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12 Most Beautiful Beaches in Malta & Gozo

Malta is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. The island’s coast is punctuated by sandy bays and hidden coves, with crystal clear water that is hard to resist.

If you’re looking for the best beaches in Malta and Gozo, here are my top recommendations. I’ve also put together some tips and safety advice for swimming in Malta.

Best beaches in Malta

Most of the best beaches in Malta are located in the north of the island. However, you’ll also find a few nice bays in the south.

Let’s look at the most beautiful sandy beaches in Malta.

Ghadira Bay (Mellieha)

Ghadira Bay is the largest sandy beach in Malta. It sits at the foot of the idyllic hilltop town of Mellieha, under the watchful eye of St. Agatha’s Tower.

Ghadira Bay is one of the best beaches in Malta.
Ghadira Bay. Photo by Daniela Frendo.

How to get to Ghadira Bay

Ghadira Bay is easy to get to by bus. There are several bus stops along the beach (though they tend to be very crowded in summer).

You can also drive to the beach. There are parking bays along both sides of the road, but finding a place to park your car might be a bit of a challenge during the busy summer months.

What you need to know about Ghadira Bay

Ghadira Bay is perfect for kids as the water is very shallow. It’s also one of the most accessible beaches in Malta with wooden walkways and platforms leading to the sea.

There are several lidos and kiosks where you can buy some food and drinks. Some of these places also rent out umbrellas and sunbeds. However, there are designated areas for those who do not wish to rent sunbeds.

Paradise Bay (Mellieha)

True to its name, this sandy beach in Mellieha is a little slice of paradise. It is located in a quiet area near Cirkewwa, surrounded by rugged cliffs with views of Comino and Gozo.

Paradise Bay, Malta
Paradise Bay. Photo by Odo Migliore from The Travellers’ Loft.

How to get to Paradise Bay

Getting here by bus can be a bit tricky as there’s only one bus that goes to the beach. If you’re driving there, there’s a fairly large parking area right next to the beach.

What you need to know about Paradise Bay

It’s a sheltered beach with calm, shallow water, so it’s ideal for families with small children. Since it’s quite small, the beach tends to get crowded quickly, so try to get there very early.

There’s also a cafe/lido on the beach and you can rent a sunbed and umbrella.

Armier Bay (Mellieha)

This large bay in Mellieha is made up of two sandy beaches: Armier and Little Armier. It’s located in a nice, secluded spot, and it’s very popular among locals (there are several beach dwellings in the area).

Little Armier, Malta | Best Beaches in Malta
Little Armier Bay. Photo by Odo Migliore from Migliori Romanzo Storici.

How to get to Armier

The best way to get to Armier is by car, as the nearest bus stop is about a 15-20 minute walk from the beach (which can be very tiring in the summer heat).

What you need to know about Armier

There is a designated area for sunbed and umbrella rentals. There are also a few beach clubs and lidos in the area that serve some nice food.

Mgiebah Bay (Mellieha)

This remote bay in the limits of Mellieha is a hidden gem. Surrounded by unspoilt hills, Mgiebay is a small sandy beach and one of the few dog-friendly beaches on the island.

Mgiebay Bay is a dog-friendly beach in Malta.
Mgiebay Bay. Photo by Daniela Frendo.

How to get to Mgiebah

It’s a bit difficult to get to Mgiebay Bay, but totally worth the effort!

There’s a small parking space at the top of the hill overlooking the beach, and from there you walk down a path.

If that space is occupied, you can park your car next to Selmun Palace and walk to the beach (about a 20-minute trek along a country road).

What you need to know about Mgiebah

There are no lidos or food trucks at Mgiebay, so make sure to pack enough water and food.

While this beach is quite clean, you may come across heaps of dead seaweed on the sand. While beaches in Malta are regularly cleaned from algae, Mgiebay is not very accessible.

Golden Bay (Mellieha)

Golden Bay gets its name from its stretch of golden sand. This beach is popular among locals as well as tourists, and it can get quite busy in summer, especially since there’s a large hotel right next to the bay.

