Goa's golden sand, swaying palms and inviting sea attracts tourists from all over but thanks to the abundance of these beaches, seclusion can be easily found. The 5 star hotels in Goa tend to offer isolated stretches of beach but the very best beaches are located in South Goa. All the way from Betel to Polem, strolling down the coast will lead you to countless inlets and bays inhabited solely by locals going about their daily routines. Sampling the famed regional cuisine is the best way to cap off a day on the beach and where better to start than the fiery curry, Vindaloo. The dish actually has its origins in Goa's colonial past and was based on Portuguese influences but the inclusion of Indian spices and herbs has made this dish characteristically Goan and incredibly delicious.
As a former Portuguese colonial outpost of great importance there is a wealth of history and architecture to check out in the region. Plenty of churches and cathedrals still stand although their crumbling exteriors display their age. From our Goa hotels, a visit to the Chandor mansion is arguably the best colonial era artefact of all. A tour of this 350 year old mansion provides a unique insight into Goa's past and it is still kept in good condition by the current generation of the family that have always resided there.
Prizing yourself away from the relaxation of the beaches may be difficult but it is worth it to see two of Goa's most prominent markets. Anjula Market is popular with locals and hippies wiling away their time while the lesser known Mapusa Market is truly authentic. Submerge yourself in the Goan spirit of 'Susegad' for a laid back and fulfilling holiday like no other.
Hotels in Goa start at AU$20 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.