On northern Goa's golden stretch of coastline, Candolim is a laid back alternative to the busy resorts of Calangute and Baga. Great if you’re a couple or family, the soft sand is backed by dunes and palm trees and is dotted with loungers and beach shacks. The resort's main strip is lined with shops and restaurants and a variety of water sports are available on the shoreline. Candolim holidays are just a 10 minute drive from the historic Fort Aguada and 30 minutes from Goa's coastal capital, Panaji.
The climate in Candolim is tropical and temperatures are in the mid 30s (°C) all year round.
9 hours 30 minutes
Goa International Airport (GOI) is around 36km south of Candolim.
Book a cheap holiday to Candolim with Airtours and discover beautiful beaches, wonderful water sports and cultural sights.
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Holidays in Candolim revolve around the beach. Find a quiet patch of sand on Candolim's palm tree shore and kick back on one of the many sun loungers. Try your hand at parasailing or jet skiing or break up the day with lunch at one of the rustic beach shacks. If you're after something a little livelier, head to the neighbouring resorts of Calangute and Baga, or for a culture fix, drive 30 minutes south to explore Goa's capital, Panaji.
Candolim Beach is a much quieter alternative to the neighbouring resorts of Calangute and Baga. There's still plenty going on here though, from the rustic beach shacks that serve traditional Goan dishes and ice cold drinks to the water sports centres along the shoreline. The dunes and palm trees give some shelter from the tropical rays.
From Candolim, it's a 30 minute drive south to Goa's capital, Panaji. Spend a day here exploring the city's Portuguese heritage, from the grand colonial buildings to the whitewashed churches. The colourful streets are home to boutiques, cafes, bookshops and bars. On the way back, stop at Fort Aguada, a 17th century citadel and lighthouse that once protected the river Mandovi throughout the Portuguese empire.
Beach lovers: Candolim is a quiet stretch of golden sand backed by dunes and palm trees. It's a more peaceful alternative to neighbouring Calangute and Baga.
Water sports fans: Take your pick from parasailing, jet skiing or banana boat rides at Candolim.
Cultural sightseeing: Candolim is a 30 minute drive from Goa's capital Panaji with its whitewashed churches, grand colonial buildings and arty boutiques. It's also just a 10 minute drive from the historic Fort Aguada.
Language: Konkani is Candolim's official language but English is widely spoken.
Currency: Indian Rupee.
Local Time: Five and a half hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly To: Goa International Airport (GOI) is around 36km south of Candolim.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information on Candolim can be found at http://incredibleindia.org/.
Visa and Health: Before you travel to Candolim with Airtours visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india for help and advice on visa requirements and health considerations for your holiday.
Temperature: Mid 30s (°C) all year round.
Best time to visit: Temperatures are consistently hot throughout the year on India's west coast. The rainy season is between June and October but this is when you're most likely to find the best deals. Candolim is a popular winter sun destination and between November and May you can expect between 8 and 10 hours of sunshine a day.
By Train: India has an excellent rail network with express trains connecting major cities. Seats and sleeper cabins can be reserved in advance and tickets are cheap. The main stations in Goa are in Madgaon (47 km from Candolim) and Vasco da Gama (38km from Candolim).
By Taxi: Taxis are everywhere and are generally cheap. Alternatives include motorcycle taxicabs and autorickshaws.
By Boat: Boat trips operate frequently from the neighbouring resorts of Calangute and Baga.
By Hire Car: Hire cars can be booked in advance or when you arrive, but it may be a good idea to hire both a car and a driver to save having to navigate India's unreliable road network.
By Bus: In most cases it's more pleasant and convenient to travel by taxi or autorickshaw.
For music fans: Supersonic is a five day electronic music festival that takes place on Candolim Beach at the end of December. Expect to hear big-name DJs and up and coming artists from across Asia.
For foodies: The Goa Food and Cultural Festival in nearby Panaji is a five day event that celebrates traditional Goan cuisine every April. Learn all about local dishes through demonstrations and cooking competitions, and don't leave without tasting your way around the food stalls. You'll also see live music and dance performances.
For something traditional: Goa's Annual Heritage Festival takes place in January in the village of Saligao (4km from Candolim), and honours the region's cultural traditions. Expect food stalls, craft demonstrations, dance performances and live music.