Well, if you live in Malta, or happen to be holidaying on the Islands, it can certainly feel like life’s a beach. On experiencing our clear waters and sandy or pebbly shores, you too might realise that the speculations of Malta being the lost Atlantis are not completely unfounded.

Malta is a mere 27 km long by 14.5 km wide, which literally means that the seashore is on your doorstep, or thereabouts. We can at least guarantee that the deep blue is within walking distance to wherever you’re staying.

This was a hard list to narrow down and compile, because there are so many beaches to explore and enjoy. However, we’re certain the below recommendations will more than meet your expectations.

Malta: Golden Bay and Riviera

Two for one – Golden Bay and Riviera are neighbor beaches on the north-west coast of the island, and both highly popular. Riviera, also known as Ghajn Tuffieha (Apple’s Eye) is more picturesque, due to its long flight of steps, natural concave shoreline and shallow waters. Both bays are ‘enclosed’ by naturally formed clay and sand dunes and surrounding slopes. These beaches also have the advantage of being well-connected via public transport.

 

Malta: Gnejna Bay

Located a short distance from the quaint village of Mgarr, Gnejna may be a smaller beach by comparison, yet it is characterised by its boathouses and by the suggestive surrounding clay slopes and limestone cliffs. It also offers bathers the option of sand or rocky surfaces. Only accessible via one long winding road descending through Gnejna Valley, which possesses one of Malta’s only freshwater springs, this beach is a favourite amongst locals, and tourists alike.

 

Malta: St Peter’s Pool

Rather than a beach, St Peter’s Pool is a rocky bay, and it has got to be one of Malta’s best kept (semi) secrets! Located on the southern part of the island, at the tip of Delimara Point, and a short distance away from the beloved fishing village of Marsaxlokk, St Peter’s Pool is considered to be one of the most beautiful natural pools in Malta. Its crystal clear waters, makes it an ideal spot for snorkeling.

 

*Bonus recommendations: If your beachy desires remain unsatiated, try Paradise Bay, Amier or Little Armier, or even take a dip off Manoel Island with the stunning views of the capital city as backdrop.

Gozo: Ramla L-Hamra

Ramla Bay is possibly the beach of beaches. Located on the northern coast of the sister island of Gozo, Ramla is literally named after its deep reddish-orange sand. Unlike many other beaches, there are no hotels in the vicinity of Ramla bay, which make it all the more special. It is also one of the very few beaches in Gozo to boast a blue flag status.

 

Gozo: Wied Il-Ghasri

Wied il-Ghasri is one of those places which looks like a fantastical place extrapolated from a storybook – making it highly instagrammable! Not as accessible as other beaches, this small pebbly beach can only be reached on foot via a rock-cut staircase. No public transport will be able to take you there, we’re afraid. Try hiking, or biking it, the road taking you there is equally panoramic. We assure you, it’s well worth the effort!

 

*Bonus recommendations: Where to begin? Gozo is well known for its gorgeous beaches, here are a few more spots to look out for: Hondoq ir-Rummien, Dahlet Tqorrot, Mgarr ix-Xini, Dwejra and the Inland Sea.

Comino: Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon might be at the bottom of our list, yet it has got to be one of the most sought after beaches in the Maltese archipelago. The Blue Lagoon is actually a small lagoon with crystal clear, azure blue waters which can be found on the small island of Comino. There are several boat trips from Cirkewwa (where the Gozo ferry is located), to the Blue Lagoon during peak summer months, which allow you to spend the best part of the day on the island, and to make the most of this paradisiac place.

Get in touch with us if you are planning to come and visit Malta’s charming capital city, and the 19 Rooms team would love to help you plan your itinerary so that you can get the best out of your holiday.

Get in touch with us if you are planning to come and visit Malta’s charming capital city, and the 19 Rooms team would love to help you plan your itinerary so that you can get the best out of your holiday.

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