Diu, the small Union Territory of India is a true ecstasy in the hot and humid state of Gujarat. The Arabian Sea on its southern part guards its coastlines rendering its beaches a kaleidoscopic view of shades and hues. Once being a Portuguese settlement, the place has always experienced a mixed culture due to heavy trades through the sea since time unknown. As a result, one can find an amalgamation of Portuguese and Indian culture in every nook and corner of Diu. Bestowing here some short and quick informative glimpses of Diu which I believe will help a nomad in exploring this rich part of ‘Saurashtra’.
The best place to look for Portuguese architecture and design is Diu Fort. It was built by the Portuguese in 1535 during their rule in Diu. The fort is a massive art of stone galleries, windows, arches, tall-thick walls and ramps with a lighthouse at one end of the citadel. Several parts of the fort are in its ruins along with the backside where a delightful view of the sea can be grabbed.