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Best places to visit in Goa -Go, Go, Goa!

Goa is a top tourist destination in India. A variety of beaches, adrenaline-pumping water sports, hip nightlife, wild parties, rich history and natural beauty are all part of this scintillating town.



The long stretch of sandy beaches in Goa offers something for everyone! If you are looking to stay near the beach you can choose a luxury beach resort Goa or beachside rest house, whether your holiday is for tranquility or wild parties Goa's coastline has anything you are looking for. If you prefer to go with the flow Calangute and Baga are commercial beaches are always filled with foreigners. Calangute beach ends where Baga beach starts, there are ample water sports here and you also find upmarket restaurants to wine and dine. In Goa's far northern coastline Arambol beach has become a hippie harbor. It was once a small fishing village but today it is full of long-term travellers. You get several alternative therapies here including meditation, yoga, tai chi and reiki. During the night there's live music and it's a very relaxing atmosphere. For visitors who are looking for luxury accommodation, the Alila Diwa Goa official site would provide the best information.


Old Goa

Once a thriving city even before the Portuguese arrived in 1510, Old Goa was the capital of Bahmani Sultan Adil Shah. The Portuguese conquest transformed the city further into a glamorous metropolitan with glitz and gold. During the Portuguese ruling, the city was even referred to as the Rome of Orient and it had a population surpassing that of major European cities. Today only the remains of the churches and cathedrals of Old Goa can be seen here. However, they are still among the largest in Asia. Some of the remaining buildings are transformed into archaeological museums giving an insight to the once dynamic history of Goa. One of the most significant as well as oldest churches in the country is the UNESCO World Heritage site Bom Jesus Basilica, the remains of the body of Saint Frances Xavier, a revered missionary and the patron saint of Goa is preserved here. The Convent and Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, built in 1521 located opposite the Basilica of Bom Jesus too is a beautiful piece of Baroque architecture. The colonial style atmosphere in Old Goa is well worth a visit so make sure to allocate time for a walk or a bike ride around it.



Frequent travellers know that the local markets are the best place to discover the local way of living. The Anjuna flea market is a place where you can literally shop till you drop! With over five hundred stalls in place, you will be spoilt for choice. There are a huge variety of items available here but to get the best rates always bargain! If you prefer night markets then check out the hip Saturday night market in the Arpora Baga area. Apart from the stall, you find an eclectic range of food with entertainment and live music.