Malta is a little paradise on earth. Island located between Libya, Sicily and Tunisia, every year it is the destination of tourists from all over the world who want to see with their own eyes its turquoise waters and its impressive beaches. Malta offers tourists unspoiled landscapes that have not been touched by man – despite thousands of people wanting to travel to its shores – and preserves pieces of ancient history that still resonate before the eyes of the beholder.
Malta is the perfect place to satisfy the needs of all types of tourists. It is open to young people, offering them beach parties and evening barbecues where they can meet people and make friends. It is hospitable to families, with its calm beaches and shallow waters.
It is perfect for travelers with an adventurous spirit who can travel winding trails through cliffs tens of meters high to reach bays where there is not even a bar and the hand of man has never moved a stone. It is romantic for couples who can enjoy the wonderful sunsets on the island from the splendid coves that seem to be drawn by a painter’s hand in love with life.
- 1 The 30 Best Beaches in Malta
- 1.1 Gnejna Bay
- 1.2 Golden Bay
- 1.3 ST GEORGE’S BAY
- 1.4 Dwejra Bay
- 1.5 For a picnic: San Blas Bay
- 1.6 Honodoq Ir-rummien
- 1.7 Anchor Bay
- 1.8 For Families: Ramla Bay, Gozo
- 1.9 Blue Lagoon, Comino
- 1.10 Santa Maria Bay (Comino)
- 1.11 Paradise Bay
- 1.12 Inland Sea (Gozo)
- 1.13 Balluta Bay
- 1.14 Hondoq Bay (Gozo)
- 1.15 Ghajn Tuffieha
- 1.16 For Water Sports: Mellieħa Bay
- 1.17 For Your Peace and Quiet: Fomm Ir-riħ
- 1.18 Crystal Lagoon (Comino)
- 1.19 The Best Natural Pool: St Peter’s Pool
- 1.20 For Gourmets: Mgarr ix-Xini
- 1.21 Ghadira Bay
- 1.22 Pedro’s Pool
- 1.23 Wied il-Ghasri
- 1.24 Bugibba Bay / St. Paul’s Bay
- 1.25 Armier Bay and Little Armier
- 1.26 Ta ‘fra Ben (Qawra Point)
- 1.27 Imgiebah Bay
- 1.28 Birzebbugia
- 1.29 Depart to Malta with Costa Cruises
- 2 Other of the Best Beaches in Malta
- 3 Frequently Asked Questions About the Beaches of Malta(FAQs)
- 4 Tips on Malta’s Beaches
The 30 Best Beaches in Malta
In Malta there are famous beaches, frequented by young revelers who love crowded places and look for restaurants by the sea: Bahía Dorada, Bahía Paraíso or Bahía Ghadira are just one example. But there are also places, such as Laguna Blu, that have been preserved intact and offer nothing to tourists. Still, the purity of its crystalline waters and a virgin landscape, in a practically lost place with almost no inhabitants.
There are also places like Peter’s Pool, difficult to reach and little known by travelers, but once discovered, they leave you speechless and always make you wonder when to return.
At Costa Cruises we have selected for you the best beaches in Malta, the ones you have to see yes or yes:
Sandy, characterized by clay slopes and a source of freshwater, Gnejna Bay is one of the most special places in Malta and also one of the most visited by tourists who do not want to miss its unique and impressive landscape, especially at sunset.
A wide variety of wildflowers grow around it, giving the environment a very special aura that helps make Gnejna Bay one of the most beautiful places in the Maltese archipelago. The crystal clear and turquoise waters are perfect for those who want to enjoy a bath in total relaxation, away from the stress of the city and the problems of daily life for those who live in the city.
On the bay of Gnejna is the Lippia Towers, a rock building built in 1637 by the Knights of San Juan and which served to defend the coast from enemy attacks. The fortification was part of a complex of towers that served to defend Malta militarily. Today they are obviously in disuse, but it is possible to admire them in all their beauty and historical relevance.
What better way to start this list than with the magnificent Golden Bay, one of the most popular and famous beaches in Malta. Crystal clear waters, golden sand, and a well-equipped beach are characteristics that make it a perfect place for young people and families.
