Would you like to relax on a beach in Malta without the crowds? Discover these 8 hidden beauties in Malta and Gozo.
Get away from the crowds of sunbathers and swimmers that flock to Maltese beaches in the summer and relish the pristine nature, peace and quiet offered by the more secluded beaches.
1. San Blas Bay, Nadur
The famous Ramla's little sister, complete with red sand, lush green surrounding hills and aquamarine waters, San Blas is harder to access down a steep hill that puts off most beach-goers. The beach, on the limits of Nadur, is nonetheless served with portable toilets and a kiosk that offers shade and refreshments.
2. Wied il-Ghasri, Zebbug
A truly unique location due to an extraordinary natural feature whereby a pebble beach joins a deep valley with the body of water that snakes in from the open sea. From Marsalforn, follow the interesting road past Xwejni Salt Pans to the spot. Explore the area to see more saltpans and a marvellous sea cave nearby.
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3. Mgarr ix-Xini, Xewkija
Another beach that is located where a valley meets the sea within a narrow cove, Mgarr ix-Xini was the location of the film By The Sea, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Rugged cliffs border the cove and the surrounding area offers wonderful walks with spectacular views of Comino and Malta.
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4. Hondoq ir-Rummien, Qala
A pretty little bay also facing Comino and Malta, Hondoq ir-Rummien is highly regarded by locals as one of the most pristine spots in Gozo. The site is easily accessible by car and can be busy with locals during the weekends, but weekdays will have you peacefully enjoying a little sandy beach and even a cold beer at the nearby kiosk.
5. Slugs Bay, Mellieha
Accessible only via a walk down the rubble at the foot of Marfa Ridge, this hidden little beach has enough space for two towels. Very romantic indeed, if you manage to get the place to yourself, which is quite possible during weekdays. On weekends, a few locals head this way to get away from crowds, but the surrounding rocks forcefully scatter any visitors.
6. Mgiebah Bay, Mellieha
A trek from the area of Selmun is required to bring you to this north-facing beach that overlooks Mellieha Bay. Golden sands, clay hills that are lush with vegetation during winter and spring and wonderful clear waters await you, but nothing else. Ensure you take refreshments and shade with you.
7. Il-Qarraba, Mgarr
Either a trek from Ghajn Tuffieha Bay (Riviera Beach) or a boat from Gnejna Bay will bring you to this spot. The beach is completely surrounded by clay hills, with the Qarraba headland on one side. No services here either!
8. Fomm ir-Rih, Mgarr
A striking pebble beach flanked by steep white cliffs awaits you here. Reachable only by car followed by a trek, this place is marvellous and marvellously quiet. Snorkelling here is a treat, and you'll enjoy a great day provided you take refreshments and shade with you.
Most of these beaches have some kind of road access to a point not too far from the beach, but reaching them by public services is near impossible, eliminating most tourists from the equation. Rent a car and explore these wonderful hidden beaches to experience the crème de la crème of beaches in Malta and Gozo.
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