Where are Malta’s Beaches?

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Despite being a picturesque island surrounded by sparkling Mediterranean, tiny Malta has never been renowned for its beaches. Although visitors are likely to wax lyrical about the friendly locals, prehistoric sites, how easy the island is to drive around, the sea views and the stunning architecture in Valletta…

While it may be easier to find a flat stretch of rock that leads directly into the sea, believe us, this island does boast some gorgeous beaches, ranging from big popular stretches of sand like Mellieha Bay to elusive, carved-out spots like Ghajn Tuffieha. In fact, we believe that this small, sparkling gem of an island has a beach to satisfy most sand seekers – whether you’re after friendly crowds and ice-cream vans, or a secretive spot to park your beach towel. Check our Malta beach guide and get your bucket and spade ready for a last minute trip

Mellieha Bay

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Also called Ghadira Bay, at 800 metres this is Malta’s longest stretch of sand, and boasts a Blue Flag status. With shallow water, the sea is great for swimming and the beach draws eager crowds during the summer months. You’ll find everything you need here for a classic beach holiday – cafes, bars, sunbeds and plenty of watersports. If you’re keen to visit but want to avoid the masses, spring and autumn are good times as the weather is still warm but the crowds are low.

Paradise Bay

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Located on Malta’s northern peninsula, this small but beautifully formed golden-sand beach boasts views of Malta’s sister islands, Gozo and Comino. Formed within a natural cove, this beach has a relaxed vibe and its clear blue waters make it a great spot for snorkellers. The beach can get crowded during the summer months, although the surrounding countryside and craggy rocks retain a sense of seclusion.

Golden Bay


One of the island’s most popular beaches, this large sandy bay has plenty of amenities with cafes, restaurants and watersports. Placed beside the five-star Radisson Blu Resort and similar upscale resorts, the beach welcomes an influx of jolly holiday makers during the summer months. Head there early to grab a spot and don’t miss the fabulous sunsets.

Ghajn Tuffieha Bay

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This small, cinnamon-coloured beach is framed by a rugged backdrop of cliffs and lush vegetation, and sits just around the corner from Golden Bay. It’s a great alternative for beach bums seeking a less crowded spot to while the day away. In fact, this beach can only be reached via a steep flight of stairs down the cliff front – giving it a beautifully secluded feel.

Gnejna Bay

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Located around half a mile from the quaint village of Mgarr on Malta‘s west coast, this sandy stretch can be accessed via a relatively easy amble down a cliff. The beach feels less built up than some of the island’s other beaches, with plenty of fishing boats docked in the shoreline. Away from the beach, Mgarr village’s restaurants offer traditional Maltese dishes, and the village holds various festivals throughout the year.

Armier Bay Beach

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Located near Mellieha in the north of the island, this beach offers a tranquil setting with island views of Gozo and Comino. Armier Bay consists of two beaches; a larger beach known as Armier and a smaller one named Little Armier. Both boast crystal-clear blue waters. A popular spot during the peak summer season, it’s best to arrive early to bag a prime position. Despite their popularity, the beaches have a secluded feel due to the fact they are situated away from local hotels and are surrounded by picturesque countryside.

St George’s Bay

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Boasting a Blue Flag status, this popular beach is known for its lively atmosphere and is not far from St Julian’s and the island’s capital, Valletta. You’ll find bars, clubs, restaurants, fast food joints and even a shopping centre and bowling alley within a short stroll from the sand! The beach can be bustling during the summer months, but this is just all part of the fun. If you want peace and quiet, head there during the winter months.