A peaceful village in North Goa, Candolim can be found just south of the Famous Calangute Beach. It is the ideal place to visit if you want to enjoy moments of peace and quiet, away from the bustling energy of Aguada Beach.
Candolim beach is located at about 14 kms from Panjim, the capital of Goa.
This sun-soaked spot doesn’t offer too much to see and do — the entire point of a trip here is to lay back in the sand and forget about the rest of the world as you listen to the waves.
The best time to plan your trip to Candolim is from November to March. The weather will be comfortable and cool and there will be very little chance of rain.
Accommodation units in Candolim are located near the coastline and are represented by small hotels, large hotel complexes, cozy guesthouses, luxury villas and hostels.
Quick Facts About Candolim
Fort Aguada — By hague33, CC BY-SA 3.0
By Jasir Hamim — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
Best Time Of Year To Visit
The best time to plan your trip to Candolim Beach is from November to March. The weather will be comfortable and cool and there will be very little chance of rain. Also, December is a great time of year to visit as there will be many festivals happening in Goa. However, this is the peak season so you will need to book your hotels in advance and they will be more expensive than during the rest of the year.
If you would rather have a more low-key experience of Candolim, consider visiting during February and March. This is when the beaches will be free of tourists and you will be able to find a cheaper rate on hotel rooms. October can also be a great time to visit Goa — it will be vivid and green after the monsoons and it will still be mostly free from crowds.
The best time for beach holidays in Candolim is from October till February, but, however, the quite welcoming environment is kept here even till the end of March. It is worth mentioning that starting from the end of March and finishing at the beginning of June the Candolim Beach falls under the powers of the period of drought, and the temperature during this time reaches +35C. Usually the summer temperature is about +24C - +30C in average, and +21C - +29C during the winter. It is recommended to take some summer-type clothing when going to Goa but if you are planning to travel to Candolim somewhere in December-January it is worth taking some warm clothes with you too.
5 Best Restaurants in Candolim
When the sun sets in Candolim and it is time to find somewhere to eat dinner, you will be spoiled for choice in Candolim. There are a lot of bars and restaurants all along the beachside. The beach road is the center of town and this is where the best restaurants and bars can be found. Here are some of the top restaurants to enjoy:
- After 7: This is one of the most popular restaurants in Candolim, offering a superb selection of mainly European food and wine, served amongst a beautiful and romantic garden.
- Earthen Oven: An authentic Northern Indian restaurant, Earthen Oven celebrates tandoori cuisine cooked on charcoal. This mouthwatering cuisine became known during the reign of the Mughals and has been refined to perfection over the years.
- Tuscany Gardens: One of your evenings in Candolim, treat yourself to a sumptuous Italian meal. Tuscany Gardens is one of the best restaurants in Candolim, serving up fresh, high quality Italian cuisine including thin-crust pizza and al dente pasta.
- Moroccan Shisha and Grill Lounge: This chilled out restaurant offers a delicious menu of Moroccan food, as well as seafood, Indian dishes and tandoor. You can sit back and smoke a hookah and even quench your thirst with a juice from the organic juice bar.
- Karlton’s Horizon Grill: If you have a craving for barbecue, head to this laid back grill where you can feast on steak, tandoori pork chops, garlic chili prawns, beef wellington and much more. They also feature an extensive bar menu with beautifully crafted cocktails.
Shopping in Candolim
If you don’t want to eat out in a restaurant and you would rather shop at the supermarket and prepare your own meal at your self-catered accommodation, you’ll have a few options in Candolim. The main supermarkets in Candolim are Newton and Delfinos. When it comes to markets, you can head to the Fruit & Fish Market which is in Calangute — only a 5 or 6 minute drive from Candolim. You can also check out the main night market at Ingos Market, which has an incredible range of stalls selling food, fruits, vegetables and other odd items.
Candolim also has plenty of shops where tourists can buy various goods and souvenirs at reasonable prices. One of the most interesting and popular shops is the Fabindia where one can purchase high quality clothing and original Indian jewelry.
