Candolim, Aguada Fort and Sinquerim
Candolim, at the far southern end of Calangute beach, is mainly geared for package holidays. It is 13km north of Panaji and 45km from the airport. You can rent speedboats and jet skis here.
North of the fort there are two small sandy coves, known as Sinquerim Beach. This was one of the first places in Goa to be geared for upmarket tourism. The Taj Group’s Fort Aguada Resorts, one of the most expensive hotels in India, is located here.
Aguada Fort, built in 1612, is the best preserved Portuguese fort in Goa. It was the strongest Portuguese fort and has several natural springs. There are 79 guns placed around the fort to give firepower from any direction. The Church of St Lawrence (1630) is in the center. There is a 13m high lighthouse, from the top of which there is a good view. Open 4 to 5:30 pm.
Where to Stay
Candolim is geared for charter tours, so accommodation can be hard to find and is expensive during the high-season.
Buses to and from Panaji (14km) stop about every twenty minutes at the bus stand, opposite the Casa Sea Shell, in the middle of Candolim.