Book a flight to Goa for a spicy mix of brochure-blue seas and curries you’ll never find on your local takeaway menu.
In the Sixties, Goa attracted guitar-strumming hippies. More recently, it’s iPod-clutching hipsters who come here. The reason? It’s a heady mix of Indian flavour and Portuguese looks. Think pillow-soft sands peppered with thatched beach bars. Restaurants serving curries you’ve never heard of. And towns lined with churches and houses that wouldn’t look out of place in Europe. What’s more, with our flights to Goa, you’ve got some seriously impressive jungle scenery to explore. The greenery here hides tigers and elephants, alongside a number of mosques and temples.
Goa Top 5
FIND your favourite beach. Goa’s home to over 100 kilometres of coast, but Candolim is arguably the liveliest and most tourist-focused.
HONE your haggling skills at Mapusa’s weekly market. Trestle tables bow under the weight of wood-carvings, while racks of coloured saris float in the breeze.
DIG into a thali, India’s answer to tapas. Order one of these mini feasts and you’ll get a selection of curries, chutneys and plenty of bread to scoop it all up.
STAY up all night at a Full Moon Party. Anjuna and Vagator beaches are the places to be. You’ll need some serious staying power, though, as things don’t kick off ‘til the clock strikes 12.
GO all David Attenborough in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary. Residents include leopards and bison. It’s also home to the Dudhsagar Waterfalls.