Backpacking Guide: Calangute-Candolim

The Calangute-Candolim stretch is filled with restaurants, hotels, and tranquil beaches and is a tourist hotspot. This stretch has much to offer and it proves itself every year. This stretch has many things to do and is busy and operating throughout the year. We give you a dive into some of the things you can do when in Canagute-Candolim.

St. Alex Church

This beautiful structure stands tall as you enter Calangute City welcoming you. The church was built in the year 1741 and has been a place of worship till date. The church is a dedication to St. Alex and one is sure to see the main altar where you’ll see St. Alex. The feast of St. Alex is celebrated on the 22nd of July and is celebrated at the church on the preceding Sunday.

Calangute beach

How can one visit Goa without visiting its beaches? Calangute beach is one well know beach among many with has attracted thousands of visitors over the years. Calangute beach is surrounded by plenty of shacks that will satisfy your taste buds as you watch the sunset and if that isn’t enough there’s always street food available to your rescue. Other than this one is sure to see street-side vendors sell different items ranging from clothes to accessories to souvenirs and also an array of tattoo artists.

Fort Aguada

The Aguada fort was once a fort sprawling with the Portuguese army guarding the fort against the Dutch and Maratha invaders; it has now turned into a beautiful tourist attraction. The fort is a beautiful blend of the Portugal architecture and is built mostly out of laterite stone. Open to visitors all over the year the fort overlooks the river Mandovi and the Arabian Sea. The fort has stood guard for more than 100 years.


Dance the night away at Showbar and Sinq at Candolim. Showbar is a vintage retro pub which is inspired by the Art Deco style of the 1930s. The unique feature of showbar is that the prices keep fluctuating just like at the stock exchange. Sinq is a versatile club gives you the ultimate lounge experience. One can either relax and unwind at the lounge and watch the sunset by the pool or enjoy the nightlife at their club.

Beach activities

Indulge in the beach activities during your get-away. Calangute beach provides many beach activities such as Sailing, wind-surfing, paragliding, and water-skiing. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience you will carry along through your lifetime.

Lyann D'souza | NT GOGOANOW

Pic Credit: Shivang Mishra | NT GOGOANOW