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As the coastal jewel in India's majestic crown, Goa is a popular holiday destination with those looking for a beach break with an Eastern flavour.
India itself is a beautiful and diverse country, with a richness and mystery about it that's quite unique. Goa sits on India's most stunning stretch of coastline, and has a variety of exciting holiday resorts for you to choose from; from the lively to the serene.
Goa isn't all about the beaches, although it does them as well as anywhere else on Earth! Old Goa is crammed with history and atmosphere, with cathedrals, basilicas and colonial monuments to tick off your 'must see' list.
Those in the know head to Benaulim Beach if it's fun in the sun that they're after. It's watersports heaven here, with parasailing, windsurfing and jet-skiing all on offer. After you've got the adrenalin pumping, chill with a cold beer at a beach shack as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean. Bliss!
If you're looking for a quieter sandy spot, Soneca Cola beach is one of the most tranquil in Goa, where palms sway and the surrounding fauna rustles with swinging monkeys and hidden wildlife - a truly unforgettable piece of paradise.
Try Goan Cuisine
If you like to try the local cuisine while on holiday, you'll find holidays in Goa to be a culinary journey to remember. Its seaside position means that fresh fish features heavily in Goan dishes, with the red fish curry and spicy prawn sukhem on most menus. Classic Indian curry dishes are also plentiful. For something a little different, how about trying a shark steak in a beachside café?
Shop for Handicrafts
You'll find atmospheric markets across Goa, crammed with bright silks, sumptuous leather, gleaming trinkets and tasty treats. Try the market at Margao, or the night market in Baga, for amazing shopping experience.
Party in Calangute
Calangute is the place to go in Goa to party, with a great mix of beach bars and clubs. Tito's Bar on Calangute beach is one of the most popular spots to laugh, drink and dance the night away, with Indian and International DJ's keeping party people on the dance floor.
The fishing village of Baga hasn't strayed too far from its roots, and despite being a popular tourist spot, retains a relaxed vibe. Relax on the Baga beaches by day, browse the markets at dusk, and then head to a bar for an evening that's as laidback or as lively as you like.
Candolim is a peaceful Goan retreat, with miles of unbelievably white sands. While quiet, Candolim doesn't stray into sleepy territory, with watersports, shops and restaurants to keep you occupied on package holidays to Goa. It's also a great base from which to head into the Goan capital of Panjim; a vibrant city with a Portuguese influence.
Calangute is the busiest of the Goan resorts, and the perfect choice for those who like their holiday spots to have a vibrant feel and exciting nightlife. With easy access to the quieter beaches of Baga, you can have the best of both worlds when you choose Calangute as your base for cheap holidays to Goa.
At the other end of the scale to livewire Calangute, Benaulim is one of Goa's hidden gems. Evidence of its history as a fishing village is plain to see, from the peeling wooden fishing boats on the beach to the fresh fish dishes in the beach shack cafes. If you want to kick back under a swaying palm and savour a piece of true paradise, choose Benaulim.
Whether you want to experience the vibrancy of India, or are looking for a secluded beach escape, you'll find the perfect holiday to Goa from Direct Holidays.