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Get grilling! Here are ALL the BBQ-friendly beaches around the Maltese islands
Remember to check whether you need a permit before BBQing!

Kim Vella

Summer is officially in full swing - the sun is shining, a daily dip in the sea is standard, and that unique BBQ smell is in the air! 

Barbecues are one of those things no true Maltese person can live without - think pink sausages, smoky ribs, and juicy burgers. Whatever the meat, you’ve probably grilled it. 

We BBQ in our gardens, on our roofs, and on boats, but nothing beats a beachside BBQ as the sun goes down.

Having said that, in a bid to protect Malta’s beaches, certain laws and regulations have been put in place that make barbecuing on a good number of local bays illegal.

Moreover, those bays that do allow BBQs may sometimes require BBQers to apply for a permit before hosting their outdoor cooking session. Local councils have made this process pretty straightforward as a permit application can be submitted online.

That being said, here are all the beaches around Malta and Gozo where you can BBQ:

1. Ghadira Bay

Gas BBQs are allowed on the rocky area between the two bays at this spot, although you will need to attain a permit from the local council beforehand. 

2. Armier Bay

Both charcoal and gas BBQs are permitted at this Mellieha bay, although you will need to attain a permit from the local council beforehand. 

3. Little Armier Bay

Just like its big brother, both gas and charcoal BBQs are permitted here, although you will need to attain a permit from the local council beforehand. 

4. Mistra Bay

Both gas BBQs and charcoal BBQs are allowed at Mistra, although you will need to attain a permit from the local council beforehand. 

5. Slugs Bay

Both gas BBQs and charcoal BBQs are allowed at this bay, although you will need to attain a permit from the local council beforehand. 

6. Paradise Bay 

Both gas BBQs and charcoal BBQs are allowed on the rocky areas of this bay, although you will need to attain a permit from the local council beforehand. 

7. White Tower Bay

Both gas BBQs and charcoal BBQs are allowed at White Tower beach, although you will need to attain a permit from the local council beforehand. 

8. Wied Il-Buni

Gas and charcoal BBQs are allowed at Wied Il-Buni from the nearby Bocci Club towards the Sailing Club and in Qajjenza from San Lucian Oil towards San Lucian Tower. 

Only gas BBQs are allowed at Wied il-Buni from in front of the Public Convenience towards the Sailing Club and in Qajjenza from Ferretti Restaurant up to San Lucian Tower. 

The permit will cost you €3 for a group of up to 20 people and €20 for a group of 21 people or more. 

No BBQs are allowed on sandy beaches, so that rules out Pretty Bay, just in case you were wondering. 

9. Anchor Bay

Both gas BBQs and charcoal BBQs are allowed at this beach. 

10. Rinella Bay

The only bay in Kalkara that is BBQ Friendly is Rinella Bay. BBQs are only allowed on the bay’s cemented area, provided that you have a permit. 

11. Bahar ic- Caghaq

BBQs are allowed at Bahar ic-Caghaq only after getting a permit. You can finish off your BBQ with a cheeky ice cream from Tony’s kiosk nearby.  

12. Qui-Si-Sana

The bay just under the Qui-Si-Sana children's park is BBQ friendly. 

13. St. Thomas Bay and Zonqor point

BBQs are allowed here provided that they aren’t too close to the nearby salt pans, are supported by a permit, and no waste is left behind. 

14. Exiles 

The rocky bay at Exiles is BBQ friendly.  

15. Tigne Beach 

Found just underneath The Point Shopping Mall, this rocky bay in Sliema is also BBQ friendly. 

16. Fond Ghadir

Just between Surfside and Fortizza, this rocky beach is also BBQ friendly. 

17. Ta Fra Ben 

As long as you and your BBQ clan are 50 metres away from any restaurants, kiosks, or garages, no permits are needed to BBQ on the rocky bay of Qawra’s Ta’ Fra Ben. 

18. Xghajra

The entirety of the bay is BBQ friendly, and no permit is needed!  

19. Dahlet Qorrot

The small and secluded Dahlet Qorrot in Gozo offers the perfect BBQ-friendly cemented area.

20. Xatt l-Ahmar 

Xatt l-Ahmar in Gozo is home to a number of tables and benches, making those BBQ sessions more convenient than ever. Just make sure to bin your charcoal once you’re done.  

21. Hondoq ir-Rummien 

BBQs are allowed on the rocky part of this charming Gozitan bay. 

Which beach will you be hosting your next BBQ night at? 

emma.ciliaphotography/ Instagram, theyagarnet/ Instagram, hili_adventures/ Instagram, & ana.rubioherrera/ Instagram

4th July 2022


Kim Vella
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Kim Vella
A highly curious explorer always looking to find her next adventure. Kim loves sharing her experiences and what's happening on the Maltese Islands. When not writing, you’ll probably find her playing around with some clay or somewhere surrounded by trees. She's always up for listening to people's stories about anything to do with nature, a passion project or issue you feel needs tending to.

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