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.
Relax on the beach
Sinquerim Beach is famous for its unusual pink sand and its 8km stretch will provide ample opportunity for topping up those Vitamin-D levels. When hunger strikes, head to the numerous bamboo beach shacks serving cold drinks, mouth-watering curries and the freshest of fish. They also hire out loungers so you can upgrade your sandy beach-towel and soak up the chilled out vibe of this Goan resort. Active types must head to the Fort Aguada section of the beach where they can try out adrenaline-inducing watersports such as parasailing, banana-boating and water-skiing.
Hindu and English
The village of Sinquerim is a bustling spot to spend your days. It has a distinctly Portuguese flavour and colonial mansions can be seen alongside more traditional Goan houses. Fort Aguada is a popular tourist spot which dates back to the 1600's. It's free to enter and features a four-storey lighthouse. It's a must see for history buffs and a highlight of Sinquerim holidays. Those interested in discovering more of Goa's past can check out the Calizz Museum which showcases local traditions and architectural influences through various displays, artefacts and antiques.
Dishes to try
Food wise, you'll find everything in Sinquerim from spicy dishes to more western inspired plates. Fish curry is a staple and best served with an ice cold bottle of local beer. For simple yet delicious flavours, go for lobster grilled with garlic sauce, grilled king prawns or chilli-fried squid. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a selection of Goan treats and desserts. Serradura, a creamy dessert with Portuguese origins, is made from vanilla flavoured whipped cream and crushed biscuits. Bebinca, a soft layered cake is another must-try. Local drinks to sip include sugar cane juice and green coconut water.
No trip to Sinquerim is complete without spending the day in Goa's capital, Panaji. Just 20 minutes from the resort, it's a treasure trove of ornate Hindu temples, museums and art exhibitions. Highlights include Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, a wonderful whitewashed church standing watch over the city. Goa State Museum is also worth a visit with its eclectic collection of antiquities, art and sculptural delights. The star of the show is the labyrinthine Latin Quarter with its brightly painted houses, quirky art galleries and souvenir shops. Round off your trip with a relaxing boat ride along the Mandovi River.
Nightlife in Candolim
There's not much for night owls in chilled out Sinquerim so those in search for fun can take a taxi ride to nearby Candolim. The journey should take around five minutes and a selection of bars and restaurants await on the aptly named Restaurant Street. Expect bustling bars serving Kingfisher beer, Honey Bee brandy and an array of local cocktails. Feni is a favourite local firewater made from either coconut palm sap or cashew which is then fermented and distilled. It's pretty strong so is often drank with a mixer. In terms of entertainment expect everything from karaoke to live Indian music.
With some of the best beaches in India and in close proximity to lively Candolim, Sinquerim certainly has a lot to offer. It's also within easy reach of Goa's capital Panaji, so there's plenty for those who want more from their holiday than just lazing on a sun-lounger. Pair this with a mix of active, cultural and gastronomic delights and this resort could be an ideal base for your Goan adventure.