Winter sun: Goa's most beautiful beaches
With December highs of 31°C and a stunning coastline, Goa is the ideal destination for a winter sun holiday. This exotic hotspot has seen a boom in recent years and now attracts thousands of visitors each year, eager to experience Indian culture, tastes, sights and those picture-perfect beaches.
Luxury resorts dot the coast, as well as budget hostels and family-friendly accommodation, offering an affordable getaway and an alternative to a chilly British Christmas. And whilst Goa boasts a wealth of fascinating historical and cultural sites to visit, its gorgeous beaches continue to be a powerful draw for holidaymakers - here's an overview of three of the best.
This 3km swathe of sand is tranquil and picturesque, and provides a home for the endangered Olive Ridley turtle. The sea here can sometimes be rough, and although it's not always ideal for swimming, there is plenty on offer to keep everyone occupied. Take a dolphin-watching boat trip on the ocean, try a spot of fishing, or simply enjoy a cool drink at a laid-back café as you watch the sun go down.
For swimming safety, take a dip at Palolem, which has been dubbed ‘Paradise Beach’ and is claimed by many to be India’s finest. The relaxed atmosphere here is great for families with young children, who will also appreciate the range of cuisine available from beachside restaurants. Even the fussiest eaters are sure to be pleased with the wood-oven pizzas served up at the renowned Magic Italy eatery.
A stop-off at Aguada beach is a must for any beach-lover, with its golden sands overlooked by an imposing hilltop fort. Fort Aguada was built by the Portuguese during their reign and is worth a visit for the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The beach is fringed by palm trees, cafes and restaurants, and this resort offers the perfect combination of scenic coastline and fascinating history.
Beautiful beaches abound in Goa, and with its blend of history, wildlife and great swimming there are a range of activities to suit every visitor. Make booking your next holiday hassle-free by browsing the great selection of cheap holidays from Cosmos. With prices starting from as little as £245 per person, a winter sun break in Goa would make an ideal Christmas gift for the whole family.