Beaches
Tent life! Beautiful vintage photos reveal homemade tents on Malta’s beaches
Before the time of deckchairs and umbrella rentals.

Sarah Micallef

Beach life in the 1950s and 1960s looked a little different than it does today. Retro beachwear aside, a glance at some beautiful vintage photos at the time reveal a fashionable item that has since fallen out of favour: the beach tent.

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Ghajn Tuffieha in the 1950s - Joseph Bugeja‎ via Malta Lura Fil Passat / Facebook

In a number of vintage photos posted to social media, locals reminisce about a time that a day at the beach meant setting up your own tent, often using a striped sheet and a complicated assortment of metal pipes. Sounds… heavy.

Joseph Bugeja‎ via Malta Lura Fil Passat / Facebook

Golden Bay in 1960 - David Woolfenden‎ via Nostalgia Malta / Facebook

Before the time of deckchair and umbrella rentals, locals would set up these square tents to shelter their families from the baking sun, and they made for a pretty addition to the beach scene!

David Woolfenden‎ via Nostalgia Malta / Facebook

Maria Micallef via Nostalgia Malta / Facebook

The photos also reveal a distinct lack of people on Malta’s beaches, which nowadays can get overcrowded in the height of summer.

David Woolfenden‎ via Nostalgia Malta / Facebook

David Woolfenden via Nostalgia Malta / Facebook

Do you remember setting up a tent on the beach when you were young?

20th February 2021


Sarah Micallef
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Sarah Micallef
A keen traveller with an interest in most things, Sarah loves her island home as much as she loves getting away from it, and enjoys discovering and re-discovering the gems, hidden corners and unique stories of her native Malta and Gozo.

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