Bardez is a region in North Goa, Goa, India. Its name is derived from "bara" (meaning "twelve") and "desh" (meaning "land"), probably referring to the twelve cities of Bardez. The capital city is Mapusa. The region is surrounded by rivers to the north, south, and east as well as the Arabian Sea to the west.
If you are looking for hostels in Bardez, your best bet is to look in the cities of Anjuna and Candolim. There are plenty of options available; most include names such as "hostel," "backpacker," and "guesthouse." Bardez hostels can cost anywhere from about $12 to $50, with the majority in the lower price range. You can expect your hostel to be rated 4 1/2 stars, with clean rooms, free wifi (although unreliable), friendly staff, and a fun, lively atmosphere. You can even find female-only dormitory rooms.
If you choose to stay in a hostel in Anjuna, you should definitely make the Anjuna market a part of your itinerary. It takes place on Wednesday by the beach until evening. It is a colorful, crowded flea market where you can find great quality clothes, shoes, jewelry, rugs, and even henna tattoos from all over India. Be prepared to barter down prices as live music drifts through the air.
If you choose to settle into one of the hostels in Candolim, you will definitely enjoy visiting the beach there. Known as one of Goa's cleanest beaches, it is also peaceful due to smaller crowds. You can relax on one of the beach beds available for rent. If you prefer to be active, you can go into the clean, shallow water and enjoy the waves without a worry; there are even lifeguards on duty. Water sports are offered as well. The many shacks on the sand provide a nice variety of Indian as well as international food. Feel safe to enjoy a nice meal and beer at this beach in the evening.
To the left of Candolim Beach, you will spot the Fort Aguada Lighthouse. The entrance to the fort is free. It is a historic monument where you will see relics of its past as a prison and the Portuguese influence. Inside of it is an old, non-functional lighthouse which is not accessible to the public. Just a few steps away, however, is a new, functioning lighthouse. For a small fee, you can ascend the steps to the top in order to enjoy the spectacular view. Along with your camera, remember to bring your sunscreen and hat. The sun is very intense, so the best time to visit here is in the morning or evening.
Once you cone are with your fun, sun-filled day, you can return to your Bardez hostel in Anjuna or Candolim and enjoy the stories and company of your fellow travelers there.
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