• An essential guide to Malta’s coastline

    An essential guide to Malta’s coastline

    The beautiful island of Malta is known to be the perfect all rounder. Great food, intriguing history and of course fantastic sunny weather. Luckily for sun, sea and sand addicts, there’s something for you too… Malta is also home to some of the Mediterranean’s most stunning coastline. So, if you’re planning your Malta holidays soon, don’t forget to travel with our handy guide to Malta’s best beaches.

    Family friendly beaches

    Go to… Mellieha

    Malta is big on families, so you’ll find loads of beaches perfect for the little ones. Plus, with an abundance of family-friendly hotels, the resort of Mellieha is more than ideal for your dose of beaches for families.

    Mellieha Bay

    view of sunbeds and umbrellas on Mellieha Bay
    Mellieha Bay (also known as Ghadira Bay) is situated in the north of the island. It boasts 800m of soft golden sands, making it Malta’s largest beach and a top choice for families with small children. As it’s tucked in a long bay, the beach is protected from strong waves. There’s loads of watersports on offer (for the big kids in the family) and the shallow waters are great for paddling (especially for the youngsters). Plus, with cafes and bars close by, it’s an easy-going spot to chill and sip on a cocktail.

    Where to stay?

    db Seabank Resort + Spa has long been a favourite and its amazing location right by Mellieha Bay is just one of the reasons to fall in love with it.

    Useful information:

    • Blue Flag certified
    • Shower facilities available
    • Sunbed & umbrella hire available

    Golden Bay

    view of Golden Bay
    Golden Bay Beach is another popular choice for family-friendly beaches in Malta. It’s easily accessible and it’s been awarded the Blue Flag! As you can imagine, the name speaks for itself. Golden sands are the main attraction here, but the calm, clear Mediterranean waters are also a highlight. And, there’s plenty for everyone in the family to do here! We’re talking about water sports like jet skiing and beach sports like volleyball. Not to mention, you’ll feel safe at Golden Bay too. During the summer months, there are lifeguards present keeping a watchful eye.

    Where to stay?

    The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands is Maltese luxury at its finest. It offers stunning views and there’s even a PADI dive centre on the beach.

    Useful information:

    • Easy to reach via car or public transport
    • Sandy beach
    • Shower facilities available

    Beaches with the best nightlife nearby

    Go to… St. Julian’s & Bugibba or Qawra in St. Paul’s Bay

    Malta isn’t just tranquil, sleepy towns and villages. The island has its lively nightlife spots too. So, partygoers who are also looking for a beach nearby will have found the perfect party island paradise.

    St. George’s Bay

    people sunbathing on St. George's Beach
    St. Julian’s is the main hub of nightlife in Malta, most notably the area of Paceville, attracting local partygoers and travellers looking for a good time alike. Malta is also a popular LGBTQ+ holiday destination, so there are loads of LGBTQ+ friendly bars and clubs in St. Julian’s. But what about the day after the night before? Water and paracetamol just aren’t cutting it anymore… you need a nice sandy beach as a remedy. That’s where St. George’s Bay comes in! This small bay is extremely popular, being the only beach in the immediate area. As well as being a lovely place to socialise and relax during the day, there’s plenty of bars and restaurants along the promenade when you’re feeling a bit thirsty or peckish.

    Where to stay?

    For a bit of a luxury, Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay will be just up your street. But for something cheap and cheerful, The St. George’s Park Hotel is ideal.

    Useful information:

    • Blue Flag certified
    • Watersports are available
    • The beach is accessible to those with less mobility

    Bugibba Beach

    tourists on Bugibba Perched Beach
    Bugibba and Qawra are both very popular tourist areas in Malta and the nightlife definitely helps. Both of these resorts are located in the wider area of St. Paul’s Bay. Qawra is situated on the eastern side, whilst Bugibba (the larger of the two) is on the western part. The nightlife in the area mainly consists of bars and pubs with a few clubs. These nightlife spots are situated around the main square and along the seaside promenade which stretches from Salina Bay to St. Paul’s Bay.

    One of the most interesting things about Bugibba Beach is that it is in fact an artificial beach. Often referred to as a “perched” sandy beach. Much of this coastline along Bugibba and Qawra is rocky, so the beach was constructed in 2006 to provide visitors with sun, sea and… sand. In the summer months, you’ll find a beach club, Nine Lives, and there’s also some jetties to help you get out into the sea for a swim.

