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Malta Beaches

The Maltese Islands are probably most renowned for Sun & Fun in the Mediterranean and the beaches play a big role in the giving the Islands that reputation.

Malta and Gozo both offer a variety of gorgeous sandy or rocky beaches; one may choose a great spot anywhere around the Islands.  Even though most of the coast is all natural rock, this does not mean that it is not possible to lie down comfortably as it is often in the form of rock platforms.  Access to the sea by means of steps and ladders makes beaching easy. Alternatively you can opt for blue lagoons; golden or red sands are also ideal bathing options. The more adventurous can seek out a secluded cove ideal for snorkelling and often only accessible by sea.

Most people simply enjoy sunbathing near the inviting and warm Mediterranean Sea, but the sportier holiday maker can avail themselves of an assortment of water sports; windsurfing, waterskiing, paragliding, wake and knee boarding - just to mention a few. Beach equipment is easily hired from beach resorts and hotel lidos. 

The most popular Maltese sandy beaches are found in the north, picturesque Ghajn Tuffieha and neighbouring Golden Bay are sandwiched together between scenic cliffs. Here one can enjoy a hot summers day on the soft sand and let reality slip away as you let every muscle in your body relax.  Once the heat has subsided at about seven o'clock this beach offers a breathtaking sunset and a great cliff walk in cooler weather.  Further North in Mellieha is Malta's largest stretch of sand - Ghadira beach.  If you are around during a full moon, a supper of fresh Mediterranean fish at one of the restaurants situated directly on this beach is magical.  Most sandy beaches have a tendency to be over-crowded on weekends, so getting there early and ‘claiming your space’ for the day is advised. As far as acommodation is concerned, Mellieha is probably the best place to stay in order to be as close as possible to the Northern beaches, and one may opt to stay in the many accomodation options which include hotels, apartments or villas.

If you are into fitness and miss going to the gym whilst on holiday then you should spend the day at Riviera Beach.  Actually part of Ghajn Tuffieha, you need to climb approximately a hundred or so steps to get to this beautiful stretch of sand. 

Gnejna Bay, which is next to Riviera Beach, is a little quieter and widely –known for the fact that it is a nudist beach.  Though topless bathing/nudity is illegal in Malta it seems to be oddly accepted here.  If you are up for a somewhat treacherous walk alongside the beach and are willing to be daring, then this is the place for you!

For crystal blue waters similar to that of the Blue Lagoon look up Armier Bay.  In the locality of Mellieha and surrounded by small fields Armier is quiet as it is traffic-free,  safe for children with kiosks and paddle-boat rentals at hand.  Little Armier, which is the smaller of the two beaches in the same bay also has many boat houses belonging to the locals.

On the way to Cirkewwa, which is where the Gozo ferry leaves from is where Paradise Bay can be found.  The same clear crystal sea can be found here together with a vast amount of people on the weekends, probably due to the on-site restaurant which boasts a mouth-watering menu.  The views which surround this bay are spectacular which adds to it being favoured by many.

St Paul’s Bay and Bugibba are bubbling during the summer months.  Both tourists and locals who have summer residences there flock to this part of the island.  Apart from the usual direct access to the Mediterranean Sea, swimming at lidos or at swimming pools of the numerous hotels in Bugibba or Qawra may be preferred.

 Apart from the natural rocky beaches around Sliema and St Julian’s, the east of Malta has only one sandy beach -  St George’s Bay, which is a small and man-made bathing area. The beach lies at the lower end of Paceville and is extremely busy duringthe summer months. There are a large number of top hotels in St Julians and Sliema which also have pools, some of which are open to the public, at a fee of course.

The South of Malta offers a more rural and typical Maltese ambience with St Thomas Bay's sandy banks and shallow waters or Marsaxlokk bay, Malta's second largest natural harbour; here you will find the vibrant Sunday fish market with its picturesque kajjiks and luzzus (traditional Maltese fishing boats), with the mythical eye of Osiris painted on their prow.   St Peter’s Pool which is nearby is and is considered an area of natural beauty and is great for snorkelling and you can covet almost any area you like as it is not usually very crowded.

Fomm ir-Rih is one of the few undeveloped bays which is best accessed by boat.  The fabulous scenery which is breathtaking is worth the dangerous footpath which is dodgy to say the least!  This area is very popular for diving and snorkelling.  Another favourite snorkelling area is Lapsi Cave – the waters surrounding this unique bay within a cave are amazingly clear. 

Upon visiting Gozo, you simply must spend a day at Ramla il-hamra which is famous for its red sand and also the largest beach on Malta’s sister island. A statue of the Virgin Mary has been prominently placed in the centre of this unique beach.  Once there, why not walk up to Calypso’s Cave on the western side at the top of the cliffs? This mythical cave was what Homer’s odyssey was based upon.  If you are feeling more adventurous, try to make your way to remote and dramatic San Blas, a quaint get-away in the height of summer.  This charming beach is hardly ever crowded and is definitely worth a visit. 

For a picturesque view combined with a choice of eateries which includes the possibility of a dip in the sea when the fancy takes you, Xlendi Bay is the place to be.  This is the ideal place to have a wonderfully peaceful lunch at one of the handful of seaside restaurants or hotels overlooking the bay, with pleasant service followed by either a quick dip in the sea or a walk up the cliffs to the right of the bay. 

Our Mediterranean sea is also very enticing to divers.  Apart from the thrill of discovering caves and reefs, the sunken boat wrecks are sure to excite even the experienced diver!  Favourite diving spots are Dwejra and Marsalforn in Gozo and Cirkewwa and Wied Iz- Zurrieq in Malta.

