Sandy Beaches in Malta

Golden Bay is one of the most popular sandy beaches in Malta.The actual summer season may soon be officially over but who says that we must stop going to the beach? The water temperature remains bearable well into November and for the braver ones even December. Plus once the children all go back to school (most start on the 28th September, mark it on your calendars) and the number of tourists decline Malta’s beaches become even more appealing and much more peaceful.

If sandy beaches are your thing, the North of Malta will definitely suit you more as most of Malta’s sandy beaches are found in this area.

However a few sandy beaches can be found all over the island and rocky beaches are found all over. Listing below the most popular Malta beaches, including updated information for locals and tourists alike. I hope you find this Malta beach guide extremely useful.

Ghadira Bay

  • Easily accessible by public transport
  • Easy parking close to the beach
  • Beach suitable for children
  • Amenities availabile at the beach

This is also known as Mellieha Bay for the foreigners who simply cannot pronounce that. Found in the far North of Malta Ghadira is the largest sandy beach in Malta and has recently been awarded the Blue Flag Award.

It’s divided into 3 adjacent beaches but one can easily go from one to the other. Various water sports equipment can also be rented from this beach. Remember that having barbeques on this beach is now prohibited.

Bus numbers

From Valletta: 44, 45, 50
From Sliema: 645
From Bugibba/Qawra: 48

Paradise Bay

  • Easy parking close to the beach
  • In the countryside
  • Beach suitable for children
  • Amenities availabile at the beach
  • Good for snorkeling

Situated at the very North of Malta with crystal clear seas and beautiful surroundings as its name implies.

One major drawback of Paradise Bay is its small size. If you wish to find a place comfortably I would recommend you go early (9 o’clock or even earlier). If you go later finding a place on the sand may be quite difficult (especially since most of the sand is taken over by deckchairs).

The lido at this beach offers deckchairs at the top away from the sand, which offer more space however, you really must go early to find one available. Someone once told me that if you call the lido the day before you can reserve a deckchair on their private area. However I have never personally tried this so I am not quite sure whether this is true or not. But anyway just in case the Lido is called Paradise Bay Lido and their telephone number is 21575491.

Another good point of Paradise Bay is that during the summer months a net is put up around the swimming area to help with the problem of jellyfish.

Bus numbers

From Valletta: 45
From Sliema: 645
From Bugibba: 48

Note: You need to stop next to the Paradise Bay Hotel and walk up to the beach, which takes around 10 minutes so this is not an ideal location if you don’t drive and you carry a lot of things with you.

Armier Bay

  • Easy parking close to the beach
  • In the countryside
  • Beach suitable for children
  • Amenities availabile at the beach
  • Suitable for barbeques
  • Good for snorkeling

Up the road from Ghadira beach this is one of my personal favourites for the simple reason that it is usually much quieter than other sandy beaches in the North of Malta (or at least most of the time it’s quieter). The sea is crystal clear, clean and refreshing with no warm patches if you know what I mean

Bus numbers

From Valletta: 50

Ghajn Tuffieha (Riviera)

  • Easily accessible by public transport
  • In the countryside
  • Amenities availabile at the beach
  • Good for snorkeling

Located on the West side of Malta what makes this beach particularly beautiful is its unspoilt natural surroundings which in fact make it a popular spot throughout the year as one can enjoy long walks in the countryside overlooking the beach.

It is usually very clean and not too busy, which maybe has something to do with the never-ending amount of stairs one must endure to get there. This is definitely not a beach for the faint hearted. However if you’re not too lazy (and don’t suffer from any heart conditions) its SO worth it….

A restaurant is located on the beach (at the bottom of the stairs) and both deckchairs and umbrellas are available for rent.

At the top of the stairs you will see warning signs about the under-currents in this area. If the red flag is being flown DO NOT swim, as this can be very dangerous. If you have very young children, don’t feel completely comfortable in the water or don’t swim frequently be vigilant and stay close to the ropes provided in the sea.

Bus numbers

From Valletta: 47, 52
From Sliema: 652

Other Malta beaches worth visiting:

  1. Gnejna, Mgarr
  2. Golden Bay
  3. Little Armier
  4. Pretty Bay, Birzebbugia
  5. Selmun, St Paul’s Islands
  6. St Peter’s Pool, Delimara
  7. St Georges Bay, St Julians
  8. Xrobb l-Ghagin Bay, Delimara
  9. Wied iz-Zurrieq (Zurrieq Valley)

Gozo

  1. Hondoq ir-Rummien Bay
  2. Mgarr ix-Xini
  3. Qbajjar Bay
  4. Ramla Bay

Comino

  1. Blue Lagoon
  2. Santa Maria Bay

Feel free to add more information to this Malta beach guide below. You can mention more locations, add your own comments and reviews, or simply tell us what are your favourite beaches in Malta.

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