A mesmerizing synthesis of grand Portuguese architecture and spectacular views of the ocean greet visitors at Aguada Beach. This north Goa beach is synonymous with the tall Fort of Aguada constructed by the erstwhile Portuguese invaders to protect Goa from assaults and ingress through River Mandovi. Aguada is a popular frequented beach not only for the sand and water but also for this Fort that provides excellent views of the Arabian Sea and long sandy coastline running straight to the border of the state of Maharashtara.
Aguada Beach lies right at the area where the Madovi River drains into the Arabian Sea.
It is close to the Goan capital city of Panaji and just 4 kms away from Sinquerim Beach. The Margaon Railway Station is 55 kms away from the beach.
Getting There: Direct buses are available from Mapusa, Panjim and Calangute Beach. After getting off at the nearest bus stand, you will need to walk a bit to get to the beach. Taxis, auto rickshaws and two wheelers are available for hire.
Accommodation: There are a number of resorts at the Beach that offer excellent amenities. Some of the more popular ones are Fort Aguada Beach Resort, Taj Holiday Village and Clarks Inn Aguada Anchorage. Most of these resorts also provide nature and wildlife tours.
Attractions: In addition to this Fort, there are also various other old churches around the area. Challenge yourself and climb to the top of the spherical lighthouse, extending from the centre of the Fort and enjoy breathtaking views of Cabo Raj Niwas (the residence of the governor of the state) right from the top. The lighthouse was built in the year 1864. The Reis Magos Fort is another place of interest. And close to this fort stands the Reis Magos church which offers mesmerizing view of Mandovi River. Built in 1555, the bodies of three viceroys were buried here.
Water sports are also available for the adventurous, and many places offer therapeutic massages if you are in need of one. For a memento, there are several shops selling Goa handicrafts, brassware, terracotta, shell work and causal garments. After that, treat yourself to local exotic drinks or some succulent prawns.