Vagator is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Northernmost side of Goa, which is located in Bardez, Taluka about 21 kilometers (13 miles) away from Panaji. More than just a beach, Vagator has many gems beyond the palm trees jutting out of red cliffs. This place is comparatively separate from other touristy Goa beaches, which keep it quiet and clean. The beach is split into two different parts separated by a headland. Standing on the sea facing the headland, the beach on the left is Ozran Beach, which is also known as Little Vagator Beach and you can reach this via an easy and short rocky trail. While the beach on the right is North Vagator Beach, which is also known as Big Vagator Beach. To the south of Vagator is Anjuna, which was one of the first hippie haunts of Goa, famous for tourist traffic and the Wednesday Anjuna Markets. Tighten your seat belts to traverse the places to visit in Vagator:
1. Anjuna Flea Market
For the shopping lovers, Anjuna Flea Market near the beach is the attraction to see, which is held every Wednesday and lasts from morning till dusk. One can fill their shopping bags with trendy jewelry, clothes, antiques, earthen masks, mirrored bags or mementos from this colorful flea market. People used to avoid afternoon shopping because of the heat. Women, don’t forget to bargain as it is accepted here!
Anjuna Flea Market
Address: Monteiro Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa 403509
Opening Hours: 12am to 1am. Closed on public holidays.
Contact: +91 9890170260
Website: Anjuna Flea Market
2. Chapora Fort
Chapora Fort is located in Bardez, and rises above the Chapora River. This red laterite fort was established by the Portuguese, so the construction and designs take you back in their ancient times. The view of the sunset from this place is really commendable. The way to the fort is steep, so one needs to be careful here. The best time to visit this place is either at sunrise or sunset.
Website: Chapora Fort
3. Ozran Beach
Ozran Beach is also known as Little Vagator Beach as we know, which is located on the left side of the beach. It is broken in-between the several divisions of rocks, but one can reach here by crossing an easy and short rocky trail. From here, you can find the bus which takes you down to the Vagator Beach. This place is considered more peaceful, with great views and more shacks than the other main beaches. The beach is flat so adventure lovers will find this place amazing for swimming. There is one beautiful, splendid, black statue of Lord Shiva almost right the shores.
Address: Ozran Beach, Vagator, Goa 403519
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Morjim is a census small town in Pernem, located on the northern bank of the Chapora River. This village is also known as “Little Russia” because of a large number of Russian immigrants living here. A large number of beautiful birds and a variety of animals can be seen here also. The Olive Ridley sea turtles, which are endangered species, can be seen here hatching eggs on Morjim Beach shores and the egg-poaching or any disturbing of the turtles or their habitat is a crime under the Indian laws and is punishable. The Goa Forest Department is taking care of this endangered species of turtles and has structured a Turtle Conservation Interpretation Centre. A 250 year old temple is the popular tourist attractions of this village.
Address: Morjim Beach, Morjim, Goa 403512, India
Duration: around 30 minutes required.
5. The Saturday Night Market
During the tourist season, every Saturday, this sprawling market is held in Arpora, simply known as, Saturday Night Market. Entry is free for everyone. The attraction of this place is its amazing variety, from the spices to vintage items, unique creations, jewelry and much more. The Saturday Night Market is usually featured in many Bollywood films! It will take 1 hour and 40 minutes for you to reach the market if you are driving.
The Saturday Night Market
Address: Aguada - Siolim Rd, Xim Waddo, Arpora, Goa 403518
Opening Hours: Closed on Wednesday.
Website: The Saturday Night Market
6. Parra – Rural area with famous food items
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Parra is a small village situated in Bardez sub-district, in the northern side of Goa. This town is close to Anjuna and Vagator. Panaji, the capital of Goa, is also quite close to Parra Village. The area covered by Parra is very vast but most of it is residential land and agricultural land. Parra used to be famous for its red and sweet watermelons and one should definitely visit this place and experience eating these cooling fruits.
Parra - Rural Area
Address: Parra, Goa 403519
7. Primrose Cafe Club
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The nights are lively in Goa and to feel this vibrant ambiance, one should visit Primrose Cafe Club situated in Vagator itself. It is the most popular and leisurely place to experience the nightlife of Goa. The parties in the Primrose Nightclub are held almost every evening during the season, meaning from October to March. To make the environment tempting to party in, neon flashing lights are installed on the dance floor and everywhere as a decoration.
Primrose Cafe Club
Address: Coutinho Vado, Vagator, Goa 403509, India
Facebook: Primrose Cafe Club
8. Baga Beach
Baga Beach offers lots of activities for the adventure lovers to indulge in. If you are staying at Baga Beach, island trips and dolphin spotting are in store for you. One can participate in amazing water sports like parasailing, windsurfing, wake boarding, Banana Rides, jet skiing, kite surfing, and much more. Baga is situated on the northern side of Goa, 16 km (10 mi) away from Panaji. The Baga River sidesteps right where Calangute ends, but it’s tough to figure out and pinpoint exactly where. Baga is the most visited place by tourists because of its sun and the sea, mouthwatering eateries and nightlife.
Address: Baga Beach, Goa 403519
A fun trip to Vagator
It is fun to settle in a shack on lounge chairs with music all around. At night, the beach gets darker and is the perfect place for partying and relaxing. A part of Vagator Beach is also known as Disco Valley, which has been the chief place for trance parties in Goa since the 1980s. Other than this, one can trek to the nearby fort, visit a nearby fishing village, see the rock-carving of Shiva, marvel the sunset over the sea and have a meal in the finest European restaurants. Seafood is the specialty of the restaurants in Vagator and vegetarian food is also served at high quality in some of the multi-cuisine restaurants. So what are you waiting for!
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