Golden Bay, Malta
Golden Bay. Photo by Daniela Frendo.

How to get to Golden Bay

Golden Bay is easy to get to by bus. There is a bus stop next to the car park, and from there you just walk down a small hill.

There are plenty of parking bays around Golden Bay, however finding a vacant parking spot can be a bit difficult during the busy summer months.

What you need to know about Golden Bay

Golden Bay is known for its undercurrents, so avoid swimming in choppy waters or straying too far out from the shore.

There are some restaurants and cafes where you an enjoy a nice meal and drink (but they’re a bit pricey).

Riviera Beach (Mellieha)

Nestled within hills and cliffs, Riviera Beach (also known as Ghajn Tuffieha) is possibly the most beautiful beach in Malta. Riviera is also a great place to watch the sunset – just grab a nice drink and head to the watchtower on the cliff.

Riviera Bay Malta
Ghajn Tuffieha Bay. Photo by Daniela Frendo.

How to get to Golden Bay

Riviera is situated right next to Golden Bay. There is a parking area next to the beach, though it can be very busy. You can also get to the beach by bus.

What you need to know about Riviera

Riviera is not very accessible. You’ll need to go down what feels likes a never-ending flight of steps to get to the beach.

Like Golden Bay, Riviera Beach can be a bit dangerous due to the undercurrents that are prevalent in this area. If you’re worried about this, try to stick close to the shore where the water is very shallow.

Gnejna (Mgarr)

Gnejna is a pretty, sandy beach in the quaint village of Mgarr, which is known for its large swathes of farmland and beautiful landscape. It’s surrounded by green hills and clay slopes, making it the perfect place for those who want to pair a swim with a wee hike.

Gnejna Bay, Mgarr.
Gnejna Bay. Photo by Daniela Frendo.

How to get to Gnejna

The best way to get to Gnejna is by car. There is a parking area right next to the beach.

While there is a bus that goes down to the bay, it is not very frequent. Alternatively, you can get the bus to the village centre of Mgarr and walk to the bay – although you’ll need to go down a very steep hill (and later climb your way back up).

What you need to know about Gnejna

Mgarr is a family-friendly beach and a popular spot among locals. One side of the bay is lined with boathouses, some of which have been dug in the limestone. Some of these serve as summer houses.

There are no cafes in the area, but there’s a kiosk/food truck that sells drinks, snacks and ice-cream.

St. Peter’s Pool (Marsaxlokk)

St. Peter’s Pool is one of the most beautiful places in the south of Malta. While not exactly a beach, this natural pool in the fishing village of Marsaxlokk offers azure waters fringed by sun-bleached cliffs.

St. Peter's Pool, Malta
St. Peter’s Pool. Photo by Inma Gregorio from A World to Travel.

How to get to St. Peter’s Pool

St. Peter’s Pool is not very easy to get to. If you’re driving there, you’ll need to park on the top of a cliff, where parking space is limited, and walk down a steep path followed by a flight of stairs.

The nearest bus stop is over 2km away.

What you need to know about St. Peter’s Pool

This rocky bay is not as busy as other swimming spots in Malta, and it’s mostly visited by locals. However, I wouldn’t recommend going there with young children as the cliffs are a bit high.

Also, you’ll need to pack some water and food as there are no amenities in the area.

Best beaches in Gozo (and Comino)

Gozo may be small, but it’s not short of beautiful swimming spots! Here are the most beautiful beaches on Malta’s sister island.

Ramla Bay (Xaghra)

Ramla Bay is one of the most beautiful spots in Gozo. Located at the end of a lush green valley, this sandy beach is known for its golden red sand. It is the largest and possibly the most popular beach in Gozo.

Ramla Bay, Malta.
Ramla Bay. Photo by Daniela Frendo.

How to get to Ramla

You can get to the beach by bus. There is also a parking area right next to the beach.

What you need to know about Ramla Bay

While this beach is family-friendly, parts of the beach are covered in pebbles, so walking into the sea can be a bit uncomfortable.

