A guide to things to do in Calangute

Famous for its large stretch of beach along the west Indian coastline, Calangute is bursting with things to do if you’re looking to make the most of the area’s warm climate on your Goa holidays. Whether it involves enjoying the watersports and relaxing drinks that the seafront has to offer, or spending time inland learning more about the history and culture of this remarkable town, there is plenty for you to do while you’re there.

Immerse yourself in culture at Calangute's art galleries

Calangute is full of establishments dedicated to showing off the best art in Goa. Mario Gallery on Fort Aguada Road showcases some of famous illustrator and cartoonist Mario De Miranda’s greatest works, which are available to buy in various forms of print.

For a more classical style of art, a trip to the Art Chamber makes for a wonderful afternoon spent engaged in culture. The gallery is known for its promotion of local artists as well as exhibiting hand-picked international musicians to create a rich and vibrant atmosphere for visitors.

Take a stroll along Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach is called the Queen of Beaches as its sandy shores are the most eye-catching in all of North Goa. You can make a day out of simply strolling along the beach and basking in the glorious sunshine, or choosing to kick back with a cool drink from one of the many shacks along the seafront. On days when the waves are calm, a refreshing dip in the sea makes for an excellent afternoon activity.

A journey to the beach is included in a private tour package of old Goa that spans from Fort Aguada in Candolim up to Anjuna Beach a few miles north of Calangute. For a little over £40, discover the history carved into parts of Goa’s coast while taking in the magnificently warm Indian weather.

St. Alex's Church

The structure of St. Alex’s Church that is present in Calangute today is the third to have been built since the 1500s. This religious landmark is steeped in a rich history that’s ready to be explored.

The church’s eye-catching architecture is a sight to admire inside and out. The pristine white walls help keep you cool while you admire the intricately carved artefacts that gleam by the altar. Whether you’re religious or not, St. Alex’s is a worthwhile visit for anyone interested in learning more about Calangute’s past.

Browse the wares on Holiday Street

Holiday Street is Calangute’s premier spot for finding quality Indian wares without the hassle of a busy marketplace on cheap Goa holidays. Whether you’re looking for a souvenir to take home for your friends and family, or jewellery that compliments your wardrobe, you’ll have fun seeing what you can find in the many stalls lining the street.

If you get peckish while you’re browsing then there are plenty of restaurants in the area to check out for a bite to eat, or perhaps just a refreshing drink to keep you cool. When you’ve shopped to your heart’s content, Calangute Beach is only a short walk away.

Explore your adventurous side with some watersport activities

Being on the coast, Calangute is the ideal place to go out on the water and try your hand at some new and exciting activities. With several packages on offer that include parasailing and jet-skiing, you’ll have an exhilarating day ahead of you. Plus, there are plenty of spots to grab a drink once your feet are firmly back on solid ground.

If you’d prefer to be under the sea rather than on top of it, Goa Water World on Calangute-Anjuna Road provide snorkelling and scuba diving services that allow you explore the wonders that live below the surface. You’ll always be in the safe hands of professionals with these activities, so you can immerse yourself in the incredible experiences with confidence.