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Three days in North Goa minus Baga & Calangute? YES!

A post on Goa is a little too obvious I thought, but then Being a Travel Blogger I realised what’s obvious to me isn’t obvious to all of you readers. So today’s post is going to be about my latest Goa Travels where in I stayed in North Goa but literally didn’t go to Baga or Calangute side even once. So for all of you who have limited North Goa to just Baga and Calangute are going to be stunned by How much more there is to North Goa! Keep Reading…..

(This post should have gone up at-least a year back and after my last trip to Goa in Feb as well, I decided to do a post on Goa but I didn’t! So, better late than never.)

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Its almost a yearly pilgrimage sort of visit that happens to Goa every year. You might travel all of the world but then the Goa feel is only to be found in Goa! Having visited Goa ten times already till now, I yet haven’t got bored of it (whereas I’ve yet to really explore South Goa)! Why? Because, there is so much to explore in Goa! And then there are the untouched parts of Goa too, that I myself have to explore (which I’ve apparently kept for the slower years of my life!).

Make sure to keep expecting Goa posts every year with a lot new parts for you to explore too.

Day 1

We were staying at Presa di Goa which is in the Nagao district (ideally we would’ve loved to stay close to the beach but due to last minute booking this is all we got). The stay there was quite nice and we booked a duplex cottage for ourselves. The first thing we did was to rush to my all time favourite spot- Calamari Bath & Binge on Candolim Beach. Its a place you can be assured to have a good time, be carefree about your belongings while taking a dip in the sea and not even be bothered about cheap crowd. There are beach beds, tables in the sand and also tables in the covered shack section so there something for all.

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Presa di Goa, Nagoa
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Presa di Goa, Nagoa
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Presa di Goa, Nagoa
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Candolim Beach
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Calamari, Candolim Beach

We didn’t even realise how time flew by from lunch to beyond sunset (we were surely in a ‘susegad’ mode). After picking up a few essentials from Newtons (a supermarket that you wont be able to resist visiting, there is another one called Delfinos too).

Candle lit dinner with live music & scrumptious food is how we enjoyed our dinner at Sol de Goa in Nerul. In fact Sol de Goa is a beautiful boutique hotel designed by our fabulous Indian Designer Tarun Tahiliani. We couldn’t resist gorging at the beautiful place and wondering why we didn’t book our stay there instead.

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Very close to Sol is LPK which is a party place and you can head there to party the night away (although we were too exhausted by then to do so).

We all know Infantaria is famous for breakfast but steering clear of Baga and Calangute (as mentioned in this post), my favourite breakfast would have to be Cafe Chocolati at Candolim. This small little cafe has wifi and an outside seating in its garden that makes for a quite breakfast amongst greenery. Just grab a book and enjoy a fresh made pancake or a fabulous omelette with sausages.

Day 2

Day 2 was spent having a nice long breakfast, lazing around and lots of fun at the pool (at Presa di Goa) followed by some beers. Nothing like doing nothing 😉 After having lunch at Presa di Goa itself, (by the way their food is pretty good too) we headed out for a sundowner session to Vagator. On popular demand in the group we ended up at Thalassa, a beautiful place on the cliff that gives you the Greek feels as if you you were in Santorini with the all white and stone interiors. You actually feel transported to Greece when you are greeted by the owners who are Greek themselves. The whole menu at Thalassa is about authentic Greek preparations. The sunset view is fabulous, but I think Thalassa has become too commercial now and literally everyone comes there. Although its not cheap either with cocktails at 500-600!

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Thalassa, Vagator
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Thalassa, Vagator
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Thalassa, Vagator
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Thalassa, Vagator

So, there are other restro-bars in the line of Thalassa that have the same view and less crowded (I would definitely opt for something like that now). Antares right beside Thalassa is a must-do place to have a real good meal, with ex- Masterchef Australia chef standard of fancy meals.

Day 3

Morjim and Ashwem have been a must do for me for the past three years, every time I do North Goa. The Morjim beach has dark sand but the waters are always so calm and inviting that you just can’t help but staying in the sea for hours together. Ashwem is where you go for the pretty cottage stays and the good food. My first visit to La Plage at Ashwem made me a patron forever. From gourmet dishes to a very classy shack feel right on the beach, makes for a perfect lunch set up. My word of caution here would be to book a table at least a week prior especially if you plan to go on a weekend (and don’t be appalled if you are given a booking as per a time slot). Another fabulous place that we enjoyed a scrumptious dinner at was Sur La Mer. The place is like the light at the end of a tunnel literally (at least the last time I saw it). The road leading up to Sur La Mer not only is dead but also not lit, but trust me its well worth the slightly scary drive up til there. Just like they say, “Where there is ruin, there is scope for treasure”. If you fancy a nice meal in cabanas or a complete white interior open space with special wood fired pizzas (also grooving to some party tunes on an open air dance floor) then Marbella Beach Resort is a fab visit in Morjim. In fact if you have the moolah then staying there would be ideal as well.

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La Plage, Ashwem
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La Plage, Ashwem
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La Plage, Ashwem

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Party the night away at Club Cubana. At an entry of 2000 for a couple have unlimited drinks from the bar and party away at a hill top till wee hours in the morning!

Hoping to explore a lot more eating places and also some more beaches further up north in Goa in my trips to come.

For a real time feel of my Goa Holiday, check out my VLOG here↓

AND if you are looking for some Beach Fashion Inspo then check these posts of mine-

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2 thoughts on “Three days in North Goa minus Baga & Calangute? YES!

  1. South goa is a gem for beaches. You should have also tried Cabo-de-rama(unlike any beach in GOA, isolated and you wont belive you are in a beach in india), Cola beach(it has an awesome lagoon and you should go for that), Palolem(this is a bit crowded but ok)

    1. I’ve actually done Palolem! South Goa I havent really explored so thats why didn’t write about it but will definitely keep your suggestions in mind when I do 🙂

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