Things to do in Goa

Planning to visit Goa? Here’s our list of the top things to do in Goa to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the highlights.

Top 3 Things to do in Goa

Discover Goa’s Colorful Markets

The Best Markets in Goa

Take your pick from some of the busiest and most popular markets in Goa. The Anjuna Night Market takes you back to the 70s, when hippie culture was at its peaked. Find ornate handicrafts and colorful summer beachwear, scarves, spices, teas, lanterns and more at these colorful stalls.

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Colorful hippie market in Anjuna, Goa

At the Saturday Night Market in Arpora, marvel at some of Goa’s best live musicians as they croon their heart out to contemporary, cool beats. Savor a fusion of Indian and international cuisines at the lively stalls, washing it down with chilled beer, take a stroll past busy shops, or just settle down to watch the live performances.

If you want a taste of local lifestyle, head to Mapusa on Fridays. Here, farmers and artisans gather to sell their wares every week, with the bustling markets offering articles of every use, food items and exotic handicrafts.

Unwind by Goa’s Beaches

Champagne, sundowners and dolphin tours in Goa

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Luxury sailing in Goa at sunset

Experience the world famous romantic sunset of Goa on a boat trip along the endless palm-fringed golden beaches. Set out on a private boat with your own crew and take to the azure Arabian Sea, where you will sip champagne and enjoy delicious canapes against the backdrop of a pink-tinged sunset while dolphins frolic around you. Bliss!

Goa’s Portuguese Heritage

Historic Goa Tour

Start your exploration of Goa with a visit to its capital city – Panjim, in North Goa. From the charming Latin Quarters of Fontainhas, to the Vegetables and Fruit Market, Panjim offers a real slice of Goan life. In Old Goa, imposing Portuguese-style churches and the famous Hindu Mahalasa Temple offer a peek into Goa’s vibrant history. You can also visit a spice plantation and enjoy an authentic vegetarian Goan. Travel to South Goa and see the palatial Menezes Braganza Pereira House in Chandor to receive further insights about local history and heritage.

Portugiesische Kirche in Goa
Portuguese Church in Goa

Other Things to do in Goa

Spice Plantation Tours

Indulge your senses with a half day Spice Plantation visit and savor an authentic Goan-Hindu vegetarian meal. Walk, lead by a local person through the farm comprising ‘dry land’ crops (timber trees, medicinal plants, mangoes, peppers, cashew) and ‘wet land’ crops (spices, betel nuts, coconuts, papaya, sapodilla, love apple). See rural settings, traditional Goan organic farming methods, and lunch in typical Goan mud-pots and banana-leaf ‘plates’, while heady spice aroma’s tickle your taste-buds!

Old and New Goa

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Historic building in Old Goa, Asia

Drive to Dona Paula, overlooking the magnificent harbor of Marmagao, towards Panjim through Miramar Beach. Once a fishing village, today’s Panjim infuses old charm with typical Portuguese architecture visible along the River Mandovi. Visit the Panjim Church, Palacio Patriarcal (Bishop’s Palace), Palacio Idalcao (present Secretariat) and Basilica of Bom Jesus where the remains of St. Francis Xavier are entombed in a silver casket. Identify sights and smells at the fruit and vegetable markets.

Planning your Goa Tour

There’s much to discover in this beautiful colonial destination, from heritage buildings, colonial relics and old world charm to vibrant markets, glorious beaches and a laid back, beach culture. Our experts are happy to customize your Goa tour to match your wishes and interests. Get in touch with us for your custom, obligation-free itinerary.

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