While the resorts feature Indian culture with a Mediterranean vibe, it's the spectacular beaches that are the real focus of Goa holidays.
Goa's constantly hot climate makes it an ideal holiday destination all year round. The region is alive with thick green forests, rivers running inland and a coastal area that is hard to beat. With the addition of luxury hotels to the beautiful surroundings, tourists are starting to realise what a fantastic destination Goa is.
The fresh atmosphere within the region makes relaxing on holidays to Goa a guarantee but there are plenty of opportunities to get active on the coast and inland too. Beach shacks refresh you during the day and feed you at night encouraging you to stay on the sand as long as possible.
Couples and those who travel without kids will make the most of holidays here. There are towns that also feature a fun nightlife while shopping at a Goan market is a unique experience in itself.
Home of the regionally famous Arpora night market, this resort sits at the base of Goan hills, just a ten minute walk from Baga Beach. You can get to the coast by taking the scenic walk along the Baga Creek.
You wouldn't expect it but Arpora provides a great combination of retail and relaxation. The Saturday night market is a weekly event that offers thousands of items to purchase as well as hosting live musical performances while you shop.
There is also a great selection of spas found across Arpora. Taking a morning yoga class while the Indian sun is rising is a treat that sooths you while the massages and other treatments will naturally sedate you.
Baga Beach blends tourist comfort with local charm throughout the coastal areas and in town. The large beach space curves round here into an estuary known as Baga Creek. You can take boat trips either out onto the Arabian Sea or down the river to view terrific natural sights.
Beach shacks in Baga serve up delicious local cuisine that encompass almost all Asian themes, not just Indian.
Calangute is the noisy neighbour in terms of nightlife but Baga also offers an exciting choice of bars, pubs and clubs after dark too.
Referred to as the Queen of Beaches, Calangute takes centre stage across an 8km beach space. This town is a popular tourist destination thanks to the fun and facilities found throughout the lively town.
The nightlife here features an array of popular bars and clubs which combine international pop hits with Bollywood style tunes. The beach area is fun both day and night with water sports, boat trips, even street performers found on the sands.
Calangute features some great shopping options down Holiday Street while the Tibetan Market is a great spot to find unique souvenirs of Indian and Tibetan origin.
Sharing a huge 8km beach with its neighbouring resorts, Candolim is a fantastic holiday destination where everyone is guaranteed a spacious spot on the sand.
In its trio with Calangute and Baga Beach, Candolim is the calmest resort where life moves at a refreshingly slow pace under near-constant sunshine. As well as the beach there is the large Mandovi River coming in to land at the south of town, another scenic sight to behold.
Stores stay open after dark in this town so you can shop for your holiday souvenirs late into the night. You're only 20 minutes away from Panjim too so you can easily discover the culture and activities found within Goa's capital.