The fort was one of the most important places in Goa and the most crucial of all forts in Goa. Today it is being used as a jail. It was built by the Portuguese government in 1612 in order to protect Old Goa from enemy attacks. A spring within the fort supplied water to all the ships that called there.
The Church of Mae de Deus at Saligao
This church is a fine example of gothic architecture. It is located amidst picturesque surroundings at Saligao in Bardez taluka in North Goa. It enshrines the statue of Mae de Deus the literal translation of which is Mother of God. The statue was transferred to Saligao church from the convent at Old Goa.
Temple of Lord Bodgeshwar
Located at Mapusa, this temple is one of the important temples in North Goa.
Mapusa is one of the most important towns of Goa and capital of the northern taluka of Bardez. It is well known for its weekly Friday bazaar where one can buy an extremely wide variety of items ranging from pottery, plants, decorative items, vegetables and so forth.
Vagator beach with cracked rocks surrounding the beach makes it an irresistible sight for the visitor. A thick growth of coconut palms forms an emerald canopy and adds to the beautiful scenery. This beach has the imposing Chapora Fort as its backdrop.
It is a very popular beach among foreign tourists and among the important beaches of Goa. Nowadays more popular for its flea market every Wednesday.
Calangute Beach, Known as the queen of Goa's beaches. These beach draws thousands of people every year from all parts of the world. Facilities for water sports and para gliding are available here.
The Chapora Fort is located on a hill overlooking Vagator, Morjim beaches and Chapora river. This fort offers spectacular views of Vagator, Anjuna and Morjim beaches. This fort has steep slopes on all sides and is generally well preserved except for a few parts which are in ruins. The strategic importance of this fort to the Portuguese diminished once the northern territory of Pernem finally fell in their hands and this fort was abandoned in the year 1890.
The Baga Beach is an extension of the Calangute Beach in Goa. The beach merges along the Vagator Beach and Chapora beach coastline. A retreat house on the adjoining hill top adds to the grandeur of the Baga Beach. This beach has earned a name among the tourists for being a place of great food, wine and entertainment.