Here are some shops which are very popular among tourists from different European countries:
- Acron Arcade Shopping Center — where you will find a rich collection of clothes, footwear and souvenirs. The service staff is friendly and kind-hearted.
- FabIndia — a very nice shop with wide selection of qualitative cotton-made products (bijouterie, clothes and bedclothes) at reasonable prices.
- InStyle Jewellers — store offers its customers high-quality jewelry and hand-made suitcases. The talented shop personnel will create amazing and unique designer things by your order and in accordance with your own design project. Skilled and unobtrusive stuff. Certificates are issued here.
- Tony`s the Designer Jewellers — is the store of qualitative jewelry only. The service and consultation are at the top notch. Certification of products is practiced.
- Elephant shop — which is recommended for currency exchange and purchasing of SIM-cards.
Amazing Things To Do In Candolim
Rent a Bike
The best way to explore Candolim is by renting a scooter or a motorcycle and zooming around on your own. Make sure that you wear your helmet and that you bring your valid driving licence. A scooter will give you the freedom to explore and to rent one for the day will cost around 250-300 rupees. A motorcycle will cost around 500-700 for one day rent.
The white sands and tranquil waters of Candolim beach are the ideal place to enjoy some exciting water sports. There are many different activities to choose from here — from parasailing to wind surfing, water skiing and much more.
Yoga classes are also a popular activity in Candolim. This peaceful practice is a popular way to unwind and what better place to learn? You can breathe deep, stretch your body and calm your thoughts while listening to the sound of the waves hitting the shore.
Stone House is a popular restaurant in Candolim, located within a beautiful old stone house with a shady front courtyard. In the peak season it hosts live blues music performances most nights of the week, so it’s a great place to go for a drink and a dance.
While staying in Candolim you can take a walk for seeing different attractions among which the most interesting are the St. Antonio Chapel located between Candolim and Calangute, the Costa Frias Villa built in Portuguese colonial style and the famous Fort Aguada which was built by the Portuguese in 1612 as a defense construction against the Dutch. Small churches and chapels, prison, military barracks and a light house which was built in 1864 and nowadays is the oldest one in Asia – these all have became the local sightseeing that attracts and charms thousands of tourists coming to Candolim. If you walk a little bit coastwise in the direction of Calangute beach, you will find a small pond with crystal-clear water and huge scarlet lotuses – a very nice place for a getaway!
By Harvinder Chandigarh — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
By Harvinder Chandigarh — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
Watersports and activities
For those who prefer to spend their holidays actively and are found of different sport activities the Candolim Beach can offer various water sports: you can try parasailing, diving, snorkeling, banana-boating or even take a trip on a boat alongside the seashore for birds and dolphins watching which is known to be much popular among tourists. There are also many sea excursions and other water-thing entertainments, so anyone will find something for his taste. Prices for such activities are quite favourable. For example, the parasailing will cost you about 600 INR, the banana boat riding will cost about 300 INR and a 5-minute scooter ride will cost you about 350-400 INR.
As every Goa beach Candolim has something special to offer its guests, and this “something special” is the dinghy sailing – the sailing on a small boats. This type of water sport activity will perfectly suit those who are less athletic but still wanna experience some extreme and unforgettable feelings. The small boats can hold 4-5 people so this water sport will also be a perfect solution for families.
The best thing to do around is to indulge in water sport activities like jet-skiing, parasailing, banana rides and paragliding.
Of course, most of tourists come to Candolim Beach for lying under the sun, swimming in tender sea waters and taking sunbaths, but still this place has something more to provide you with. One of the key activities in Candolim is the Sunburn festival which is held in the late days in December. For children Candolim Beach has also prepared some interesting activities: to make you kids happy, take them to the famous Splashdown Goa or Melange Children Parks the territories of which can boast with plenty of different pools, sliding boards and amusements.
No less diverse and interesting is the nightlife in Candolim. Most of nightclubs are located on the sea coast and have life-music nights. Among the most popular and famous Candolim party place and bars are Morina, Bom Sucesso, Vanilla Lounge and Zappa Beach Shack.
