If you’re planning a trip to Goa in India, chances are spending a few days lounging on one of its beautiful beaches will be high on your list of things to do – but with so many stretches of sand to choose from, where do you begin?
Base yourself in the state capital of Panaji and you’ll not only be able to explore this vibrant and historic city, but also some of the top beaches that line Goa’s coast. Here are just a few of the best spots for spending lazy days in the sunshine:
Located just to the south of the city, Miramar is a great place to begin your exploration of Goa’s stunning seaside. As with many of the region’s beaches, it’s fringed by palm trees and lapped by the clear waters of the Arabian Sea.
Situated at the end of the estuary for the River Mandovi, Miramar is a lively place to visit, and it is favoured by travellers and locals alike. While you lie back on the warm sand, you’ll have an excellent view of the famous Fort Aguada, which can clearly be seen on the other side of the waterway. As a result, if you want to combine your day at the beach with a bit of sightseeing, this is an excellent place to come.
If you want your cheap holidays in Goa to be about more than just lying in the sun, spend a day sampling the delights of Bogmalo Beach. Running for just 4 km, it is one of the smaller stretches of sand Goa has to offer, but there are excellent water sports facilities here.
You can try your hand at windsurfing or water skiing if you fancy being active, while the small village behind the beach is delightful to explore. You won’t be able to escape the large five-star resort at one end of the bay, which gives the area a somewhat exclusive atmosphere.
Heading further south again, you will come to Majorda Beach, which is just as famous for its food as it is for its stretch of sand. The coastal village here is where the local Goans were first trained in the art of making European bread and, to this day, Majorda is the best place in the state to buy baked goods.
Wander into the village to pick up a tasty lunch and return for a picnic by the sea – what better way is there to spend a day than by enjoying delicious food in beautiful surroundings?
If you would rather explore the northern areas of central Goa, make Candolim Beach your first stop. It is one of the most easily accessible seaside locations from Panaji, making it popular with travellers staying in the city.
There are a few hotel and resort complexes along this stretch of sand, some of which are home to restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat during the day. You’ll also discover water sports facilities here, perfect if you’re feeling adventurous.
For a bird’s eye view of the beach and the coastline, try parasailing, which will see you attached to a parachute and towed behind a speedboat – an exhilarating and fun experience. Alternatively, you can have a go at water skiing, which is no less thrilling once you’ve mastered the art of balancing on your skis!