Spicy and exotic, Goa encapsulates everything that a great holiday is about - stunning beaches, wonderful views and great people... Read more
Near to the airport in Dabolim is the state capital of Panaji, echoes of its Portuguese past are evident in the exquisite crumbling colonial buildings across the state. Journeying to the famous sands of Candolim, Calangute beach and the nearby Baga beach are popular with tourists and locals alike, you'll find everything from water sports to fine dining restaurants, topped off with a pulsating nightlife.
The state of Goa is a popular holiday destination for its swaying palms, coconut groves and 70km stretch of exotic coastline. Arpora, close to the beach belt of North Goa, is a quiet, peaceful village of traditional beach shacks and stunning sunsets. Goa is also a popular spot for backpackers taking cheap flights into the state seeking out the popular full moon beach parties.
Those seeking a peaceful break, head down to Southern Goa to the tranquil beaches of Cavelossim and Arossim for a quieter, more relaxing seaside experience. Walk or cycle through the paddy fields and palm groves, or browse the local handicrafts at the bustling markets of Anjuna, or pamper yourself at one of the many spa resorts in the area.
Travelling further down the coast will bring you to markets and bazaars of Varca Beach, one of the longest beaches in Goa and another stretch of coast favoured for its slower pace. The former fishing village of Dona Paula is a lovers' paradise, with secluded coves and colourful stalls selling locally produced goods.
Away from the beach there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy in Goa. History buffs will enjoy the Forts of Aguda, Chapora and the light house of Fort Aguada. While Goa is also home to four wildlife sanctuaries, housing elephants and tigers, cobras and Malayan giant squirrels.