Goa Holidays 2020/2021

Though Goa's mixture of Indian and Portuguese culture is unique to say the least, it's the beaches that are the real stars of the show. That's where the main action takes place on Goa holidays, from sunbathing to paragliding, beach shacks selling authentic cuisine and some seriously late-night parties.

Goa Holiday Deals 2020/2021

Heritage Village Club

Arossim Beach, Goa, India

(2288)

7 Nights

4th Mar 2020

All Inclusive

London Gatwick - Direct

Based On Superior Twin Room with Pool View and Balcony

Keys Resort Ronil

Baga Beach, Goa, India

(1185)

14 Nights

21st Mar 2020

Bed and Breakfast

London Gatwick - Direct

Based On Twin Room with Balcony or Terrace

Marinha Dourada

Arpora, Goa, India

(909)

14 Nights

4th Mar 2020

Bed and Breakfast

London Gatwick - Direct

Based On Double Room with Pool View, Lake View and Balcony

East meets west

When it comes to fun-filled breaks in India, cheap holidays to Goa are in a league of their own. It’s the smallest region in the entire country, found along India’s western coast. Up until 1961, it was ruled by the Portuguese, so its blend of western and eastern culture is unique and still very apparent, especially where cuisine and architecture are concerned.

Steeped in a year-round tropical climate, Goa presents holidays that are one-part music, two-parts local markets and about 10-parts beach. Once you set your sights on these golden sand shores, the rest of your holiday will be set in stone. There’s a reason why so many ex-pats make this sun-drenched sliver their forever home.


Currency: Indian Rupee

Language: Hindu and English

Time Difference: GMT + 5

Population: Approx 1.5 million

Religion: Hindu

Resorts

Varca Beach

As one of the quietest beaches in Goa, Varca Beach offers visitors on holidays to Goa the ultimate in relaxation and solitude. Featuring over 10 kilometres of unspoilt white sand dotted with palm trees, you'll find tranquil beach shacks serving up local cuisine and an array of leisurely watersports to keep you busy.

Sinquerim

If you're after more from your holiday than a fly-and-flop break, Goa in India certainly packs a punch. With a winning mix of pink, sandy beaches, cultural immersion and natural adventure, holidays to Goa can provide a once in a lifetime experience that's sure to delight. When it comes to affordable breaks in India, Goa is a sure-fire winner. Resorts such as Sinquerim provide an inviting setting for beach lovers and watersports enthusiasts. With soft sands to relax on, fresh fish to sample and Goa's capital Panaji just a 20-minute drive away, Sinquerim holidays are brimming with possibilities.

Dona Paula

Dona Paula, Goa, is an atmospheric former fishing village offering beaches, restaurants and the Portuguese-Indian flavour unique to this part of India. Where the Mandovi and the Zuari rivers meet the Arabian Sea, Dona Paula is steeped in mystery and mythology – notably about how it got its name. You can choose the truth or the myth, depending on your romantic inclinations!

Cavelossim

Those longing to get away from it all often find India is the destination they've been searching for. Exotic cuisine, cultural diversity and bustling cities make for an exciting adventure, with beaches providing ample opportunity for downtime. For a good balance, holidays to Goa offer an unbeatable experience, combining a mixture of historic and coastal charm. Southern Goa is a haven for sun worshippers with Cavelossim holidays offering a heavenly sandy beach, lofty palms and a lively village centre packed with market stalls, eateries and cafés. With the city of Margao just 17 kilometres away, there's plenty of scope for day-trips and sightseeing, too.

Candolim

Sharing a beach with nearby resorts that spans eight kilometres along the country's coast, Candolim offers a peaceful alternative in the way of holidays to Goa. Visits to this stretch of India are all about taking things easy and making your base underneath the ever-present sun.

Calangute

Calangute is a dynamic town that's home to one of the most popular beaches in all of Goa. It's where you'll head first for basically everything during your holidays to Goa, from nightlife and watersports to that all important relaxation.

Benaulim

Unlike North Goa, the south of the state offers miles of restful, sandy beaches, and that's just what you'll find on Benaulim holidays. You can relax on the calming, palm-fringed beach with its laid-back cafés, watching fisherman haul in their catch, or take to the water for sports and fun. Otherwise, you can explore the area, visiting heritage sites from Goa's fascinating Portuguese-Indian history and nearby Margao, South Goa's largest city and cultural and commercial hub.

Bambolim

Goa's Bambolim is the kind of place you visit out of curiosity. It has a diverse reputation, catering to holidaymakers of all kinds and a perfect place to discover yourself and a slice of Indian heaven. It's the kind of place you visit when you want peace and tranquillity one moment and a buzzing party scene the next. Bambolim has it all, and it has it for everyone. Choose Bambolim and your holiday to Goa for a unique and interesting break.

Arossim Beach

Only 12 hours away by plane, you'll find an Indian haven bordering the Arabian Sea. Arossim Beach is a buzzing holiday resort with must-see sunsets, ample hotels, buzzing bars and plenty to see and do. For holidays to Goa, you really can't beat this tranquil, clean resort set around a gorgeous stretch of powder-white sand. Arossim beach holidays will guarantee a chilled, decadent escape. You'll relax among coconut palms and enjoy mouth-watering seafood from a myriad of restaurants lining the shore. Indulge in unspoilt beaches, engage with friendly locals and get stuck into some watersports.

