The island is small and its beaches tiny, but the niche quality of most beaches makes them all the more unique. The Maltese are generally good swimmers and all have their favourite stretch of sand or rock from where to dive, step or slide into the water. For a visitor to the island deciding where best to swim can be confusing, so here are our suggestions of what we consider to be Malta's best beaches.
South east coast .…
St Peter 's Pool, Delimara….. A fascinating out of the way beach seaside haunt which everybody manages to reach if they want that exceptional spot to dive from. Rendered popular with tourists by the presence of the late Titti, a diving dog which accompanied its owner on his daily summer dives, rapidly becoming an international social media a sensation. The deep waters and white rocks provide a remarkable experience, great photographic opportunies too.
St Thomas Bay.... This is a lovely stretch of shoreline which includes a miniscule sandy beach ideal for kids' play, a rocky shoreline ideal for sunbathing and a couple of deep diving spots popular amongst youngsters and able swimmers. The bay is at walking distance from Marsascala’s town centre.
North east coast .…
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Ghadira Bay alias Mellieha Bay... Located in the north part of the island, Mellieha’s bay is one of the larger sandy beaches by Maltese standards. Just a short drive down from Mellieha centre, it is very popular with locals and tourists alike and a great place to spend the day dipping in, drying up, and dozing off. Alternatively try your hand at one of the varied water sports available on the beach.
North west coast ….
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Paradise Bay….. This is a cove with shallow shoreline and a sandy beach. Contrary to many other beaches, this is set amidst open country and is reached by a long flight of steps.
Golden Bay…… Close to Paradise Bay but no steps here, so easy for day trippers with kids in tow. Can be crowded due to its easy access.
Words of caution ….
Every summer, a handful of tourists encounter mishaps while swimming. Taking simple and sensible precautions will keep you out of trouble.
Swim where the locals swim.
Watch out for green mossy rocks and water edges which can be extremely slippery. Beware that some beaches have strong undercurrents which may be difficult to manage if you are not a good swimmer and are unaware of their presence.
Do not dive off rocky edges when the sea is choppy unless access back on land is simple and easy to reach.
Do not dive into the sea unless you are sure of the suitable depth of water below you.
Do not swim or snorkel in rough seas.