In this wonderful bay, there are no rocks and the slope of the seabed is very slight, a characteristic that makes it particularly suitable for children’s bathing. But the Golden Bay is also notable for the extraordinary marine fauna that characterizes the turquoise waters off the coast, many of which are extremely rare. This makes it perfect for snorkeling enthusiasts, who can satisfy their desire to explore the seabed.
As we said, Bahía Dorada is suitable both for young people looking for fun and families. Here you can practice various activities, such as water skiing, windsurfing and sailing. Still, you can also take a ride on the banana boat, an activity that is often highly appreciated by children.
Young people wanting to dance, on the other hand, can enjoy the famous beach parties that are organized at night in Bahía Dorada and that attract thousands of people from all over the world each year. Here too, as on other beaches, the famous beach barbecues for which the island of Malta is famous are organized and attract hundreds of tourists every year who want to spend a different night and make new friends.
Special mention deserves the Majjistral Nature and History Park, a national park where you can not only enjoy the extraordinary natural heritage of the area but also walk the trails on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. If you visit Bahía Dorada, you cannot miss it.
ST GEORGE’S BAY
The beach is located just below the liveliest area of Saint Julian and Malta. A small bay with a certain charm is invaded by young students from English schools during the day and party people at night. A beach that we do not recommend for families and children.
Returning to Gozo, one of the most famous landscapes it has is the Azure Window: a large rock formation in the sea that looks a lot like a window. What many people don’t know, however, is that there is a small swimming area by the window. It’s a bit hidden, but you just have to follow the divers who enjoy this deep pool.
For a picnic: San Blas Bay
In Gozo, San Blas Bay is a secluded cove, accessible after a walk down a steep slope (which discourages the laziest). The challenge of transporting the picnic to this beautifully remote and golden beach is rewarded with a relaxed lunch in a wonderful setting. Other great picnic spots are the Blue Lagoon and Paradise Bay, a popular little sandy beach near the ferry terminal.
This means grenade pit in Spanish and is located south of Gozo, so you better have your camera ready for more panoramic views of Comino. Due to its incredible crystal clear waters and the many natural caves, Honodoq ir-Rummien is a popular place for swimming, diving and snorkelling. You will find ancient Roman salt flats along the coast, perfect for having your history lesson while you soak up the sun.
It is in the northwest of the island and is best known for the Popeye village on the beach itself: Anchor Bay was the film set for the 1980 musical Popeye movie starring Robin Williams and has been a major tourist attraction ever since. The bay itself is not usually as crowded as other beaches and the cliff, rock and cave areas are great for swimming and snorkeling.
For Families: Ramla Bay, Gozo
Do you know what Bahia Ramla means? It means a red beach. And that’s what awaits you when you step foot into the fiery amaranth-colored grains of this magnificent earthly paradise in Gozo, one of the islands that populate the Maltese archipelago. Do not expect a beach suitable for tourists: it is the tourist who must adapt to it. There is no shortage of bars but forget about the restaurants and parties on the Bahia Dorada beach, because here, on the red beach, fun leaves room for contemplation.
A valley full of bushes and trees descends towards Ramla Bay: and right at the top, if you look up, you cannot miss the famous Cave of Calypso, one of the most legendary places in the world. It is here, in fact, that Homer gave his home to the sea nymph, who is said to have fallen in love with Ulysses to the point of holding him prisoner for seven years before freeing him and letting him return to Ithaca for Penelope.
Here, the beauty of the sea meets the beauty of mythology, that of all those stories that we have all studied and that we are ready as soon as we hear about them. This is possible in Bahía Ramla, but it is also combined with the wonderful sea and the red beach that characterize it.
Blue Lagoon, Comino
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most unspoiled places in Malta. It is located on the island of Comino, the smallest island in the Maltese archipelago, and is probably one of the world’s most spectacular places. The water is an incredible turquoise color, while wild vegetation grows around it that is a mirage for nature lovers and hikers, who can venture into the Lagoon’s surroundings and get carried away taking wonderful walks. As Comino’s island is very small, at only 3.5 square kilometers, it is practically impossible to get lost.
