One of the most well kept secrets of the country, the Isle of calm is a treasure trove of beaches, sea food and culture. Take a deep dive into Portuguese heritage and explore Diu in 24 hours:
EARLY BIRD GETS THE BEACH
Be the early bird and head to Gomptimata Beach for a mesmerising sunrise. Cycle, stroll or run alongside the horizon at the crack of dawn and squeeze in a good workout or two while you’re at it. Yoga by the beach is known to be especially calming and soothing. Now that you have worked up a good appetite, head to the Cat’s Eye View restaurant. With a wide menu of treats to offer their sea food is especially praise worthy and fresh. Visitors can also go to café Farohar, known for its English breakfast and Spice Galleon for the delicious buffet breakfast.
BE MERRY AROUND TOWN
Rent a bicycle or a scooter and navigate your way through the city. While we recommend exploring Diu on foot, bicycles and scooters are as cheap as INR 100 for the entire day. Diu is steeped in Portuguese culture and the walls speak more than a million words about its heritage. By the way, each nook makes for an Insta-worthy moment. Hit the waves at the Nagoa or Jallandhar Beach. Surfing is a common water sport and the tide is more than ideal to unleash your adventurous side. For history enthusiasts a visit to Diu fort, the Nagar Sheth Haveli, Diu museum and St. Paul’s church will be food for the soul. The Naida caves are another common haunt for those who love to explore. Tip: Go to the caves at sun. Trust us when we say this.
SOME PORTUGUESE FOOD FOR THE SOUL
For lunch, indulge in Portuguese delicacies. Our recommendation is O’Coqueiro, which is known for its home cooked Portuguese food. It's run by a couple who make sure to delight foodies with authentic flavours. However, there's is no dearth of restaurants serving seafood and if you ask the locals, they will guide you to the best ones.
A LOCAL ADVENTURE
Hearty lunch, check. Now it's time to explore more. Go to Vanakbara to interact with local fishermen and hear their tales. Teeming with colourful boats and a cacophony of fishermen cries, it's an experience you're bound to enjoy. Visit the Seashell museum to see rare shells from around the world and then, head to a local fish market just for an experience. Why not take back the freshest catch of the day to cook with back home? While exploring, take a snack break at Shri Ramvijay refreshment for the best sodas and ice creams in all of Diu!
END THE TRIP ON A HIGH
Head to unwind at the sunset point beach for well, to see the setting sun of course. Once its dusk, with the sand in your toes, head over to Apana Foodland, an outdoor restaurant, for what else but more seafood. And then, head back to the beach to enjoy some calm and serenity before heading back to the bustle of your city and work life.
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