Spicy and exotic, Goa encapsulates everything that a great holiday is about - stunning beaches, wonderful views and great people...
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.
There's a good choice of airlines flying to Goa and great deals to be had if you price compare too...
The flight time to Goa from the UK is dependent on which part of the UK you are departing from. On average, a flight from London's Heathrow and Gatwick takes about 9-12 hours.
Some airlines fly direct non-stop and some fly direct but stop in Bahrain for refuelling - check the schedule carefully when you book.
Goa flights arrive at Dabolim International Airport (GOI). Chartered flights fly straight into Dabolim, scheduled flights arrive via Middle Eastern and Indian airports. Dabolim International Airport (Goa) is located in Dabolim, 30Km from Panjim.
Transfers are cheap and straightforward with a variety of options to suit every budget...
Shuttle buses and taxis are available from the airport to take you into the city centre; the journey should take around 25 minutes.
It's possible to holiday in fantastic luxury in Goa at a great price - from spa resorts to charming eco lodges, there's something for everyone...
The south Indian paradise of Goa offers travellers a true sense of escapism. So, where to stay?
In the south of Goa, where accommodation is often deemed to be better quality, check out the long and uncrowded Agonda Beach which is perfect for those looking to get away from it all. Stay in a converted luxury villa hotel or a simple hut right on the beach, and enjoy the beauty and nature. Agonda Beach is fast being discovered, however, so do book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Those seeking a typical Goan 'experience' may wish to head to Candolim in the north - this is a popular choice with foreign travellers of all ages. Younger and livelier crowds can be found in Calangute or Baga too.
These are not quiet resorts so expect a fair bit of partying and noise, even if your accommodation is set back from the beaches.
Anjuna Beach in the north was once home to the many hippies who headed to Goa in the 1960s. Most of them have now moved on but their legacy remains. The Wednesday Anjuna Beach flea market is bigger than ever, and after the day is over, the crowds gather on the beach to watch the sun set.