Relax on the glorious laid back beaches of Goa
A hugely popular beach destination, the tiny state of Goa lies on India’s west coast, offering a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese culture. With its idyllic beaches, emerald green paddy fields and colonial white washed churches, laid back Goa is ideal for a laid back, ‘sand between your toes’ holiday.
North Goa’s world renowned coast is scattered with stunning palm-lined beaches which are backed by lively resort towns, such as Calangute and Candolim. The region’s largest and busiest beach, which has been attracting international visitors since the heady days of the 1960s, can be found in Calangute, while the town of Baga attracts those in search of a lively nightlife. Slightly less frenetic and more relaxing than its popular neighbouring resort is the village of Candolim, which is frequented by visitors in search of sun, sea and sand.
All of our featured Goa resorts are scattered along the less developed coast of South Goa. Within easy reach of the bustling towns of North Goa the tranquil and often almost completely deserted beaches of the South are seemingly a whole world away. Offering a laid-back charm that once was widespread along Goa’s entire coast, and relatively untouched by mass tourism, South Goa’s beaches are lined with sleepy fishing villages, grand colonial houses and verdant farm lands. Escape to this paradisiacal spot – the perfect end to your Indian exploration.
Goa offers visitors in need of a spot of retail therapy a vast array of choices from authentic local markets to stylish boutiques showcasing the latest Indian fashion. Local handicrafts are popular choices for gifts or souvenirs and in Goa one can find beautiful terracotta, brassware and bamboo works up and down the coast. Three of the most popular shopping experiences in Goa are the Friday market in the inland town of Mapusa; the market held every Wednesday in Anjuna; and the night bazaar on Saturday evenings in Arpora.