DIU, A PORTUGUESE DREAM IN INDIA.

Diu is a fishing town located in Diu district, a 13km wide island in the Arabic sea, facing the coast of Gujarat.

IMG_2965 This is absolutely one of my favourite spots when i’m in the Subcontinent. Imagine a piece of India where the Portuguese ruled until the 1962, leaving behind a bunch of colonial crumbling treasures, plus a super dry and sunny weather and old school funky bars selling cheap tax free booze. Well, imagine Goa without the hype and the hassle!

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One of the reasons why i love this place so much might be the fact that it reminds me of the Mediterranean summers of my childhood: clear blue sky, a gentle breeze, and colourful houses alla round.

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The big banyan trees remind you that this is Asia, but it could as well  be Portugal, south of Italy, Zanzibar or Cuba.

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I love coming down before Christmas, when the churches are not too busy yet and there are few Indian tourists visiting.

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This sleepy town is enriched by amazing havelis, the old mansions of traders. Some of them are crumbling down today and they’re completely neglected. While their wealthy owners live a modern life somewhere in Mumbai, Dubai or London, a piece of glorious past is slowly disappearing in the scorching sun of the tropics.

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The first time i visited Diu i discovered an hidden gem, a small restaurant owned by a guy from North India, set in a beautiful colonial house.
I spent a month there, working with the restaurant staff, and in exchange of food and a place to sleep, we worked out an Italian menu, prepared fresh homemade pastas, bought a percolator to make real Italian coffee, plus organizing the cozy garden with speakers and chillout music. Within few years The Couqueiro Music Restaurant ended up in the Lonely Planet India and ranked the spot n1!!!

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Today things are a bit different: Kailash is married and work together with his wife, while their little kid is growing fast, but the food and ambience is still great. I’m a big fan of one of their signature dishes, Spice Brinjal Tomato. They offer an eclectic mix of Indian, Portuguese and Continental food.

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