If you’re a fan of hot sunshine and tropical weather, take your holidays to Arpora between May and June, when the temperature peaks in the early thirties. If you prefer something a little less intense, book your break from September onwards, when the heat and humidity drops and the mercury hovers in the mid-twenties. July, August and September are the monsoon months. Bring a brolly!
Families: If you can bear to tear yourself away from the beach, you’ll find plenty to do on your holiday, such as dolphin spotting and wildlife excursions.
Beach lovers: Every beach is a slice of paradise. Think powder-soft sands, swaying palm trees and shores that shelve gently into waters so blue, they’re almost a cliché!
Bargain hunters: Fancy yourself as a haggling hero? Test your skills by night at the biggest and busiest market in Goa: the Saturday Night Bazaar!
More about Arpora
Language: The languages spoken are Hindi and English.
Currency: You’ll need to change your Sterling into Rupees for your holiday.
Local time: Arpora is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Dabolim Airport. The transfer time is about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The Arpora flight time is 9.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further 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 Arpora holidays.
Holiday destinations related to Arpora:
By bus: With regular services running to Baga and Calangute, buses are a budget-friendly way of hopping between beaches.
By bike: Goan roads are easy to navigate and bicycles or scooters are a zippy way to get from A to B.
On foot: If you don’t mind the walk then it’s around 20 minutes to get to most local attractions, such as Calangute Beach, on foot.
By taxi: Book taxis from the airport or local hotels, but make sure to check first if yours is metered or a fixed-price rate. On a night out, there’s also the opportunity to catch a ride in an auto-rickshaw: a motorised, three-wheeled version of the traditional transport.
January feast: Every January, Arpora celebrates the Feast of St Sebastian, one of the most important Christian events in its calendar. It also happens to fall on the same day as Dhalo: the Goan dance and drama festival, so expect traditional dancing, live music and outstanding firework displays.
For clubbers: About 15 minutes’ walk from Arpora you’ll find Baga Beach, which hosts the popular Sunburn Electronic Dance Festival. A three-day event that takes between Christmas and New Year, this vibrant festival features Indian and international dance-music acts and top DJs, from across the world.
The biggest party of the year: In February, the Goa Carnival kicks off in all its colourful glory. Expect to see flamboyant floats, kaleidoscopic costumes, live music, sizzling street-food and phenomenal fireworks. There’s also the chance for a bit of celebrity-spotting, with guest appearances from Bollywood stars and cook-offs featuring well-known Indian chefs.