Located in the Salcete taluka of South Goa district, Margao is the nerve-center of the Goan economy. The second largest city in Goa after Vasco da Gama, Margao functions as the headquarters of the South Goa district. Apart from being a bustling commercial and industrial center, Margao also boasts of a flourishing tourism culture by virtue of its opulent churches, scenic beaches and stately mansions.
Despite the conspicuous Portuguese influence, Margao was once a Hindu
religious center with a number of temples and dharmshalas. The name
Margaon is regarded a derivative of Mathgram which literally means 'the
village of temples.' After the Portuguese invasion, the temples gave way
to the spawning of majestic churches and palaces.
The present Margao town exudes a quaint charm with its landscape
speckled with fine specimens of Portuguese architecture. The main town
square known as the Praca Jorge Baretto houses most of the offices and
prominent buildings. The Church Square, called the Largo de Igreja,
features the Church of the Holy Spirit and other monuments. Tourists
traveling to Margao also visit the nearby Colva beach for a tranquil