Malta’s beaches

 

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St Peter’s Pool & Marsaxlokk: Our search for Malta’s beautiful beaches began on our second day. We were told that St Peter’s pool was a must-see and that it was near a beautiful fishermen’s village called Marsaxlokk. After a delicious and filling breakfast, we made our way to St Peter’s pool. We were told to take a bus to Valetta, the capital, and change there for another one. Baring in mind that Malta is probably 15km wide and 27km long, how long can it possibly take to get to a destination that’s 10km away. Well, it took us over 2 hours to finally reach one of the post popular destinations on the island. So a very important fact to know before travelling to Malta is that if you don’t want to spend hours on public transport and if you don’t want to budget over €100 per day on taxis, then rent a car because it will be your cheapest and fastest mode of transport. St Peter’s pool was indeed stunning, with a clear ‘pool’ that most people jumped into. The water was incredible in every sense of the word. It was worth the terrible journey there but I wouldn’t go there again without a car.

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After a couple of hours of swimming, jumping in the water and tanning, the nearest village is about a mile away. It’s definitely worth a visit because the marina has lots of traditional colourful fishing boats, which are still used every morning by the local fishermen. The restaurants along the marina are known for their fresh seafood but we were unlucky with our timing and missed the lunch service.

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Blue Lagoon: Another stunning beach that is worth taking half a day to explore is the Blue Lagoon in Comino. There are 2 small islands north of Malta, Comino and Gozo, which are easily accessible. We booked a full day trip to the Blue Lagoon, through a tour company called Captain Morgan. They sell you the ticket promising you unlimited water, wine, beer, soft drinks, a lunch buffet and the trip from the port in Selima to Comino and back for €20 per person. They did indeed offer all the above but I’m not sure I’m the kind of person who would even like to try wine from a juice dispenser. They also serve lunch as soon as we arrive at the Blue Lagoon, which by then everyone is feeling hot, and just wants to jump in the water. Basically, don’t expect much when you pay this price. We had about 4 hours to spend in the Blue Lagoon, which was more than enough to swim and read. In my opinion, one can easily spend 2 hours max and still make the most of it. The island doesn’t have much to offer, except for the tiny stretch of beach in front of the Blue Lagoon, which was way too packed for us to even find space on the sand to put our bag. We ended up walking in the water and leaving our belongings on the rocks. The food vans operating on the island sell basic fast food, drinks and ice cream so you might want to pack some snacks and possibly a sandwich before leaving Malta. It is incredibly stunning over there and I highly recommend going there if it’s your first time in Malta. July seems to be a high season period so expect crowds and try to avoid the weekends because it tends to be even busier with locals.

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Ramla Bay: Gozo, the other island north of Malta is easily accessible with a ferry. It runs about once an hour and takes 30 minutes. There are public buses on Gozo or Hop on – Hop off ones but I stick to recommending renting a car. We visited the citadel in Victoria  and got our dose of culture and history. It was super hot so slightly uncomfortable but the view from the top is worth the sweat. With that in mind, we just wanted to get to a beach as soon as possible. Gozo has a few different options but we opted for Ramla Bay and boy am I glad. It turned out to be my favourite in Malta. The sand was dark orange, and the water was shallow and crystal clear. The beach was covered with colourful umbrellas which made it the most charming place to be. I simply loved it. What I also found practical was that you could pay €1 and wash off the sand and sea’s salty water when you were done with your time at the beach.

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Another must see in Gozo is the Azure Window. It’s apparently the most photographed spot in Malta and I’m not surprised. It’s really impressive and if you want, you can even swim around there.

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Tuffieha Bay: The north part of the island of Malta has 3 popular bays with beach seekers. Golden is probably the most visited one but we opted for Tuffieha. For €4, you can hire an umbrella from the entrance, walk along the beach and choose your favourite spot. I made Youssef walk all the way to the end and we realised that we reached the nudist part of the beach so if this isn’t your cup of tea then maybe stop half way there. If you aren’t feeling too hot from the sun, there’s a small hiking trail along the cliff by the bay and the views from up there are simply stunning. You can see the other 2 bays and a lot of the beauty of Malta. I was lucky enough to bump into the most adorable 80 year-old Maltese man who offered to take me around the big rock on top of the cliff and see the view from there. It was windy the day we went to the beach so the waves were big and the water wasn’t as calm as any of the previous beaches we visited.

On a final note, one thing I noticed about Malta is the fact that it is very safe. We left our bags and towels unattended on all the beaches and it was absolutely normal to do so.