Vagator, North Goa

THIS IS: VAGATOR. NORTH GOA

NEXT STOP: PALOLEM, SOUTH GOA

Excited for the beach but anxious because we had heard that sunny seaside Goa was ‘where people go to party’, we finally arrived in Vagator, North Goa. I daresay that a key factor that our time in Vagator was so enjoyable was that we stayed at the most marvellous treehouse a little way from the beach. It was such a treat and Will and I were stoked to be well away from the partying.

A WALKING ADVENTURE

Just before we arrived, we found out that Goa just doesn’t do Uber or Ola, so we ended up walking for a lot of our time in Vagator. We were soon to learn that not that many people walk around Goa. Keen for a swim and a bit of ocean therapy, it was our first day and we just wanted to be to the beach. Having walked a good 25 minutes, the plan quickly crumbled when the closest beach turned out to be unswimmable and just for boats. Oops. ‘No worries’, we thought, spirits slightly wavering. Vagator beach (the main one) isn’t too far, GOOGLE MAPS says its only 15 minutes away. Now I don’t know what happened that day, either Google died or Will really messed up, but what I do know is that 25 minutes later we were still deprived of that sweet ocean bliss and we had climbed a very very very steep hill and were standing on top of Chapora Fort looking out and down at the ocean that we so longed to be in, with seemingly no way down. Oops again. A good 20 minutes away, we finally got to the beach and it was the most well-deserved swim anyone’s ever had.

The next day we rented a scooter.

Advice to new goers (pun-intended): get a scooter.

BEACHY BEATS

All in all, North Goa was quite enjoyable – although the beach had terrible electronic dance music that was blasting at (I swear it) a minimum of 300bpm, which was a tad shocking to hear during the middle of the day and conflicted with the sensation of paddling leisurely around in the tropical ocean. Would definitely recommend South Goa, if you had to pick!

FOOD

The food was excellent. Again, we took advantage of the tourist offerings and enjoyed helpings of avocado and cucumber sushi (yep), miso soup and various seaweed and noodle salads at a delicious Japanese restaurant called Sakana. A little café called Villa Blanche, at which I got really confused by the half Spanish and half French name - and get this, it specialises in German food… but as I was saying, it serves an excellent standard of vegan and gluten-free food! The vegan quiche was absolutely delicious, packed with tofu, spinach and mushrooms and we also really loved the raisin and almond cake paired with a scoop of really excellent vegan chocolate ice cream. Sita pure vegetarian is where you can score excellent dosas and all the usual South Indian delights.

The beach that was unswimmable - at least I got a nice photo

The beach that was unswimmable - at least I got a nice photo

Little cows

Little cows

Just a cow not giving a f*ck

Just a cow not giving a f*ck

Entrance to our lush treehouse

Entrance to our lush treehouse

Towel fiends

Towel fiends

Will in the afternoon sun

Will in the afternoon sun

Will in the morning sun

Will in the morning sun

A bus spotted in Goa

A bus spotted in Goa

Elizabeth Miu