Welcome to Candolim


In all it’s an upmarket, happy holiday strip with less congestion than Calangute and Baga, but independent travellers may find it a little soulless. The post office, supermarkets, travel agents, pharmacies and plenty of banks with ATMs are all located on the main Fort Aguada Rd, running parallel to the beach.


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Candolim activities

$30 Walking & Biking Tours

Aguada Hill Cycling Tour from Nerul

We will meet at Amigos Bar and Restaurant under the Nerul Bridge in Nerul near Candolim at 4:30 pm to start this relaxing adventure. We will take you for cycling in Sinquirim along the mangroves and through the picture perfect fishing villages of Candolim and Sinquirim. In addition, you will also experience a short hike along the ramparts of Fort Aguada. The tour lasts for 2 hours.

$58 Day Trips & Excursions

FORTS & BEACHES

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Reis Magos Fort, Panjim, North Goa District, GoaFortDuration: 1 hour

$57.80 Day Trips & Excursions

CAPITAL CITY, CHURCHES & FORTS OF GOA, OLD GOA CHURCHES, PANAJI CITY.

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Panjim ChurchStart with Panaji city, also known as Panjim, is the state capital of Goa, in southwest India. Located on the banks of the Mandovi River, the city has cobblestone streets lined with colorful villas an buildings from the Portuguese colonial era. Palm-fringed Miramar Beach sits at the confluence of the river and the Arabian Sea. Set on a hill overlooking the city is the baroque Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, built in 1619.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Fontainhas, Panjim, North Goa District, GoaWalking tour in Fontainhas (or Bairro das Fontainhas, in Portuguese) is an old Latin Quarter in Panjim, capital city of the state of Goa, India. It maintains its Portuguese influence, particularly through its architecture, which includes narrow and picturesque winding streets like those found in many European cities, old villas and buildings with projecting balconies painted in the traditional tones of pale yellow, green, or blue, and roofs made of red coloured tiles. Fontainhas’ heritage ambience represents the traditional Portuguese influence in the areaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Old Goa, Goa Velha, GoaOld Goa, also called Velha Goa, is beside the Mandovi River in the western Indian state of Goa. The former capital of Portuguese India, it’s known for colonial-era monuments like the Basilica of Bom Jesus, with the remains of St. Francis Xavier, and the domed Church of St. Cajetan, inspired by St. Peter’s in Rome. Nearby, the vast Se Cathedral, built in the 16th–17th centuries, has ornate chapels and a bell tower.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Reis Magos Fort, Panjim, North Goa District, GoaThe Fort, originated as an armed outpost of the Adil Shah of Bijapur in 1493. When Bardez was conquered by the Portuguese in 1541, the Fort was built along with the church. From 1900, it lost its defensive role and was used as a jail and was finally abandoned in 1993 after which it was at the mercy of the elements, and had begun to crumble. Restoration work on the fort began in 2008 with the funds being provided by the UK-based Helen Hamlyn Trust, INTACH – a non-governmental organisation dealing with restorations of monuments, and the Government of Goa. Renowned architect Gerard da Cunha was hired to restore the fort.[1] The fort is now converted into a cultural centre, besides being used a tourist attraction.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Fort Aguada, Sinquerim, North Goa District, GoaThe fort was constructed in 1612 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. It was a reference point for the vessels coming from Europe at that time. This old Portuguese fort stands on the beach south of Candolim, at the shore of the Mandovi River. It was initially tasked with defense of shipping and the nearby Bardez sub district.A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. This is how the fort got its name: Aguada, meaning Water. Crews of passing ships would often visit to replenish their fresh water stores. On the fort stands a four-storey Portuguese lighthouse, erected in 1864 and the oldest of its kind in Asia. Built in 1612, it was once the grandstand of 79 cannons. It has the capacity of storing 2,376,000 gallons of water, one of the biggest freshwater storages of the time in whole of Asia. This fort is divided in two segments: the upper part acted as fort and watering station, while the lower part served as a safe berth for Portuguese ships. Whereas the upper part has a moat, underground water storage chamber, gunpowder room, light house and bastions, it also has a secret escape passage to use during time of war and emergency. The lighthouse at initial stage is used to emit light once in 7 minutes. In 1834 it was changed to emit light creating eclipse every 30 seconds, however it was abandoned in 1976.Fort Aguada was the most prized and crucial fort of Portuguese. The fort is so large that it envelops the entire peninsula at the south western tip of Bardez. Built on the mouth of river Mandovi, it was strategically located and was the chief defence of Portuguese against the Dutch and Marathas.Duration: 1 hour

$12 Transfers & Ground Transport

Goa airport to hotel smooth transfer with private car

Arrival and Departure in North Goa with private Deluxe Ac car transfer service. At the Goa’s Dabolim Airport (GOI) meet our driver with the placard with your name and transferred to your designated hotel within North Goa City and city center Limits and coastal area. You shall be taken on our special air-conditioned luxury vehicle made to comfortably transport up to 5 passengers. The car is spacious, impeccably clean and powered by a strong air conditioner.Arrival transfer from Goa airport (Dabolim, Airport Goa) to City center Hotels and All North Goa Destination’s Hotels  like: - Panaji, Calungute, Baga, Arpora, Sikuram, Candolim, Anjuna, Vagator, Mapusa,Ponda, Arambol and Parra etc. Upon arrival our company driver will meet you at Goa airport (Dabolim, Airport Goa) and transfer to North Goa Hotels. Our car will neat and clean with air-conditioned and driver will polite speaker, knowledgeable, well dressed.   

$31 Tours & Sightseeing

Cycling in Goa - A cycling Tour of Fort Aguada

This 4-hour experience of cycling in Goa offers you the perfect chance to experience the joys of cycling and discovering a new land by riding up and down its hills and valleys. This Goa cycling tour takes you to the famous Aguada Fort. The Aguada Fort lies in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Candolim, overlooking the Arabian Sea. Built by the Portuguese in the 17th century on the mouth of the Mandovi river,  even three centuries later it is still well-preserved and is a major tourist attraction in Goa.This Goa tour is organized by a team that believes that a region and its terrain is best experienced on a bicycle. The slow pace, energy involved and the fresh air add to the thrill of the activity. And knowing the difficulties faced by a cyclist on uphill routes, they provide the option of riding electric bicycles or e-bikes that overcome this hurdle too! The Goan cycling trail begins sharply at 7:00 am, by when you are expected to arrive at the meeting point in Porvorim. The trail can be availed any day of the week, in the same time frame. 

$29.50 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Crab Fishing in Goa - Catch and Prepare your Dinner the Goan Way

The experience begins at around 3:00 pm and continues until 7:00 pm. You would be picked up from your preferred location in Goa, like Baga, Arpora, Nagoa, Candolim, Sinquerim or Nerul area. If you require pick-up from any other location other than the ones specified, a minimal cost for transportation might be levied. Your guide will provide you with nets as well as a bait, so that you could catch crabs. With drinks provided for more fun, enjoy the sail as you watch the kaleidoscopic sunset of Goa from amidst the waters.  Enjoy the Goan crab delicacies by the beach, and enjoy the waves that get higher and mightier. Things to Bring • Valid ID proof • Personal medication • Sunscreen • Sunglasses • Hat