Positioned on the Arabian Sea, Calangute is one of Goa’s main party destinations, where beachfront bars and all-night clubs meet massage parlours and souvenir stands. Life is bliss on Calangute’s sandy shores, thanks to water sports and alluring water, but this lively town also offers art museums and centuries-old buildings for culture vultures.
Things to do in Calangute
During summer, head to Calangute Beach, an inviting stretch of golden sand and calm Arabian Sea water. The waterfront is lined with high-quality restaurants serving a range of cuisine at beach tables under gazebos. Visit the cocktail bars slightly back from the shoreline, such as Electric Cats and Octopus Rooms & Restaurant GOA.
If you prefer to experience some water sports, head north to Baga Beach, which is known for parasailing and jet skiing. Swap sand for powdery snow at the nearby Snow Park, an indoor sledding park with an ice bar.
Are you interested in the local culture? Check out the whitewashed St Alex Church, which was built in 1741 and features prominent domed towers and an opulent interior. Don’t miss the Museum of Goa, a contemporary three-storey museum showcasing artwork by Indian and international artists, including paintings, sculptures and ceramics.
If you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at the slot machines and table games within Grand 7 Casino. This lively entertainment venue also has a well-stocked bar. The nearby Shanta Durga Temple is well worth the detour back into town, treating you to its unique red velvet palette and 18th-century architecture.
Getting around Calangute
Calangute is about 40 kilometres from Goa International Airport, connected via taxis. You can also catch buses to Calangute from other parts of Goa. You can walk around most of Calangute or use the taxis or auto rickshaws to get around.