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Malta has its fair share of nice beaches- you just have to look a little harder.
Ask a local for directions, hop into a cab or get a direct bus from Sliema/St Julians, Bugibba/Qawra, Valletta. check out www.arriva.com.mt for schedules and routes
MAIN SANDY BEACHES
Paradise Bay - (small, but picturesque It is in a secluded bay in the most Northern part of Malta, close to Cirkewwa (Gozo ferry terminal).There is a lovely view and is very family-friendly and a good place for snorkelling. Plenty of fun facilities are available and beach loungers/umbrella's for hire. It is just a few minutes drive from Ghadira Bay.)
Hola Beach, Marfa (unique small beach with a palm trees setting and offers beds with mattresses and pillows)
Golden Bay ( one of the most popular beaches with inlets and coves. One of Malta's largest 5* hotels is located here)
Adjacent is Ghajn Tuffieha (lovely beach and more unspoilt but can only be reached down a flight of some hundred steps or winding hillside paths. There is beautiful scenery and a stunning view from surrounding cliffs. all round and clear, turquoise water with gold sand. It is a protected area and has fewer facilities but there is a bar and limited amenities )
Gnejna Bay (not so popular so less crowded, no access by bus )
Armier and neighbouring bays limits of Mellieha (quite small beaches but with popular lidos and facilities. Avoid Mondays in summer as Armier is a hot spot for revellers celebrating their village feast)
Ghadira Bay in Mellieha (large, busy at weekends, plenty of facilities for all the family. The most popular beach even for locals. It is easily accessible with seas that remain shallow for a good distance. Sun beds and umbrella's to rent and you can indulge in water fun - you can hire a pedalo, parasailing or just swim out to a large floating play area. Good fun, but can get crowded in the peak of the summer season )
Ramla Bay in Gozo is sandy and well managed but rocky below the tideline.
Birzebbugia (the mainsandy beach of the South lots of facilities and attractively landscaped)
St Georges Bay, St Julians (a small sandy bay, very well kept with all facilities. Within walking distance of the hotels in St Julians. Very popular with students here to learn English)
Bahar ic-caghaq , coast road between St Julians and Bugibba (a few very small beaches)
Bugibba (a man made beach. Not as beautiful as some of the others, still convenient for the family)
There are other small beaches eg. a very small one in Sliema
One of the most beautiful beaches is the tiny beach at the Blue lagoon in the island of Comino. Boats usually anchor in the bay to enable you to get the most enjoyment. You can reach it from Gozo or from the Cruise companies in Malta.
Many beaches in Malta are limestone, with smooth areas for sunbathing and ladders. when necessary, for easy access to the sea. They are not hard to find as they are all round the coast line ! ! Many people , especially if they don`t have children with them, prefer them any way as they don`t enjoy sand getting everywhere. Older children enjoy snorkeling, not possible on a sandy beach. Many people with young children buy a small inflatable paddling pool. Inflatable boats, rubber rings and armbands are all very cheap and enable even babies to swim in the `deep.` Also on a sandy beach you have to walk out quite a bit to be able to swim at all. Swimming in the blue Med is an experience not to be missed.
There are a number of lido`s and beach clubs with all amenities in the resorts. Also popular are the Water Polo Clubs - they are open to the public and have good facilities for lounging in the sun
There are direct buses from Sliema/St Julians and Qawra/Bugibba to the Sandy Beaches - but the buses do not have a/c
Remember that Malta is a small island so people should not expect large expanses of sandy beaches.