Malta famously has more hours of sunshine per year than any other country in Europe.
So what better way to spend your time on the island,than laid out on a stretch of beach, with a cold drink to hand and the Mediterranean just a few steps away.
There are quite a few options, so I have taken an informal poll of websites, blogs and books, flavoured with my own preferences, and produced the following list of the Best Beaches in Malta:
10. Dwejra Bay: Not exactly a typical ‘beach’, but a beautiful place to swim and dive from the rocks (even from the top of the Azure Window if you are young, nerveless, and dumb enough).
9. Imgiebah/Selmun Bay: A bit of a hipster choice this, as it is almost inaccessible unless you’ve got a car – or a bike at the very least. No amenities are available, although once you get there you will have less difficulty finding a place for your towel in high season.
8. Blue Lagoon: It’s only at number 8 but don’t get me wrong, it’s an absolutely stunning place to swim. Problem is that there’s not much actual beach, and during the summer the place is thronged with people.
7. Peter’s Pool: Popular with swimmers, this natural rocky inlet is located on the less-touristy South side of the island.
6. Paradise Bay: The name does not exaggerate too much, although it gets to be a pretty crowded piece of paradise.
5. Ramla Bay: Red sandy beach in the North of Gozo. It’s remote, but highly recommended by everyone who takes the trouble to visit, and one of the hop-on/off buses will leave you there.
4. Gnejna Bay: The top four choices are all found in Northern Malta, and Gnejna Bay is the slightly more remote sister to Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha on the North-Western coast.
3. Ghadira/Mellieha Bay: The largest beach on the island, and also the most popular. Plenty of buses to ferry tourists up to this lovely expanse of sand.
2. Golden Bay: A beautiful little beach overlooked by a large hotel complex, and easily reached from Mellieha or St Paul’s Bay.
1. Ghajn Tuffieha: A secluded, natural beach on the North West coast. A long flight of stone steps going down to the sand means it’s not for everyone, but definitely worth visiting if you don’t mind a little bit of a walk.
Check out where all of the beaches are located on the map at the top of the page.
More of the Best Beaches in Malta:
– Armier Bay
– Anchor Bay
– Pretty Bay
– Paceville Beach
– St Paul’s Bay Beach
– Hondoq ir-Rummien
– San Blas
– Rocky Beaches in Sliema
– Xlendi Bay
– Mistra Bay