The island of Comino, despite being a wonder from the point of view of nature, only has four official residents; perhaps this is precisely the reason why its beauty has remained intact throughout the centuries. Rocks, Mediterranean vegetation and no cars: when have you seen such a place?
The Blue Lagoon is undoubtedly recommended for divers, who will only need glasses to enjoy a very characteristic marine fauna that does not exist in other parts of the world. It is also the destination chosen each year by some tourists who move on their yachts and anchor their boat in the waters of the Blue Lagoon, where they bathe in the high seas and do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular landscape before them.
Santa Maria Bay (Comino)
This is the third remarkable beach in Comino. Having the possibility of bathing in the Blue Lagoon or the Crystal Lagoon, a priori, may not seem like a too striking option since both beaches are spectacular. However, when the Blue Lagoon fills up, going to Santa Maria Bay is a great alternative.
It is located east of the Blue Lagoon, about a 20-minute walk. The beach is quite large and has different bathing areas. In the surroundings, there are a couple of restaurants to recharge batteries between baths. We believe that it is one of the best beaches in Malta, so you cannot miss it during your visit to Comino.
Bahía Paraíso is a small bay located near a natural cave, enclosed between two promontories. The sand is golden, but there are also many rock formations on the beach and at the bottom of the sea, a factor that has allowed marine flora and fauna to develop and flourish in a favorable environment.
Precisely for this reason, Paradise Bay, like other beaches in Malta, is a perfect destination for divers. The scenery is so enchanting that this bay is worth visiting even though it is often very crowded and it is difficult to find a free place to lie down.
In Bahía Paraíso there is only one restaurant where you can have lunch, dinner and an aperitif. However, it is not uncommon for night parties to be organized on the beach, attracting a younger and fun-hung hungry tourist.
As in other beaches on the island, it is also possible to participate in the famous collective barbecues, a must for those who go on vacation to Malta, an activity that allows you to have fun and meet people while tasting local products. For all these reasons, it is a very suitable beach for young people who want to combine the sea and relaxation with a bit of healthy evening entertainment, away from the city’s hubbub.
Inland Sea (Gozo)
Right next to the famous cliffs of Dwejra is another of Malta’s best beaches. In this case, it is a beautiful lagoon of green and crystalline water connected to the Mediterranean through a natural arch. That means that the currents do not reach and the water is always very calm.
There is not much room to stretch out the towel, but it is usually not very crowded. If you want to explore the area and enjoy the famous arch, you can book an excursion. You can do it right there since there is a lot of offer.
If you are staying in St Julian’s, Sliema and surroundings, this is the best beach in the area. This small sandy beach has very attractive clear green water for swimming and water sports. The beach is not very big, but there is enough space to sunbathe while enjoying the neo-Gothic church’s views.
If you don’t want to bathe, we still advise you to visit it. It’s just below the boardwalk that runs from Sliema to St Julian’s. And it’s really pretty, especially at night. Without a doubt, one of the best beaches in Malta.
Hondoq Bay (Gozo)
In this list of the best beaches in Malta, this classic from Gozo’s island could not be missed. Hondoq Bay is located in Qala, in the south of the island. It is famous for its crystal clear waters and views of Comino Island. It probably has the most turquoise water on the island. In addition, there are several caves, which make this cove a very popular place for snorkelling lovers. Besides having a lot of beautiful places to see in Gozo, the island has spectacular beaches like this one.
With Ghajn Tuffieha, we get to the heart of Maltese history. In 1929, during the construction of an aqueduct, ancient Roman baths were found here. Today, this charming place is an archaeological site that attracts thousands of tourists every year eager to immerse themselves in the past and its antiquities.
But here, in addition to admiring the ancient Roman ruins, it is possible to spend a day at sea in total relaxation, enjoying the sun and the tranquility of this splendid bay.
Ghajn Tuffieha is located near the Golden Bay, but unlike its sister, it is much quieter. For this reason, it is particularly suitable for families and for those who do not like noise and being surrounded by many people. To get to the beach, characterized by a long stretch of golden sand, you have to go down two hundred steps.
