Golden Bay Beach
A broad, golden sandy beach on the edge of Mellieħa, Golden Bay has a lot of space to play. It is one of Malta’s most popular beaches with lots of inlets and coves to explore. The beach can get fairly busy during peak time in summer, but during the summer months lifeguards patrol the beach and there is a system of flags which say where it is safe to swim.
Għajn Tuffieħa Bay
Just facing Golden Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha is a smaller, protected and less frequented beach which can only be reached by climbing down a flight of a hundred stairs. It is a red sand beach with beautiful scenery and incredible views from the surrounding cliffs. Ghajn Tuffieha has only a few amenities including a bar, but is perfect if you’re looking for a less crowded option.
Mellieha Bay is a perfect beach for young children; the beach here slopes very gently into the water so it stays shallow until quite far out. There are many amenities here, including cafés, bars and sun umbrellas. Various water sports are available at Mellieha Bay including sea kayaking, water skiing, windsurfing and banana boating. Because the sea here is sandy and shallow, the sea stays fairly warm well into the autumn months making Mellieha Bay a great option for off season travelers.
Daħlet Qorrot is a small, rocky beach that is the perfect place for snorkeling. There is a small snack bar during the summer months and during the winter this is a peaceful spot to relax and watch the waves. If you find you spend most of the time in the water when you visit the beach, this is the perfect place for you.
With one of Malta’s most famous geological locations, the impressive, imposing and beautiful Azure Window, Dwejra Bay in Gozo is a beautiful and small bay with natural pools created by erosion of the rocks. There are also some amazing cave diving sites in the area, perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. Swimmers should always keep to the smaller pools as the waves around the Azure Window can get very rough in high winds.
Close to the rural village of Mġarr, Ġnejna Bay is quieter than the nearby Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha beaches, allowing you to find a peaceful spot. The sand is a rich golden color and to the right-hand side of the main beach there is an area of flat rock which is ideal for sunbathing.
Popular with snorkelers because of its deep, clear water and small caves at water level, Hondoq ir-Rummien on Gozo has good views over the island of Comino. The coastline near the beach is dotted with natural salt pans; some of the salt pans are still in use during summer to harvest salt. Access to the sea is via ladders. The beach is small, white and sandy to the south west and protected from the waves by a small promontory.
Mistra Bay has a rich history of occupation dating back to the Phoenicians. There are a number of caves in the area that were used as burial sites, for refuge, shelter or to monitor the bay. There is a small alcove in the beach which now shelters a variety of plant species. Fish pens are visible on the outer parts of the bay and a military battery built by the knights of the Order of St. John is visible on the edge of the cliff.
Known as the prettiest beach on Gozo, Ramla Bay has vivid yellow sands, unbelievably soft under foot, and crystal clear water with wild waves. Because of its reputation, it is very popular with tourists. The beach boasts a café, bar and an ice cream truck by the entrance. As with most places in Gozo, it is difficult to reach Ramla Bay if not by car, but there is a fairly regular bus that stops nearby. If you tire of lounging on the beach all afternoon, there are some lovely coastal walks leading off in both directions.
With its Caribbean-style turquoise waters and remote island setting, Blue Lagoon has got to be the most visually stunning beach in Malta. Located on the smallest island of Comino, which only has five permanent residents, it is the most popular spot on the island and so can get very crowded at the height of summer. The white, sandy beach is comparatively very small but there are a large number of large, flat rocks dotted about which are perfect for sun bathing. And if you do go in the water, make sure you keep to the right side of the rope as the lagoon is very popular for tour boats and private yachts.