Goa: Places to Explore


North Goa

For plenty of fun in the sun and after-hours parties, head to the busy beaches at Calangute, Baga, and Anjuna, which were important stops on the hippie trails of the 1960s and 1970s. The coastal stretch is increasingly built up, but there are still some quiet areas around Mandrem beach (north of the Chapora River). Nearby, atop the hills, are a few beautiful old forts built of laterite, the local pitted red stone; they offer beautiful vistas of the curvaceous coastline. The villages that sit a few miles inland have charming bed-and-breakfasts and inns with rustic flavor.

You may also want to take an excursion to one of the popular markets. On Wednesday the lively market in Anjuna, not far from the beach, is filled with inexpensive jewelry, cotton sarongs, colorful shoulder bags, and handicrafts marketed by vendors from Goa, Karnataka, and other Indian states. There's also Ingo's Saturday night bazaar, in nearby Arpora. To find late-night beach parties, follow the trance music to any of dozens of beach shacks in Baga, Calangute, and Anjuna.

Goa's restaurant scene continues to refine and reinvent itself, with excellent restaurants serving both Goan and international cuisines. Stop by A Reverie in Calangute for its global fusion menu, Thalassa in Vagator for delicious Greek food, Ciao Bella in Assagao for wonderful Italian cuisine or Lila Café in Baga for a hearty morning-after recovery meal.

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