    Where to stay?

    Topaz Hotel in Bugibba is a nice, comfortable option for your Malta holiday. Or you might like the seafront Qawra Palace Hotel.

    Useful information:

    • Public restrooms and showers available
    • Blue Flag certified
    • Easily accessible

    Beaches for watersports

    Go to… Mellieha, Gozo & Comino

    Malta’s beaches are great for relaxation, but what about the thrillseekers? The ones who want to dive right in and explore the depths of Malta’s Mediterranean waters? Well, there are activities and beaches just right for you. Especially on Malta’s smaller sister islands…

    Blue Lagoon

    boat sailing down Blue Lagoon
    Many head to Comino specifically for the picturesque Blue Lagoon. Not only are its turquoise waters instagram-worthy and great for swimming, but it’s also one of the best spots for some watersports fun. Think snorkelling, windsurfing and diving… it’s all possible at the Blue Lagoon. The waters are super clear, making your exploration as fun as possible. And it’s shallow, so you’ll no doubt feel comfortable in the Blue Lagoon’s waters. Plus, there are chartered boats available where you can get views of Comino from all angles.

    How to get there?

    It’s really easy to get to Comino from Malta. It’s only a 20-minute ferry ride from Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal situated in the northernmost point of Malta. There are several buses which will take you to Cirkewwa.

    Useful information:

    • Set sail to Comino from Bugibba or Sliema if you’re staying in those areas
    • Go early to avoid crowds
    • Remember to take sun cream for the day!

    Xlendi Bay

    boats in Xlendi Bay in Malta
    If you choose to visit Gozo instead, Xlendi Bay is the place for watersports. This spot attracts both locals and travellers due to its lovely sandy beach area. However, for watersports you’ll have to head down to the rocky shore. Xlendi Bay is often regarded as a top diving spot, even for beginners which makes it so popular. It’s got impressive rock and reef formations here which you can discover with a diving trip. Or you might prefer to snorkel instead. After some watersports, Xlendi Bay has loads of restaurants and cafes nearby. In fact, it oozes a typical Gozitan fishing village vibe, making it an overall fantastic experience.

    How to get there?

    You can also easily reach Gozo by catching a ferry from Cirkewwa in Malta. Look out for Comino on the way!

    Useful information:

    • Restrooms are available
    • Might be inconvenient for those with less mobility
    • The bay is great for swimming and walks

    Quiet beaches

    Go to… Mellieha
    Hoping to escape the crowds during your Malta beach holiday? We don’t blame you. Luckily, there are a few places you can go to cherish the peace and quiet of this island.

    Paradise Bay

    kayaks and tourists on Paradise Bay
    Located on the north west of the island, Paradise Bay is a quieter addition to Mellieha’s popular beaches. This sandy beach is set within a cove and boasts views of nearby Gozo and Comino. It’s Blue Flag certified and has beautiful natural surroundings like caves and rocky islets, making it great for snorkelling. Paradise Bay can get a bit busy during the summer, but generally, it’s secluded location makes it a lot quieter than Mellieha Bay (the resort’s main beach).

    Good to know…

    Paradise Bay is quite remote and there are 100 steps down to the beach. Because of this, the beach is unfortunately not suitable for travellers with mobility issues.

    Useful information:

    • Deck chairs and umbrellas for rent
    • Parking available
    • Family-friendly

    Armier Bay

    rocks and tourists at Little Armier Bay

    Little Armier

    Home to two beaches – Armier and Little Armier (the smallest of the two) are also some of Malta’s quiet beaches. Neither beach gets super busy during the summer months, although they remain popular with the locals. Armier Bay is easier to get to via car as it’s quite a bit of a walk from the closest bus stop. These beaches are family-friendly too, thanks to shallow waters along the shore line and its sparkling clarity. Perfect for a secluded feel, a refreshing swim, and with no hotels around… there’s no wonder Armier Bay is one of the best beaches in Malta, especially for some peace and quiet.

    Good to know…

    There aren’t any tourist establishments nearby apart from a couple bars and small restaurants. It is also quite hard to reach Armier Bay by public transport as it’s set in a rural area. This is all great news if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of tourist hubs.

    Useful information:

    • Less touristy
    • Stunning location
    • Remote location makes it easier to reach with a car
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