TOP 10: Best beaches in Malta 

Located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily, is the small island state of Malta, which offers the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean Sea under the sun, whether golden or red sand, rocky beaches or sandy bays. The Blue Lagoon on the smaller, Maltese island Comino is one of the most beautiful destinations, white sand and turquoise blue sea are awaiting sun worshippers. If you want to enrich your beach holiday with culture, then you will find many historic sites such as the famous megalithic temples, the oldest free-standing buildings of humanity on Malta and the island of Gozo. The religious past is also reflected in the large number of churches, whereby the nearest beach in Malta is never far away. 

1. Fond Ghadir Beach

The long stretch of coast between Sliema and St. Julian's is, despite its rocky nature, a popular meeting place for bathers. One of the most famous beaches is Fond Ghadir: its shallow rocks allow easy access to the water. Sometimes there are also railings or steps. The water is clean, deep and safe for swimmers. Even snorkellers enjoy the interesting insights into the underwater world. In the immediate vicinity are small snack bars and restaurants - all under the watchful eye of lifeguards. 

Our tip: Take advantage of the small baths that were previously used for salt extraction. 

2. Qawra

Qawra beach is one of the largest resorts in Malta. The coastal promenade from Salina Bay to St. Paul's Bay and the beach offer guests the best views of the open sea and St. Paul's Island. Flat rocks provide plenty of sunbathing space. Swimmers will find enough access to the deep, blue sea. Along the beach there are diving shops for courses and tours. Due to the rugged coastline and access to the sea only over rocks, the place is not ideal for families with small children. 

Our tip: Explore the underwater historical sites on one of the local diving tours.

3. Ramla Bay

Red-golden sand and gentle waves make Ramla Beach on the Maltese island of Gozo one of Malta's best beaches. The bay lies below steep, terraced hills and the famous Kalypso Grotto. Secluded, the beach enjoys great popularity, especially in summer. In the winter months, however, you have the shore almost all to yourself. Small snack bars and beach-front cafés serve local delicacies. 

Our tip: The hills above the bay offer breathtaking views of the countryside and the sea.

4. Mellieha Bay

In the north of Malta, about one and a half kilometres from the holiday village Mellieha, is the longest sandy beach in the Maltese Islands. Also known as Ghadira Bay, this beach is especially recommended for families with children. The shallow water and the lack of undercurrent guarantee a relaxing day on the beach. Sun loungers and umbrellas can be rented directly on-site. Water sports enthusiasts can choose between paragliding, water skiing or pedalos. 

Our tip: The Mellieha Bay is roughly divided into three areas, whereby the right-hand side when entering the beach is the rather quieter part for bathers in search of relaxation.

5. Golden Bay

Located in the north-western part of Malta, the bay is very popular with families and couples and is one of Malta's top beaches. The gently sloping beach provides ample space for safe play and fun activities for the youngest guests. Enclosed by towering hills, the tourists can enjoy dramatic sunsets. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the natural spectacle with friends and family during a relaxing barbecue on the beach. In the winter months, hikers enjoy the unique landscape. For your physical well-being, there are restaurants and cafés nearby. 

Our tip: Try bodysurfing, jet skiing or paragliding. 

6. Ghajn Tuffieha Bay

Located near the town of Mgarr, the slightly smaller beach surrounded by hilly headlands is a paradise for those seeking relaxation and sunbathers. You can get to the natural bay with crystal clear, shallow water and reddish sand via a hundred steps or winding trails in the hills. In rough seas, however, bathing is not allowed as strong currents can arise. Sun loungers and umbrellas can be rented at the beach kiosk. Toilets are unfortunately not available. 

Our tip: It is advisable for hikers to climb the rocky ridge to the east of the bay. A beautiful view over the neighbouring bay Gnejna rewards the effort. 

7. Wied il-Ghasri Bay

Located on the north coast of the Maltese island of Gozo, the sea gorge Wied il-Ghasri is a very popular destination for divers and nature lovers. With almost no tourist development visitors are able to experience idyllic, untouched nature. The crystal-clear water enclosed between steep cliffs invites you to swim in many places. On the rocks you can sunbathe undisturbed or take a hike to the sea. Divers explore the underwater cave Cathedrale Cave. Monkfish, moray eels, hermit crabs and barracudas can be seen here. 

Our tip: Although there are no cafés or restaurants nearby to the gorge, the peace and seclusion of the wild nature of Gozo are a beautiful backdrop for a romantic picnic. 

8. Hondoq ir-Rummien

Located below the village of Qala, the beach boasts azure, clear colours. It is one of the beaches with the cleanest water. Bathers can access the sea via ladders. The coastline is home to countless small caves just waiting to be discovered by snorkellers and divers. The wonderful view of the neighbouring island of Comino completes the unique location. The romantic, undeveloped landscape with its rare, wild plants leads to small hikes. The small kiosk on the beach offers refreshments, sun beds and umbrellas. 

Our tip: End your day trip with a barbecue on the beach or in one of the small restaurants in Qala.  

9. St. Thomas Bay

One of the larger, natural coves, about ten minutes' walk from Marsaskala, offers Maltese charm to its foreign guests. Touristically, this beach is not yet so strongly developed and is also very popular with the islanders. The rocky coastline and the small sandbars invite you to linger and relax. The shallow waters of the sandy beach provide perfect conditions for swimming and bathing. The local fishermen usually deliver their catch to the surrounding restaurants. Take a stroll through the Marsaskaler Promenade, just a few minutes' walk away, and enjoy freshly caught specialities.

Our tip: Good wind conditions make St. Thomas Bay an ideal windsurfing spot. 

10. Blue Lagoon

White seabed and crystal-clear water under the bright, Maltese sun await holidaymakers on their trip to the Blue Lagoon. This popular destination is about fifteen minutes by boat from the harbour in Mgarr. Snorkellers, divers and swimmers alike are impressed by the breathtaking scenery. While the children enjoy themselves in the warm, shallow water, water sports such as water skiing and diving are awaiting the active holidaymakers in the deeper waters. In the summer months, many bathers visit Comino's Blue Lagoon. 

Our tip: The best view of the Caribbean-like, turquoise blue waters of the bay and thus unique photo opportunities is provided by St. Mary's Tower situated above. 

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