Cheap and enchanting fun in subtropical Goa
From the UK, direct flights take around nine hours to Goa International Airport with transfers of 30 minutes to the coast.
With its subtropical climate, the best and driest, time to visit this welcoming, west coast state is between November and February, when temperatures are cooler. But you’ll find plenty of beach parties celebrating the arrival of the rain in mid June when the countryside is at its richest.
If you’re looking for a resort full of life, look no further than vibrant Calangute. Tuk tuks and scooters throng the narrow streets lined with shops and restaurants, while beach shacks pumping out music along the white sand until the small hours. If however, you prefer a more tranquil beach scene, a cheap holiday to Candolim could be right up your street. Groves of palm trees line this stretch of sand, dotted with authentic beach shacks serving up delicious Goan cuisine. Try out a plethora of watersports or take up the opportunity to go dolphin spotting.
Cheap days out in Goa
In the laid back town of Arpora Mackie’s Night Bazaar is awash with brightly coloured stalls. They sell everything from fragrant spices and traditional clothing to delicious street food and souvenirs, with many bargains to be had.
Another cheap activity is to relax on the white sands of the pristine Baga Beach with a refreshing drink from one of the authentic beach shacks. Or don a snorkel and explore the brilliant blue world under the sea.
If you’re staying in vibrant Calangute, wander around the spectacular St. Alex Church, admiring the unique blend of Portuguese and Indian architecture before haggling your way around the Tibetan market packed with ornate trinkets and jewellery.
Other cheap holidays to take a look at
If you’re still undecided, there are plenty more cheap holiday destinations to consider. With a flight time of around four hours from UK airports, take a look at Morocco and explore its colourful, winding streets bursting with culture and delicious cuisine. Both beach lovers and history enthusiasts will be in their element in Greece with more than 200 spectacular islands to choose from, each featuring their own exquisite culture.
But if your heart’s set on Goa, check out our comprehensive travel guide before taking a look at these cheap hotel options in the region.
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Located a stone's throw from the serene Sernabatim Beach, famed for its breathtaking sunsets, this fresh and modern resort offers total relaxation along the Arabian coastline. Relax by the outdoor pool with a drink from the poolside cafe, enjoy an early morning yoga class or treat yourself to a massage at the spa and wellness centre. Within the resort you'll find a delightful restaurant serving up a mix of both Goan and international cuisine, and the Live Lounge is the perfect spot to unwind with live music on a Saturday night.
With an outdoor pool enveloped by tropical gardens, find yourself a sunlounger and relax under the shade of a palm tree to read your favourite book. Or stroll down to the pink-hued sands of Candolim Beach, a few minutes' walk away. The hotel's restaurant serves up a feast at breakfast with everything from your favourite cereal and toast to hearty Goan curries on offer. Come dinner time you'll find plenty of a la carte options complimented by local entertainment including live music and Goan dancing.