Places Around


The waves gently allures a traveller on a quest for a break from routine and indeed the soft sandy beach of Candolim which is just 500 mtrs. from Urbane Hotels, is a sight to behold. It is also the perfect place to shop your heart’s desire and whatever you need is just around the corner. The entire village of Candolim, is briefly covered within 30 minutes of a trek.


One of the most Famous and popular beaches in North Goa is Calangute which is just 2 km. from Candolim. Immortalized in a song, this beach has been a must see in the bucket list of every traveller. The shopping and nightlife and various water sports activities at this beach, is indeed a sight to behold.


Standing on the headland overlooking the mouth of the Mandovi River, Fort Aguada occupies a magnificent and successful position, confirmed by the fact it was never taken by force. A highly popular spot to watch the sunset, with uninterrupted views both north and south, the fort was built in 1612.


The old Portuguese lighthouse, which stands in the middle of the fort, was built in 1864 and once housed the great bell from the Church of St Augustine in Old Goa before it was moved to the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Panaji. It’s the oldest of its sort in Asia, but is usually not open to the public. Outside the fort bastions, the new lighthouse, built in 1976, can usually be visited; climb to the top for a good view along the coast.


Among the popular beaches, Anjuna is where many tourists head to. One of the enjoyable things to do in Goa is visit the Anjuna flea market. From colourful junk jewellery to electronic appliances, anything under the sun can be found here. This fair is held every Wednesday on the entire stretch of the Anjuna beach.


Fondly known as Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar, this market in Arpora is on for about six months of winter and presents a potpourri of junk jewellery, imported T-shirts, hippie merchandise, Indian and global cuisine from Rajasthan and Kashmir to Turkey and the rest of Europe! Music plays throughout the day and gets groovier by the night, say around 11 pm.


The dolphins are a way better sight in reality than on Animal Planet! A dolphin cruise in Goa is therefore exciting for the old and the young alike. Dolphins pepping out of the sea around your boat in a graceful motion is best savoured by eye and saved on camera. The dolphin cruise trip is flanked with a day-long tour of Grand Island, ideal for a peaceful picnic.