Malta is full of sandy beaches, but it also has a number of more convenient (for me, at least) rock beaches. The rocks are flat and smooth in a number of places and there are steps leading into the sea. Some of these beaches include Surfside in Sliema, the area around Peppi’s in St Julians and the closest to me, in Ta’Xbiex which you can see in today’s photos. These rocky beaches are hugely underrated and if you’re not a fan of sand, want a day off from the bus journey to the beach or find them just too cramped then take a wander around whatever area you’re in and see if you can find somewhere like this.
There are boats about but they’re kept out at a certain distance to keep the water safe and clean for swimmers. On days where I can’t be bothered to get the bus to the sandy beaches, or in the height of Summer when most of the busses, and beaches, are packed with tourists, these much closer rocky shores are perfect. Close, and no need to worry about sand! So the flat, grey plaines may not be as traditionally beautiful as a sandy beach but with views of Valletta and stunning yachts and boats harboured all around they still hold a certain charm.
The colour of the sea is every bit as beautiful as elsewhere on the island, either a sapphire blue or emerald green. Some areas are even comparable to the Blue Lagoon. But unlike the sandy beaches they rarely get over crowded and full up even in the height of Summer. As they’re so close, I can just grab a towel and suncream and pop down for sunbathing and swimming if I find myself with a few hours spare.