We love South Goa. On a recent trip to the more serene half of the state, we made a little cheat sheet of our top finds. You can thank us later.
Stay at Vivenda dos Palhacos. It’s in the unpopulated south, near a quiet beach, and is run by Anglo-Indian siblings who encourage communal meals. Oh, and it has a gorgeous pool shaded by palms.
Wander over to Zeebop, a veteran beach shack that’s a cut above the rest, for Goan classics and the catch of the day.
Eat at Om Made Café when you head up north – La Plage is an old favourite for dinner, but this casual open-air café is perfect for daytime, with fresh sandwiches and wraps made from local, organic produce.
For a taste of Goan colonial history that’s off the Panaji path, visit the Menezes Braganza Pereira house in Chandor. Much of this sprawling 350-year-old mansion is exquisitely preserved, with interior details, furniture and artifacts dating back to the early days of Portuguese rule in Goa.
We did venture up North, and when you do, go to our favourite bookshop. Literati is located in the Candolim home of its proprietors, bordered by grassy lawns. They sell rare and second-hand books, and there’s a little café that brews a super-sharp espresso too.