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Being that Malta is an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, it is bound to be surrounded by breathtaking beaches. Even though the prime time for swimming lies in the spring and summer seasons, you can enjoy Malta beaches all year round. During the sunny winter days, picnics by the beach are a breath of fresh air and most beaches even have a hiking trail around them which can take you to magnificent views.


However, there’s no denying it – summer is made for swimming! On this tiny island, you will be surprised that there are beaches for everyone and everything, whether you’re looking for simply sunbathing or for snorkelling and diving. Take your pick – from rocky beaches, to sandy ones, inland seas and even ones with golden sand!


Some of Malta’s most popular swimming spots lie in the North of Malta. Mellieha Bay, also known as l-Ghadira, is common with the locals, especially families since it’s a large area in which kids can have fun swimming and building sand castles. Close to Ghadira, Golden Bay and Riviera Bay are two jaw-dropping sandy beaches that are also a must-visit. Gnejna Bay, Paradise Bay and l-Armier are amongst the other bays that you can find in the North of the island.


Marsaxlokk and Delimara are home to two main beaches that have increased popularity throughout the years. St Peter’s Pool and Kalanka Bay are rocky beaches in the South of Malta in which you can enjoy sunbathing (make sure to pack SPF with you for your Malta trip!).


One cannot forget Malta’s sister island of Gozo. Gozo is packed with wonderful bays and swimming spots. The most popular beaches include Ramla l-Hamra, famous for its yellow and red sand, San Blas Bay, Hondoq ir-Rummien and Dwerja Bay, amongst others. Do not miss a ferry trip to Comino’s Blue Lagoon where you can swim in turquoise, azure water.

Dive in at Marsalforn Bay

Marsalforn Bay, located in Malta’s sister island Gozo, is one of the most popular beaches on the island, mostly due to its large number or amenities and its safety and cleanliness. In fact, the bay has been awarded the Blue Flag, which asserts that it’s well-equipped, secure, and up to standard!

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Seas the day and visit Hondoq ir-Rummien Bay

Hondoq ir-Rummien is located on the southern coast of Gozo and offers its visitors the best of both worlds as it is partly sandy and partly filled with pebbles. The sea is also a blue flag beach, meaning that it is safe, environmentally friendly and of a higher quality than the average beach.

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A Relaxing Day at Qawra Bay

Qawra Bay, also known as Qawra Point Beach or Ta’ Fra Ben amongst the locals, is located along the 3.5 kilometer seaside promenade spanning from Qawra to Bugibba and St. Paul’s Bay, in the North of Malta. It’s also a blue flag beach, which means that you can leave your worries at home as you splash around, as it is safe and environmentally friendly.

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An Amusing Day at Bugibba Perched Beach

Bugibba Perched Beach provides a sandy haven in an otherwise rocky beach area, ideal for visitors staying in the area who do not want to venture very far away from their accommodation. It is made of artificial sand and located alongside the Bugibba promenade, in the middle of the touristic hub in the region. Additionally, it is a beach of the highest quality, as it was rewarded the Blue Flag, a sign of its safety, cleanliness, and available amenities.

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Glorious sands at Golden Bay

Golden Bay is found on the North West cliff face of Malta, near the village of Manikata, and is the second most popular beach in Malta, ranking second after Mellieha Bay.

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A Sunny Day at Fond Ghadir Bay

Situated in Sliema, on the Northern Coast of Malta, Fond Ghadir Bay is a rocky beach which is mainly popular due to its proximity to the Sliema promenade. It is also a first-rate beach, as evidenced by the International Blue Flag it holds, which is a sign of the beach’s safety, cleanliness and efficient provision of services.

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Spending a Day at Mellieħa Bay

Located on the northern part of Malta, Mellieħa Bay – also known as Għadira – is one of the most popular beaches on the island. And with good reason! Not only is it the largest sandy beach in Malta, but it is also one of the highest quality beaches, judging by the International Blue Flag eco-label standards.

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Diving in Winter? Definitely Music to Your Ears!

If you’re thinking about planning a fun-packed diving holiday, here are a few reasons why Malta should be at the top of your list. There are numerous diving schools located nearby our hotels in Qawra and Sliema, and you can benefit from 30% off your winter stay at any of our AX Hotels.

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Five Hidden Beaches in Gozo

Gozo is a tranquil island; one where life moves slower, people live in the moment, and the small things in life are cherished. Home to just a fraction of Malta’s population, the island boasts beautiful beaches, many of which are more secluded and hidden from the tourists’ view. Discover these five hidden beaches in Gozo.

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Top Locations for Scuba Diving in Malta

The clear Mediterranean waters and the rocky underwater scenery across Malta and Gozo provide a delightful setting for scuba diving. In fact, two of the locations in this list are considered to be among the best diving spots in Europe. Dive right in into these top spots for diving in Malta!

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Discover these Hidden Beaches in Malta

Whether you’re travelling to Malta for the first time, or have fallen in love with the little island years ago – you’ll agree that there’s something captivating about Malta’s beaches. Once you dip your toes in the Mediterranean waters surrounding the island, you know you’ll be coming back for more.

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Dive into these Man-made Malta Beaches

Although locals were initially sceptical about the idea of a man-made bay, they soon came to appreciate the additional sunbathing space on the beach. These man-made Malta beaches have now become popular swim spots for both locals and foreigners!

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Ranked Second in Europe for Best Beaches in Malta

Not only has Malta got the best-looking beaches but 86 out of 87 beaches were given the top ‘excellent’ ranking in a recent report issued by the European Environment Agency report. The one beach that did not rank as excellent, ranked one level below and is still above the minimum quality requirements.

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