Discover the Portugese influence in India’s smallest state
Time Out Dubai staff
Stay... Budget Calangute Residency: Run by the Goa Tourism Development Company, the resort is right by Calangute Beach and has cottages furnished in the Goan-Portuguese style. www.goa-tourism.com/residency
Expensive Goa Marriott Resort: Newly-renovated, the Marriott Resort has rooms that offer the best views of Miramar Beach and is close to world heritage sites, waterfalls and a bird sanctuary. www.marriott.com
Eat... Budget Martin’s Corner: Very popular with residents, mostly because of the authentic Goan dishes being served, try the fish caldin that’s cooked with coconut and spices at this family-run restaurant close to the beach. Binwaddo, Betalbatim, Salcette. Expensive Banyan Tree: Enjoy fabulous Thai food under the shade of a 300-year-old Banyan Tree. It really is a dining restaurant like no other. Try their delicous signature spicy and sour prawn soup. Sinquerim, Candolim, Bardez.
Must see... Head to the centuries-old Fort Aguada and its lighthouse on Sinquerim Beach, which served as a reference point for vessels coming from Europe and guarded the Portuguese against the Dutch navy in the 16th century.
Must do... Make time to visit the Mandovi-Zuari Wildlife Sanctuary. Located on the confluence of the Mandovi and the Zuari rivers, the popular sanctuary includes almost 20 species of mangrove tree, as well as a great variety of birds and aquatic animals.
Flight time Less than three hours.
Getting there Daily return flights start from Dhs1,400 on Air Arabia. www.airarabia.com
Time Out recommends Located in the heart of the backpackers’ scene, the flea market in the beach town of Anjuna, situated off the North of Goa, takes place every Wednesday. You’ll find travellers and residents selling off random possessions. It’s bargain central.