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Majorda Beach in South Goa, is perfect for escaping the stresses and strains of everyday life. With miles of warm inviting sand it just begs you to stretch out and luxuriate in the golden sunshine. Lined with waving coconut palms and dotted with enticing beach shacks serving delicious foods the beach is perfect for chilling out. It's pretty uncrowded too, so if you want to escape the busier resorts in Goa, Majorda is a great choice.
Despite this being a gently paced village there's a wide choice of accommodation, boutique hotels, high class resort hotels and warm and friendly guesthouses - some local residents even let out rooms for visitors for the ultimate authentic experience. There's plenty of choice for shopping too with colourful stalls dotted around displaying silks, jewellery, wood carving and crafts. Haggling is expected so make sure you don't accept the first price you are quoted.
Majorda's unexpected claim to fame is that the Jesuits who lived there many years ago, were the first to discover how to leaven bread using Goan toddy (the sap from the coconut palm). Today Majorda still maintains its reputation of having the best bakers in Goa and sampling their delicious selection of breads is an absolute must when you are visiting. Throughout the village there's a fantastic selection of eateries with amazing seafood and international dishes too, or how about sampling the local Goan cuisine perhaps try amotik (shark in hot and sour curry).
Majorda is a great spot for not only getting some peace and quiet but it's also a well-positioned base for visiting interesting places in the area. As well as the beautiful beach there is Majorda Lake enclosed by jungle, perfect for spotting native wildlife and birds. Deeper inland in the jungle you can spot elephants and visit the fascinating ancient temples and ruins of Old Goa. The capital Panajim is close enough to visit should you want a change of scenery. There are many chapels in Majorda as well as the larger 16th century church with its commanding white-washed façade.
Watersports, naturally, are great to experience in such a picturesque setting; fishing, diving or waterskiing are all available. Some of the larger hotels also offer pools, tennis, golf, casinos and yoga if you feel like dragging yourself away from the beach. Boat trips out to the islands of San Jacinto and San Antonio give you access to secluded beaches for even more privacy in this delightful paradise.
Majorda is easy to travel to as its only 15 minutes from Dabolim International Airport (transfer buses are available directly to Majorda) and 10 minutes from Margao Konkan railway station. There are lots of buses to help you get round the area or alternatively you can make use of the innumerable taxis and auto rickshaws that you can easily find anywhere.
Nightlife in Majorda is quieter than in some of its Goan neighbours. Many hotels and bars have light music or dance parties, jazz or salsa or you can simply unwind on the beach and watch the sunset over the Arabian Sea sipping an exotic cocktail from one of the beach shacks.