Ever thought about spending this festive season somewhere hot and sunny?
It’s no secret that each year, more and more Brits choose to escape the usually wet and windy weather of the UK winter in favour of warmer climates. The festive period is a popular time to head off on holiday, and why not, it’s an extra present for you and your family!
The summer months are a great time to start planning your festive escape, and with average temperatures of 30°C, exotic culture, cuisine and some of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever seen, where could be better than Goa at Christmas? Here are just a few reasons why it’s a great festive holiday destination, and some beautiful hand-picked hotels to go with it…
The beaches & weather
Where temperatures can be as high as the low to mid-thirties, and uninterrupted sunshine and plush green palms back golden shores and turquoise water, Goa truly is a beach lover’s paradise. December is one of the best months you can visit this exotic state weather-wise, and if you do choose to stay over the Christmas period, there are always lots of exciting festivities happening.
Some of our favourite beaches are Palolem and Cola Beach in the south, and Anjuna and Baga Beach in the north. Each offers a slightly different Goa Experience. You can read more about the beaches in Goa here.
The markets & food
Christmas is a time when for most of us the diets fade away, and we accept that we’re going to eat and drink as much as physically possible. So, with traditional Goan fish curries and fresh seafood to gorge on, a holiday to Goa will open up a whole new food experience. The rich spices on offer are completely unique, and where better to try and buy than at a local market? Stall upon stall of every spice you could ever think of, plus food, clothes, souvenirs and music all gather in one place to make some pretty impressive markets. Arpora’s Saturday Night Market is just one example of an absolute must-see, where you can get your hands on some particularly tasty street food. Read more about Goa’s top markets.
Spices at Anjuna Flea Market
And most importantly, the Christmas celebrations
Celebrated by both Christians and Hindus alike, everyone comes together during Christmas time in Goa, and some fantastic festivities, food and fireworks can be found all over the state.
A particularly wonderful place to visit during this time is the Church of Our Lady Immaculate Conception in Panjim, which is lit beautifully for the occasion. Market places are embellished with tinsel, Christmas trees light up local areas and you’ll find traditional Goan Christmas cake (made with wine and dry fruit) everywhere. Other Goan festive desserts include dodol, made with coconut and cashews, and neuros, made with dried fruit and coconut.
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Where to stay...
We have a number of hand-picked hotels which are ideal if you’re looking to spend some of the festive period in Goa, but here are just a few of our favourite hotels in Goa...
Santana Beach Resort - Candolim, North Goa
This charming 2.5 grade hotel really is a beach lover’s paradise, and being close to the exciting centre of Candolim, you’ll be perfectly placed to enjoy all manner of festivities.
Chalston Beach Resort – Calangute, North Goa
Another beautiful beachfront hotel, you can enjoy the perfect holiday whilst having the option to explore Calangute, with its colourful craft stalls, bustling restaurants and bars.
Caravela Beach Resort - Calangute, North Goa
Located along arguably one of the best stretches of beach in Goa, you can relax on the white sands, take a stroll through the hotel’s 24 acres of plush gardens, or relax with a cocktail at the swim up pool bar.
Alila Diwa - Majorda, South Goa
Surrounded by coconut groves and rice paddies, the Alila Diwa offers guests complete luxury. An infinity pool provides fabulous views across the jungle, and three exquisite restaurants open up a whole new culinary experience.
Christmas availability is already limited, so come and experience what Goa at Christmas is all about!
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