Welcome to the land of mystical beaches, ever-shining sun, and true hospitality – Goa! There are many reasons why a holiday in Goa is a bucket list entry for people across the globe. From visiting the historically rich Old Goa with its larger than life churches and rustic Portuguese chapels that are at every street corner, to dancing the night away at one of the many rave parties, Goa is a land of plenty. A paradise for tourists, Goa offers a number of activity options. You can choose to spend your day shopping at one of the many markets, or just turn your holiday in Goa into a culinary tour of the state. Authentic Goan cuisine is fiery and delicious, and there are many restaurants all over the state that serve delectable dishes that you will be talking about for years to come.
Whether you want to indulge in activities that fire up your senses or those that soothe your harried mind, you can rest assured that Goa has the perfect option for you. This is the land where nightclubs, water sporting activities, and casinos fight for your attention against a backdrop of rich performing arts, museums, and theater. Here are a few of the best entertainment options that you explore during your holiday in Goa.
Shop for Goan Delicacies
The word “susegado” is one that is synonymous with Goan living. It means “at peace” or “at a languid pace”. Time passes by slowly at Goa, and you will feel the shift in pace as soon as you land here. While Goa will see you at your peaceful best, it is only logical that there will be a part of you that will be dreading the end of your holiday in Goa. Instead of letting the journey back home weigh you down, choose to carry home a little memoir that will hold your sentiments for this magical land. The quaint by-lanes of Goa contain some great places to shop at. Whether you are looking for curios and jewelry or clothes and Goan delicacies, Goan markets offer you an affordable and easily accessible option.
Head to the aromatic spice lane within the sprawling Margao market which is held every Friday. The heady fragrance that will greet you here will tell you exactly why the Portuguese found this land so enticing. The Margao Market is also a great place to scour for the best and freshest cuts of meat, while the Margao Fish Market is where you need to be to buy the most delectable fish available in Goa. The Mapusa Municipal Market sells pretty much everything you might want to buy – from clothes and electronics to Goan sweets and sausages. Make your way to the Wholesale Cashew Market at the capital city Panjim so you can take home some tropical cashews. Every single variety of cashews – salted, drum-roasted, and spicy – is available here, and that too at wholesale discounted rates.
The open air Anjuna Flea Market Grounds is yours to explore on Wednesdays. This flea market is the perfect place to hobnob with other tourists while you shop for Kashmiri, Tibetan, Russian, and of course, Goan goodies. The exquisitely wild Anjuna Beach is right around the corner for when you want to take a break from all the shopping. The Arpora Night Market on Saturdays is more of a fair that includes great music, delectable Goan dishes cooked right in front of you, and more shopping stalls than you can count.
The important thing to remember while shopping in Goa is that most places boast highly inflated rates. However, the vendors are more than happy to bargain with you. So put your bargaining hat on, don’t get put off by the high rates that are quoted, and shop for your heart’s desire – you will be surprised to see some of the little treasures you can buy with just a little skill and tact. When you get home and look back at that little trinket you picked from Goa, you will feel the salty tang of the beautiful Goan seashores calling you to visit once again.
Try Some Water Sports Activities
If you love paddling about in salty water, Goa offers you some stellar opportunities to indulge yourself. The seemingly endless and pristinely beautiful coastline of Goa makes for some great water sports. Whether you want to try your hand at windsurfing, para-sailing, or jet-skiing, you will find plenty of options. You can also hop on to a boat and sail a little further away from the shore to catch a glimpse of dolphins, or just lie back and enjoy one of the many cruises. There are a number of government-approved venues that you can approach for a taste of water sports. Some of the popular ones include Fort Aguada Beach Resort, Cidade de Goa, and Taj Holiday Village at Sinquerim. Sign up for a fun banana boat ride, go snorkeling, or try your hand at water skiing to add a great memory to your holiday in Goa. If you would rather enjoy a controlled water park experience with kids in tow, head to the Blue Whale Water Park at Baga.
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