North Goa is an established tourism region with its own character and unique charm. . The shores are filled with soft golden sands and are backed by colorful beach shacks and coconut palms. Villages come alive with local restaurants, lively bars and craft stalls. North Goa has some of the best markets including the gypsy Anjuna Flea market, the Mapusa local produce market and the Saturday Night market at Arpora.
Things to Do in North Goa
Calangute and Baga
Calangunte and Baga are the best beaches for crowd lovers. They also offer a lot of water sports like Jet Ski, surfing, kayaking and scuba diving. These are the most crowded beaches in Goa mainly due to the commercialized activities which attract Indian as well as foreign crowd in unison. The beaches are so colorful that you’ll see crowd from different parts of the world here.
Candolim is a charming beachfront resort with a long stretch of golden sands. It is very quit compared to its neighbours Calangute and Baga. The colourful beach shacks and rolling dunes make Candolim beautiful.
Anjuna Flea Market
Started as a hippie market to exchange goods for barter, this market is now one of the most famous in Goa, where we can see vendors from different parts of the country trading from textiles to electronics. It’s a paradise for thrift shopping and the right place for specialists in bargaining.
Fontainhas is an old Latin quarter which boasts about its Portuguese architecture. It is located in Panjim. The eighteenth and nineteenth century villas on both sides of the streets reveal the Portuguese influence during their reign in the state. The houses of Fonatinhas will be turned into an art gallery every year, which aims at educating the younger generation with the heritage of Goa.
Arpora is nestled in the hills near Baga coast. It is a quiet and charming rural village. Arpora’s landscape features salt pans, rice fields and churches. Saturday night market is lively and a must do when visiting Arpora.
Goa is the home for water sports and other activities. This includes Para gliding, Para surfing, Jet Ski, kayaking, fishing trips, scuba diving and much more!! The prices and duration of each activity will range depending on the operators.
Located near to Anjuna beach, it is not affected by the crowd and rush that you see in Anjuna. It’s the ideal place for relaxation after a long night or party. Chapora fort is also located near the beach. There are few shacks and bars in the beach which are quiet famous for its psychedelic nature.
North most beach in goa which is pretty calm and quiet a spot for surfing. There are a lot of bars and shacks here. You can also do some rock climbing here which will give a good view of the beach and it’s an ideal spot for sunset. Evenings of Aarambol can be loud with drum circles and jamming sessions.
This is one of the quietest beaches in Goa. Situated in North Goa, the waves are rough here, so it is better to stay in the shores. An ancient Ajoba temple can be found inlands of this beach.
If you’re a bird lover you will find a good pass time in this beach. Some of them being Sand piper, quill, cuckoo, and your eyes will be busy spotting them. There are chances of spotting dolphins in this beach. There are many shacks and restaurants here; look out for the Russian restaurants and try some Russian cuisine.