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Arpora is part of a string of vibrant beach resorts dotted along the golden coast of Goa. Embodying Goa’s trademark colourful and easy-going attitude, Arpora is ideally situated with the best sandy, palm-lined beaches on its doorstep. Home to one of the biggest markets in the country plus a full calendar of festivities and events, the resort is ideal for the Goa first-timer.
Highs of around 32C by May and June, down to the 20s by September.
The nearest airport to Arpora is Goa International Airport in Goa.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Arpora to experience for yourself the heart of Goa’s hippy coast, complete with idyllic beaches and the most interesting market you’ll ever see.
Make the most of the beautiful tropical weather and visit the numerous golden beaches laid out on Arpora’s doorstep. Colourful hippy-chic Baga is a local favourite, and the resort is within easy reach of the famous Queen of Beaches at Calangute. On holiday with active kids? Keep them busy learning different water sports, or plan a family day trip dolphin spotting off the coast during your holiday. Saturday night at the market is an essential Arpora experience. Renowned across the region, the market is where you come to shop or just eat, with a mouth-watering array of international cuisine from Goan to German.
Calangute Beach is one of the best-known in Goa, situated a handy 20 minute walk from Arpora. Nicknamed the Queen of Beaches, Calangute is a vast seven kilometre stretch of powdery white sand, speckled with sun loungers and brightly-coloured umbrellas. Bustling beach shacks and bars line the sand, selling drinks and snacks, plus handmade trinkets that make good souvenirs. The Queen of Beaches is also one of the best places in Arpora for nightlife, with lots of beach-goers staying right where they are after dark for cocktails, live music and dancing right by the sea.
The weekly Saturday night market that takes place in Arpora is legendary, drawing visitors from all over the country and earning its reputation as not only Arpora’s biggest attraction, but the best in all of Goa. Also known as the Saturday Nite Bazaar, the market features food, shopping and entertainment, with the classic Goan mix of cultures. Try food from all over the world, including local specialities, and browse for trinkets, gifts and jewellery. As the night goes on, the stage at the heart of the market fills with would-be singers and musicians to get people dancing, and the event turns into a big party.
There are plenty of things for kids to do in Arpora, with a good choice of beaches ideal for old-fashioned bucket and spade fun. Activities on the coast include a wide variety of water sports, with places to hire water skis and windsurfing equipment. The resort is a great place to learn to dive in the crystal clear water. If you prefer to stay above the water, jump on a boat and sail off towards the Arabian Sea. Fantastic for day trips, boat excursions can include stopping off for a sun-drenched lunch or even dolphin-spotting.
Families: Fantastic beaches filled with fun things to do, plus lots of options for day trips and excursion
Beach lovers: Some of the best known white-sand beaches in Goa at your doorstep
Bargain hunters: Fancy yourself as a top haggler? Test your skills at the biggest and busiest bazaar in Goa
Language: The languages spoken in Arpora are Hindi and English
Currency: The currency used in Arpora is the Rupee
Local time: India is 5 hours 30 minutes ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: The nearest airport to Arpora is Goa International Airport in Goa
Flight time from UK: Approximately 9 hours 30 minutes direct
Tourist Information: Further Arpora tourist information can be found at www.tourism.gov.in
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Arpora.
Temperature: Highs of around 32°C by May and June, down to the 20s by September.
Best time to visit: Autumn and winter promises lots of sunshine and less humidity.
Arpora is located in Goa, southwest India, which is known for its tropical climate. The temperature rises quickly and hits its peak around May, before several months of monsoons arrive to cool things off. Although the monsoons can be exciting to experience, many visitors prefer the fresher climate from September and October onwards.
By bus: To hop easily between beaches, the local bus service has regular buses out to Baga and Calangute.
By bike: The roads are easy to get around on bike – either a bicycle or a scooter, if you have a licence – and are a zippy way to get from A to B.
On foot: If you don’t mind the walk, it’s around 20 minutes to get to local attractions like Calangute Beach on foot.
By taxi: Book taxis from the airport or local hotels, but make sure to check first if it is metered or a fixed-price rate.
January feast: Every January, Arpora celebrates the Feast of St Sebastian, one of the most important Christian events in its calendar. The celebration takes place at the village’s chapel with feasts and festivities.
For clubbers: The popular Sunburn Electronic Dance Festival has recently moved in down the road in Baga. A three day event between Christmas and New Year, the festival features Indian and international dance music acts and top DJs.
The biggest party of the year: In February, the Goa Carnival & Fiesta of Fun takes place throughout five cities in Goa. The event includes huge float parades, music and more, with guest appearances from Bollywood stars and cook-offs.