Hotels and Villas in Candolim
Compared to other areas in Goa, Candolim has a slightly higher price range for hotels. It is a little out of the budget of the typical backpacker, but it is perfect for slightly more upscale travelers who are interested in dining and shopping. This is where you will find more of the 4 and 5 star hotels in Goa, including some of the most high quality names including Radisson, Hyatt, Taj, Aguada Hermitage, O-Hotel, Marquis and the 360 Degree Boutique Hotel. A popular trend is to stay in serviced apartments or villas, as they are larger than hotel rooms and they come with their own kitchen. This will give you the feeling of a home away from home and they are ideal for families and couples.
There are many hotels, resorts and guest houses ranging from luxury, deluxe to standard, which offer comfort and exuberant stay for travelers.
Accommodation units in Candolim are located near the coastline and are represented by small hotels, large hotel complexes, cozy guesthouses, luxury villas and hostels. Depending on your preferences and budget you can stop in a de luxe hotel or villa, or take up residence in a 2* and 3* guesthouses, or even find a cozy room in a local hostel.
If you want to stop in a coastline hotel somewhere near the beach, then check the Le Seasons Beach Resort and Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort hotels. These 4* hotels provide their guests with swimming pools, comfortable rooms with mini bars, cable TVs, air conditioners, all necessary supplies and accommodation requirements, fitness centers, car rent services, small travel bureaus, bars and restaurants with local, vegetarian and European cuisines.
The most moderate cost for accommodation can be found in hotels located in the center of Candolim. Among them are the Summerville Beach Resort Hotel and Per Ave Hotel. These 3* hotels provide their visitors with all necessary accommodation requirements: spacious cozy rooms with air conditioner, mini kitchen and bathroom, swimming pools, bars and restaurants with local, Asian and Continental cuisines – these all can be found here for quite reasonable prices.
Among the 5* hotels the best is the Fortune Select Regina Hotel located not so far away from the key Candolim attraction – the Fort Aguada. The hotel offers its guests to stay in spacious comfortable rooms with air conditioner, cable TV, mini bar, pool and garden view terraces and bathrooms with all required bath accessories. The hotel SPA center is famous for it amazing massages and wellness procedures. Among other facilities the Fortune Select Regina Hotel provides its guests with the well-equipped fitness center, open swimming pool, currency exchange, children playground, BBQ zone, sport activities and small travel bureau. The 4 hotel restaurants offer the customers the mouthwatering dishes from International, Asian and Indian cuisines, including seafood courses and grill-made meal.
Villas for rent
In addition to various accommodation units, Candolim has numerous luxury and de luxe villas suit every taste and budget. Among the most suitable family-type villas it stands to mention the Riviera — 4 Bed Riverview Private Pool Candolim Villa and Villa Indigo located next to the beautiful Shantadurga Temple and Casa A Boa Vida Villa located near the Fort Aguada. At visitors’ disposal are spacious comfortable rooms with modern chic furniture, bathroom, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, air conditioner and a balcony; kitchen with oven, microwave, fridge, hotplate and all required cooking implements; open swimming pool, dinner and BBQ zone.
Yet other luxury villas you have turn your attention onto while looking for a place to stop in are the Villa Candolim, Farrington On The River and Garden Grove located near the key Candolim Beach attractions. For the visitor’s comfort are the good-sized rooms designed in modern style with all necessary accommodation requirements like spacious wooden beds, bathrooms with all required bath accessories and supplies, cable TV, air conditioner, sea and garden view terraces, free parking lot, open swimming pool and well-equipped kitchen with microwave, oven, fridge and other cooking implements.
* Price depends on arrival dates and duration of stay.
Pulling it all together, tourism service and infrastructure in Candolim beach comparing with general Goa standards hold quite high positions. The resort has many comfortable hotels, nice clubs, restaurants, various shops, SPA and Ayurveda centers. Practically all kinds of water sports activities are also available here. Thus, this resort can be considered the best one in North Goa, if not in the whole state.