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10 Pet Friendly Beaches To Visit In Malta

 

Most people travelling to Malta this summer will want to visit some of the stunning beaches found along its coast. However, pet owners wishing to bring along their furry companions may be faced with signs reading “NO DOGS ALLOWED” on arrival.

 

From tourists who couldn’t leave their pets at home to locals wishing to bring their dogs for a walk, it’s important to know which beaches in Malta are PET FRIENDLY.

 

Things you need to know:

  • Except for Imġiebaħ Bay (which is an official dog-friendly beach) dogs are NOT allowed on any sandy beach, at any time of year.
  • Dogs are allowed on all rocky beaches (except Blue Flag ones) all year round. But if a rocky beach is an official bathing area, dogs are not allowed in the sea.
  • Owners are obliged to keep their dogs on a leash and to clean up after them.
  • It is important to note that even when a beach is marked as dog-friendly, sometimes only a part of that beach is actually dog-friendly, and not the whole beach.

 

With that in mind, let’s look at the 10 official pet-friendly beaches in Malta and Gozo.

 

#1 Zonqor Point, Marsascala

 

pet friendly

 

This large dog-friendly beach gives your four-legged friend plenty of space to run around. The rocky bay is easily accessible on foot and by car and is a great place for both humans and dogs to swim. If you’re looking for a spot where you and your pet can beat the heat this summer, the clear cool waters at Zonqor should definitely be on your list.

 

 

#2 Dahlet ix-Xmajjar, L-Armier

 

pet friendly

 

This destination is quite remote, but it’s well worth the trek. The rocks at this beach are easy to navigate for dogs of all sizes, though people with mobility problems may find it difficult. That being said, the gorgeous, picturesque landscape is a fine reward for those who make the journey, and your dog will enjoy splashing in the clear turquoise water.

 

 

#3 Tigne Point – Under the Tigne Pedestrian Bridge

 

pet friendly

 

Not only does this beach make for a lovely walk, but it also affords owners the opportunity to go for a swim with their pets. The nature of the rocks, as well as some steps, make entering and exiting the ocean easy for people with both smaller and larger dogs.

 

 

#4 Torri L-Abjad, Mellieħa

 

pet friendly

 

This beach is more suited for walking than swimming, as slippery rocks and little in the way of handrails make getting too close to the sea somewhat treacherous. Despite not allowing easy water access, the scenic backdrop makes for spectacular viewing.

 

 

#5 Rinella Bay, Kalkara

 

pet friendly

 

Despite being the smallest spot on this list, it’s still a beautiful one. Though you can only keep your dog on the rocks, it’s hard to beat the view of Valletta and Bighi as you walk along the coast. It’s also easy easily accessible by car and foot, making it an ideal place for you and your pet to get some exercise.

 

 

#6 Xatt is-Sajieda, Marsaxlokk

 

pet friendly

 

This seafront makes for a good coastal walk but isn’t ideal for pet owners wishing to let their furry friends play in the water. Large rocks make sea access difficult and it’s not ideal for small dogs. If splashing in the water is on your list, maybe give this beach a miss.

 

 

#7 Horizon Bay (Limits of Xwejni area)

 

pet friendly

 

This beach is easily accessible by car and on foot, making for good spot for a quick walk. It’s also a great place to let your pet cool off in the sea. However, despite this beach sometimes being covered with seaweed, dogs still seem to love it. It is important to remember though that it’s not the entire Xwejni Bay that is dog friendly, only the part under Horizon Restaurant.

 

 

#8 Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq – Behind Splash and Fun

 

 

This is one of the larger dog-friendly beaches Malta has to offer. However, the part that is dog-friendly is not the sandy part near the kiosk, only the rocky part behind The Splash and Fun Park. It’s important to be mindful here as some areas of the rocks may be too jagged for dogs to walk on safely, but other areas are fine. Humans can also access the beach easily as there are steps, ramps and handrails at different points.

 

 

#9 Imġiebaħ Bay, Selmun

 

 

This is the only sandy beach in Malta or Gozo that is dog-friendly but reaching this bay can be difficult. In the summertime, it is only accessible by car as the road is quite long and can become too hot to travel by foot. People looking to bring their pup for a short stroll may wish to avoid this one.

 

 

#10 Mġarr ix-Xini, Għajnsielem

 

 

Last on this list and definitely least is a beach which although dog friendly. This beach is located in a remote location at the end of a long and perilous road.