Margao is the second largest city in Goa, after the state capital city, Panjim. According to Wikipedia, Margao is the administrative headquarters of South Goa, and Goa’s cultural and commercial capital. It may sound like it’s a big city but it felt like a small town compared to the large sprawling cities I had been in India. Or perhaps I made this visit on a Sunday when most shops were closed and not many people were out and about in the city??
Margao is the Portuguese name and spelling but is called Madgaon by Indian Railways, so please take note of the name and spelling if you’re planning to travel by train to South Goa.
Margao is known for its Indo-Portuguese style mansions and many to be seen especially on Abade Faria Road. Abade Faria Road is about 10 minutes’ walk, north of the city’s municipal square. The Indo-Portuguese mansions built during the 19th and 20th century (some dated back to 18th century) particularly those situated along the main road were converted to shops, offices…or simply abandoned. The smaller ones are houses, shops or religious centres.
The mansions are brightly coloured – ochre, red, blue, green or yellow. They have balcoes (covered porches) and verandahs facing the street. The balcoes are bordered by ornamental columns. Their windows and railings are decorative too, typically white in colour so that they stand out in contrast against the brightly coloured walls and can be seen from afar.
Here are photos I took while mooching around in Margao.