Tired of Candolim and Calangute? Anjuna may be equally popular, but it certainly will be less crowded than either. The best part? It isn’t even too far up north and offers more peace than the others. Popular artist trio Above & Beyond’s record labels, Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, as well as their track Anjunabeach, are all a tribute to Anjuna, as you might have guessed. A special beach indeed. Before you head there to find out what makes it so special, do check out this list of places to visit and stay at.
MUST VISIT PLACES IN ANJUNA
Obviously. One of the most peaceful beaches in Goa, at least during the day. Where the shacks stand, is where the psytrance scene is said to have originated. You can enjoy a silent afternoon with a book and a beer, or decide to try out water sports here – parasailing, speed boating, jet skiing, banana ride, bumper ride and simply a boat ride.
Anjuna Flea Market
Brush on your bargaining skills and head here to find the most interesting things you didn’t know you needed. Right from garments to spices, sculptures to jewellery and more. This place is not just for shopping, but has some F&B options in addition to live music, so you can watch the sun set amidst a lovely setting.
If you’re still in an adventurous mood, try out activities like ATV rides, horse riding, castle jumping, horse carting, balloon shooting, ring game, or the bull ride! These are bound to add some fun to your trip.
It’s not just a cafe, but so much more. A lifestyle shop, event space, playground and garden, it is worth a visit. A yoga workshop in the morning, followed by a hearty breakfast is what makes this place special.
Ready to visit the crocodiles? Go sailing through the Goan backwaters which is home to varieties of birds and reptiles. As you pass the mangroves of the Mandovi river, you’ll see crocodiles in their natural habitat.
In the mood to party? How about you start your evening at Purple Martini? Overlooking the sea from high up, it is the perfect spot for sunsets and martinis! Next, head to Nyex, a beach club which is likely to be as happening as Cafe Lilliput, another spot on the beach. Curlies is probably what made Anjuna so popular with its psy parties, as did Shiva Valley which is right next to it. Hungry? Head to Burger Factory which is worth every bun, or German Bakery which may also host the occasional live gig.
PLACES TO STAY IN & AROUND ANJUNA
Solace by the Sea, Anjuna
Justifying the name, Solace by the Sea will provide you with just that. A short distance away from the beach, this beautiful, cosy property is ideal to spend time with your family and friends. With modern interiors in the hues of warm and cool colours, the villa offers various amenities for your comfort. From a pool to a lawn to a hill view, guests can enjoy Goa and especially Anjuna at its best.
Isaac’s Villa, Vagator
You can also head to Vagator, Anjuna’s friendly neighbourhood beach. A luxurious Goan villa with an easy-going holiday vibe, Isaac’s Villa is the perfect spot for a group that wants to enjoy some quality time together. Enjoy a splash in the pool or laze indoors – both choices are equally tempting here. The three bedrooms have gorgeous four-poster king-sized beds with dreamy curtains draped around. The common areas are beautifully decorated, with indoor plants, lanterns and sheer curtains. The garden area around the house adds that extra touch of greenery to soothe your eyes.
Bella Crux, Parra
On the outskirts of the Bardez district that comprises Anjuna, Parra is parallel to Anjuna, just further inland. Here you will find a complex of 10 villas, surrounded by paddy fields. Bella Crux is one of those villas which offer aesthetically pleasing interiors and each have a private pool and lawn, making it ideal for a large group in need of a luxurious getaway. The pool and loungers make a great spot to soak up the sun and enjoy the green views around. And, when you wish to retire to your rooms, a four-poster bed awaits. Enjoy relaxed comforts and a stress-free time at this holiday villa!
El Greco, Siolim
A district by the river, Siolim is just slightly further from Anjuna. With its minimalistic yet luxurious vibe, El Greco makes for a great getaway in this area. Family, friends or colleagues – everyone is bound to feel right at home in this space, so you can look forward to a relaxing time here. The pool is perfect to hang out with a drink in, and when you retire to your rooms, you’ll find cosy, comfortable beds. Should you want to step out, Vagator, Ozran and Anjuna beach are all nearby, but we’re sure you’ll be running right back to enjoy your time at El Greco!
Right below Siolim is Assagao. Azure is a luxurious oasis of calmness that makes for a very comfortable stay for a group of up to six people. The air-conditioned bedrooms with hotel-style beds make you want to stay in, but the swimming pool with lounge chairs on the side beckons for some fun! A perfect corner is set up by the staircase for the friend who likes to read, or the couple that would like some quiet alone time. The kitchen is modern and fully equipped. The rooms offer views of the pool, as does the balcony, which is great to have a drink or two at. The bathrooms are minimalistic, aesthetically pleasing and clean. Should you want to get out to explore, the Anjuna and Vagator beaches are both a stone’s throw away. All in all, this villa is a modern, clean and relaxing getaway spot.
Do check out the room listings for the properties above, in case you’re looking to travel in smaller groups. We hope you have a great time exploring Anjuna and beyond! Stay smart, stay safe!