Muslim influences percolated into the society when the region came under the Bahmani Sultans and subsequently the Adil Shahis of Bijapur. With Afonso de Albuquerque's arrival, the Portuguese came into the picture in 1510 with the intent to colonize and seize control of the spice trade from other European powers. Goa soon became the jewel in Portugal’s crown and until as recently as 1961 was a Portuguese territory.
Goa Offers Water Sports, Shopping Centres and Nightlife
Goa offers an eclectic mix of water sports, shopping centres and nightlife for tourists. Come, explore Goa!
Goa offers parasailing, jet skis, banana boat rides and windsurfing and other wild activities. Dolphin cruises and canoe rides are better for those who are looking for a more mellow experience. Most boat cruise operators are located on the Panjim bank of the river Mandovi, running short evening and night cruises into to the Arabian Sea and back.
Panjim’s municipal market stretches elaborately inland from the waterfront, selling a wide array of fresh products, dried fish, household wares, herbs and spices. Buyers and vendors from all over the northern and central Goa create little mountains of colourful vegetables and fruits, fish, herbs and spices at the Friday Mapusa Market.
With a choice of live entertainment by way of Latino, jazz, karaoke sing-alongs and retro venues, you can groove to your choice of music and vibes within Goa. Music and dance lovers can frequent the swathe of pubs and bars that feature popular DJ's pumping up the jam at clubs. The Party scene is always going in Goa. You can certainly find a venue to match your style at the Calangute-Baga stretch, which houses all the premier clubs north of the Mandovi River. Further north, Anjuna, Vagator and Arambol sway to the beat of a different drum.