Malta is a tiny Island so if in the mood of exploring, why not grab a map and, without knowing you may stumble across your own little area of paradise!

Blue Lagoon Beach: Comino

Transport : Water Taxis or Cruise Boats.

Beach Type: Rocky shores and white sand.

Restaurants/Bars: Comino Hotel and occasional speed boats selling drinks.

Closest Hotels: Comino Hotel (Comino), Paradise Bay Hotel, Grand Hotel.

 

Ramla Il Hamra Sandy Beach: Xaghra Gozo. 

Transport: By Bus & Accessible By Car.

Beach Type: Red coarse sand, surrounded by a fertile valley.

Restaurants/Bars: A few beach bars serving food and drinks. 

Closest Hotels: Cornucopia Hotel, Mgarr Grand Hotel.

Blue Lagoon Comino
Ramla Il Hamra Gozo
     

Golden Bay Sandy Beach: Golden Bay Malta. 

Transport: By Bus & Accessible By Car.

Beach Type: Coarse red sand surrounded by a fertile valley. Within walking distance to Riviera beach.

Restaurants/Bars: Beach bars & restaurants, Radisson Blu Restaurant.

Closest Hotels: Golden Bay Radisson Blu Resort Hotel

 

Riviera Sandy Beach: Golden Bay Malta. 

Transport: By Bus & Accessible By Car.

Beach Type: Coarse red sand surrounded by a fertile valley. Within walking distance to Golden Bay beach.

Restaurants/Bars: One beach bar and restaurant. 

Closest Hotels: Golden Bay Radisson Blu Resort Hotel

Golden Bay Beach Malta - North   Riviera Beach Malta - North
     

Ghadira/Mellieha Sandy Beach: Mellieha Malta. 

Transport: By Bus & Accessible By Car.

Beach Type: Fine grey sand. Malta's largest stretch of sandy beach.

Restaurants/Bars: Numerous beach bars & restaurants. 

Closest Hotels: Sea Bank Hotel, Solana Hotel, Pergola Hotel, Ramla Hotel.

 

Mgarr Ix Xini Bay/Beach: Xewkija Gozo. 

Transport: Accessible By Car. No buses go down to Mgarr Ix Xini Bay.

Beach Type: Coarse sand, pebbles and rocks.

Restaurants/Bars: Two Bars. One restauarnt specialising in BBQ'd fish.

Closest Hotels: Ta Cenc Hotel 

Ghadira Beach Malta - North   Mgarr Ix Xini Beach Gozo Information
     

Dahlet Il Qorrot Bay/Beach: Nadur Gozo. 

Transport: Accessible By Car. No buses go down to Dahlet Il Qorrot Bay.

Beach Type: Coarse sand and rocks.

Restaurants/Bars: A few vans selling drinks in the summer.

Closest Hotels: Cornucopia Hotel.

 

Hondoq Ir Rummien: Qala Gozo. 

Transport: By Bus & Accessible By Car.

Beach Type: Coarse sand and rocks.

Restaurants/Bars: One Bar & Restaurant.

Closest Hotels: Mgarr Grand Hotel.

Dahlet Il Qorrot Nadur Gozo

 

Hondoq Ir Rummien Gozo

     

St Georges Beach/Bay: St Julians Malta.

Transport: By Bus & Accessible By Car.

Beach Type: Coarse Sand. 

Restaurants/Bars: Numerous Bars & Restaurants.

Closest Hotels: Corinthia Marina, BE Hotel, Radisson Bay Point

 

St Peter's Pool: Marsaxlokk Malta. 

Transport: Accessible By Car. No buses go down to St Peter's Pool.

Beach Type: Rocky.

Restaurants/Bars: A few vans selling drinks in the summer.

Closest Hotels: Harbour Lodge

 St Georges Bay - St Julians    St Peters Pool
     

Xlendi Bay/Beach: Xlendi Gozo. 

Transport: By Bus & Accessible By Car.

Beach Type: A small pebbled beach and a long stretch of rocky beach.

Restaurants/Bars: Numerous Bars & Restaurants.

Closest Hotels: San Andrea Hotel, St Patricks Hotel, Xlendi Resort.

 

San Blas Bay/Beach: Nadur Gozo. 

Transport: Partly Accessible By Car. No buses go down to San Blas Beach.

Beach Type: Coarse sand.

Restaurants/Bars: One Snack Bar.

Closest Hotels: Cornucopia Hotel.

Xlendi Beaches Gozo   San Blas Sand Beach Gozo
     

Marsalforn Bay/Beach: Marsalforn Gozo. 

How To Get There: Info Coming Soon.

Beach Type: Coarse sand and a long stretch of rocky beaches.

Restaurants/Bars: Numerous Bars & Restaurants.

Closest Hotels: Calypso Hotel, Murella Living BnB

 

Tal Kantra Lido & Rocky Beach: Sannat Gozo. 

Transport: Partly Accessible By Car. No buses go down to Tal Kantra Lido.

Beach Type: Rocky.

Restaurants/Bars: One Restaurant.

Closest Hotels: Ta Cence Hotel.

Marsalforn Beach Bay Gozo
  Tal Kantra Beach
     

Wied L-Ghasri Beach/Bay: Zebbug Gozo. 

Transport: Partly Accessible By Car. No buses go down to Wied Ghasri.

Beach Type: Coarse sand, pebbles & rocks.

Restaurants/Bars: None.

Closest Hotels: Calypso Hotel.

 

More Malta Beaches & Info Coming Soon. 



Wied Ghasri - Gozo   Malta Beaches