The seabed has a very slight slope and, for this reason, it is perfect for children who can play safely under the watchful eye of their parents. Ghajn Tuffieha is rightly considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Malta.
For Water Sports: Mellieħa Bay
In Malta there is always a water sports operator nearby. Still, the greatest variety is offered by Mellieħa Bay, one of the best beaches for water sports, with windsurfing, kitesurfing, water skiing, canoeing, banana boating, or parasailing. It is the largest sandy beach in Malta, with a reliable northeast breeze that makes it ideal for windy water sports. Other top options are Xlendi, Marsalforn, and Golden Bay, and there are scuba diving centers on all the islands.
For Your Peace and Quiet: Fomm Ir-riħ
From ir-Riħ is the most remote and inaccessible beach in Malta, and its name means ‘the mouth of the wind’. It is accessed from the small town of Baħrija, on the north-western coast of Maltese, by a steep – and sometimes complicated – path that goes down to the beach, a walk of 20 min. So much difficulty has its reward and whoever seeks peace and tranquility, crystal clear waters and magnificent marine views will enjoy the beauty. Those who prefer an easier option can always visit it by boat.
Crystal Lagoon (Comino)
Comino is much more than the Blue Lagoon. This island offers unique landscapes. When the Blue Lagoon starts to get crowded, the best thing to do is go out and explore the island. And one of the best alternatives to the Blue Lagoon is the Crystal Lagoon. It is located right next door, just a 10-minute walk along the path.
Although it is not a beach as such, it is a spectacular bathing area. So it couldn’t be missing from this list of the best beaches in Malta either! The color of the water is the same or even more beautiful than that of the Blue Lagoon. Beautiful cliffs will also surround you. It looks like a movie site!
The ideal thing is to arrive by boat and jump into the water. But if you don’t plan to rent one, you can go down a path to a small concrete platform where you can stretch out your towel and enjoy the water. Of course, if you have this second option in mind, go directly there because the space is very small and fills up quickly.
The Best Natural Pool: St Peter’s Pool
The natural pools sculpted by the sea on coastal rocks are one of the attractions of the summer in Malta. One of the most beautiful, St Peter’s Pool, is on the island’s southeast coast. It is like a large rock dipper that forms a sheltered lagoon, ideal for swimming, and then one can lie on the rocks to sunbathe like seals. Also noteworthy is Għar Lapsi, a rocky cove at the foot of the Dingli cliffs, very popular with snorkellers, scuba divers and children, who enjoy jumping into the sea from the rocks.
For Gourmets: Mgarr ix-Xini
One of Gozo’s best gourmet experiences is to set sail for the small islet of Mgarr ix-Xini and enjoy a seafood and fish lunch at one of its uneven tables by the sea. During the 2014 season, the restaurant closed access to the public because the Brangelina family took the islet as the setting for their last film. Still, everything has returned to normal since then, and one can already feast while enjoying the views that seduced to Hollywood.
Other beaches where you can eat well are Xlendi, also in Gozo, with the excellent Boat House restaurant and the delicious Gelateria Granola.
Ghadira Bay is the largest sandy beach in Malta and probably the most famous. It is located in the northern part of the island in Mellieha Bay and is frequented by young people as well as couples and families. Ghadira Bay manages to satisfy all kinds of tourists. Thanks to a large number of restaurants, clubs, and organized activities, it meets the needs of all. Therefore, it is no coincidence that this is one of the most popular beaches on Malta’s island.
With fine golden sand, turquoise waters, and shallow waters, Ghadira Bay is the perfect place to relax and practice many water activities specifically designed to entertain vacationers, such as water skiing.
Like other Maltese beaches, there is also a custom to organize evening barbecues where you can eat, have fun and make new friends. These are highly appreciated initiatives not only by young people, who want to make their stay in Malta even more unforgettable but also by families, who want to spend a particular moment different from a normal holiday with children in tow.
But that’s not all, because Bahía Ghadira is not the most popular beach for tourists only thanks to its size, the places or the activities designed for its fun. Here is also the Ghadira Nature Reserve, a natural park where it is possible to admire numerous protected species of animals and plants.