Baga Beach

From New Age chic to lively music and sublime sunny dining, Baga Beach is a proud part of the everlasting appeal of holidays to Goa. Vibrant markets and a roster of activities keep you active at every hour, while there's still plenty of peace when you need it.

Arpora

A laid-back town where culture and exploration define your experiences, Arpora is the retreat that countless sunseekers love to call home when on holiday to Goa. From its lazy days to its upbeat weekend bazaar, this town is well connected and sure to give you plenty to see.

Anjuna

Stepping out into the world of Anjuna, you'll be enveloped by a mystical and evocative atmosphere. Its character might be due to the fact that Anjuna was a major part of the 'hippie trail' during the '60s, or perhaps because this is still where people love to come to find peace, meaning, and even themselves. Anjuna isn't just for backpackers though; tourists from all walks of life come here to experience its beauty and for an exciting, fascinating step back into the past.

Majorda

Those in search of show-stopping beaches and laid-back charm will find holidays to Goa an appealing choice. India's smallest region, Goa offers fun and culture in equal measure with Majorda Beach a relatively well-kept secret until recent years. Majorda Beach holidays are packed with authentic charm, wide sandy beaches and a palette-pleasing cuisine that will delight foodies.

Panjim

Holidays to Goa will take you to a setting where east meets west. The enchanting Goan capital of Panjim (also known as Panaji or Pangim) is home to Portuguese-style churches, ancient cobbled quarters and nearby beaches, making it one of the most magical and exotic places to be. Unlike other state capitals, Panjim is an easy-going town that's unhurried and serene. You can get around the city by flagging down a rickshaw, or if you're feeling particularly daring, rent a bicycle and take on the traffic! However, being fairly small in size, the city can be explored effortlessly on foot, with a journey from one side to the other taking little more than an hour.

Sernabatim Beach

If you're after fun, culture and stunning beaches in equal measure, holidays to Goa must be top of your travel wish-list. With a good mix of sightseeing options and leisurely pursuits, this popular Indian escape gives visitors plenty to smile about, as well as exotic cuisine that will tantalise your taste buds. Sernabatim Beach holidays will provide a relaxed base from which to enjoy your Goa adventure. Sernabatim Beach has an expansive stretch of sands known for its cleanliness, and a smattering of beach-front restaurants and bars. Colva Beach is just a short walk away, with Benaulim Beach close by if you feel like a change of scene.

Location

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Golden sands

The beaches in Goa get their fair share of visits from sun-thirsty holidaymakers looking to escape the heat with a cooling breeze from the Arabian Sea. The beaches are also where you’ll find a number of beach bars, clubs and parties, not to mention watersports and hotels that put you right in the thick of the action.

Baga Beach is easily the most popular beach in Goa, and plays host to holiday crowds. It’s where you’ll find sunloungers and umbrellas covering the length of the beach, along with watersports like paragliding, kayaking, snorkelling and jet skiing. And if you’re looking for variation, Baga Beach shares eight kilometres of shore with Calangute and Candolim, so there’s room for everyone.

Varca Beach lays claim to its own 10 kilometres of sand, which tends to lean on the less crowded side. There are less beach facilities than bustling spots like Baga, but that keeps other holidaymakers at bay, leaving you to bask in peace and tranquillity.

Beach parties

Goa isn’t your average nightlife spot, and we aren’t just saying that. We can think of few places with as varied an after-hours selection as the all-night parties and neon-lit clubs found in Goa. A former hippy haven, its peace-and-love roots are still going strong with laid-back beach parties that extend well into the night.

You’ll have your pick of easy-going cocktail bars but the real fun is in big time clubs like the jaw-droppingly massive Club Cubana in Arpora where, after you’ve paid the entrance fee, it’s free drinks for the night and access to the pool.

Baga Beach has its own strip of clubs where DJ sets and young party-goers reign supreme, while Candolim is home to SinQ, a party paradise with a pool, lounge, nightclub and microbrewery all to its name.

Hints of Portugal

For around 450 years, Goa was a territory of Portugal, which has forever left an imprint on the small state in the form of European-style buildings, churches and Portuguese-influenced cuisine. Goa is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Bom Jesus Basilica, which holds the remains of St Francis Xavier, and the churches and convents found in Old Goa.

Old Goa was the capital of Goa pre-independence, since replaced by Panjim. Even so, Old Goa is destination number one for history buffs, as it’s circa 15th century and is packed with elaborate Catholic churches and whitewashed structures.

Keeping things spicy

Just like Goa’s surroundings reflect its heritage, the same goes for its cuisine. Traditional Goan fare is a mouth-watering blend of curries, spices characteristic of classic Indian cuisine and Portuguese flavours and vegetables, like peri-peri chillies, potatoes, guavas and cashew nuts.

Coconut milk, rice, seafood and local spices dominate the dishes here, in everything from curries to stews. Don’t be afraid to dine in the ramshackle beach huts, as some of the most authentic Indian cuisine can be found there, but you’ll find garden restaurants and seaside spots too.

Local markets

Indian markets take shopping to whole new heights, and Goa’s marketplaces are no different. With spices, music and local wares, it’s sensory overload. One of the region’s top markets is the Saturday night market in Arpora, which isn’t just a shopping destination but a dining and nightlife one as well.

A sprawling collection of stalls are gathered around a central stage, where live music plays. Within the throng of shops, you’ll find jewellery, clothing, lanterns, artwork and tea in between food stalls and bars.

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