The heat is on, and with it, so are our trips to the beach! The Maltese Islands have everything you could want for a picture-perfect beach break, whether you are a local, looking for a break from self-isolation, or even if you are a budding tourist who cannot wait for the airports to re-open and to start planning your next Summer break.
What are we talking about here exactly? Well, we’re talking pristine sandy beaches, swim-friendly azure waters and heaps of breathtaking landscapes forming the backdrops.
While Malta’s beaches do draw in the crowds during peak seasons, it’s not quite the volume you’ll find in the likes of Spain or France, although there are still plenty of spots with a vibrant atmosphere.
Here we take a look at eight of Malta’s best beaches that need to be on your radar, whether you’re after somewhere for a beach day with the kids or want a picturesque spot away from the crowds. Plus, further down we will remind you of what everyone should do so as to ensure maximum safety always – because, let’s face it, we all deserve a break right about now.
1. Mellieha Bay (Ghadira)
Ok, we forgive you, if you are thinking that this beach is in the Caribbean with its fine white sand and turquoise waters, but it’s actually Mellieha Bay.
The beach is popular with families because the waters are swim-friendly and shallow, but it’s worth noting that it can get quite busy.
You can find plenty of spots where you can hire umbrellas and sun loungers if you are thinking of making a day of it.
2. Ramla Bay in Gozo
Ramla Bay is popular with tourists and Maltese alike thanks to its sandy shores, swim-friendly waters and picturesque surroundings. Not surprising when you consider that this gem sits bang in the middle of Nadur and Xaghra in beautiful Gozo.
Make sure you drive to the beach car park otherwise you may find yourself embarking on quite the trek. There’s also a regular bus service linking Ramla to Nadur, Marsalforn and the Gozo ferry terminal at Mgarr.
3. St Peter’s Pool
St Peter’s Pool near Marsaxlokk may not offer a sandy shore but it does make for a pretty unique beach setting, and it was Titti’s Favourite Spot!
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The sea is crystal clear and offers excellent snorkelling opportunities. The flat rocks around the pool are perfect sunbathing without getting sand in your bits.
There are plenty of places to park nearby as well as tours if you want to just catch a glimpse of it, but most people like to make a day of it and soak up the sunshine while taking in the views.
4. Riviera Bay
The walk to Riviera Bay is down a steep flight of steps, but when you reach the shore with the breathtaking crystalline waters it’s well worth it. It is not a surprise that many refer to this flight steps as Malta’s own Stairway to Heaven.
Bring your swimming gear as the bay at Ghajn Tuffieha is very shallow and swim-friendly.
It’s also an ideal ‘laze on the sand’ type of beach where you can just lay out a towel and soak up some rays.
5. Golden Bay
Golden Bay near Manikata boasts a pretty sandy beach where you can find plenty of space, waters that are ideal for those who want to take a dip, and plenty of restaurants, small shops and a luxury hotel just a short walk away.
It’s very easy to reach by bus and car, although parking can be a challenge on sunny Sundays and public holidays, but one of Malta’s friendliest parking area attendants is there to make sure that you do not stress too much when looking for a parking space.
6. Comino’s Blue Lagoon
The small island of Comino sits right in between Malta and Gozo and it’s well worth a day trip to explore the beautiful hot spot.
The famous Blue Lagoon is popular with visitors looking to while away a few hours in the sunshine too, or you can always opt for a boat trip to get a glimpse – there are plenty of day tours and half day tours on offer.
Be prepared to face crowds during the peak holiday seasons. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
7. Paradise Bay
Paradise Bay’s crystal-clear waters and sandy shores never fail to be a hit with visitors. Paradise Bay is a public beach so you don’t need to pay to visit, pretty much like most beaches around Malta and Gozo, but if you want to enjoy the sunloungers and facilities then there is a fee for these.
The shallow waters just around the corner from the Gozo ferry terminal at Cirkewwa are ideal for families with children who want to go swimming.
8. St George’s Bay
Situated in St Julian’s, St George’s Bay is a hugely popular sandy beach, slap bang in the centre of Malta’s main entertainment district. Surrounded by hotels, restaurants, clubs and language schools, St George’s Bay is especially popular with tourists and students visiting during the summer months.
EXTRA! A Reminder about THOSE Mitigation Regulations in Place
As Malta is slowly going back to a new normality, keep in mind the below, so that you, your family and your friends keep a safe distance, at the beach.
Moreover, Beaches are being sanitized and cleaned quite regularly, as are the sun loungers and the umbrellas, so really and truly, you can truly relax, and soak up the sun, in full safety! Don’t forget that sun protection cream though!