Sometimes a day at the beach in Malta means searching for parking, struggling to find a bare patch of sand and then spending hours listening to someone else’s music and crying kids.
But what would it be like if just you – and maybe a friend – were the only ones on the beach?
What if the only noise was crashing waves?
We’ve put together the ultimate summer guide to Malta’s least popular beaches.
You can almost have these all to yourself. Almost.
1. Fomm ir-Rih Bay
Actually getting to this beautiful beach near Mgarr is an adventure in itself.
Practically untouched, this is one of Malta’s few pebble beaches and it’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
2. Imgiebah Bay
If you’re looking for a nice sandy beach to hang out with your four-legged friend, Imġiebaħ is definitely one of the beaches you should visit.
Drive to Selmun Palace in Mellieha and take a left, then walk down the winding road to the coast and you’re there.
3. Kalanka Bay
Everyone has heard about the famous St Peter’s Pool near Marsaxlokk, but if you a little walk further you’ll find this lovely little rocky beach.
Kalanka Bay is shallow with a sandy bottom so the sea looks much bluer than at St Peter’s Pool.
4. Santa Maria Bay
When you think of Comino, you think of the Blue Lagoon.
But the island is surrounded by tiny beaches that few people visit.
Santa Maria Bay is a 20 minute walk from the Blue Lagoon and has shallow clear waters and a sandy beach.
5. Mgarr Ix-Xini
This small beach in Gozo is the perfect getaway from the crowds at Ramla Bay, Xlendi Bay and Marsalforn Bay.
It lies in a gorge but is accessible from Sannat as well as Xewkija.
The movie By The Sea, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, was filmed here in 2014.
6. Slugs Bay
Despite its name, this little bay is really pretty.
Slugs Bay is situated in between Mellieha Bay and Armier Bay. It’s tiny but the views are well worth it.
It’s also a great spot if you love to go diving or just enjoy a paddle with your jeans rolled up.