Famous for stunning beaches, a sprawling coastline and fantastic sunsets, this former Portuguese enclave offers up a special blend of whitewashed European churches, enticing food and colourful markets. A popular getaway since the sixties, Goa today is still the perfect destination for an exotic escape.
Goa Holiday Highlights
Old Goa - At its 17th Century peak, Portugal's capital in India was larger than Lisbon. Long since abandoned, the city's legacy remains in handful of beautifully preserved churches.
Anjuna Flea Market - Barter for bargains and enjoy tasty street food at this Legendary market.
Candolim Beach - Overlooked by Aguada Fort, this golden stretch of sand just south of Calangute is considered one of the best in Goa.
Panjim - The smallest and most relaxed state capital in India, Panjim showcases Goa's Portuguese influence with colonial mansions, whitewashed churches and an old Latin Quarter.
A brief history of Goa
The history of India’s smallest state dates back to prehistoric times, however, the present-day state of Goa was only established in 1987. During the medieval period, Goa was ruled by various groups including Kadamba kingdom, Vijayanagara Empire and Bijapur Sultanate. However, in 1510 the Portuguese invaded Goa and resulted in their rule for roughly 450 years which heavily influenced Goan culture cuisine and architecture. In 1961, the Indian army invaded and annexed Goa after a battle that lasted just 36 hours, which ultimately saw the region deemed a union territory along with Daman and Diu. It wasn’t until 1987 that Goa was granted statehood and the Goa we know today was established.
Goan food combines influences from traditional Hindu, Portuguese and Muslim cuisines into a wide range of mouth-watering dishes. Spicy dishes flavoured with chilli, wine and garlic await.
Goa's position on the west coast of India results in a fantastic range of Seafood being available - a fish curry is a must at some point during your stay! The Portuguese brought a range of ingredients to Goa from around the world including fruits and nuts they are also credited with introducing India to the chili pepper, all of which influence the dishes available - spice fans should look-up a traditional Vindaloo, which comes from the region and is named for the use of wine and garlic in is production, for a real Goan experience.