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Malta – Azure Window – Dwejra Bay, Gozo

Rating: ★★★★☆

Azure WindowRather than talking about about a bay, it’s probably more appropriate to refer about an area here. Within close distance you have in fact a chance of both enjoying a magnificent natural setting provided by a natural arch and surrounding rocks, forming a natural pool and other interesting formations, as well as sunbathing, swimming or snorkeling in the so-called azure window. Actually the so-called “beach” wouldn’t be nothing spectacular, if not for the natural hole in the rocks forming a cave interconnecting this natural pool with the sea. It’s a quite cool experience to swim/snorkel/dive into it, even if you have to pay attention to the boats which come and go at an incredible fast pace. This run has obviously also an impact on water which tends to get pretty dirty as time passes during the day. So it’s probably a good idea to show up there early and swim/snorkel through the cave, before leaving to the “natural pool” on the other side, where water tends to keep clean through the day. If you plan to swim/snorkel through the cave you might not spot too much fish but divers on training could offer you a cool environment where to swim. You might also encounter some water creatures such as jellyfishes. Be warned though that you might end up being surrounded by them pretty quickly and you won’t have too much room to escape. So please pay attention both to them and incoming boats.

With all this said, the location could definitely represent a good place where to spend a day or half of it.

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Malta Beaches – Ramla Tal-Qortin

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Ramla Tal-QortinRamla Tal-Qortin is a small remote sandy beach in the northern part of the island of Malta. It is neither famous, nor popular. It might be worth checking it out if you have seen all other Maltese beaches and you wish to escape from crowds, but there are much better alternatives in the island.

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Malta Beaches – Pretty Bay

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Pretty Bay in BirzebuggaPretty Bay’s the only sandy beach in the southern part of the island of Malta. Although it’s probably not worth to reach Birzebbugia (or B’Bugia as it’s usually called in Malta) just to visit it, it might well be a cool place where to chill out for a few hours if you find yourself in the southern tip of the island. Actually, the beach wouldn’t be bad at all, with some fine white sand, a few palms and lot of facilities around. What definitely ruins the environment are the heavy duty harbour facilities you’re facing while at the beach. Really not your beach dream landscape; but again, it’s not a terrible beach and can definitely offer you a chance to dip into the water if you find yourself in the souther part of the island.

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Malta Beaches – Gnejna Bay

Rating: ★★★★½

Gnejna Bay in MaltaGnejna Bay is a beach which is very popular among locals in Malta. It has a sandy bottom and it is perfect for swimming or sunbathing. There are a few facilities, such as a bar and a kiosk selling sandwiches and cold beverages. It is a cool place to spend the day, away from crowds.

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Malta Beaches – Anchor Bay

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Anchor BayAnchor Bay is a small bay located approximately one km west of the village of Mellieha, which was named after the countless anchors which have been found in the bay. Nowadays it’s mostly known for Popeye Village, which was used as the set for the 1980 Hollywood musical Popeye, starring Robin Williams as Popeye.
The bay itself is quite isolated and not very popular, either with locals or tourists. Water is clear though and sea conditions are usually adequate for swimming. It’s an even better location for divers, because of the many caves. Although not famous for it, it might give snorkelers a good chance to spot some fish.

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Malta Beaches – Ghadira Bay, Mellieha

Rating: ★★★★½

Malta’s largest sandy beach is located on the north-easter part of the island, within the city of Mellieha. It is very popular, especially for families (both among tourists and locals) and is very easy to be both located and accessed. It can get a little crowded, especially during summer on weekends. There are facilities such as bars, cafes and supermarkets. There are also water sport facilities where you can hire beach equipment, floating devices or even try parasailing. There are of course also many sun beds and umbrellas available for rent.

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Malta Beaches – Blue Lagoon, Comino

Rating: ★★★★½

On the Island of Comino you can find the sheltered inlet known as the “Blue Lagoon”, whose stunning blue waters have transformed it into one of Malta’s premier attractions. It can be reached by boat only, either from Gozo or Malta. It’s suggested to get there early, as the place becomes VERY busy with tourists during the later hours of the day. more »

Malta Beaches – Sliema Seaside Rocks

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Sliema Rocks in MaltaAlthough there are no sandy beaches in Sliema, right close to its center, there are coastline rocks which offer a good opportunity to sunbathe, swim and snorkel within the city. Metal handrails give safe access to water to bathers and alternative swimming and sunbathing is offered by seafront lidos, both on Tower Road and on Qui-Si-Sana, the point of the peninsula.

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