Here we discuss 5 reasons why we think Goa should be at the top of your bucket list...
From unique mixed heritage through to great value for money when you arrive, a trip to Goa has ample opportunity for exploration or good old fashioned relaxation. Even for the most discerning of travellers, Goa holidays provide the chance to embark on everything from beach hopping exploits to jungle adventures and much more, presenting many fabulous reasons why Goa should be up there on your list of must-see destinations. Let us tell you more...
1. You won’t find a culture quite like it anywhere else
Showcasing a unique European and Indian blend, Goa's modern-day culture takes its influence from past Portuguese visitors, when Vasco da Gama landed on Goa's shores in 1524. Gama brought Christianity to the Hindu state, and today, the two religions reside harmoniously, celebrating all manner of festivals and events together across both religious calendars. The Portuguese influence can be found in abundance in Goa, most recognisably in the colourful Portuguese heritage homes, scattered across the state.
2. You can find a beach fit for the most discerning of beach lovers
From bustling beach shack-filled sands in the north of the state, to serene, uncrowded stretches in the south, we're confident you'll be able to find your ideal beach when holidaying in Goa. Calangute Beach, one of the most popular in the north, is home to an unbroken string of colourful shacks; so you can either relax on the sand, or wander the stalls, buying souvenirs and stopping for refreshments along the way. The south presents a laid-back vibe, where many of the beaches are just you, accompanied by the sand and the sea, such as Cola Beach.
Above: Calangute Beach
Above: Cola Beach
3. You don’t have to break the bank to holiday there – even though it’s far away
We're always working to offer our customers the best possible prices for a holiday to Goa. At the moment, there's some fantastic late deals for the winter 2017/18 season, with last-minute seven-night holidays from £519pp, 14 nights from £569pp, or even as many as 21 nights, from just £679pp! Find out more about our current holiday deals.
Image credit: Piyawat Hirunwattanasuk | Shutterstock
4. It’s cheap when you get there
Eating out and purchasing souvenirs is an inexpensive hobby when in Goa, and when a three-course meal is around £22, and lunch at a beach shack is roughly £3, you'll be able to eat your way through many of Goa's tasty delicacies. Buying souvenirs follows a similar pattern, with silk scarves for anywhere between £3-5, or spices from a market stall for as little as £1 per 100g.
Above: Anjuna Flea Market
5. The cuisine: amazing fresh fish and fragrant curries
Goa is perhaps most famous for its fish curry, and for good reason, as it tastes pretty special. There's plenty of other wonderfully fresh seafood kicking about too, such as tiger prawns, lobster and red snapper, but no need to worry if you're a vegetarian, as there's dishes such as vegetable chili fry and vegetable dhal to choose from. Pork and chicken dishes are also popular across the state, so be sure to try curries like chicken cafreal and pork vindaloo.
Above: Goan fish curry. Image credit: Sta | Shutterstock
Above: Crab masala at Fisherman's Wharf.
If you want to find out more about a holiday to Goa, you can visit our website, or give our knowledgeable sales team a call on 01489 866986.
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