Margoa, Goa’s second most important city after Panaji, is the administrative and commercial capital of the south Goa district. This bustling town also serves as the area’s main trading center for local fish and farm produce.
The town square Praca Jorge Barreto, has the large, colonial municipal building, which houses the library on its southern side and a popular café called Longinhos nearby.
How to Reach
Air: The airport is Dabolim, 28 kms away from Margao.
Road: Margao has well maintained roadways; there are numerous bus services from different parts of the state. The KTC bus stand is 3 km away from Margao city.
Rail: Margao is a major railhead and an important halt in the Konkan Railways.
Places to Visit in Margoa
Goa’s colonial Mansions: Goa’s countryside is dotted with grand colonial mansions, built by the wealthy land owning goan gentry, who patronized in the 18th and 19th centuries. The homes of these local aristocrats were built in the traditional style of the region, with central courtyards, deep porches and window shutters made of oyster-shell. The furniture and interior décor, however, were largely European. Today, the Belgian chandeliers, Venetian cut glass and gilded mirrors, Baroque-style rosewood furniture and Chinese porcelain, displayed inside, provide a fascinating picture of the tastes and lifestyles of a bygone era.
Colva: Colva’s proximity to Margao makes it an ideal summer retreat for the Margao’s residents. It is one of south Goa’s oldest and most developed beach resorts, and its 25 km long sandy beach, extending from Mormugao peninsula in the north to Mobor in the south, is the longest uninterrupted stretch of beach in the state.
Standing a short distance from the sea, Colva’s church of our Lady of Mercy, built in 1630, has an attractive Baroque interior and houses the famous statue of Menino Jesus, holding an orb and a flag, revered for its miraculous healing powers.
Cavelossim: Cavelossim has an enchanting 2 km stretch of sand. It also has a golf course, luxury resorts and excellent seafood. Restaurants and the ornate church of the Holy cross are situated in a pretty square.
Palolem: Famous for its spectacular sunsets, this bay is enclosed by a rocky outcrop at one end, and Canacona Island, a good camping site, at the other. Palolem is a remote location, far away from the crowded beaches of central Goa, makes it an ideal place for a quiet holiday . A special attraction here is the boat rides offered by fishermen, who take visitors out to the sea for dolphin-watching trips. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, 18 km west of Palolem, is worth visiting for its tranquil beauty.
Barganza House: The awesome size of Barganza house, and the magnificence of its interior, make it ’s grandest colonial mansion. This 17 century building is still occupied by two branches of the Branganza family. The descendants of Antonio Elzario Sant anna occupy the east wing, while Francisco Xavier de Menezes Braganza’s descendants live in the west wing. Both men received royal titles and a coat of arms from the King of Portugal in the late 19 century. The top floors of their private apartments have the splendid ballroom, library and chapel, and fine collections of 18 century furniture and Chinese porcelain.