Candolim is the perfect destination if you’re looking for sun, sea and swathes of sand, but without the post-midnight madness of livelier resorts such as Calangute. One of North Goa’s most picturesque resorts and full of bohemian charm, Candolim’s blessed with the best of the region’s beaches and surrounded by stunning tropical scenery. The sun-drenched beaches and lazy days are typical of the laid-back feel of Candolim holidays, with the promise of exciting jungle adventures in a jeep or day-long sailing trips on a yacht. After the sun has set, the balmy nights are made for spending on the beach or eating a leisurely dinner, overlooking the romantic, ruined ramparts of the imposing Fort Aguada.
Things to do
Although Goa might be one of the smaller states in India, it’s packed with things to do. Your Candolim holidays could see you heading off on an adventure, climbing or hiking in the mountains or taking a tour of Goa’s steamy, tropical jungle and spending the day spotting monkeys and observing tigers in their native habitat, before taking a refreshing plunge under a waterfall. If all that excitement has left you a little worn out, recharge your batteries by spending a well-deserved day on the beach, stretching out on a sun lounger with the warm ocean lapping at your feet. If you’re still up for some excitement, try the water sports or cruise across the coast, watching pods of dolphins playing in front of your boat. Goan evenings are made for cold beers from the local beach shack and watching the sun set from the honey-coloured sands. If you’re in need of something to eat, wander into town for an aromatic Goan curry.
Candolim has a fantastic 8km stretch of golden sand that’s backed by tropical greenery and rolling dunes. The vibrant beach provides a lively spot to enjoy the soft sand and shallow waters. Stroll along the 17th century Portuguese Fort Aguada out to sea for panoramic views of the Arabian coast, and views of the abandoned River Princess bulk carrier that’s stranded about 100 meters offshore.
Relax on a sunbed and bask in the warm weather or take to the water for an array of water sports like jet skis, paragliding, windsurfing and canoeing. Boating trips are available for the beach that can take you sailing in search of humpback dolphins. You’ll also find a whole host of beach shacks selling clothes, cold drinks, food and souvenirs.
History and culture
The village of Candolim is one of Goa’s most popular holiday resorts and has been recently developed to be equipped with all amenities needed for a comfortable stay in India. Take a trip down to the beach to see the well preserved 17th century Fort Aguada, which is a lighthouse as well as a Portuguese fortress. Candolim is in a great location just north of the Mandovi River and only a 20 minute drive from Goa’s capital Panaji, where you can explore the Portuguese architecture and Hindu temples.
North Goa is well known for its vibrant nightlife and colourful beach parties. The majority of Candolim’s nightlife can be found along Fort Aguada Road, where you’ll find a variety of restaurants and bars. Enjoy an authentic Goan meal made from a blend of tropical, citrus and spicy flavours, before finishing your night in one of the bustling bars to dance till the sun comes up. Alternatively spend your evening under on the beach and sip on cocktails brought from the beachside shacks and party under the stars.