Like Goa and Daman, Diu was originally a Portugese colony until its accession to India in 1961. To this day, it retains a very distinctive atmosphere.
The town of Diu is a maze of narrow, winding streets and many of the houses are well ornamented and brightly painted. There are a number of interesting churches and a huge 16th century fort built in a Christian Portuguese style. Nearby is a beautiful sandy beach at Ahmedpur Mandvi.