Local Guide

Swissotel Goa is located in the town of Calangute which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in North Goa, only 16 kms from the capital city Panaji and 40 kms from Goa’s international airport, Dabolim Airport. The hotel offers a charming blend of idyllic beaches and a base from which to explore North Goa, a former Portuguese colony famed for its places of worship like the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its world heritage architecture like the Fort Aguada, conveniently located from the hotel and accessible by car.

Local Events

Carnival of Goa

Carnival of Goa

9 Feb

The carnival of Goa is held in February every year, three days before Ash Wednesday. Its floats are legendary, with the elected “King Momo”, who presides over the three-day festivities, leading the parade.
This celebration combines elements of circus, mask and public street party.
9-12 Feb 2013

Sao Joao Festival

Sao Joao Festival

24 Jun

The Sao Joao festival is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. This occasion sees some unique celebrations in the villages of Goa featuring processions with Catholics carrying Goan liquor and jumping into wells to have fun. They are also accompanied by traditional musicians.
24 Jun 2013

International Film Festival of India

International Film Festival of India


The International Film Festival of India provides a common platform for the cinemas of the world to project the excellence of the film art; contributing to the understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos.
Nov 2013

Feast of St. Francis Xavier

Feast of St. Francis Xavier

3 Dec

St. Francis Xavier, referred to as "Goencho Saib" (Lord of Goa) by Goans, is the Patron Saint of Goa.  The festival is held every year on 3rd December - the day he was buried - after nine days of prayer, called the Novena.  Various ceremonies are held to honour the Saint's death.
3 Dec 2013




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