Malta is an island which doesn’t feature long, beautiful white beaches. The island has a rich culture and beautiful architecture, which makes it an interesting destination for the next holiday. However, if you are a beach person and would like to combine beach and culture, it’s definitely possible on Malta! You just have to know where to find the little beaches. There aren’t many, but you can definitely have a beach day on the island.
In this article I will talk about the beaches which you can find on Malta, but also on the neighbour islands Gozo and Comino. In the maps below, you can already find an overview of the beaches mentioned in the article and where to look for them. Keep in mind that I’m only discussing the sand beaches in this article. There are also several beaches which has some rocky areas (think about St. Julians and Marsaskala), but these are left out in this article.
Pretty Bay – Il Bajja Sabiha Let’s start on the South part of Malta. Although this part of the island mostly exists out of beautiful, cosy fisher towns, it also has a beautiful, fine sand beach in the middle of one of the towns. Very spacious and not that well-known by tourists, this is the ideal beach to spend a nice day. The beach is surrounded by a little park, but if you would like to eat or drink something, there are various options in the town itself.
Gnejna Bay This beach is located more northwards on the island of Malta. In this part of Malta, you can find more red sandy beaches, which are very pretty. Most of the beaches are located right in the rough nature of Malta, with sometimes some hotels or other buildings around it; but not really directly a town or city. For this beach it’s also best to bring your own food and drinks.
Ghajn Tuffieha Bay This is probably my favorite beach which I’ve seen during my time at Malta. Same as Gnejna Bay, this beach is located right in the rough nature of the island and has a beautiful, red sandy color. You can park your car at the top and afterwards you can go by stairs downwards to the beautiful beach. If you have to go to the toilet or want to eat or drink something; there are one or two eateries close to the beach. These are very simple, but offer everything you need. Of course it’s also possible to bring your own food and drinks.
Golden Bay Beach Just a little northwards from the Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, you can find the Golden Bay. Although the beaches are not very far from each other, I immediately notice that the Golden Bay is much more crowded and popular. Maybe that’s thanks to (or due to) the several eateries the beach has nearby. Besides, the Radisson Blu Hotel is right next to this beach. However, it’s also a beach worth the visit!
Mellieha Bay This is probably the largest beach Malta has. It is a very popular place for tourists to go to. There are some changing cabins which you can find on the beach and the beach has a little “boulevard” where you can find many restaurants and places to drink something. It’s an ideal place to spend a beach day.
Armier Bay The most North-located beach on Malta is probably Armier Bay. Because of the fact that this beach is located a little further from the larger towns, it can also be less crowded. The place offers beautiful beaches and also some eateries where you can eat or drink something. If you are on a roadtrip and searching for hidden beaches, maybe this is one for you!
Blue Lagoon – Comino Of course the Blue Lagoon on the small island Comino cannot be missed in this list! With its pure, blue water and beautiful, little beaches, you can have a perfect day. From the port of Malta, there are boats going so many times on a day towards Comino; where you need to pay a small price for. At the Blue Lagoon there are some little beaches, hiking possibilities but there are also enough stalls where you can buy something to eat or drink. Would you like to know more about the Blue Lagoon? By clicking here, you can find some more information.
Xlendi Bay Going further to Gozo, there are also some beaches you definitely should know about. Starting at the South side of the island, in Xlendi. This small, cosy fisher town also features a very small beach. With small I really mean small; I think you shouldn’t be here in July-august, since it can be very crowded. However, I was here in April where some people where swimming in the sea in Xlendi, and it was pretty quiet. It gave a really nice atmosphere. Thanks to the fact that the beach is located in the middle of this town, there are many restaurants where you can have dinner after a beach day. A recommendation is the Boat House Restaurant, where they serve delicious fish dishes.
Rambla Bay – Gozo
Rambla Bay When you’re driving along the coast line of the North side of Gozo, right after visiting Marsalforn, you come across Rambla Bay. This beautiful, red sanded, beach is very popular and so it can be very crowded during beautiful days. You can park your car in front of the beach and after you can walk towards it. There are some stalls with, for example, ice cream and more. There are also some eateries where you can eat or drink something.
San Blas Beach
This is also probably one of the most unknown beaches on Gozo. Because there are not many facilities and eateries at the beach, it’s important that you bring your own food and drinks. Enjoy the quietness of this beach and the beautiful red sand.
Do you know another hidden beach on Malta, Gozo or Comino? Tell us more about it in the comment section below!