Beaches are what summer is all about, and there's nowhere better to enjoy a day on the beach but sunny Malta. Summer is probably the best season on the Maltese islands, due to it's location, the collection of quality beaches in Malta and the warm temperatures which summer brings along. Starting June it tends to start getting hot, and when it gets that hot all you want to do is... Take the Plunge!
According to the latest bathing water quality survey Malta ranked second place for the best quality bathing waters within the whole Europe (Study conducted by Eurpean Environment Agency last published on 31st May 2013). It has been said that beaches in Malta are better than in Croatia, Greece, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Italy, there is also an increased variety of Swimming spots across the islands which cannot be noted anywhere else. This is due to the small size of the Maltese islands, as nowhere is ever too far away. Malta's beautiful beaches are spread across the north or south of the islands. Wherever you are staying in Malta, beaches and sandy bays are guaranteed to be just a few minutes away.
A record of 8 beaches in Malta and an additional one in Gozo have obtained the Blue Flag, a beach quality approval given only to the best beaches around the globe. Those include St Georges Bay, which was designated a Blue Flag beach for a fifth year in a row, the longest period in Malta. The other beaches are Mellieha Bay (aka Ghadira Bay), Bugibba perched beach, Qawra Point, Fond Ghadir, Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, Ramla L-Hamra bay and the Paradise Bay Hotel private beach. Last but not least Golden Bay has been designated a ’Beach of Quality’.
Swimming in Malta is very safe for families with kids and the beaches are clean and very well looked after. There have not been cases of big fish such as Sharks going around the Maltese Islands, the only possible concerns would be Jelly fish, however these can be easily avoided with a little research prior to heading to the beach. The Maltese islands are mainly surrounded by a rocky coastline, however that doesn’t mean you cannot find a comfy spot for you to relax and enjoy your day next to the sea.
If you're staying in Malta's touristic hub of Sliema you can find beaches just a walk away including Balluta Bay, and the Sliema Sea Front. Whilst part of Balluta bay has some natural sand, not much of this is on-shore. It’s nice to the Sliema sea front turn from a rocky surface to colourf beach transformed by a bright beach towels and bikinis. St Julian’s, a few minutes away hosts St George’s Bay, a sandy beach which attracts much attention due to it's prime location, being located just beside the Malta's best nightlife entertainment.
If you prefer sandy beaches there are plenty you can choose from but bare this in mind that the most popular such as Paradise Bay, Golden Sands, Ghajn Tuffieha do get very much overcrowded in summer especially during weekends. Unfortunately there aren’t many secluded beaches in Malta, but still if you go off the beaten path you can find nice quietest spot for you to swim and sunbathe. Locals like to keep their locations secret as much as they can. We'd invite you to explore our map, and find the few secluded beaches, some of can be reached after a walk, others only accessible by sea.
Swimming is not the only activtity you can do in maltese beaches, there are various spots around the islands famous for snorkeling and diving, especially as plenty of ships have sank around the islands throughout the ages. Beaches in Malta, especially sandy beaches which tend to attract far more visitors then their rocky counterparts, also have various water sports activities such as; Snorkelling, Parasailing, Paddleboats, Jet Skies, Windsurfing, Banana Rides and much more. A little research before choosing your beach can make a big difference to your experience of the Maltese Islands.