The 50 best places to swim in Malta this summer

Summer is here and that means it’s time to head to the beach.

Malta has beaches for everyone, from windsurfers to sunbathers.

Choose from golden sand, red sand, rocks, blue lagoons and even inland seas.

Some beaches and rocky shores are off the beaten track, but worth seeking out for their seclusion.

Don’t miss a boat trip to Comino’s famous Blue Lagoon for the ultimate in crystal clear azure water.

Malta’s most popular beaches are Golden Bay, Riviera Bay and Mellieha Bay, according to Visit Malta.

For smaller, quieter beaches, try those at the tip of Malta, overlooking Gozo, such as Armier Bay and Paradise Bay.

In Gozo, the most beautiful beach is Ramla Bay, a large sandy beach nestling between Nadur and Xaghra.

In all, 50 spots across Malta and Gozo have been officially designated as swimming zones this summer.

The areas are segregated by buoys, blocking access to boats, and are marked using signs installed by Transport Malta.

Malta’s designated swimming zones for 2019

1. Blue Lagoon, Comino
2. Mġarr ix-Xini
3. Xlendi
4. Qbajjar, Marsalforn
5. Marsalforn Bay
6. San Blas Bay, Nadur
7. Ramla Bay
8. Hondoq Bay, Qala
9. St Nicholas Bay, Comino
10. Santa Marija, Comino
11. Armier Bay
12. Mellieha Bay
13. It-Tunnara, Mellieħa
14. Imgiebah
15. Selmun Bay
16. Fekruna Bay
17. Xemxija Bay
18. Veccja Point
19. Ghazzelin, St Paul’s Bay
20. Bugibba Square
21. Bugibba Beach
22. Qawra
23. Salina Bay
24. St George’s Bay, St Julian’s
25. Spinola Bay, opposite Cavalieri Hotel
26. Spinola Bay 2
27. Spinola Bay 3
28. Font Għadir, Sliema
29. Marsamxett
30. Valletta Waterpolo Pitch
31. Rinella Bay
32. Marsascala Waterpolo Pitch
33. Marsascala
34. St Thomas Bay
35. Xrobb l-Ghaġin
36. Kalanka Bay, Delimara
37. St George’s Bay, Birzebbuga
38. Pretty Bay
39. Ġnejna Bay
40. Riviera Bay
41. Golden Bay
42. Paradise Bay
43. Tigne, Sliema
44. Marsaxlokk
45. Cirkewwa Bay
46. Balluta Bay
47. Salina Bay
48. Qajjenza
49. St Peter’s Pool, Delimara
50. Kalkara Beach
51. Marfa Point
52. White Tower, Armier

Photos: Henry CopperstoneNeil WhittakerXav NegJohn Fox 

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