Top 10 Beaches on the Maltese Islands
1. Ħondoq ir-Rummien
The first of a few beaches on this list located on Malta’s unspoilt sister island Gozo. Hondoq ir-Rummien is a favourite among locals. A small sandy beach with a few rocky areas, the bank slopes and makes it ever so easy to get in to and enjoy the refreshing waters. Located near the Village of il – Qala the beach overlooks the smallest island of Comino. The local Gozitans also like to bbq around here in the summer during the evenings, watching the sky turn orange as the sun sets.
2. Xlendi Bay
Located in a scenic and lush area, near the village of Kercem on Gozo. Xlendi Bay is a seaside village which is popular among locals and tourists. The pebbly beach allows you to get into the clear turquoise hues of the Mediterranean easily. Once a quiet fishing village, today Xlendi is more a touristic resort, lined with restaurants, bars and shops. Despite the commercial development, the area is still peaceful and a good spot to relax.
3. ir-Ramla l-Ħamra
Ramla il – Hamra is the largest beach on Gozo. Mostly unspoilt, this haven is comprised of red sand. A peculiar site among the pallescent sand and limestone that can be seen throughout the islands. The sea bank is gently sloping with the crystal-clear water shallow in the bay. Perfect for taking children for a day at the beach. Under the summer sun, swimming and bathing are perfect. Tables under the cover of umbrellas are also available for hire. During winter Ramla il – Hamra is also a good spot for walking, with the surrounding scenery, pleasant and abundant.
4. Beaches of Comino
The most popular beach on Comino by far is the blue lagoon. The shallow, azure waters over the sandy seabed make a perfect spot to relax in the water. This is also a great opportunity to take a few amazing photos of this heavenly beach. It is recommended to take a boat there or to enjoy the sunrise early in the morning, as this spot is highly sought after and does get busy. Located on the west coast of Comino, it is easy to get there by boat.
Crystal Lagoon is a secluded is an idyllic inlet on Comino, the smallest of the Maltese islands. Not as popular and far less crowded than the famed blue lagoon on Comino. Especially enticing for snorkelling or scuba diving enthusiastic, the water dances over the walls of the nearby caves and has several species of wildlife can be seen from here.
SANTA MARIA BAY
A quieter spot On Comino, Santa Maria bay is a small sandy beach, only 20-minute walk from the blue lagoon. The blue-green hued water here is also shallow and clear, perhaps not as spectacular as its neighbour, Santa Maria bay is tranquil and calm, a far better option for relaxation. Sunbeds are on offer on this beach as are food and drink refreshments. There are also bathrooms and showers nearby.
5. Mellieħa Bay (Għadira)
Located near the charming village of Mellieha and sometimes referred to as Ghadira. Mellieha bay is one of the most popular beaches on the island. This sandy inlet in the north of the island boasts stunning views all around. The water here like most sandy beaches on the islands is shallow and wonderfully clear. Activities such as kite surfing, canoeing and water-skiing are all available here. There is even a water platform for kids out in the sea.
6. Għajn Tuffieħa
Also known as riviera, this sandy beach sits on a beautiful landscape of clay slops and cliffs. Part of a chain with Gnejna bay to one side and Golden bay to the other. Ghajn tuffieha is the smaller of these but remains the most unspoilt. Popular among tourists and locals, for sunbathing and swimming, the sunsets here are said to be some of the most spectacular on the island. Located just behind the sleepy village of Manikarta, and surrounded by lush vegetation. You can get to it by walking down a flight of limestone stairs which reveal an idyllic view of the beach.
Exiles beach is located right next to the tourist centre of the islands, Sliema. This beach sits next to a charming public garden, with a playground, some fountains and benches overlooking the beach. There are steps and ramps through the garden or from street level down to the beach making is easy to get to. This beach is rocky, with the pallescent limestone glistening in the sun great for sunbathing. For those who wish to avoid the annoyance of sand, exiles is perfect. Despite the lack of sand, it’s still easy to get into the refreshing aquamarine waters as there are ladders lowered into the sea across the beach.
8. Kalanka Bay
Kalanka bay is a rocky cove, situated on Delimara street near Marsaxlokk in the south of the island. Not far from St. Peter’s pool. Kalanka bay is far more secluded and tranquil in comparison to its popular neighbour. The limestone is smooth and carved into gentle curves by the sea. With a small shelf that meets the Mediterranean Sea. You can also snorkel round here with the azure coloured sea washing against some interesting under water formations.
9. Golden Bay
10. Paradise Bay
At the furthest point north of the island you can find the appropriately named Paradise bay. Close to Mellieha, a large flight of steps down the bay reveal an idyllic setting with a view of both Gozo and Comino. This beautiful spot is surrounded by cliffs rising from the water and rolling behind the beach, making it feel secluded and exclusive. Paradise bay does in fact get quite busy in the summer months, with many sunbeds and umbrellas in use during this time. The beach is sandy with some rocks on either side of the bay, along with caves and inlets, making it an enticing snorkelling spot. These won’t be a problem with most of the swimming area completely sandy. Like most beaches on the islands the water is crystal clear, and clean.