Known as a tourist’s paradise or a pearl in the Arabian Sea, Goa boasts a sensual and luxurious feel, an exotic and delicate ambience and a vivacity unlikely to be matched. Holding accolades for being one of the best experiences in the world, Goa will provide you with a holiday of a lifetime and a pocket of fun, culture, history and of course those absolutely beautiful beaches. Fringed by palm trees and long swathes of golden sands, Goa holidays are pure bliss. Warm seas lap the sweeping coastline and offer a tranquillity and seclusion destined to refresh your body and soul. A decadent feel surrounds beautiful Goa and promises to deliver in everything it offers. Clear blue skies watch over the old colonial architecture, ancient Temples drape the hillsides along with quaint villages from its former roots as part of the Portuguese Empire. In fact, Goa is now proud to be a UNESCO world heritage site due to its large and colourful history. This is evident in the numerous temples, churches and shrines. Cathedrals of magnificence stand tall in the region alongside Mediterranean hamlets and protecting forts. There is so much to admire on Goa holidays that one stay will never be enough to really soak up the sights and atmosphere of this portion of paradise.
Goa holidays are famous for the warm and friendly welcome afforded by the Goan people and as you slow down to the local pace of life you will experience a truly traditional and laid back approach to daily activities. After unwinding on the long and dreamy beaches, you will be ready to sample the various other delights of Goan culture. From markets to beach parties, delicacies to exoticism, there is something for every discerning traveller.
Set in India’s west coast lined by the Arabian Sea, Goa holidays are perfect for lazy days basking in the sun, every beach will offer an atmosphere exclusive to Goa. Whether it is quiet or lively, you will not be disappointed. The fun doesn’t just end there though; stunning pink sunsets pave the way for a night of entertainment via one of the many beach style bars or restaurants. Traditional dance and costume influences the fantastic cultural shows held regularly throughout Goa. Music and Dance is a theme for most occasions and an exuberant display of fun and tradition emerges from this wonderful part of the world. Search now with Holiday Gems to find the cheapest Goa holiday deals.
The best time to go on holidays to Goa is between the months of November to April. Minimal amounts of rainfall occur during this period and temperatures are a wonderful 29 to 32 degrees Celsius generally. With 9 hours or more of sunshine, it is easy to see why this 6-month window is so attractive. Throughout the rest of the year, Goa receives the southwestern monsoon season and copious amounts of rainfall will occur, particularly during June and September. Due to the tropical climate it therefore is better to visit during the recommended season. Book the perfect Goa holiday today whether you're after a last minute Goa holiday for 2024 or planning ahead for 2025.
A popular pastime for people on Goa holidays is bartering in the vibrant markets of Goa, which can prove lively and very entertaining. A wonderful aroma and a bustling atmosphere surrounds the large selection of products on offer in this weekly hustle and bustle. One of the local hand crafted mementos will remind you of the lifetime experience Goa provides. Alternatively, the Christian Art Museum in Old Goa portrays the exquisite work of local craftsmen. Folk paintings from the colonial era, intricately carved rosewood and teak furnishings plus terracotta and brass are all on display here and provide a real insight into days gone by.
A holiday to Goa allows you have to witness one of the many important folk dances held via carnivals, or various styles of public gatherings. Music runs in the blood of Goan people and never leaves them. It also pleasantly reflects the cultural image of Goa over the years. Classed as folk art, you will not be disappointed watching the customary performances.
Bird watching on Goa holidays offers particularly rewarding sights as an abundance of rare and exotic species can be found in the early morning river mist or in one of the nearby sanctuaries. Such an enchanting array of birdlife is just one of the many sights here in Goa.
One of the best ways to absorb the enchanting atmosphere of Goa is to hop aboard one of the daily evening cruises along the River Mandovi. Beautiful sunsets reflecting across the still waters provides a truly picturesque and romantic scene. Whilst aboard you can sample one of the many fruit and alcoholic punches known to Goa culture and settle down to a night of entertainment via live music.