The Pedro Pool, also known as ” the Pool of San Pedro “, is a little gem located at the tip of Delimara. Little known and even less crowded, it is in a hidden place unknown to tourists. It is not difficult to access and, unlike other beaches in Malta, it is very easy to find a place to relax throughout the day.
As in all other bays, snorkeling is also recommended at the San Pedro Pool due to the rich marine vegetation and animal species that inhabit the seabed. The water is characterized by a wonderful tone that varies in different blue shades to arrive until the light green. In short, it is a bend in the water that is not easy to find in another part of the world and is therefore worth visiting.
As Peter’s Pool is a practically unspoilt place and rarely visited by tourists, there are no services on the bay, no restaurants or bars where you can buy something to eat. Therefore, it is good to equip yourself beforehand and bring everything you need to get through the day with you, especially if you are going with small children.
Wied il-Ghasri, better known as “The canyon of the sea”, can be compared to a postcard for the beauty of its landscape. The protagonists are a small pebble beach and its impressive waters. Wied il-Ghasri is a small and narrow entrance about 300 meters long and with fairly difficult access to walking, surrounded by high and resistant cliffs that deserve a canyon’s nickname in the sea.
For this reason, it may not be suitable for families with young children, who may find it difficult to get to this wonderful place, but lacking in services.
The pebble beach is small and cannot accommodate many bathers, but it is worth going to this place to admire the cliffs that plunge into the sea and are well worth a trip to this beach. Like all the sea that surrounds Malta, here too, the marine life is exuberant, both in terms of flora and fauna, and it is worth taking some glasses in your luggage to admire with your own eyes what lives under these waters.
Particularly famous are the sea caves of Wied il-Ghasri: above all, the Cathedral Cave particularly sought after by divers who want to explore these cavities. However, this location is not only perfect for bathing in the narrow coves of crystal clear water, but you can also take beautiful walks through the surrounding land, where the vegetation is very particular, and the canyon is something that certainly deserves to be seen in the first person.
Bugibba Bay / St. Paul’s Bay
Located next to Bugibba’s town, it is not one of the most beautiful beaches in Malta; however, due to its location, it is one of the most popular with tourists. It is an ideal place to go with the family, due to its size and fully prepared for tourists.
Armier Bay and Little Armier
The beaches Armier Bay and Little Armier are at the extreme north of Malta. Little Armier, as the name suggests, is the smaller of the two. Both are not overcrowded in summer and are usually frequented by locals. Access to the beaches must be done by car, as the closest bus stops are about 30 or 40 minutes away on foot. The water at the beach is shallow, so if you plan to travel with children, this is a good place.
Although there is not much variety to choose from, you also have some bars and small restaurants around. If what you like is doing activities on the beach, you can rent scooters or banana rides, among others. Also, on the beach, there are sun loungers and parasols for rent.
Ta ‘fra Ben (Qawra Point)
This rocky beach with clean water is located in Bugibba, on the road between Bugibba and Qawra. The place is easily accessible from the road and at the entrance you will find a bar and a restaurant. On this beach, you can also rent umbrellas and deck chairs. The beach is perfect for diving and snorkelling as it is immediately deep and overlooks the open sea. It is recommended to practice these sports in the safety zone marked by buoys because the boats sail on the other side.
Imgiebah Bay is a perfect Maltese beaches for those seeking peace in a pristine and empty location. This bay contains all these characteristics: it is not very frequented by tourists and nature dominates and reigns in this strip of sand that has remained oblivious to the effects of mass tourism. One of the reasons is the difficulty of accessing it since you have to travel a winding dirt road to get to the beach.
As in the case of Pedro’s Pool, here in Imgiebah Bay, there are no places to buy drinks or food, nor are there services or businesses where you can rent chairs or umbrellas. Therefore, it is good to take precautions before going and equip yourself to spend the day without forgetting anything essential for your stay in this little corner of paradise.
It is important to note that there are no lifeguards or rescue services in case of difficulties in Imgiebah Bay. Therefore, even though the water tends to be low and the sea barely moves, caution is advised.
This is the most important sandy beach in the south of the island and is prepared with the necessary services to go to have a good time on the beach in Malta. One of the most remarkable things about this beach are its views: it is located in an area of unparalleled landscapes. So if you want to spend a good sunny afternoon in Malta surrounded by nature, this may be a good choice.
