I got so mad last night that I posted this picture of Golden Bay on Instagram with a somewhat disgruntled caption. I was in a bit of a rage when I posted it and immediately afterwards I braced myself for an influx of ‘hate’ comments. But what was I mad about? An innocent enough instagram picture claiming that there are no sandy beaches in Malta, just rocky ones.
After my little tirade about the fact there are MANY sandy beaches in Malta, I was expecting people to tell me to stop being an asshole, to chill out, that I’m always complaining about something or other but the feedback was amazing! So many of you share my passion for this little Mediterranean island and get equally annoyed when people talk tripe about it. Lots of you shared your favourite beaches, a few of which I’ve not yet visited, so I have my summer activities sorted.
And it’s true. I cannot count the amount of times I’ve been told that Malta has no sandy beaches and it could not be further from the truth. There are around 14 sandy beaches in Malta, with a whopping 8 of those holding Blue Flag certificates year after year. There are white sand beaches, golden sand beaches and even red sandy beaches, which are my personal favourite.
I cannot believe the ignorance of websites like tourism guides and travel blogs, whose sole purpose is to educate readers on the facts of a country. How they can justify writing such wildly inaccurate statements about Malta, I will never know. A quick online search will prove you wrong, so relying on ‘what someone told you’ or what you saw on your doorstep is nothing short of idiocy. If you come to Malta, stay in one town and never leave it you’ll miss out on practically everything this island has to offer. One town does not an island make. Get off your lazy ass and see the wonders that Malta has to offer.
Have I made myself clear enough yet?
On top of the large amount of award winning sandy beaches in Malta, of course there are the flat rock beaches which I also love as they’re closer for me and are sand free (I find sand can be such a pain!), but Malta can also boast a top place in the EU list of bathing water quality. Malta was alongside Cyprus and Luxemboug as countries that topped the Euroeapn Commission list of locations with excellent water quality at all their bathing sites. Malta manages to maintain such a high quality of bathing sea water as it pumps no raw sewage into the Mediterranean since the setup of a number of sewage treatment plants.
I’ve made it my mission this summer to visit as many of the sandy beaches as possible and bring you blog posts about every damn one. It’s a tough life, eh?