There are public bathrooms as well as a couple of food outlets.

San Blas Bay (Nadur)

If you want to get off the beaten path in Gozo, take a trip to San Blas Bay. Sheltered between unspoilt hills, this bay is a quiet wee spot with red sand and crystal clear water.

San Blas Gozo.
San Blas Bay. Photo by Daniela Frendo.

How to get to San Blas Bay

It’s not very easy to get to, but definitely worth the effort. You’ll need to walk down a steep hill in the limits of Nadur.

What you need to know about San Blas Bay

While there’s a small kiosk on the beach, I still recommend packing your own food and water just in case it’s closed.

Umbrella and sunbed rental is available during the summer months.

Hondoq ir-Rummien (Qala)

Another beautiful beach in Gozo is Hondoq ir-Rummien. This bay is part sandy, part rocky, while the water is very clear. It’s a popular swimming spot among locals.

Hondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo.
Hondoq ir-Rummien. Photo by Daniela Frendo.

How to get to Hondoq ir-Rummien

It’s easily accessible by car, but you can’t get a bus to the beach. There is also a parking area right next to the beach.

What you need to know about Hondoq ir-Rummien

The sandy area is quite small, so it tends to be a bit crowded in summer. However, you might prefer to swim in the rocky area.

On the rocky side of the bay, you’ll find a kiosk that serves drinks, food, and ice-cream.

You can also rent a kayak and explore the hidden grottos in the area.

Blue Lagoon (Comino)

Comino is a tiny island between Malta and Gozo, mostly known for its stunning bay with turquoise waters. Boat trips to Comino are very popular in summer, and most of them stop at Blue Lagoon and the beautiful sea caves around the island.

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Blue Lagoon, Comino. Photo by Daniela Frendo.

How to get to Blue Lagoon

You can only get to Blue Lagoon by boat. You can get on a boat from Cirkewwa, Bugibba, or Sliema.

What you need to know about Blue Lagoon

While the Blue Lagoon is breath-taking, this place gets very, very busy in summer. Boats packed with tourists pull into the bay all the time.

Most of the bay is rocky, with only a tiny sandy area.

While the water tends to be clear and calm, undercurrents are a frequent occurrence. Avoid venturing beyond the designated swimming area.

Safety tips for swimming in Malta

While Malta’s beaches are relatively safe, it’s always smart to take precautions. Let’s look at some tips for swimming in Malta and Gozo.

Best time to go swimming

If you’re visiting Malta in summer, head to the beach early to beat the crowds. Alternatively, you could go for a swim in the evening (after 5pm), when the beaches are quieter and you can just chill by the sea with a nice drink.

Thanks to its warm Mediterranean climate, Malta gets beautiful sunny days all year round, and the sea is fairly warm throughout the year. In fact, you can go swimming in spring and autumn and have almost the entire beach to yourself.

Sea currents and nasty creatures

When heading to the beach, pay attention to safety flags. While the sea might not look very rough, there might be some dangerous undercurrents. Steer clear of the water when the red flag is up.

Another thing to watch out for when swimming in Malta is jellyfish. While you will very rarely find dangerous jellyfish in Maltese waters, the most common jellyfish found in local beaches, the Mauve Stinger, can inflict a pretty nasty sting.

Recommendation: The WhichBeach app is a great local tool that recommends the perfect beaches to swim at based on the day’s weather conditions.

Beach theft

Unfortunately beach theft is quite common in summer. Avoid leaving your personal belongings unattended, especially on crowded beaches.

If you’re heading to the beach on your own, consider carrying a watertight dry bag, which allows you to take your valuables into the sea with you without getting them wet.

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One Response

  1. Excellent article Daniela.About Gozo beaches I would like to add a beutiful beach in Gozo which is getting popular,that of Xwejni bay situated near the salt pans where there was a nightclub called the rook.It has white sand.Also the famous blue of of dwejra is so popular amongst both local and foreingers no wonder it is the best diving spot in Malta and Gozo
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