Introducing Anjuna & North Goa
Tucked between the Terekhol and Mandovi Rivers, North Goa encompasses the relentless action of and Baga, the happy hippieness of Arambol and Anjuna, the laid-back beaches of Aswem and Mandrem, and the luxury of boutique heritage hotels.
It was not, however, always this way. Until the 1960s Calangute was the sedate watering hole of the Portuguese elite, and the north coast was a simple string of fishing villages. Towards the end of the ‘60s came the heady days of naked revellers; next came the trance parties and, simultaneously, the package-holiday hordes.
Today, if you’re here for spiritual bliss, don’t go to Baga on a Friday night, it’s more Ibiza than Inner Peace. Similarly, if you’re looking to live it up, avoid Mandrem, whose liveliest moments are its ashtanga yoga sessions. Head inland, meanwhile, for enchanting villages, churches and temples. Choose carefully, then, and North Goa has delights aplenty, whatever your inclination.
Candolim, Sinquerim & Fort Aguada
Candolim’s long, narrow, busy beach, which curves round to join smaller Sinquerim Beach to the south, is largely the preserve of slow-basting package tourists from the UK, Russia and Scandinavia, and is fringed with an unabating line of beach shacks, all offering sun beds and shade in exchange for your custom.