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Bays in Ulica Kricin, Baska – Island of Krk

Rating: ★★★½☆

Ulica Kricin is the street in the farthest south-east of the town of Baska, in the island of Krk. Although not technically a beach, this street directly faces the sea and offers many little coves and inlets where it’s possible to settle down, in order to sunbathe or just spend the day, swimming or snorkeling in the calm clear waters of this area.

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Croatia Beaches – Jablanova (Island of Krk)

Rating: ★★★½☆

Jablanova Beach - Around Baska, Island of Krk - CroatiaJablanova is a nice little pebble beach within walking distance from the FKK Bunculuka naturist camp, so that you usually meet many naturists sunbathing here. Although technically outside the camping site, this beach is so close to it, that it basically constitutes and extension of it. Hence it can get very crowded. Although there are no facilities, you can rely on FKK Bunculuka facilities (a 15 minutes walk) for your needs.

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Malta Beaches – Xlendi in Gozo

Rating: ★★★½☆

Xlendi Bay in GozoXlendi is a popular bay in Gozo. It has a small sandy beach and a rocky coastline where locals and tourists alike sunbathe in front of the seafront. Water is pretty clean and so is the environment overall. There are bars, restaurants and all of the facilities you might need and expect from a seaside town. Although it’s a cool place to spend the day if you’re vacationing in Gozo, you probably still have better choices (IE Azure Window, Ramla Bay, San Blas), if your time on the island is limited.

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Malta Beaches – Blue Grotto

Rating: ★★★★☆

Wied iz-Zurrieq - Boat Departure Station for Blue GrottoMore known for its main attraction, the Blue Grotto, the village of Zurrieq, also offers visitors a chance to swim. There are in fact a few facilities for swimmers, as well as a few bars and restaurants where to rest. With this said, it’s also true that the place is nothing too speactacular as a beach, and it’s much more reccomended for the chance you have to get into a luzzu (Maltese colored boat) and get closer to the magnificient caves in the area. Actually all of the boat traffic makes it quite dangerous for swimmers. At any case, just make sure you get there early in the morning, or you risk of finding yourself starring at boat oil reflections in the water, rather than natural light effects. Weather conditions permitting, boats run in fact all day long.

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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 – 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 – 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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Malta Beaches – Ghar Lapsi

Rating: ★★★★☆

Ghar LapsiGħar Lapsi (meaning Ascension Cave) is a small rocky bay, located close to Dingli, 1 km north-west of the Blue Grotto. Here it’s possible to swim within a sheltered rocky inlet (basically a natural swimming pool), which, on calm water days, is actually also a great place to snorkel or for diving practitioners. There’s no real beach there, but it’s possible to sunbathe on the concrete terraces surrounding the inlet. There are a bar (also serving sandwiches and hot dishes) and a bigger restaurant nearby.

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