Malta is known for having hot weather, clean water and great days at the beach. If you are planning to visit Malta in the future, this article would be helpful to you if you are looking for information on the beaches in Malta, what it has to offer nearby and how to get there through public transport.
A lot of the beaches around the Maltese Islands have been said to have some of the clearest and cleanest waters in the EU. Some are even “Blue-Flag Certified”. Being Blue-Flag Certified means that the beaches have been approved by the foundation for surpassing the requirements needed to protect the environment etc.
The Blue Lagoon
Starting off outside of Malta itself, The Blue Lagoon consists of one of the clearest waters you can lay your eyes on. The Blue Lagoon is located in Comino, a little island to the north of Malta. The Blue Lagoon is one of Malta’s most known places to visit because of its beautiful waters and an island you can explore for yourself!.
If you do plan to visit the Blue Lagoon, you’re going to need to catch a 20-minute boat ride from either Malta or Gozo.
The Pros of swimming and visiting the Blue Lagoon:
- Umbrella’s and Sunbeds available to rent for the day while visiting.
- Snorkeling because of the extremely clear water
- The boat’s back to Malta/Gozo every hour.
The Cons of swimming and visiting the Blue Lagoon:
- Extremely popular tourist location – Gets very busy in the summer!
- Known for being home to a lot of Jellyfish at some points in summer.
- Not much natural shade – Make sure to use sunblock!
Mellieha Bay / Ghadira
Located in Mellieha, Ghadira is the biggest beach on the island, while also being popular for being very family-friendly because of the long-lasting shallow waters and the hundreds of sunbeds and umbrellas which are available to rent for the whole day. Located in the north of Malta, there are multiple ways to reach this place with public transport, just take any of the buses that reach Cirkewwa as Ghadira is on the way.
The Pros of swimming and visiting Ghadira:
- Easily accessible
- Sunbed & Umbrella available to rent
- Blue-Flag Certified
- Close to restaurants and kiosks
The Con of swimming and visiting Ghadira:
- Very popular; often full unless you arrive in the morning.
Located in the most northern part of Malta, Paradise Bay offers a very nice and slightly secluded beach with rentable sunbeds and umbrellas. Being very close to where the Gozo Ferry is, it’s not unknown for people to come straight to the sandy beach after the 30-minute boat trip. The easiest way to travel to Paradise Bay would be by catching a bus that reaches Cirkewwa.
The Pros of swimming and visiting Paradise Bay
- Good location since it’s secluded from the open sea.
- Deep enough water to be able to snorkel comfortably.
- Availability to rent sunbeds and umbrellas.
The Cons of swimming and visiting Paradise Bay
- Quite far from the rest of the country.
- Just like most beaches, can get full quickly.
- Sunbeds are expensive to rent.
Located on the Northwest side of Malta, Golden Bay is one of the most popular beaches in Malta as it offers easy accessibility, and being the perfect location for one to go cliff diving and snorkeling! An easy way to get yourself to Golden Bay would be by taking a 225, which also leads to Ghajn Tuffieha!
The Pros of swimming and visiting Golden Bay
- Beautiful scenery (especially at sunset)
- A great place for BBQ’s
- Easy to reach with public transport
- Restaurants nearby
The Con of swimming and visiting Golden Bay
- Can be extremely busy during summer
Ghajn Tuffieha is the first choice for a lot of Maltese people as it’s very easy to get to and it has great views from the top of the beach. It’s counted as a “must visit” when tourists are coming to our island. It’s home to some of the cleanest water on the island, excluding the Blue Lagoon.
The Pros of swimming and visiting Ghajn Tuffieha
- You can rent sunbeds and umbrellas
- Clean Water
- Amazing views (especially at night)
- Easy to reach via public transport
The Cons of swimming and visiting Ghajn Tuffieha
- If you come in your own car, parking might be an issue
- Known for strong currents that have affected people in the colder months
Ġnejna Bay is a beautiful secluded beach and well-known tourist attraction located 1 kilometer from the village of Mġarr on the western coast of Malta. The majority of the bay is sandy, there is also a rocky area where one can indulge in rock pools and shallow sea life.
The Pros of swimming and visiting Gnejna Bay
- Not the most popular place in Malta, so most of the time you might be lucky enough to be with not too many people.
The Con of swimming and visiting Gnejna Bay
- Strong current if you go too far out into the deep end.
If you plan to go to Malta during the summer or even during winter, this guide should be more than enough for you to enjoy your stay. For the best apartment to rent I would recommend you letting.remax-malta.com. These guys have been living in the island for a long time and will always show you the best.
On a side note, be careful of the sun. Malta has one of the highest rates of skin cancer. For everyone’s well-being, it’s safe to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 50+. This is because it gets very hot in the summer months and a lot of people are prone to burning their skin by spending too long in the sun.