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Mapusa is a small modern town in North Goa, located 13 km from the capital Panaji. Mapusa is a major transport hub for northern Goa buses. The city is situated around the Altinho hill and is in close proximities to Calangute, Candolim, Anjuna and Baga beaches. Mapusa is best known for its Friday Market attracting people from all over Goa. The market sells everything from fresh and dried fish, seafood, incense, spices, fruits and vegetables to local handicrafts. The items to look for are red Moira bananas, Goan spirits, local specialties such as chouricos (spicy sausages), etc.  Mapusa does not have too many tourist sites.
Major tourist sites in and around Mapusa include: a few colonial era buildings on the hill, Lord Hanuman Temple, Church of Our Lady of Miracles.

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