Goa is India’s smallest state but mighty in allure, as its colourful beaches are the perfect destination for those who want to escape to an exotic paradise. The enchanting atmosphere has captured the imagination of visitors both young and old since the famous hippie scene in the 1960s. Today holidaymakers can enjoy the culture of Old Goa, the unspoiled beaches in South Goa and the vibrant nightlife in the North.
Goa has some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of India. The soft, sandy shores are lined with tropical scenery of swaying palm trees. If you want a quiet beach setting, head to South Goa to unwind in the undisturbed beauty of the coast. Enjoy lounging on the spotless beaches and taking in the picturesque views of the Arabian Sea.
The beaches found in North Goa have the same spectacular beauty but with a more upbeat atmosphere. Some of the beaches in this area became popular among the iconic hippie scene in the 1960s. The vibrant shores are alive with activities, like water sports, music cafes and nearby markets.
History and culture
Goa is India’s smallest state and can be found in the western part of the country along the coast. It has a deep history with the Portuguese colony prior to 1961, which has shaped its ancient buildings and well preserved 16th-century churches in the UNESCO listed city, Old Goa.
There are two distinctive parts to Goa and both have a different vibe so you can tailor your Goa experience to your taste. Enjoy peace and tranquillity in South Goa. Lounge on the perfect beaches with fragrant scents from the tropical coconut groves and paddy fields nearby. North Goa is quite different with its upbeat atmosphere, bustling markets and vibrant nightlife. The area is popular among the younger holidaymakers who want to experience a lively Goa.
As well as being a tranquil beach paradise, Goa is also known for its wild nightlife. You’ll be able to find an array of nightly entertainment in North Goa. Enjoy a selection of clubs, bars and casinos, where most play an eclectic range of music, from techno and trance to house and hip-hop. The venues in North Goa usually stay open till the early hours, so there are plenty of opportunities to dance the night away.
The traditional food in Goa is notoriously delicious and made from an irresistible blend of tropical, citrus and spicy flavours. This is due to its Hindu heritage and Portuguese influences. Enjoy feasting on hot and rich curry’s, infused rice dishes and yoghurt based coolers.