for the fresh water spring that gives the fort a constant supply of potable water, ‘agua’ being the Portuguese word for water and ‘Aguada’ signifying a place where water is collected. So well built and fiercely armed was this fort that it has never fallen into enemy hands.
We reached Aguada Fort at around 5 pm. The fort overlooks the port of Dona Paula and the scenery from the top was mesmerising. The fort was actually built by the Portugese to hold off invasions from the Dutch and Marathas. Most of the fort now is in ruins and closed for tourists. Only the roof and a lighthouse is accessible.
I think it was beyond midnight when we decided to head back our room and sat around to gossip. It was around 3am when we left towards Fort Aguada, a night that I'll never forget. Except for the 8 of us there was not a single soul anywhere in the vicinity. Didn't particularly know the way and we ended up at a dead end which happened to be the gates of the Aguada Prison •creepy• It was probably the time coupled with the vibe but that place definitely gave us the creeps with weird stone statues and zero lights. Found our way to the fort and decided to camp there till sunrise. It took a while but what an absolutely splendid sunrise it was!
The scooter ride to Aguada fort, located a few kilometers away from Calangute beach is one of the better and easiest rides you'd experience in Goa, with altitude rising, the roads are still very subtle and beautiful to ride on. The fort consists of large premises that are build at a good height and close in on roads on one side and sea on the other, providing just the perfect spot for enjoying some good evening weather and a good photo session.
We reached Aguada fort and went straight to the wall facing the sea. Mr. Hubby was lost looking the wide sea and the green coconut tree while I balanced myself on the wall. And then he showed me my favourite site, the grey playing bunnies in sea. There is a sound just before dolphin’s jumps and then they jump in a group. I had seen dolphins during dolphin ride, but they are not themselves, in rains you see them dancing, playing, having fun.
We had decided to visit North Goa on the second day, so we started off with Aguada Fort followed by Arambol beach.
Woke up the next morning at 6.00 A.M and decided to go to the candolim Beach again. Got ready and left for the beach. Again it was so beautiful in the morning. The sound of the waves, the sun, the sand everything. We laid on the beach for few hours and me along with my friend decided to have a bath. Looking at the waves scared us so much but we gathered courage and move towards the waves. Woah! The waves when touched our whole body drifted us to the shore in nano seconds. We started laughing and enjoying. It continued for 20-25 minutes. The saline water and the sand scratched our knees so badly. Our body started getting tanned. But who cares. Sunrise at Candolim Beach
Next day head towards center goa. In between visit Aguada Fort.
One of Goa's most famous places, Fort Aguada, is a little out of the way. This is also the place where my bag got stolen with all the belongings save for what I had in my handbag that I was carrying, so you know, extra memorable :P .