Friday, 9 September 2011 4:58 PM
If you're considering booking a stay in north Goa hotels, spending some time on the famous Anjuna Beach is an absolute must.
This popular beach is a big draw for anyone on Anjuna holidays and, whether you're looking to soak up a few rays or are keen to pick up a couple of souvenirs for the folks back home, you are sure to have a great time exploring this part of the region.
There are two parts to the sandy stretch, one of which is very small and rocky and is situated beneath a clifftop. Here you will find lots of little restaurants to sit and enjoy a meal or two in, as well as a wide variety of stalls hawking a range of curios and potential mementos of your holiday.
The other section is a lovely walkable, sandy bay where the renowned flea market is held every Wednesday. This is an absolute must for anyone staying in the Don Joao resort in Anjuna in Goa – or indeed, in any other hotel in the area – and you should aim to visit it at least once during your stay.
Here, you can do a bit of shopping and pick up a range of bargains, from jewellery and souvenirs to clothes, hats and even bikes. Just remember to bring your bartering skills with you so you can stock up on a few Goan goods without having to spend too much of your hard-earned holiday cash.
Shopping aside, there are lots of great partying opportunities to enjoy in this part of Goa and you should make sure you attend one of the raves held every full moon in one of the numerous hangout venues located on the beach.
If you want to indulge in some sightseeing while away, then you won't be disappointed. There are lots of attractions in Anjuna, like the Chapora Fort.
This is one of the most popular tourist draws in the area, located just 10 km from Mapusa. It is built from red laterite stone and was originally constructed as a way to keep an eye on the various plunderers and raiders who came to build up their territories in Goa.
You might also like to have a look at the Mascarenhas Mansion on Anjuna Beach. This is well known among seasoned travellers for its stunning balconies and stained glass etchings, with the architecture an example of Portuguese design. The main attraction of the mansion is its L-shaped seat on the front porch, carved out of wood.
If you're keen to be active while on holiday in Goa, then you are sure to want to take to the water. While Anjuna Beach is not the best place for swimming due to the strong undercurrents here, you can go underwater diving using the equipment that is available for hire.
Should this appeal, make sure you keep your eyes peeled and your camera at the ready for all manner of marine creatures, like lion fishes, barracudas and turtles.
Regardless of what you plan to do while in Anjuna – be it embarking on underwater adventures, sightseeing, joining beach raves or shopping at the flea market – you are sure to have an amazing time, so why not look into booking a stay at one of the Goa hotels here?