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Candolim, famous for its stretch of clean and beautiful beach, is a verdant, laid-back, coastal village, that typifies the Goan attitude: the ideal place to escape to. Unlike the neighboring village of Calangute, which is crowded and cluttered with constructions, Candolim has mercifully and fortunately been overlooked. It still retains most of its old time Goan village charm. Clean, open, uncrowded and very popular with well-informed and knowledgeable tourists who know what's best.

To the North of Candolim is the neighboring village of Calangute. The southern end of Candolim houses the Aguada Fort built by the Portuguese; now part Prison, part Resort. Candolim is just 15 Kms from the Capital city of Panjim, built on the other side of the River Mandovi. Drive along the coast line starting from Candolim till the Northernmost tip of Goa and you'll cover all the beaches in the North.

Some interesting facts about Candolim, culled from Wikipedia:

  • During the late 16th century, Candolim became the first village in Bardez to be entirely converted to Christianity by the Franciscans
  • The Magnificent Church of Our Lady of Good Hope, Candolim, is one of the oldest churches in Goa. Originally built in 1560.
  • Candolim is host to the famous annual 'Sunburn' Electronic Music festival.
  • One of Candolim's most famous sons 'Abbe Faria', born in Candolim, was a 18th century Goan Roman Catholic monk and a pioneer of the scientific study of hypnotism. He spent several years in the infamous chateau d'If prison in Marseilles, made famous for being one of the settings of Alexandre Dumas' adventure novel 'The Count of Monte Cristo'. Alexander Dumas was so impressed by Abbe Faria that he based his character Faria, who helps Dantes escape, on Abbe Faria.

The Seductive Candolim beach, arguably the best stretch of beach in Goa, lures Tourists back each year. These misquoted lines from "The Wander Thirst", by the English Poet Gerald Gould, aptly paraphrases the allure of the beach: Go I must, but come back I will, and if folks should ask you why , You may put the blame on the stars and the sun and the white sands and the sky.

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