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The Best Beaches in Malta

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Many people say that there are not that many sandy beaches, that is not necessarily true, you just need to know where to look! What ever type of beach you are looking for, this guide will help you find your best beach in Malta and hopefully help you to enjoy your beach holiday in Malta just that bit more.

Beaches in Malta

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The islands of Malta and Gozo have a number of beaches perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming. The most popular tend to be sandy beaches, especially if you have children, but there are also places where you can go swimming off the rocks and can sometimes be even better than sandy beaches. In Malta, many of the beaches can become pretty busy in summer, especially on the weekends. If you are looking for a more private beach you will have to do a little exploring. Whatever your preference of beach below is list of many of the main beaches in Malta and what makes them good or bad!

~The Best Sandy Beaches in Malta~

Right, lets start with the most popular type of beaches, sandy ones! Here is my guide to the best ones in Malta: Mellieha Bay | Ghadira Bay | Golden Bay | Ghajn Tuffieha Bay | Gnejna Bay | Paradise Bay | Mgiebah Bay | Pretty Bay

Mellieha Bay in MaltaMellieha Bay / Ghadira Bay, Mellieha. *****

This is Malta’s largest sandy beach and what must be one of the best beaches in the whole of the Mediterranean. Ghadira Bay in Mellieha is very accessible,and has just a few steps and a ramped access down to the sand. It can get a little crowded especially during the months of June to September on the weekends. There are some very good facilities for bathers including snack bars and cafes. There are also  water sports facilities where you can hire a pedalo, try parasailing or swim out to a large floating play area. It is very popular with families and there are many sun beds and umbrellas available for rent.

How to get to Mellieha Bay / Ghadira Bay:
Busses 44 and 45 from Valletta or alternatively line 48 from Bugibba bus terminus.
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Video of Mellieha Bay on Youtube: click here

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Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha Bay *****

Ghajn Tuffieha Bay Malta These two very attractive beaches next to each other are located on the Western part of Malta. There are more facilities at Golden Bay, but both beaches are very popular especially as one of the largest hotels on the island, the 5 star Radisson Golden Sands is located on to the one side of Golden bay. The hotel located at Golden Bay also means that you can have an excellent dinner only minutes from the beach and car park. Both the beaches are only minutes away from the town of Mgarr and both have sun beds and umbrellas for hire and there are also watersports available and are great for snorkeling.

Golden Bay: Tends to be more popular than Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, mainly because of the nearby hotel, it's facilities (there are three restaurants), and the bus stop is stops near the hotel's car park making it easier to reach. One word of caution in that there are strong undercurrents in this area so limit your swimming to shallower waters. The restaurant on the beach is a great place to grab a bite to eat at lunch time.

Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, whilst cannot be described as a nude beach, it does often has nude sunbathers on it, even though it is technically illegal.  To get to Ghajn Tuffieha there is quite a climb down (and up when you return!) You have to climb over 100 steps or you can choose to climb down hillside paths. It is worth it however as from the top (see photo) the view has to be one of the best in Malta. The beach is sandy and pretty long and the bay is well protected, making it perfect for families as well as those who enjoy snorkeling.

The area surrounding Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is perfect for walkers, with plenty of paths to explore. Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is also featured as one of the best beaches in Europe >>

How to get to Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha Bay
Route 47 from Valletta or alternatively route 652 from Sliema

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Trip Reports (March 2008)

Golden Bay, Apples Eye Bay & Gnejna Bay

Even though March is still very early in the season the sun can be pretty fierce, so don't forget your sunscreen and hat! The weather was perfect on the day I visited, clear blue skies and warm without being unbearably hot. For me, these are three of my favorite beaches in Malta, a bit out of the way, but worth it. (You can catch the 52 or 652 buss from Salina or St. Paul's Bay to Paradise bay) Around lunchtime the beaches began to fill up with plenty of people enjoying the sun, but without ever becoming too crowded. All the bars and cafes were open and so there are plenty of facilities for everyone.

