Places To Visit In North Goa For Your Next Beachside Vacation

Situated on the western coast of India, Goa is famously known as the party capital of India with a thriving culture of stunning beachscapes, seafood restaurants, historic, architectural sites and churches that reflect on the warm, Konkan heritage. is the favourite and the best tourist place for many. Less than 40 kilometres from Dabolim airport, North Goa offers plenty of places to visit for the ultimate beachside getaway. It is the ideal location for enjoying any occasion & celebration because of its exciting nightlife and thrilling watersports.

The Northern District of the state also known as North Goa, is a scenic region of natural beauty renowned for its white sand beaches, stunning seas, and delectable cuisine. Beautiful churches, majestic forts, delicious eateries, spectacular concert venues, bustling markets, and many more can be found throughout this area. This place is certainly a traveller’s paradise.

The following are some of the best places to visit in North Goa that you should not miss while visiting this beautiful region:

Baga Beach

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Baga Beach is one of the most famous places in North Goa, and it is ideal for exhilarating watersports and bustling nightlife. The beach is well-known as “The Hometown of Nightlife,” and it is widely known for its late-night music celebrations and mouth-watering seafood from restaurants such as Bottlebay, Go with the Flow, etc. There are some of the best water sports to indulge in such as jet skiing, parasailing and paddle boarding that will surely be worthwhile. One thing that you should not miss is going on a ferry trip to spot some beautiful dolphins.

SaffronStays Casa De Raga in Arpora is located a short distance from Baga Beach and is the perfect vacation rental for families and friends.

Fort Aguada

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Fort Aguada is a 17th-century Portuguese fort and one of the famous places to explore in North Goa. This magnificent fort is a site to get a glimpse of the breathtaking sea views and take in a lovely sunset in the pleasant evening. The name of this fort originates from the Portuguese word ‘Agua,’ which means water, and it was once a rich source of fresh water for sailors. The beautiful thing to witness here is the confluence of the Mandovi River in the Arabian Sea.

SaffronStays De La Mer, North Goa is the ideal place for accommodation and gives easy access to this historical Portuguese fort.

Anjuna Flea Market

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Anjuna Flea Market is set up every Wednesday and is famous among locals as well as tourists. The place is like a treasure where one can find trinkets, handicrafts, hippy clothing, souvenirs, and many other items at cheap prices. It offers multiple products from Kerala spices to Kashmiri jewellery. While visiting the market, enjoy excellent seafood and cold beer while listening to live music and seeing band performances. Visiting this famous market is like experiencing Goa in a true sense.

SaffronStays Amarah, Assagao is located in close proximity to the flea market and is a charming vacation rental perfect for large groups looking to celebrate special occasions.

Mangueshi Temple

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Mangueshi is one of the largest and most visited temples in Goa, it attracts devotees from faraway places due to its grandeur and stunning architecture. The most unique and attractive thing of this temple is its Deepstambha, which is a 7 seven-storey lamp tower painted with an eye-catching golden arch. The Nandi Bull, known as Lord Shiva’s vahana, is another eye-catching feature of the temple. The temple is especially attractive at night when the lamp tower and main altar are illuminated.

Arvalem Waterfalls

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Arvalem Waterfall, a natural beauty in North Goa, is serene, scenic and worth visiting during the monsoon season. The beautiful surrounding filled with greenery and the pleasant ambiance of this place makes it perfect for a picnic with family and friends. To have the best fun at nature’s beauty one should go for a stroll across the surroundings, dip in the water and various fun activities. A lovely park near the waterfall offers a variety of recreational activities.

Anjuna Beach

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Anjuna Beach is nothing less than a paradise and is a perfect place for a family vacation filled with adventurous activities. It is a glamorous beach due to its fun-filled nightclubs, seafood restaurants, watersports and flea markets. Some of the best watersports to enjoy include bungee jumping, bumpy banana rides, parasailing, jet skiing and much more. People also call this place a “multidimensional entertainment hub” of North Goa. The wonderful view of the sea, as well as the sunrise and sunset, will undoubtedly be an unforgettable moment.

SaffronStays Bel Azur, North Goa is one of the best homes to stay from where you can easily visit and explore Anjuna.

Goa State Museum

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The Goa State Museum is ideal for those who are interested in art, history, and culture. This museum is among the must-visit places in North Goa and is home to a number of antiques and amazing artefacts that tell a lot about Goa. Some of the best exhibits include a history of printing in the state, cultural anthropology, lottery printing, furniture, sculptures, and information on Goa’s quest for independence. Short videos of diverse cultural, heritage, and anthropological facts about Goa are shown on the screens in the gallery.

The Church of Mae De Deus

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Due to its impressive Neo-Gothic architecture, the Church of Mae De Deus is one of the most beautiful places to see in North Goa. One will surely be amazed due to its impressive architecture and the greenery in the surrounding area. It also houses the statue of Mae de Deus, who brought the church back to life after it was in ruins. A significant number of visitors are drawn towards it due to its impressive interiors and carved decorations on the walls and ceiling.

Froggyland Goa

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Froggyland Goa is one of the top venues for entertainment in North Goa, with a variety of rides and water slides. It is the greatest place to beat the summer heat and will undoubtedly guarantee a fantastic day full of fun. This water park is suitable for adults and kids with separate sections for both of them. The Rainwater Dance zone is one of the most enjoyable areas of the park, with the DJ playing a variety of fantastic music.

Vagator Beach

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If you’re a party person, then this beach is where you must be. Known for its striking red cliffs on the shoreline, Vagator beach draws people in with its exciting nightlife, parties that last through the night, flea market festivals and more! Adventure lovers often indulge in the watersports there and tourists also enjoy the sightseeing spots in and around the beach. Located between 2 freshwater springs, a trip to North Goa is incomplete without a visit to this place.

North Goa is the finest option for those looking for a great vacation among the beaches and the lovely sea. This northern part of Goa is filled with magnificent beaches, incredible architecture, local markets, and many more attractions that will undoubtedly leave an impression on everyone. The unique vibe of this place will surely make you feel relaxed and energise your mind. Book some of the finest homestays for a vacation in North Goa.

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