Mapusa is a township in north Goa that’s very close to Baga, Calangute and Anjuna beaches. Approximately 13 km from the capital city of Panjim, it serves as a budget zone for travellers looking for a good hotel deal, especially during the season that lasts from October to December.
Known for its Friday market, Mapusa changes colour with hawkers from neighbouring towns and villages selling unique handcrafted goods, agricultural products, fresh fruits and other local ethnic accessories. Mapusa is also known for its wide variety of seafood.
Regular bus services are available to and from Mapusa to Panjim and other parts of Goa. Cabs may also drive you there, but beware of drivers looking to overcharge tourists.