Goa's third largest town, situated 13 km from Panaji, it is mainly a market town for the surrounding beach areas of Calangute, Candolim, Anjuna and Baga among others.
Mapusa comes alive on Friday, the traditional market day also known as Mapusa Friday Market. People from surrounding villages and towns come to Mapusa to sell their wares. This fair has a lot of local flavour and specialises in agricultural produce, vegetables, locally-grown fruit, spices, clothes and even plants.