18 kms from Panaji is a popular beach area adjacent to Chapora fort-
it was the haunt of the flower generation in the sixties - and
is still popular with the younger generation. In Anjuna there is
magnificent Albuquerque mansion built in 1920, flanked by octagonal
towers and attractive Mangalore tiled-roof. The Anjuna band plays for
the beach party at night. Palm trees stand motionless in the warm air.
To the east is a mountain. If you want to return to civilization,
climb the mountain to get to Baga where you can catch a ferry out.
This is the Goa Freak
capital of the World. Anjuna becomes a fair of colors. Lines of
vehicles full of tourists start virtually raising clouds of dust in
this area. Anjuna attracts a weird and wonderful collection of over
monks, defiant ex-hippies, gentle lunatics, artists, artisans, seers,
searchers, sybarites and itinerant expatriates who normally wouldn't
be seen out of the organic confines of their health-food emporia in
San Francisco or London.
Full moon, when the infamous parties take place, is a particularly
good time to be here if you want to indulge in bacchanalian delights.
Only a Brit would think about raving about the main beach, but it's
worth the walk to the small, protected sliver of sand at South Anjuna
where the area's long-term house