Beaches & Bays
Malta has beaches for everyone, from windsurfers to sunbathers. Choose from golden sand, red sand, rocks, blue lagoons and even inland seas. Some beaches and rocky shores are off the beaten track, but worth seeking out for their seclusion. Do not miss a boat trip to Comino’s Blue Lagoon for the ultimate in azure water. On larger beaches, you will find cafes or snack bars open during the summer season. With Malta’s climate, beach life lasts well into October. Enjoy water sports and activities like windsurfing, jet and water skiing, parakiting and fun rides. You can hire equipment from beach cafes or shops nearby.
The main coastal resorts and larger sandy beaches are in the northern part of Malta. Malta’s most popular beaches are Mellieħa Bay, Għajn Tuffieħa and Golden Bay. For smaller, quieter beaches, try those at the tip of Malta, overlooking Gozo – Paradise Bay and Armier. In Gozo, the most beautiful beach is Ramla l-Ħamra, a large beach of unusual red sand nestling by countryside. Gozo and Comino offer plenty of out-of-the-way rocky inlets with clear waters and perfect snorkelling.
Discover our beaches and bays by using the intreractive map or the listing below.
Find out about the various Blue Flag Beaches and Beaches of Quality around the Maltese Islands here.
Anchor Bay, limits of Mellieħa, Malta
Anchor Bay is perhaps most known for Popeye Village, the set of the 1979 film starring Robin Williams as Popeye.
Armier, limits of Mellieħa, Malta
The beach at Armier stretches round the shore of an open bay at the extreme northern fringe of Malta. The sandy bay faces the nearby islands of Comino and Gozo.
Balluta, Tas-Sliema, Malta
Balluta Bay lies on a long stretch of rocky coastline that goes from from Qui-si-Sana in Sliema all the way to St. Julian’s. This coastline is thronged with sunbathers during the peak summer months.
Birżebbuġa is a flourishing, but small, seaside resort not far from Marsaxlokk in south-east Malta. Its shoreline hugs St. George’s although the sandy beach is known as Pretty Bay. It has been a popular bathing spot for Maltese holiday-makers for decades.
Blue Lagoon, Comino
On the tiny island of Comino you will find the sheltered, dazzlingly blue waters of this small inlet, which has appeared on screen many times, most recently for a diving scene featuring Madonna in Swept Away and a spearfishing scene set in ancient times for the mini-series Helen of Troy.
St. Paul’s Bay, Malta
Buġibba and Qawra are Malta’s largest, seaside resort towns. The coastline promenade stretches from Salina Bay to St. Paul’s Bay, taking in some of the Islands’ best open sea views and a vista over to St. Paul’s Island.
Daħlet Qorrot, Limits of Nadur, Gozo
This is a tiny picturesque fishing cove and a tranquil, isolated spot on the north-east coast below Nadur and Qala.
Dwejra, limits of San Lawrenz, Gozo
Dwejra is perhaps the archipelago’s most spectacular natural landmark. Here, geology, time and sea have worked together to produce some of the most remarkable scenery on the Islands – the Inland Sea, Fungus Rock, sheer cliffs and a rocky coastline.