Top 5 Beaches in Malta
After your training during your fitness and yoga holiday in Malta, one of your first thoughts maybe to go to the beach.
The beaches in Malta are most certainly the island’s most sought after attraction. However, you won’t have to search far to enjoy the crystal clear and clean waters of the Mediterranean. The bathing season lasts between May and October and during that time the beaches are perfect for sunbathing, swimming and even for some water sports.
Whether you want to enjoy an afternoon at the beach right on your doorstep or go further out to enjoy a sandy secluded bay, Malta has an abundance of different beaches. While this does sound enticing, it can be all too easy to find a spot which is not so enjoyable.
Thankfully we have created a list of the TOP 5 beaches in Malta.
1. Mellieha Bay
Also Known as Ghadira bay, this sandy paradise is one of Malta’s most popular beaches. Located, as the name suggests, in the picturesque town of Mellieha. The water here is exceptionally clear and shows off the sandy seabed as turquoise.
The water is shallow and the gently sloping sandy bank and shallow water makes it easy and safe to get in the water. Very family friendly and great for kids to play and swim. Scenically beautiful, it does get busier during peak season. There are sunbeds and umbrellas for hire, as well as picnic benches and places to buy food or drink in and around the beach.
Right next to the touristic heart of Malta, Sliema, is Exiles beach. There are steps and ramps at many different spots close by making it ever so easy to get to.
Although there is a small sandy area near the Plaza regency hotel, the rocky areas further along the beach are perfect for sunbathing.
The pallescent limestone is mostly flat making it absolutely perfect for sunbathing without filling your spare clothes with sand. It is still easy to swim here despite the rocks, as there are lots of ladders lowered into the sea at different spots. At Exiles beach you can also swim in the hollow roman baths along the shoreline which are sheltered from the sea.
3. Ghajn Tuffieha
Located just behind the village of Manikarta, the beach’s name means “Apple’s Eye” in the local Maltese.
Unspoilt, looking almost untouched by man. To get to Gahjn Tuffieha you have to take a scenic walk down a flight of limestone stairs. Surrounding these stairs is a sea of pretty flowers and plants which open up into an idyllic, sandy inlet.
This beach is clean and the waters are clear, making it an almost utopia for sunbathing, relaxing, swimming and all manner of beach activities. You can have a bbq or even enjoy some water sports.
4. Golden Bay
Within Walking distance from Ghajn Tuffieha is Golden Bay. Unique for the red sand surrounded by slopes covered in naturally formed dunes.
This beach is more popular in comparison to its neighbouring beach due to it being easier to get to, having more facilities and the restaurants just behind the beach. Located near the Radisson Golden sands hotel you can expect the water to clear and temperate in the summer here too. Larger than Ghajn Tuffieha, Golden bay is good for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports but also for parties and BBQs in the summer sunset and night time.
5. Paradise Bay
If you go even further north of these two beaches you will come to Paradise bay. Surrounded by rising limestones cliffs, the beach here is partially rocky, with caves and inlets, but mostly sandy.
A good spot for all beach activities, with snorkelling especially exciting here. The water is rarely rough in the summer months making it easy to simply swim or relax in the clear water. The beach is regularly cleaned and taken good care of making the experience here that much better. On the sand you can hire sun beds and umbrellas.
There are also water sports and activities to rent, such as kayaking around the bay. To get to the beach there is a large staircase from on top of the cliffs overlooking the bay with a great view of the other islands in the Archipelago, Gozo and Comino.