Beaches in Malta
Where are the best beaches in Malta?
Although Malta is not best known for its wealth of sandy beaches there are actually quite a number just waiting for you to discover them. Whilst some are near to the centre of many of the main tourist destinations other beaches in Malta are hidden away. Indeed, there are a couple you will have to search for; the ‘locals’ being keen to keep their locations secret as much as they can!
The best time for swimming in the sea in Malta is during the summer months between May and October. Although most of the hotels in Malta provide swimming pools there is just nothing like the experience of bathing in the warm and crystal clear waters that the surround the Maltese islands. Snorkelling, scuba diving and a host of other water sports take place from some of the beaches and you would be missing out on a great experience if you didn’t visit at least one of them during your stay. They are popular with tourists and locals alike however, so be prepared for the main ones to be very busy. You can usually find some secluded swimming areas though for that relaxing treat.
The beaches listed below are the most popular although the list is by no means exhaustive. For 2012 the beaches in Malta at Mellieha Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha, Ramla Bay and St George’s Bay have been awarded Blue Flag status whilst the beach at Golden Bay has received an award for Beach Quality.
Mellieha Bay/ Ghadira Bay: This is the largest and the most popular beach on Malta. It is ranked among the best beaches in the whole of Mediterranean. The beach is easily accessible with steps and a ramped-up sand entry. The water is shallow for a long distance out making it an ideal beach for family vacations. Sunbathing beds and umbrellas can be rented out here. Water activities are on offer including parasailing and there are plenty of facilities in the form of cafes, bars etc. Be aware however, that the beach gets very busy during the height of the summer season and at weekends so arrive early in order to grab the best spots. Located at Mellieha on the coast road to Cirkewwa and the Gozo ferry.
St George’s Bay, St Julian’s: Situated just a few steps from the bars and restaurants of St Julian’s this beach is well managed and easily accessible. Due to its location and proximity to numerous accommodation facilities it does get extremely busy. It is particularly popular with the younger generation and is a great spot for meeting up with friends.
Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha Bay: These two magnificent bays are located adjacent to each other on the Western coast of Malta. Golden Bay is more popular among the tourists owing to its easy accessibility and it lives up to its name with fine golden sand. The presence of a big 4 star hotel near to the Golden Bay beach makes this bay more crowded. Avoid deep water swimming at this bay as there are strong currents prevailing in this region.
Ghajn Tuffieha is next to Golden Bay and is quiet although not secluded. The top of the beach offers a panoramic view of the coastline. There are around 100 steps to climb down in order to get access to the beach so it is not suitable for the less able bodied. This well protected beach is great for bathing and is very popular with families. For a quieter experience the natural beach piled up with fine sand this is the place to be. Snorkelling and walking are among the activities to be indulged here. Beware: there are sometimes nude sunbathers on the beach here – even although it is illegal!
Gnenja Bay: This spectacular beach is located in Mgarr and is very popular with the locals. Limited facilities here although the beach offers more serene and quiet surroundings. Good for sunbathing and snorkelling.
Paradise Bay: This small sandy beach is very picturesque with good facilities and a choice of water sports. It is situated in the northern part of Malta near Cirkewwa. Access to the beach is via some numerous steep steps but its perfect location makes the effort worthwhile. There are some stunning rock formations above the bay which contribute to this beach being the perfect place to be at sunset.
Blue Lagoon: situated on the Island of Comino the beautiful white sands and warm waters make this a ‘must see’ destination. Boat excursions from Malta and Gozo run on a daily basis during the summer months.
Ramla Bay: is Gozo’s main beach and one of the most beautiful in the Maltese Island. Its soft yellow sand attracts sunbathers throughout the summer. There are no large tourist developments nearby but the beach is well served with snack bars and cafes. Swimming here is very safe and recommended.
San Blas Bay: This is one of Gozo’s best kept secrets. A rocky bay/beach tucked away at the foot of a steep path. Great for solitude, snorkelling picnics. Be aware however that there are no facilities.
Many of the Malta beaches listed above are accessible via public transport. Due to regular changes to the bus timetables you are advised to check with your accommodation hosts in order to identify the correct route/bus number etc. Alternatively, you can check out the various Arriva timetables by following the link HERE. However you get there you will not be disappointed by your visit to one of the beaches in Malta we have listed.