Discover carefree Candolim holidays 2017 / 2018
A peaceful, idyllic town set in the North of Goa in India, holidays to Candolim are full of sand, sea, sun and culture. Forget the beaches crowded with tourists and stretch out along the soft golden sands as you admire the views over the crystal-clear waters of the sea. If you prefer to explore the culture while on holiday there is plenty for foodies as well as shopping in boutiques and traditional Indian markets. Couples, families and solos will love the laid-back vibe, while there’s plenty of history to soak up too. It's the perfect choice for your 2017/2018 holiday.
At a glance
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +6
- Average flight time: 9h 40m
When to go
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Holidays to Candolim are ideal for those who just want to enjoy a well-deserved break in exotic Goa. Soak up the sun on one of the many beautiful nearby beaches, wander through the peaceful streets of the town or take a tour of the historic buildings Candolim is well known for. If you prefer something more active explore the underwater world with snorkelling or scuba diving, or hit the bars and clubs for a night out like no other. Boat trips are available and will take you for a day of exploration so you can experience the other towns in the area like vibrant Calangute and charming Dona Paula, as well as seeing the coastline from a different angle. Or for the ultimate indulgence why not pamper yourself at one Candolim’s spas?
Wine and Dine
Holidays to Candolim are a food lover’s paradise, with some incredible traditional Indian dishes just waiting to be explored. Enjoy Goan curries with delicious fresh fish caught straight from the sea, as well as exotic fruits from the nearby countryside and farms. Those who prefer more International options will find lots of European dishes in many of the restaurants, as well as cafés where you can get your morning caffeine hit. Alternatively, try out the many shellfish dishes on offer, as well as pizza, Thai and Chinese. Whether you’re on a budget or want to splash out on a special meal you’ll find something for you in Candolim.
Families will love the laid-back atmosphere of beautiful Candolim. The warm waters and tropical surroundings make a day at the beach ideal, especially for little ones wanting to paddle, splash or build a sandcastle or two. Older children will enjoy the water sports on offer, while there are plenty of delicious dishes to try at the beachside café, with plain and International dishes served for little ones and fussy eaters. Snorkelling and scuba diving are a hit with older children wanting to explore the incredible varieties of tropical fish just beneath the surface, or you could take everyone on a boat trip to see the many historic sights of the town or to pick up trinkets, clothes and gifts at the markets and shops.
Action and Adventure
Although Candolim is a small, sleepy Goan village you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you busy during your stay here. The beach offers a range of water sports, or you could explore the tropical underwater world of the sea and enjoy a snorkelling or scuba diving trip. The bars and clubs will keep you active during the evening, or you could wander through the streets and along the beach, stopping off in the bars and restaurants along the way. Haggling for some of the amazing items sold in the shops is always an adventure in Goa as well!
Life's a Beach
There are miles and miles of golden sands to choose from on holidays to Candolim. Candolim Beach boasts 8 kilometres of light, soft sand, with palm trees and sand dunes providing the backdrop as you listen to the glistening waves lap the shore. Here you can hire sunbeds and umbrellas, enjoy a drink or delicious Indian dishes right on the sands, or treat yourself to a head massage from one of the passing experts. Active beach-goers will enjoy the many water sports on offer here, while those who love shopping can bargain from the comfort of their lounger. For a livelier beach scene head up the coast to nearby Calangute Beach where the pink-tinged sands are complimented by an array of beach bars, water sports, and a vibrant beach party atmosphere. That’s not all. If you prefer to mix it up there are plenty of fabulous beaches just a short drive away, Coco Beach, Sinquerim Beach and Kegdole Beach being just a few of our nearby favourites.
Although relaxed and ideal for families and couples there are plenty of bars and clubs to try while on holiday in Candolim that operate at different paces to suit different tastes. There are some fabulous beachfront bars perfect for watching the beautiful Indian sunsets with a cool drink in hand, while several other clubs boast dance floors amidst historic sites, delicious cocktails and excellent DJs. If you prefer to test lady luck while on holiday there is also a casino serving drinks from the bar and offering numerous card tables as well as machines. That said, Candolim is more peaceful than some of the neighbouring areas, so it is well worth exploring vibrant Calangute just up the coast, or taking a trip into the capital Panaji for a wild night on the town before recuperating on your little slice of paradise.
Relax and unwind on your well-deserved holidays to Candolim. While the atmosphere is peaceful there are plenty of attractions and activities which will keep the pair of you entertained during your stay. Head to one of the historic buildings or ruins and hire a guide or wander around on your own, before visiting the spa for the ultimate in relaxation. Choose from massages and other treatments or spend the day at the beach where you can bargain for a head massage straight from your lounger. Boat trips, snorkelling and scuba diving will keep you active, or you could pick up trinkets, gifts, clothes and jewellery in the local shops and markets. Just make sure you practice your haggling skills!
Holidays to Candolim are filled with culture and history, whether you prefer to simply chat to locals and learn the area’s stories or you’re looking to explore the sights and attractions of the area. The Viceroy’s Arch will take you back to the Portuguese invasion of India, while the Cabo Palace is set in the hills and surrounded by stunning tropical trees and foliage, offering beautiful beach views and pretty, whitewashed architecture. The Church of Our Lady of Hope provides an insight into the culture and architecture of the area as does the striking Fort Aguada, a 17th-century Portuguese fort complete with lighthouse which stands proudly on Sinquerim Beach and overlooks the Arabian Sea. Traditional culture is also best observed in the local markets and engaging with the locals, and Candolim is excellently located for further exploration of this part of India. Hop on one of the boat tours and explore the nearby towns and coastline or take a bus into the collage of culture that is Panaji.