Goa is the smallest state in India and one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. In the past, Goa used to be a real insider tip and a popular retreat for hippies and dropouts. Meanwhile, a lot of package tourists and party tourists have discovered the coastal state for themselves. Great beaches, an interesting old town, old forts and so much more. Goa has a lot to offer. One of the most popular destinations in Goa is the small village of Anjuna, which is about 18 km from Panjani, the capital of Goa and was discovered by hippies in the 60s. Its weekly flea market and summer trance parties attract tourists from all over the world. But there is so much more to discover. Check out the 5 best places to visit in Anjuna.
The picturesque beach of Anjuna with its numerous palm trees and golden sands, is about one kilometer long. Numerous pubs, restaurants, shops and water sports providers right on the beach, compete for the favour of tourists. So if you’re looking for a beach with all the comforts right next to the village, then Anjuna Beach is perfect for you.
Chapora Fort, dating back to 1717, rises high above the Chapora River. The fortress was abandoned in the 19th century, leaving only ruins today. The unique view of the surrounding beaches and coastal sections makes up for it. It’s a 30-minute walk from Anjuna to the Chapora Fort.
Anjuna Flea Market
Every Wednesday Anjuna is getting crowded, as the famous hippie flea market takes place. The flea market started in the 70s, when hippies sold their self-made goods or personal items. Meanwhile, the flea market has developed into a large weekly market that is far more commercial. Numerous stands offer a wide selection of Indian products and souvenirs. Leather bags, lamps, clothes, jewelery … there is something for everyone. But please don’t forget to bargain!
Sprawling Vagator Beach is just below the Chapora Fort. The beach is special because of its dramatic cliffs, the fort in the background and its vastness. Compared to Anjuna Beach, there are only a few restaurants and shops. The perfect beach to escape the crowds and relax for a few hours.
Ozran Beach is separated from Vagator Beach only by a coastal tongue, but there is much more going on. Cows walk around, beach vendors try to sell their goods and beach bars line up. Nevertheless, Ozran Beach exudes a cozy atmosphere due to its compact size and its palm groves.