Bardez is the name of a region in north Goa, popular for its beaches and market. The name Bardez is derived from the word “bara” meaning “12” and “desh” meaning “country” and it refers to the 12 specific territories which, together, make up Bardez. This is one of the most popular tourist destinations, in Goa. There are many sites like beaches and a market for shopping. The region is very green and the roads, well maintained and you can hire a scooter or bike to go anywhere, at any time.
Bardez features an active nightlife with pubs, casinos and more. The best time to visit is from November to March when the climate is pleasant. In other months it is very hot. Christmas and New Years’ Eve are particularly busy in this area. Local people celebrate these holidays enthusiastically and tourists come to enjoy the parties, organized by the local people.
1. Candolim Beach
Candolim Beach is a very popular attraction, in Bardez. The tourists come just to see this beach, which is very quiet, romantic and full of fun. The evening sunset is particularly beautiful and a good time to stroll along the beach. There are also a variety of water sports to enjoy here, such as boating and water scooters, as well as plenty of good food.
Candolim is popular with newly married couples who come to see the silver sand and blue water. I recommend you to visit this beach, while in Bardez.
Address: Candolim is a small town in the western Indian state of Goa
2. Anjuna Market
This is a famous market, in Bardez and is only open on Wednesdays. Many things can be found here, related to Goan culture. Here, you’ll need to be a smart buyer with some bargaining skills as many shopkeepers will ask for double what the items are worth. A good tip is to just start your offer at half or less than the shopkeeper’s opening bid.
Located near Anjuna Beach, you can find everything here, from clothing to ornaments, hats, goggles, spices and souvenir t-shirts. I recommend this must-visit place, for shopping.
Address: 10, St. Michael’s Vaddo, South Anjuna, Anjuna, Goa 403509
3. Fort Aguada Lighthouse
This ancient fort and lighthouse is a great place to view the beauty of the sea. A bit difficult to climb because of the steep stairs, you will be rewarded once you get to the top. This lighthouse and fort were built by the Portuguese, in 1612, to protect against attacks by the Dutch and Marathas. It also served as a fresh water supply for passing ships as a natural spring was located within the fort. Full of beautiful scenery and a great place to watch the sunset, I recommend you don’t miss this stop, while in Bardez.
Fort Aguada Lighthouse
Address: Aguada - Siolim Rd, Sinquerium, Candolim, Aguada Fort Area, Goa, 403515
4. Museum of Goa
This place is a little distance away from the city and has many artifacts, on display that illustrate the history of the local art and culture. At the Museum of Goa, you can see beautiful paintings, vases, statues of gods and plenty of information about the past and present of Goa. It is a nice experience to visit this place.
Museum of Goa
Address: 79, Pilerne Industrial Estate, Pilerne, Bardez, Goa – 403511, Pilerne Industrial Estates, Goa 403511
5. Scuba and snorkeling
Scuba diving and snorkeling are very popular, in Goa. Tourists especially, love to come to this area for the great diving and snorkeling and the wide variety of fish and underwater life. Guides and tours are available, arranged by the local resorts, who can assist you, based on your individual needs. If you are looking for a new experience, you must visit this place.
Scuba and snorkeling
Address: The Pride Sun Village Resort And Spa, Calangute, Arpora, Sanqwadi, Baga, Goa 403518
6. Grand7 Casino
This casino is located in the O Hotel and offers a special deal for tourists who stay here. They have a package for couples that includes two drinks, two snacks and two all you can eat dinners, for 3000 INR (46.74 USD). For those who love to play the various games at a casino, you will love the environment and good food of this fun place.
Address: Grand7 Casino, O Hotel, Candolim, Bardez, North - Goa, Candolim, Goa 403515
7. Dance clubs and discos
Bardez is known for its nightlife and there are many late night dance clubs and discos to choose from. Check out the various establishments and find the one that best suits you. Many go well into the night and have drink specials and other offers.
8. Kegdole Beach
After the hustle and bustle of the frenetic Bardez nightlife, plan a day at Kegdole Beach, which has very few crowds. You can sit on the beach and enjoy some peace and quiet.
Address: Kegdole Beach, Goa 403109
9. The churches
There are many churches in the Bardez region, owing to its Portuguese occupation. These include St. Alex Church, Salvador do Mundo Church, St. Micheal Church and many more. After visiting the beaches, discos, pubs and market, a church is a nice respite and a place to grab a bit of peace.
St. Alex Church
Address: North Goa, Near Don Bosco School, Bardez taluka, Calangute, Goa 403516
Website: St. Alex Church
10. Pamper yourself at a spa
There are many spas in Bardez, where you can relax your body and many health problems can be solved by a spa visit. Both women and men can go for a massage or various beauty treatments and it’s a relaxing place to spend a few hours or the day.
Address: 317-C, Baman Vaddo, Candolim Bardez, North Goa, Pin 403515
Website: Sukhmantra Resort
For tourists who love beaches, nightlife and water sports, Bardez has it all. Whether traveling solo or with a group of friends, there is plenty to see and do, here. A great place for newlyweds, romance is always in the air, in Bardez. So make a plan to visit and spend some quality time in this exciting region.
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