Does Malta have good beaches? Yes! Maltese beaches are well known for having many clean and crystal-clear beaches in the Mediterranean sea. You can choose between sandy beaches and rocky beaches as you prefer.
In this section we present the top 10 most popular beaches and a list of beaches of the whole country. Surely, you can enjoy the beaches on your own or by boat with our experienced private guide (Here) to reach some hidden gems!
1. Golden Bay
Golden Bay is one of the most popular sandy beaches in Malta. It is located at the north west coast of the Maltese island, surrounded by countryside nature and jagged cliffs. The wide stretch of golden-coloured sand gives Golden Bay its name. It is a Blue Flag certified beach which is proven to be clean and safe, sustainably developed and respecting the environment. During Summer season, you will be protected under lifeguards’ patrol and enjoy the most of the clear turquoise water.
At Golden Bay, you will find a variety of activities and water sports to do. Besides swimming and a cosy sun-bathing on your sunbed under an umbrella, you can also rent a kayak, a jet ski, a SUP or just get active by playing beach volleyball. During some days you can also cheer for the athletes of triathlon events, or just simply hold a glass of delicate Maltese wine in the beach restaurants enjoying the phenomenal sunset.
2. Riviera Beach (Ghajn Tuffieha)
Riviera Beach, also is known as Ghajn Tuffieha, which is the area that consists of Riviera and Golden Bay, is literally translated to Apple’s Eye. Riviera Beach is located at the most romantic bay with a phenomenal sunset view. A significant flight of stairs heads down to the beach, but it is totally worth it to enter the scenery. By hiking up the hill on the south side of the bay, you will have a spectacular view of Maltese landscape and a bird-eye view of Riviera and Gnejna Bay. During windy season, you can enjoy surfing in this bay, while during summer season, you can swim under lifeguards’ patrol. A variety of water sports are available at Riviera. At the beach restaurant, you can enjoy the food and drinks with marvellous sea views. Riviera bay is certainly the most popular bay of photographers.
3. Mellieha Bay (Ghadira beach)
Mellieha Bay (Ghadira beach) is the largest sandy beach in Malta. By its wide-open sandy beach and blue shallow water, Mellieha bay attracts thousands of beach lovers every summer. It’s a blue flag certified beach. Because of its long stretches of shallow waters, it is the most favourite beach for families with children.
Ghadira Beach is located near the main road of North Mellieha, it is easy to reach by public transportation, cars or just walking distance from nearby hotels. Plenty of facilities and activities can be chosen from. Windsurfing is available here.
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4. The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most well known site in Malta. It located at Comino Island. As the name of blue lagoon suggests, it has the most crystal and stunningly clear blue water. A perfect spot to snorkel or swim with a clear white sandy seabed. Unlike other long sandy beaches, here you will mostly find rocky beaches, but sunbeds and umbrellas are still available to rent. Beside the water, you can go hiking around Comino, with marvellous natural views and astonishing caves. To reach the blue lagoon, you can take a public taxi boat, or rent your private boat.
Ramla Beach is the most popular and biggest beach in Gozo. It is a naturally red sand beach with clear blue water. The beach is large and wide. It is a Blue Flag certified beach with lifeguards’ patrol. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available, as well as water sports activities. It is also a great location for hiking during Winter and Spring. If you walk through the hills at the south side of the beach, you will find the Tal-Mixta Cave which gives you a unique bird-eye view of Ramla beach.
Xlendi is a seaside village in the south of Gozo. It is the most popular bay by tourists as well as locals. Xlendi bay is between Xlendi valley and large cliffs. Unlike other sandy beaches, Xlendi bay is a mostly rocky beach. However, you will have a flat rock formation to set up your sunbed or towel. Inside of the bay, there are many local sea food restaurants that offer fresh fish daily. Water sports, snorkelling, and diving are available here. If you like nature, hiking is also a good choice in Xlendi. At Xlendi tower, you will have a peaceful beautiful view of the bay.
St. Peter’s Pool is a beautiful natural swimming pool with clear turquoise waters. It’s very popular with swimmers who love to jump into the water from different heights. There is no sandy beach, but you can easily find a flat place to sunbathing. You can simply spend a day enjoying the crystal-clear blue water by snorkelling, swimming, or sunbathing. Due to its hidden and natural location, there are no facilities and no public transportation for easy access. You can either drive by car or take a boat trip from Marsaxlokk. Prepare enough food and drinks you will enjoy St. Peter’s Pool a lot!
Paradise Bay is located at the top of the north edge of Malta Island. By the name you can image it is a beautiful small sandy beach with clear water. Here, you can overlook the island of Gozo and sometimes meet Garra Rufa fish, which is used in Spas to clean the dead skin from the feet. Water is shallow at the beginning, gradually getting deeper. It’s a pretty bay to enjoy kayaking and snorkelling. If you have enough energy, hiking along the sea coast is definitely worth it! Restaurant and bar are available at paradise bay.
Because of its location, St Georges Bay certainly is one of the most popular beaches in Malta. It is next to the island’s nightlife hub Paceville in St. Julians. Due to a rather commercial surrounding, you can easily find restaurants, bars, shops, a cinema, and casinos. The sand was imported and laid flat and makes the beach a perfect spot for lying down and relaxing. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available, as well as water sports. It’s a Blue Flag certified beach, clean and safe. During Summer season, you will be protected by patrolling lifeguards.
If you stay at Bugibba area and looking for a sandy beach, Perched beach is the one! At Bugibba, comparing to the other two rocky beaches Bugibba Front and Qawra Point, Perched beach is a smaller, man-made sandy beach. It is a Blue Flag beach with lifeguards’ patrol. The beach is very easy to access in the central area of Bugibba. Wheelchair users have a platform to head all the way down to the sea. Restaurants, shops, kiosks, and a hotel are next to the beach. Different water sports are available here, jet-ski, parasailing, inflatable water park, inflatable sofa etc.
Island of Malta
Armier Bay Beach
Bugibba Perched Beach
Balluta Bay Beach
Bahar ic-Caghaq Bay
Font Ghadir Beach
Fomm ir-Rih Beach
Golden Bay Beach
Gnejna Bay Beach
Little Armier Bay Beach
Mellieha Bay Beach (Ghadira beach)
Mistra Bay Beach
Paradise Bay Beach
Pretty Bay Beach
Riviera Beach(Ghajn Tuffieha)
Rinnella Bay Beach
St.George’s Bay Beach
St. Peter’s pool
St. Thomas Bay
Island of Comino
Bule lagoon, Comino
Crystal Lagoon, Comino
Santa Maria Bay, Comino
Island of Gozo
Azura Window, Island of Gozo
Dwejra Inland Sea, Island of Gozo
Hondoq Ir- Rummien, Island of Gozo
Ir-Ramla beach, Island of Gozo
Marsalforn Bay, Island of Gozo
Wied il-Ghasri, Island of Gozo
San Blas Bay, Island of Gozo
Xweini Bay, Island of Gozo
Xlendi Bay, Island of Gozo