If there’s one thing Malta isn’t short of, it’s great beaches. Along with its smaller sister islands; Gozo and Comino, Malta has some of the finest coastline in the Mediterranean. If you like swimming and snorkelling in particular, then you will be spoilt for choice. Here are our top five beach spots.
1. Golden Bay
Given the unique geographical make-up of the island, many of Malta’s beaches are rocky as opposed to sandy. Golden Bay, however, on the north west coast, is one of the exceptions to the rule. Here you’ll find plenty of soft orangey golden sand and deep blue Mediterranean sea. If you can tear yourself away from your book, there’s plenty of water sports to try here too.
2. Wied il- Għasri
A holiday in Malta will provide you with the chance to escape in the Balearic Islands, and wouldn’t be complete without taking a trip over to Gozo, Malta’s smaller and some say more beautiful neighboring island. Wied il- Gharsi is one of the most unusual swimming spots on the island – a narrow inlet of sea with a very small, shingly beach which is perfect to use as a base for snorkelling in the clear waters. A great beach if you want to get away from the crowds.
3. Bugibba Perched Beach
Bugibba is one of Malta’s main resorts, and the beach here is a fantastic place to swim, people watch and grab a bite to eat. The rocky ledges are complemented by a patch of man-made sand, but nothing beats jumping from the rocks into the cool blue sea. Bars and restaurants line the beach. With amusements such as dodgems as well as good range of shops, Bugibba is a great place to go for a lively, fun-filled day out.
4. The Blue Lagoon
Situated between the island of Comino and the tiny islet of Cominotto; the Blue Lagoon is without a doubt Malta’s best spot for swimming. The clear blue waters have white sand underfoot, with only a few small patches of seaweed where there are plenty of fish for snorkelers to spot. Take a day trip from Malta itself to this stunning area. The only drawback? The lack of space along the shore means in summer it can get very, very busy. Get there early to claim your spot.
5. Paradise Bay
As its name suggests, Paradise Bay is as idyllic as it gets. It does get very popular in the summer months. Situated close to the Gozo ferry terminal, this sandy beach has a sweet thatched café, perfect for grabbing a cold beer and gazing across to Gozo and Comino.
Of course, part of the joy of visiting the island is finding your own favourite beach. Grab a map, pack your snorkel and mask, beach towel and suncream, and go explore.