One happy fact about residing on an island like Malta is that, wherever you might be at any given time, the seashore is just a short distance away. Heck, here at AUM, it’s right on our doorstep! But if you’re looking for a sprawling beach where, in addition to taking a dip in the sea, you can kick back and relax in a resort-like setting, you might have to venture a little further afield to one of several specific locations. With sunshine never in short supply around here, almost any day’s a good day for such an undertaking.
Given the wealth of candidates, picking the cream of the crop is no easy task, even more so when you take into account the fact that Malta was the proud awardee of the 12 Blue Flag in May 2017. Yet after careful consideration and much deliberation, these are the five beaches in Malta that made the cut.
Golden Bay is famous for its golden-toned sand, as the name itself suggests, and is the second most popular sandy beach in Malta. In fact, Golden Bay has obtained the much-coveted “Beach of Quality” status! Don’t forget your cameras, as you’ll want to snap shots of the scenic surroundings, especially around sunset, to show everyone back home.
To get to this golden heaven, hop on bus 44 from the Valletta Bus Terminus. The journey shouldn’t take longer than an hour. For those of you who want to spice up your visit with some adventure, choose from a selection of water sports activities. Parasailing, for instance, is a great choice if you want to marvel at the panoramic coastline from the perspective of someone out at sea.
Riviera Martinique, also known as Ghajn Tuffieha, is located in the northwestern part of Malta, right next to Golden Bay. The same bus line, number 44, takes you there. The two beaches’ proximity to each other makes it easy for you to turn your jaunt to this part of the island into a double bill.
While there, hike to the top of the surrounding cliffs to get a close-up view of an old tower built as far back as the mid-1600s and used for an observation point as recently as World War II. And while you’re up there, do your best to savor the breathtaking view of the bay offered by a high-altitude vantage point!
Don’t be disheartened by the whopping 180 steps leading down to the beach itself. Just make sure you slip on a comfy pair of sneakers and stretch your legs before climbing back up to the bus stop.
When it comes to beaches, Ġnejna Bay boasts the best of both worlds. You can enjoy a sandy stretch of land as well as rocky terrain. And guess what? Ġnejna lies beside Riviera Martinique! Remember what we said about a double bill? Just go ahead and make that a triple.
A series of quaint boathouses lines the left side of Ġnejna. During wintertime, campers gathered around fires and enjoying their nights under star-clustered skies are no rare sight. The Ġnejna Bay area also offers a marvelous landscape, what with clay hills that stand luminous against the sunset.
Mellieha Bay (Ghadira)
Mellieha Bay, also known as Ghadira Bay, lies at the far northern end of the island, and is the largest and most popular beach in Malta. Bus number 41, departing from Valletta Bus Terminus, is your ride. The estimated time to get there is an hour and a half.
Particularly tall people will have to wade into the sea for a bit before they can begin to swim, since shallow waters stretch on for tens of meters. As a side note, the coast here positively brims with food outlets, giving you ample alternatives if you’re not up to packing lunch. Mellieha/Ghadira Bay also offers visitors a number of water sport activities.
Paradise Bay is one of the most attractive beaches on Malta’s main island. As it happens, you can see both our sister islands, Gozo and Comino, from its shores.
We suggest taking bus route 41 and later changing to number 101. The estimated journey time to reach your destination is two hours.
If you’re an adventurous soul, consider renting a kayak and paddling out into the open sea. On a good day, you might catch sight of dolphins frolicking in the waters!
So there you have it: our list of the five best beaches to visit in Malta. With the exams almost over and summer fast approaching, our students at AUM will surely want to check most of these out and make the best of their leisure time before gearing up for the next semester.