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Dive into paradise: Exploring St Peter’s Pool in Malta

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Malta and Gozo offer many fantastic swimming spots along their sun-kissed shores. Among these, St Peter’s Pool has surged in popularity in recent years. Located at the edge of Delimara Point, past the quaint fishing village of Marsaxlokk Bay, this natural pool carved into the limestone rock of the coastline, is known for its rugged beauty.

During the peak summer season, expect the area to teem with locals and tourists alike. But while St Peter’s Pool is undeniably an enciting swimming option, it may not suit everyone’s preferences. So, let’s explore what you can expect from this popular swimming spot and whether it’s right for your holiday plans in Malta.

Why is St Peter’s Pool a popular swimming spot in Malta?

St Peter’s Pool is particularly popular for being a natural pool formation within the striking white limestone rocks along Malta’s coastline. Famed for its remarkably clear and deep waters, this spot attracts visitors eager to experience its natural beauty. And with rocky ledges rising up to four meters above the water, it’s also a favourite among those seeking an exhilarating leap into the sea below.

During the summer months, the pool comes alive with the excitement of thrill-seekers plunging into the sea. So, if you’re in search of a tranquil swimming spot, this may not be the ideal place to go to. While the thrill of cliff-jumping adds to its appeal, it’s crucial to exercise caution to ensure safety. Always check there’s no one in the sea beneath before jumping in and refrain from jumping from excessively high points to avoid injuries.

St PeterSt. Peter’s Pool, Malta.
St PeterPanoramic view of St. Peter’s Pool.

How do I get to St Peter’s Pool?

Getting to St Peter’s Pool can be a bit of an adventure in itself. Unfortunately, there are no direct bus routes leading to this hidden gem, leaving you with a 30 to 40-minute walk from the nearest stop—a less-than-ideal option, especially in the scorching summer heat.

Driving yourself is an option, but be prepared for the challenges of navigating the rugged country roads, which can be narrow and rocky, posing difficulties when encountering oncoming traffic. Opting for a taxi is the most convenient choice by far, offering a stress-free journey without the hassle of finding parking.

For a more scenic route, consider catching a boat trip from Marsaxlokk. Several operators run regular trips during the summer months,. Alternatively, dial up the indulgence in a private charter for a personalised day at sea for you and your party, where your captain can navigate you to St Peter’s Pool and other must-visit swimming destinations in the area.

What do I need to know before I head to St Peter’s Pool?

Before embarking on your day out to St Peter’s Pool, there are a few key details to keep in mind. Accessing the pool can be a bit challenging, as it involves walking down a rocky path to reach this stretch of coast, making it less suitable for young children and the elderly. You might want to bring along some comfy walking shoes in addition to your flip flops. Additionally, the depth of the sea may not be suitable for younger swimmers, so exercise caution.

It’s important to note that there are no facilities available in the area—no umbrellas, sunbeds, or changing rooms or toilets. However, during summer, a kiosk does offer drinks and snacks. To ensure a comfortable experience, it’s advisable to come prepared with plenty of sunscreen and ways to stay cool and refreshed during your time at St Peter’s Pool.

What else can I do in the area?

While St Peter’s Pool is somewhat secluded as a swimming destination, you can complement your visit with these enticing options:

Marsaxlokk - MaltaMarsaxlokk, Malta.

Explore the fishing village of Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk is the closest locality to St Peter’s Pool. This popular fishing village is known for its colourful traditional luzzu boats bobbing in the bay. On weekdays, the village comes alive with a bustling market offering an array of fresh produce, artisanal goods, souvenirs, and more. But perhaps the highlight of Marsaxlokk is its dining option, boasting numerous seafood restaurants along the promenade. Be sure to sample Lampuki, a local dorado fish, when in season for a taste of Malta. Whether you choose to dine before or after your visit to St Peter’s Pool, a meal in Marsaxlokk promises to be a delicious highlight of your Malta adventure.

Head for a walk around Xrobb l-Ghagin Nature Park

Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park and Sustainable Development Centre spans over 155,000 square meters on a picturesque peninsula in the southeastern region of Malta, within the charming locality of Marsaxlokk. This scenic sanctuary offers a variety of delightful walking and cycling routes, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of this side of the island.

Waterpark at 4-star All-Inclusive AX Odycy Hotel in Qawra, MaltaWaterpark at 4-star All-Inclusive AX Odycy Hotel in Qawra, Malta. Image credits go to Visit Malta.

Experience the beauty of St. Peter’s Pool.

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