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Goa is known as the party state of India, and its beaches attract hippies and leisure lovers from all over the world. But partying on the beach is not the only thing to enjoy in Goa. In fact, the state has a long history of Portuguese influence and the colonizers left behind many indelible traces in the cuisine, architecture, religion, and culture that can be seen to this day.

The area of Panjim known as Fontainhas is a perfect example. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the Portuguese settled here around a spring-fed well, the fountain from which the neighborhood gets its name. Many of the houses and buildings they built in the Portuguese style remain in good condition, while others that are crumbling add to the neighborhood’s charm and authenticity.


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