Malta: Moving On, Up & Away

Beaches in Malta

There’s a common misconception about Malta that there are no beaches but this could not be further from the truth. It’s true that there are a lot of flat, rocky beaches but there are also plenty stunning sandy beaches in Malta, 8 of which regularly receive Blue Flag status for their beauty, cleanliness and facilities. Malta is also renowned for having some of the Highest Quality Bathing Water in Europe, as confirmed by an EU Commission on the topic.

Sandy Beaches in Malta

In general the sandy beaches in Malta can be found on the north area of the island. The centre part of the island is mainly surrounded by cliffs or by rocky beaches, which are also pretty special, however St George’s Bay in St Julians is a man made sandy beach with Blue Flag status, and Pretty Bay in the south, both go to show that wherever you are in Malta, you’re never far from a sandy beach.

For such a small island, Malta actually has a high concentration of beaches, although, due to it’s size, you can understand that the beaches aren’t as big as others you may be used to. Golden Bay and Mellieha Bay are the two biggest and busiest beaches on the island, however in my opinion, Riviera/Ghajn Tuffieha is the most beautiful. You’ll find a mixture of golden sand and red sand beaches too, with the red ones being my personal favourites.

Malta Sand Beaches

  • Armier Bay & Little Armier
  • Golden Bay
  • Gnejna Bay
  • Mellieha Bay
  • Mgiebah Bay
  • Paradise Bay
  • Pretty Bay
  • Riviera Bay / Ghajn Tuffieha
  • St Georges Bay
  • St Thomas Bay

Gozo Sand Beaches

  • Hondoq ir-Rummien
  • Marsalforn Bay
  • Ramla Bay
  • San Blas
  • Xlendi Bay (sand/rock mix)

Comino Sand Beaches

  • Blue Lagoon

Rocky Beaches in Malta

As well as a huge amount of sandy beaches, Malta also has some absolutely beautiful rock beaches. You’ll mainly find the rocky beaches around the Gzira, Sliema and St Julians area where the coast line is miles of smooth, flat rock. For me, this actually makes it more accessible as I’m not a big fan of sand. It looks beautiful, but can be so inconvenient and messy. The rock beaches make a day at the beach much less hassle and are perfect for BBQs and evening dips.

Around most rock beaches in Malta you’ll find stairs, steps and poles installed to assist you with getting in and out of the water, but be careful, the water bed can be sharp and jagged, so don’t go kicking your legs out until you’re sure it’s deep enough to do so without hurting yourself.

Malta Rock Beaches

  • Anchor Bay
  • Fomm ir-Rih
  • Ghar Lapsi
  • Mistra Bay
  • Sliema/St Julians
  • St Peter’s Pool
  • Ta’Xbiex

Gozo Rock Beaches

  • Dahlet Qorrot
  • Dwejra
  • Mgarr ix-Xini
  • Wied il-Ghasri
  • Xlendi

Beach Sunsets and Sunrises in Malta

As Malta is such a tiny island, it’s possible, and actually super easy, to make sure you catch both the sunset and the sunrising from the sea in a single day. I think this is something that makes this island so beautiful, it’s easy to put yourself in the way of beauty.

Sunrise in Malta

For the best sunrise in Malta, check the current sunrise time and head to the Sliema coast line. The best views, of the sun rising out of the water, can be seen from the area around Surfside. Get up early, grab a blanket and a camera and sit by the water and watch as it glows orange as the sun lifts to start another day.

Sunset in Malta

Sunsets in Malta are actually surprisingly breathtaking wherever you may be, however they’re extra special when you get to see the sun sinking into the sea. Some of my favourite places to watch the sunsetting into the water is at Dingli Cliffs and along the cliffs between Golden Bay and Riviera Bay. 

Alternatively if you prefer a swimming pool to the sea, you can watch the sunsetting behind some hills from the high class Cafe del Mar in Malta.

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