Best beaches in Malta
Malta, a tiny island in the Mediterranean with amazing weather all year round and some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean. This article will help you to get an idea of what to find and how to find some of the best beaches on the island. Although what makes a great beach changes from one person to another, you will find the top beaches.
Ramla il-Hamra also known as Ramla bay is found on the north part of sister island Gozo. It got its name due to its reddish sand. The beach is set on a curving bay surrounded by rocky cliffs. This is the largest stretch of sand found on the island. With a few kiosks and a couple of restaurants at the entrance of the beach it is mostly undisturbed, peaceful and full of natural beauty.
Ramla il-Hamra is very popular with the locals and on a summer day I would suggest going early. Getting there from the Mgarr harbour is quite easy by car following the street signs. Parking is available alongside the road the leads to the beach. Using public transport bus number 322 will get you there from Mgarr harbour. Takes around 30 minutes.
San Blas Bay
Situated in the same village as Ramla il-Hamra, San Blas is a little less easy to access but as amazing, if not more. It is a small, yet beautiful and tranquil beach set in a secluded and green countryside at the end of a valley. The beach, similar to Ramla Bay, has the same reddish sand and rocky surrounding. What makes this beach less busy is that the final part of the road has been closed off as it is very steep. Visitors would then have to proceed by walking. Going down isn’t much of a job but walking back up can be a job. For the brave getting down to the beach is rewarded by its clean, clear waters perfect for snorkelling around the rocks and boulders on the side of the bay.
Getting there by car is easy by following the signs to Nadur then continue to San Blas, there is a small parking just before the road closes. By bus get on the 303 from Mgarr harbour to Werqa bus stop then walk down.
Dahlet Qorrot, a charming small pebbly beach set as a sea inlet just below Nadur and Qala. This beach is very quiet and tranquil mostly popular with locals and residents of the few boat houses. It is a serene place where one can relax and enjoy the natural beauty all year round. The surrounding caves and large rocks provide shade for hotter months and shelter for the colder months making it a perfect place to just relax, listen to the waves and read a book.
Getting to here by car you must get to Nadur and follow the signs to the beach. Otherwise, not that easy by bus number 303 from Mgarr Harbour to Wieqfa bus stop and then walk down. You have a 30-minute walk down.
A favourite with the locals loved for its small sandy, pebbly. The sea here is crystal clear and has a stunning azure colour. It is quite popular with divers and snorkellers due to the small water level caves. You can enter the water from the sandy area or if more adventurous jump in from the rocky parts. The bay lies directly opposite the island of Comino allowing for amazing views of the smallest island.
Getting here by car from Mgarr harbour take directions towards Qala once in the square follow the signs.
By bus is more difficult as the buses do not go as far down as the beach. You must stop at Kuncizzjoni bus stop and walk down (and back up again) taking you around 15 minutes.
Ghasri Valley, or Wied il-Ghasri is a breath-taking, narrow creek that seems right out of a postcard. Upon arrival here there are about 100 steps down towards this narrow cove with a 300-meter deeps winding inlet. Swimming in its crystal-clear shallow waters surrounded by the high cliff sides will all be worth it. The picture-perfect moment. It has a pebbly beach with 3 boat houses very quiet.
A great place for snorkellers as the crystal-clear blue waters continue from the inlet to the open sea with plenty of marine life, especially on the cliff sides. The pebbly beach at Wied il-Ghasri Bay is quite small and only accommodates for a few sunbathers, however visiting this fantastic creek is a must.
Ghasri Valley has calm waters and is truly a unique and beautiful hideaway, however, be careful for occasional swells.
You can access the beach either from the village square in Ghasri or from Marsalforn. If you are coming from Victoria, follow the signs to Ghasri. As for public transport this won’t be possible as there are no buses going there.
If you want to visit Gozo without the hassle, get on a cruise from mainland Malta Bugibba area on the Hornblower. Departing daily in peak season at 10am you will be able to visit the island of Comino and the famous Blue Lagoon before heading over towards sister island Gozo. Arriving in Mgarr Harbour at 12:40 plan you can use public transport or have a car there waiting for you to explore some of these beautiful beaches.
With Hornblower Cruises you will be able to get more out of your day seeing two islands in one day.
From the boat you will be able to witness the rugged northern coast of Malta, entering the large caves and stopping for some great picture-perfect moments.
The boat will give you 3 hours on the island of Gozo collecting you back from the Mgarr harbour at 15:50.
Cruising back to Comino Island through the south channel now back to mainland Malta for 17:00.