Aromatic spice plantations, languid rivers, ancient cathedrals, and frothy waterfalls raise the bar when visiting Goa for the alabaster beaches, hypnotic swaying palms, and the easygoing nature of Goa’s people. More than two million annual visitors arrive at Goa’s breezy shores on India’s enchanting west coast, an outpost once belonging to the Portugese for almost five centuries and where the weight of colonial rule is still evident all around. Delve into Goa through well-kept and captivating architecture, gardens thick with bougainvillea, and Susegad, from the Goan lexicon and referring to their particularly easygoing lifestyle.
Go Market Shopping
For those who love to shop, there’s something particularly entrancing about a flea market and all the possible treasures to be unearthed throughout. Goa’s markets are an esteemed part of tourism in the province–you haven’t really been to Goa if you haven’t scavenged the markets for that one-of-a-kind find. Some of the most popular market stops include Mapusa’s Friday Bazaar, Arpora Saturday Night Bazaar, and the Wednesday market at Anjuna, each choice shopping spots to visit. Spices, jewelry, and clothing are top products on the circuit. There are endless rows of artisans offering brightly coloured lanterns, paintings, pottery, and an array of other handmade crafts. For some of the freshest seafood around, visit Chapora Fish Market by Chapora River (here the day’s catches are up for grabs) or if you’re in need of provisions, try Margao in Southern Goa for local delicacies and inexpensive alcohol.