Depart to Malta with Costa Cruises
Enjoy a Costa Cruise and take the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful beaches in Malta, such as the Golden Bay and the Blue Lagoon (Comino). Fun, clear water and unspoiled nature await you.
Other of the Best Beaches in Malta
- Imgiebah Bay is probably the most unspoilt beach in Malta. I was not there, but its difficult access and 30-minute walk from where you leave the car make it the best-kept secret in Malta. You find her near the town of Mellieha.
- Pretty bay, in Birzebbuga, is not one of the best beaches in Malta, but it packs a punch. I tell you. The beach is artificial with white sand and some of the views from the beach are really cool. They are to the town of Birzebbuga, the photo you see just below. But there is another part that has views of an industrial port that honestly are horrible. But the photo hits the mark, right?
Frequently Asked Questions About the Beaches of Malta(FAQs)
1. What is the Largest Beach in Malta?
Mellieħa Bay Beach (Ghadira Bay) is the largest beach in Malta. It is almost 600 meters long and can accommodate thousands of tourists.
2. What Part of Malta Has the Most Beautiful Beaches?
The most beautiful beaches in Malta are mainly in the north of the island. The famous Riviera Beach and Golden Bay are to the northwest, Mellieħa Bay is to the northeast and the beaches of Little Armier Beach and Paradise Bay on the north end of the main island, a short distance from the Ferry to Gozo.
3. What Does the Purple Bathroom Flag Mean?
The purple flag signals the presence of dangerous marine animals. The purple flag is flown mainly on the beaches of Malta when there are jellyfish in the bathing areas. Some jellyfish, such as the “Mauve Stinger”, the “Portuguese man-of-war,” or “Aurelia aurita,” are very painful and can cause serious burns. Swimming is not advisable when the purple flag is visible.
4. What Are the Beaches of Malta With Supervised Swimming?
During the summer season, from June to September, most of Malta’s beaches are supervised. The red and yellow flag is there to indicate the presence of a supervised swimming area and the presence of a lifeguard at sea (lifeguard).
5. Are There Sharks in Malta?
There are 36 species of sharks present in Maltese waters, including the hammerhead, blue and the famous white shark. There have been no shark attacks for over 50 years and sharks stay off the beaches of Malta.
Tips on Malta’s Beaches
Here are some of the basic questions you should take into account before enjoying the beaches of Malta.
- Bathing areas: Most bays have a clearly marked bathing area delimited by buoys. Always try to swim in this area to stay safe.
- Maltese beach parking: Some Maltese beach parking areas are supervised by an attendant, who is licensed by the local authorities to help manage the parking area and ask for tips. You are not obliged to pay them (they are civil servants, have a license and a modest salary). However, the most common is to pay between 50 cents and 1 euro.
- Crowded Beaches: Weekends, and Sundays in particular, are the most popular beach days for locals. Also, during the week of August 15 (the Feast of Santa Marija), most companies close their doors and it is probably the week with most people on the beaches of Malta.
- Nude beaches in Malta: Although there is a small nude beach that the local authorities near Ġnejna Bay ignore, nudity is very frowned upon by the Maltese and is illegal.
- Always use sunscreen: It is best to apply the cream about 15 minutes before going down to the beach and, once there, apply more cream with a certain regularity so that our skin is always protected. It is important, above all, that you do not forget to apply more when you get out of the water, because although many of the protectors claim to be ‘water resistant’ some of their properties are eliminated when they come into contact with water and, therefore, something is lost of protection.
- Respect the environment: Respect the coast. Do not leave abandoned waste (cigarette butts, plastic bags, aluminum foil or gum) next to the shore. To avoid this, you can take garbage bags to deposit in a bin when leaving the beach.
- Pay attention to the colored flags: Try to pay attention to the advice of the lifeguards to avoid a bad time. The colors of the flag respond to an international standard, so they mean the same in any corner of the planet. If the flag indicates that the sea is somewhat rough, we recommend that you try to bathe only if you have seen that there is a lifeguard watching.
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