Colonised by the Portuguese for over 400 years, Diu is a quaint fishing town at the eastern end of Diu Island. Diu pairs its idyllic white-sand beaches and doum palms with ancient Hindu temples and striking colonial architecture.
Things to do
Explore over 500 years of history at Diu Fort, an imposing Portuguese castle on the edge of the Arabian Sea. Walk along the fortified walls fringed with brass cannons and peer over the edge to see the once impenetrable double moat. For commanding views along Diu’s coastline, climb to the top of the fortress lighthouse.
Intrepid travelers can explore the Naida Caves, an underground labyrinth of tunnels strewn alongside the territory walls of Diu Fort. Eroded over the years by fierce winds, the intricate maze is a beautiful vision at midday when the natural light illuminates the stone carvings and hanging roots.
Admire the elaborate white facade of Saint Paul’s Church, one of three churches on Diu built by the Portuguese during their colonial rule. The 16th-century church is one of India’s most beautiful examples of Baroque architecture. Nearby, retrace the history of Diu through evocative exhibits at the Diu Museum, housed in the Gothic Saint Thomas Church.
Visit Vanakbara, a charming fishing village on the west of the island. Stroll around a port filled with colorful fishing boats and bustling fresh food stalls. If you’re looking to relax by the alluring Arabian Sea, head to Nagoa Beach, which boasts a horseshoe bay with golden sands, tepid waters and camel rides.
Diu Airport receives regular flights from most cities in India and is a 20-minute taxi ride from town. Diu is connected to the mainland by ferries and a bridge. Once on Diu, taxis, buses, bicycles and motorized scooters are available.