Located on Aguada-Siolim Road, Goa, Fort Aguada is 17th century Portuguese fort overlooking Arabian Sea. The fort was constructed in 1612 to guard against Marathas and Dutch. Overlooking the mouth of Mandovi River, this fort occupies successful and magnificent position with panoramic ocean vista. This majestic sight is popular to watch the sunset, with views from both South and North.
Some parts of Fort Aguada have fallen, but the fort remains the best preserved Portuguese monument in India. One of the plus points of this site is abundance of water from natural springs on the hillside, which makes fort first watering point for ships arrived from Portugal. The fort was named for fresh water spring, ‘agua’ means water in Portuguese and Aguada signifies a place where water collects.
Fort Aguada has massive bulwarks which stands 5 meters in height and 1.3 meters thick. The fort covers entire peninsula and is built with natural terrain. The designs of this fort were drawn by Italian military architects who were employed by Portuguese Empire. It was built on two levels, imposing citadel at highest part of the hill and berths for ships at sea level. The major attractions near this fort are Lighthouse, Church of St Lawrence, Aguada Jail, and more.