Made popular by the hippies in the ’60 and ‘70s, Baga continues to retail its timeless appeal even today and figures high on the travel itineraries of tourists not only for its lovely sea and sand and its happening nightlife, but also for its buzzing flea market that is a wonderful opportunity for exploration and discovery of the local culture.

The Baga Saturday Bazaar, modelled along the lines of its more illustrious cousin, the Anjuna Beach Market, offers the same assortment of bric-a-brac, handicrafts, clothes, trinkets and the-not-to-be-missed local food and drink, especially the fresh seafood. You can get yourself a funky hairdo or even an exotic tattoo as well a personal memento of Goa. If you are interested to know what the future holds for you, you can establish a dialogue with one of the dozens of palm-readers or tarot card readers that abound in the place.

While the Saturday night market may not have exactly driven the traders at Anjuna market out of business, it is all the same, a most enjoyable experience, especially as it can be explored at leisure under the starry evening skies with the fresh sea breeze in your face. The exotic ambiance gets a boost with the soft glow of the lamps of the traders while the live bands help create a festive atmosphere.

After you have soaked in the lively atmosphere and exhausted yourself haggling with the vendors, you can head straight to one of the countless beach shack or cafes to sample the simple divine local cuisine. The fresh seafood or the pork vindaloo washed down by feni is particularly recommended.