The many magnificent forts scattered across Goa that were once of great political, military and economic significance are today silent sentinels of the state’s history. They are some of the most celebrated legacies that were left behind by the Portuguese, who constructed these marvellous structures to protect Goa against invaders. While some forts still stand tall, reminiscent of all its past glory, others that have been reduced to ruins are still interesting history lessons for the curious traveller. Most of them overlook the breathtaking coastline of Goa’s many beaches and offer incredible views of the sunrises and sunsets. While the Aguada and Chapora forts are some of the popular forts that draws tourists, you can also explore lesser-known spots like the Reis Magos fort that have been restored beautifully.