Just a few steps from the centre of Anjuna village, we are strategically well placed. All the facilities of the village - shops, travel agents, restaurants, bike hire - are close at hand, whilst Anjuna beach is just five minutes walk. View village map
Strung out along the headland you will find restaurants overlooking the sea serving international as well as fiery local Goan dishes. West facing, it is a great way to wind down at the end of the day to relax at a beachside restaurant while the sun slowly disappears into the Arabian sea.
Walk twenty minutes south along the beach on a Wednesday and you will find yourself at the famous beachside Anjuna Flea Market where you can easily spend a whole day without seeing all the stalls.
Another twenty minutes, around the headland and across the river brings you to Baga, the next beach resort south of Anjuna. Continue walking and you will find that Baga runs seamlessly into Calangute, the busiest of the north Goa resorts and nicknamed Queen of Goan beaches for its miles of soft sands.
Going north from Anjuna, climb the hill behind our house and you will descend to the secluded Vagator beach, or more accurately, beaches, as there are Little, Middle and Big Vagator beaches in succession. If you are feeling energetic you can continue on to climb up the headland to visit Chapora Fort. Here in a commanding position overlooking the wide Chapora River, the Portuguese maintained a garrison. Long abandoned now, you can still see the walls of the fort and admire the panorama.
A short drive inland from Anjuna will bring you to Mapusa, administrative centre of the Bardez district and third largest town in Goa. At the heart of Mapusa lies its extensive market, conveniently sited adjacent to the bus station.
Here are fruit and vegetables, fish, clothing and jewellery shops, while the sidewalks are filled with tailors and shoe-shine boys. Friday morning is the best time to come here, when the market, bustling any day, is further swelled by handicraft and souvenir merchants from far and wide.
Anjuna Flea Market
Once a week, every Wednesday, thousands of traders meet up with thousands of holiday makers to do business in this unique beachside market. Originally started by the hippies of the 60's who met here to barter and exchange goods, it is now mainly traders from all over India that come to sell their produce.
Here you will find merchants from Tibet, Kashmir, Rajasthan and Gujarat as well as locals, but perhaps the most striking sight you will see are the Lamani tribeswomen from neighbouring Karnataka selling chunky jewellery and richly dyed fabrics.
Even if you are not looking to buy, there is much to see here with all manner of life on display : entertainers, snake charmers, holy men, hippies, musicians, jugglers, shoe shine boys and itinerant ear cleaners all wandering among the throng. Come to buy, or come just to enjoy the spectacle, but come with a relaxed attitude - this market can be overwhelming.