The watersports center was also operating with people going jet skiing and diving.

 

Video of Golden Bay on Youtube:

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Gnejna Bay in MaltaGnejna Bay, near Mgarr.****

Gnejna is a very pretty bay on the Western part of Malta near the town of Mgarr. It is probably not quite as attractive as Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha. The shallow waters and sandy beach make it perfect for families  offer a family-friendly location for bathers and probably the biggest benefit of Gnejna is that it’s usually mostly locals who bathe. If you are looking for a quite beach this is probably one of the best locations. The access is pretty far and kind of risky and if you venture to the right hand side of the beach it is popular with nudists.

How to get to Gnejna Bay
Gnejna does not have any direct bus links, having said that, the nearest stop is in Mgarr, which is only a five minute walk away. It’s very easy to find when in Mgarr, with plenty of signs showing you the way. Bus 47 takes you straight to Mgarr from Valletta.

Check where Gnejna Bay is on the Map of Malta >>

Video of Gnejna Bay on Youtube:

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Paradise Bay in MaltaParadise Bay, Cirkewwa.*****

Paradise bay is well secluded and is set in a natural cove. It is located on the northern part of Malta close to Cirkewwa. This beach is excellent for snorkeling and is popular with a younger crowd where there are often parties on the weekends. Despite being relatively isolated, there plenty of facilities available. The Paradise Bay Resort Hotel is located near the beach where there is a Diving School which is open all year round offering PADI qualified diving instructors. (You can see the hotel in the distance in the photo on the right.)

How to get there
Bus routes 45 and 145 (faster) from Valletta or alternatively route 48 from Bugibba terminus.

Check where Paradise Bay Beach is on the Map of Malta >>

Youtube video of Paradise Bay:

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Mgiebah Bay in MaltaImgiebah / Mgiebah Bay, near Selmun, Mellieha.***

Because this beach is pretty remote and kind of difficult to locate, it also tends to be pretty secluded, perfect if you are looking to escape the crowds. As I mentioned it is a little difficult to find and you will have to leave your car in at the top and climb down a small cliff, but once you get there it is well worth the effort. This small beach is set within stunning natural surroundings and is excellent for snorkeling. Remember to bring some refreshments with you as there are no facilities or cafe's.

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Pretty Bay in MaltaPretty Bay, Birzebugga ****

Pretty Bay is the main sandy beach in Birzebbugia, with plenty of facilities and covered gazebos, it has been a popular beach for Maltese holiday-makers for decades. There is a strip along the seafront with many bars, cafés, restaurants and kiosks. The main hotel in Birzebbugia is the Seabreeze, which has so I am told an excellent restaurant. It is excellent for children as there is also a playground and a football pitch. Birzebbugia itself means ‘Well of Olives’ and is a small town in the south of Malta about ten kilometers from the capital of Malta, Valetta. Pretty Bay was actually originally a rocky beach and was artificially filled with sand recovered from the sea during dredging works for the nearby port (Freeport). Pretty Bay is now considered a sandy beach and as far as I know of is the only sandy beach in the south of Malta. If you like sandy beaches and are staying on the south of the island, you will probably visit this beach most often. Whilst it is an excellent beach, I would not drive all the way from the north just to visit the beach, if however you want to come and see the town of Birzebbugia, explore the historic temples and caves in the area and then spend some time on the beach it can make for a really pleasant day out.

How to find Pretty Bay:
It is very easy,
just follow signs to Birzebbugia, once you get there, Pretty bay won't be hard to find.

Check where this Beach is on the Map of Malta >>

Youtube video of Pretty Bay

Further Reading:
Guide to beach holidays and Diving in Malta
Things to see in Malta - Malta's top Attractions
Things to do in Malta - Activities in Malta
Guided Tour of Valletta, the capital of Malta
Malta Restaurants and Nightlife Guide

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