Goa’s heritage Latin Quarter of Panjim, Fontainhas is worth visiting for its colorful and picturesque sights which also has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Walk.
Founded in the late 18th century this land was used for coconut plantations. Later, in the early 1800s, when Old Goa faced several epidemics, the Portuguese headquarters was shifted to Panjim. So this area became a residential area for Portuguese and administrative officers and rulers. UNESCO considered Fontainhas a World Heritage Zone in 1984.
As you walk through the picturesque lanes of the oldest Latin quarter of Panjim, it will amaze you with its Portuguese architectural style with houses and cottages painted colorfully and roofs of red tiles. During the Portuguese rule, every resident was mandated by law to paint their houses every year after the monsoon which still continues as a tradition. Every year for one week in Fontainhas the houses and cottages are transformed into art galleries with residents displaying their artworks, unique architectural features of their balconies and furnishings in their living rooms during Fontainhas Art Festival.