One of the most preferred locations for a short as well as a long stay, Goa ranks high amongst the list of places to rent a villa for a vacation. Its culture and way of life besides its beautiful beaches and landscapes are some of the main reasons for many choosing to flock down to this part of the world. There are a number of options available to stay at from studio apartments to exotic villas offering the best of amenities to a luxury traveller to the necessities of a backpacker. In this article we shed light on the best cities to stay at while you plan your stay. Undoubtedly it is the beach belt that is widely sort after, however there is a large population of travelers that choose to stay in a number of variety of neighborhoods in the vicinity to the coast.
Topping the list is the ever vibrant localities to rent a villa is Anjuna and Vagator. One of the most of popular locales for European tourists, Anjuna and Vagator has a number of backer-packer hostels, luxurious hotels and also gorgeous independent villas and Portuguese structures. The areas are well known for its night markets, flea markets and trance music. Plenty of super markets, fantastic cuisine and plenty of pubs make for great nightlife. The vibe here is a touch apart from the other towns and beach areas which is why so many are drawn to live here. The stays here are a more for short periods and also many foreigners prefer to stay away from the noise and entertainment and opt for quieter locations. Although there a number of listings on the outskirts of these locations prices are higher as there is always steep demand for properties offering short stays. The way of life in these parts are more towards lazing by the beach and hitting the club scene at the night.
Next on our list is Calangute and Candolim, which are the highly commercial in terms of everyday life. There are plenty of high rises here, more of hotels and very limited independent structures. These areas are excellent if you are looking to party it out all night or simply go bar hopping. Popular among the domestic and also numerous western tourists, these areas are densely populated and visited by many for shopping, eating and bars. Accommodation that is available are tight-sized as there in terms of room space and there are a lot more hotel rooms and studio like apartments that are available. Candolim does have exclusive villas that are rested away from the noise and sounds of the area, hideouts that have access to the beach and are mostly listed in the luxury segment class.
Mandrem and Morjim are next on our list. A landscape that has intentionally not been commercialized, these areas are away from the crowded tourism and commercial activities. Villa rentals here are mainly available in homestays and independent homes. A similar way of life is towards the sleepy villages of Assagao and Siolim both of which are away from the beach, a good 20 minute drive away. These localities are less populated with people, away from the noise and a lot cleaner as well. Since the beach is about 8 kms away, the rents here are a whole lot lower as compared to other areas. All the basic essentials are readily available as there is a flourishing local population residing here, it does though lack the pubs and clubs, something that attracts many to opt for a vacation rental in these areas.
Saligao and Verem are also localities that offer a majority of independent homes as vacation rentals. You will find a mix of aged homes as well luxurious beach front villas here. Saligao has a number of Portuguese homes with gated properties. Many of the homes here have been refurbished as well with modern décor and amenities. Price points are a lot more relaxed here as there also are a number of listings available most suitable for yearly stays. Verem is situated along the banks of the river Mandovi nestled in a sleepy fishing village that isn’t populated away with high rises.
The villages of Siapem and also Pomurppa are other hideouts that also make out list of places. Both are promising areas that offer country-side living amongst paddy fields and away from the hustle and bustle. Accommodation types available here are apartments and independent villas. There aren’t a lot of hotels here and also the nightlife is very limited. The rent expectations here are atleast 35% lower than areas such as Anjuna and Vagator. Siapem is fast evolving as hotels such as the Hilton are now in operation. Siampem has a riverfront and Pomurppa on the other hand has a beautiful lake. We have a variety of villa listings that you can explore in these areas for your vacation home!