Top Things to do in Goa

Plan your Goa holidays around the top things to do in Goa!

Goa is a big draw for visitors with its white sandy beaches and glittering blue seas. But there are a plethora of things to do in Goa that go beyond relaxing on its beaches. Immerse yourself in its colonial heritage thanks to its past a Portuguese colony and trading point, a heritage that can be seen in its architecture, music and food among other areas. Explore its vibrant markets, and enjoy the laidback charm courtesy its friendly residents – there’s much to see and explore in Goa!

Here is a list of the top things to do in Goa, curated by our Enchanting Travels specialists, which should definitely be part of your Goa travel guide!

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1Explore the best markets of Goa

Take your pick from some of the busiest and most popular markets in Goa. The Anjuna Night Market with its ornate handicrafts and colorful summer beachwear, scarves, spices, teas, lanterns is all about capturing the 70s vibe. Sway to the tunes of Goa’s best live musicians at the Night Market in Arpora as you relish a fusion of Indian and international cuisines at the lively stalls, washing it down with chilled Goan beer. If you want a taste of local lifestyle, head to Mapusa on Fridays, where armers and artisans gather to sell their wares every week.

2Enjoy a luxury sunset cruise in Goa

Experience the world-famous romantic sunset of Goa on a boat trip along the endless palm-fringed golden beaches, one of the most luxurious things to do in Goa. 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. One of the best ways to experience the beauty of a Goan sunset. Bliss!

3Discover Goa’s Portuguese heritage

Embark on your historical tour 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. 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. Travel to South Goa and see the palatial Menezes Braganza Pereira House in Chandor and receive further insights about local history and heritage.

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4Savor a spice plantation tour in Goa

Indulge your senses with a half-day Spice Plantation visit and savor an authentic Goan-Hindu vegetarian meal. Let a local guide you through the farm as you see the variety of crops that are being grown. 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!

Argentina street food, traditional choripan sandwich with chorizo sausage, tomato, goat cheese, and chimichurri sauce at a street food market

5Experience the food of Goa

Goan cuisine offers an unusual blend of Indian and European elements, making the region a favorite with ardent foodies on the hunt for exciting flavors. From pork vindaloo to chicken xacuti, and fresh seafood the options are aplenty in the best restaurants in Goa. If you are wondering where to eat in Goa, we have a list of places that we can recommend for a food tour in Goa, from Authentic and Economical: Little World to Pousada by the Beach and Go With The Flow among others!

Pool at Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa Hotel in Goa, Central- & West India

6Enjoy a luxury resort stay in Goa

Relax and unwind in some of the best resorts in Goa. From beach resorts to boutique hotels, you will be spoilt for choices. The hotels and resorts combine elements of Portuguese heritage with modern touches to offer you world-class luxury experiences. The Taj, Park Hyatt and Leela group have their properties and there are several standalone hotels as well and we will be happy to recommend the best place to stay in Goa for you.

Deckchairs at the beach at Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa in Goa, Central & West India

7Relax on the beaches of Goa

Goa’s coastline stretches along the blue waters of the Arabian sea, with a multitude of beaches for you to choose from. The best beaches of Goa include Calangute, Candolim, Morjim, Palolem, Varca and Majorda. Enjoy a swim in the waters of the Arabian Sea, or indulge in a spot of adventure by trying your hand at the many water sports (where available). Or you could just people watch as you sip a beer and savor fresh seafood at the many shacks that dot the beaches.

Discover all the best things to do in Goa by booking your vacation with our experts at Enchanting Travels. Contact us for your tailor-made and obligation-free tour itinerary.

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