The spirit of the Sixties lives on with holidays to Anjuna in lively North Goa, with a mix of beach parties and bustling markets.

Old and new

Once a key stop on the hippie trail, Anjuna, in the Indian region of Goa, has evolved with the times. The free-spirit vibe's alive and well, but Anjuna's now just as likely to attract other kinds of travellers. Whitewashed churches, electronic music parties and a two-kilometre sandy beach make it a popular spot.

Shop 'til you drop

Anjuna's weekly Wednesday flea market attracts travellers from across Goa. Formerly a hangout for yogis, it's now a mashup of eclectic stalls selling clothes, jewellery, crafts and more. Swing by early morning or late afternoon when it's quiet enough to chill with a cup of chai – sweet, milky tea made from spices.

Fun on the sands

Anjuna Beach balances a lively lifestyle with laidback lounging. Stretching from the northernmost cliffs of the village down to the renowned flea market in the south, there's plenty of space to find your scene. From quiet corners to energetic cocktail bars, this beach has it all.

Calm and cultured

Spirituality is big here, so you'll find soothing yoga classes and therapeutic Ayurvedic treatments around every corner. There are treats to satisfy culture vultures, too. Chapora Fort has been wrestled over for centuries and still stands proud just a 30-minute walk from town.

At a Glance

  • Pick up a bargain at the bustling nearby flea market
  • Sample fresh Goan seafood at a beachside shack
  • Practice your downward dog in the original hippie hangout