11 beautiful beaches and bays on the Maltese Islands

Ramla Bay

Ramla Bay, known in Maltese as Ramla il-Hamra (Red Sands), is the biggest sandy beach on the Maltese Island of Gozo. The area that surrounds the beach is beautifully undeveloped, although there are a couple of cafes set back behind the beach selling food and refreshments. If you’re looking for a picturesque sandy beach to relax on that’s surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean blue waters, then look no further then Ramla Bay.

Ramla Bay, Gozo

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is located on the west of Comino, between the main island and the rock-sized island, Cominotto. Hundreds of tourists visit the small island of Comino in the summer months to see the Blue Lagoon and swim in its crystal-clear, azure coloured waters. The caves surrounding the bay and impeccable water visibility makes the Blue Lagoon a perfect place for snorkelers and divers to explore at their own pace.

Blue Lagoon, Comino

Blue Lagoon, Comino

Golden Bay

Golden Bay is a stunning sandy beach set within a cliff face, located along unspoiled Maltese countryside. The bay offers one of the most remarkable sunsets in Malta, making it the perfect location for a barbeque in the evening or to simply take in the breath-taking view. The azure blue Mediterranean Sea and cliffs surrounding the bay provide an excellent spot for swimming and snorkelling which both adults and children can enjoy. The beach has its own beach hut cafes, sunbeds and water sports available.

Golden Bay, Malta

Golden Bay, Malta

Ghajn Tuffieha Bay

Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is the second sandy beach in a chain of beaches together with Golden Bay and Gnejna Bay. The beach is tranquil and ideal if you want to escape the crowds to truly relax with picturesque views. The rugged coastline and the hillside behind the beach gives Ghain Tuffieha a natural and untouched feel – a gem in the Mediterranean-Sea. There is a small kiosk and hut renting sunbeds, umbrellas and a small range of water sports equiptment.

Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, Malta

Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, Malta

Mellieha Bay

Mellieha Bay is Malta’s longest sandy beach stretching across 800m, making it one of the most popular beaches with holiday makers. The beach slopes gently into ankle deep crystal clear water for approximately 50-meters, making it a perfect child friendly beach. Mellieha Bay has an abundance of water sports to offer including water-skiing, windsurfing, kite surfing and canoeing. There are plenty of cafes and bars to choose from that surround the bay.

Mellieha Ghadira Bay, Malta

Mellieha Ghadira Bay, Malta

 

Paradise Bay

Paradise bay is close to the Gozo ferry and offers golden-sand and a thatched café that overlooks the blue Mediterranean-Sea. It’s a great location to lay on the beach and relax all the while viewing the other Maltese Islands; Gozo and Comino.

Paradise Bay, Malta

Paradise Bay, Malta

St Peter’s Pool

St Peter’s Pool, located in the Southwest of Malta, is one of the most beautiful natural swimming pools on the Maltese Islands. The crystal-clear waters and lighting offers fantastic opportunities for snorkelers and more adventurous souls. If you want to escape the tourist trail this is the perfect opportunity to take a swim in a beautiful location and lay a towel down on the flat rocks that surround the pool to relax.

St Peter's Pool, Malta

St Peter’s Pool, Malta

Ghar Lapsi

Ghar Lapsi is a hidden rocky bay that is ideal for swimmers as the natural pool leads to the open sea. Located 1km from the popular Blue Grotto, Ghar Lapsi attracts snorkelers and scuba divers because of the great visibility in the water that allows for unique underwater photography shots. If you plan to visit the Mnajdra and Hagar Qim temples why not stop in this beautiful natural pool to cool down afterwards.

Ghar Lapsi, Malta

Ghar Lapsi, Malta

 

Bugibba Perched Beach

A small beach is found in Malta’s main resort area, surrounded with plenty of places to entertain yourself from a long parade of shops and dodgems to restaurants and bars. Malta’s National Aquarium and the Buggiba Water Park sit on the shore here, there is not a shortage of activities. This location has something for the whole family.

Bugibba Beach, Malta

Bugibba Perched Beach, Malta

Sliema Beach

The coastline from Sliema to St Julians is home to rocky beaches that are popular for swimming and sunbathing because of the easy access to the water. If you enjoy snorkelling or you would like to experience diving on a beginner level this coastline is perfect as it boasts beautiful deep blue and clear waters. Certain spots along the coastline have facilities available to cater to your sunbed and water sport needs. Explore the elevated promenade above the beaches for restaurants, shops and cafes.

St George’s Bay

The sandy beach at St George’s Bay is located in the heart of Malta’s party capital, Paceville. St Georges Bay is the closest sandy beach to Valletta and provides a spot to cool down after exploring Malta’s capital city. You are close to bars, restaurants, shopping centre, bowling alley and cinema which makes this a great beach to fit in during or after a day filled of activities.

12 Blue Flag beaches in Malta

Two more Maltese beaches have received the coveted Blue Flag status resulting in the archipelago proudly boasting an impressive 12 Blue Flag beaches across its shores. Hondoq ir-Rummien and Marsalforn Bay in Gozo have been added to the list in 2017. Totalling nine in Malta and three in Gozo, the beaches are recognised by the Foundation for Environmental Education for commitment to both people and the environment. Visitors to Malta can soak up the sun from the sandy bays or clear blue sea knowing they’re relaxing on some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean.