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Arpora Holidays

A traditional feeling town placed by a peaceful river, Arpora holidays let you experience a more traditional Goa while staying in fantastic accommodations.

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Hidden by the hills

The resort is just inland from the coast at the foot of the Goan hills and alongside Baga Creek. Those who crave the fresh sea air can easily make the short walk along the river towards the spacious beach of Baga and Calangute.

Arpora's community atmosphere is symbolised by the popular Saturday night market held just north of the river. There are also opportunities to let loose in nightspots or unwind in spas within this resort.

Couples looking to relax will love Arpora for its natural ambience and cultural charm. There is also plenty of fun to have with a vibrant nightlife and watersports never too far away.

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Follow the river out to sea

Baga Creek is an estuary running by Baga and towards Arpora. For the most part the river is surrounded by thick rows of palm trees and a walkway which, if you follow it, will take you all the way out towards Baga Beach.

Boat trips are available along Baga Creek where you can gain fresh perspectives on the surrounding nature and the high hills that form the backdrop. The boats can also take you out onto the Arabian Sea where you can go snorkelling and look out for dolphins.

The beaches are accommodating for tourists and locals with plenty of space, sunbeds, beach shacks and other amenities. Baga and Calangute share the same 8km long beach space and both provide activities to enjoy on the sand and on the waves.

Soothing the soul

The town and its hotels are filled with fantastic relaxation opportunities with luxury spas available to rejuvenate you. Zaara, Zuri and the O2 Spa are just some of the venues where you can experience Indian head massages, soothing pools, working gyms and a range of other soul-cleansing treatments.

Those looking for energetic tourist activities won't be disappointed on holidays to Arpora. Down by the coast on the beach running between Baga, Calangute and Candolim there are terrific watersports, scuba excursions and boat trips offered every day. Closer to your resort you could whiz round at Track II Go Karting.

Club Cabana

Arpora offers some delicious places to sit, drink and dine on an evening, some of which are idyllically located by Baga Creek. Some of the restaurants and often the hotels will host live entertainment to keep your nights upbeat.

Baga and Calangute host a fantastic selection of nightspots with bars and clubs found through their streets but many visitors come from those towns to experience Arpora's lively nightclub. Based high in the hills of the resort, Club Cabana is a pumping place surrounded by trees with an open-air pool outside. The music plays long into the night and the bar is free once you pay the entry fee.

Weekly night market

Arpora is most famous for its weekly Saturday night market which is held by Baga Creek. The vibrant marketplace is split between the upper and lower field with both areas filled with fantastic local goods. At the centre there is also a stage where musicians play upbeat music to enhance the atmosphere.

The lower field offers handmade items like embroidered shoulder bags, carved ornaments and unique accessories. The upper field offers a fancier fare with jewellery and designer dresses laid out ready to browse through. Be prepared to barter for a price that suits you as the stall-owners drive a hard bargain.

Cuisine by the creek

There are dozens of dining opportunities in Arpora, most of which offer Asian flavours ranging from Indian to Chinese cuisine.

The Indian dishes on offer incorporate a range of spices and curry flavoured meals. Seafood is served in many restaurants here but especially the ones based by Baga Creek. There are some high-class dining options like at the 100 Pillows Café which is a steakhouse that provides French cuisine within. There are many grills within the town serving delicious meat options while Jalsa serves fantastic vegetarian alternatives.

Walk to the beach

Drive past two bodies of water and the capital of Goa, Panjim, and you'll get from Goa International Airport to Arpora in just over an hour.

The resort is small enough to walk to wherever you'd like to be. You can also reach Baga and Calangute by foot within 10 and 20 minutes, respectively. Taxis and buses also service this region of Goa so you have opportunities to see other towns even if you don't hire a car.

Best time of year to visit

Average temperatures stay above 30°C all year long in Arpora with the nights always feeling nice and warm too. The only interruption to this fantastic weather is monsoon season which runs through the summer from June until September.

The Goa Carnival sees many towns in the region hold a large-scale celebration for the three days before lent. Portuguese and Indian culture is shared throughout the streets of major towns in the form of music, dancing and parades.