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Malta has its fair share of nice beaches- you just have to look a little harder.
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MAIN SANDY BEACHES
A comprehensive list with links and info can be found here http://www.visitmalta.com/beaches_and...
A brief description of the main ones follows :-
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)
Adjacent is Ghajn Tuffieha (lovely beach and more unspoilt but down a flight of stairs, 130 steps).
Gnejna Bay (not so popular, so less crowded, but there is no access by bus). The closest village is Mgarr.
Gnejna link http://www.visitmalta.com/gnejna-bay
Golden Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha and Gnejna Bay are all located in the North West of Malta while St. Paul's Bay and Mellieha Bay are on the North East side and are roughly 15 mins, by car or bus, or 45 min to 1 hr, walk, apart.
Paradise Bay, Cirkewwa (one of the most attractive beaches, quite small, good for snorkeling)
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
Mellieha (largest sandy beach, busy at weekends, plenty of facilities for all the family)
Mellieha Bay Link http://www.visitmalta.com/mellieha-bay
Ramla Bay in Gozo is sandy and well managed but rocky below the tideline.
Birzebbugia (the main sandy beach of the South lots of facilities and attractively landscaped)
St Georges Bay, St Julians (a small bay, well kept with facilities)
Bahar ic-caghaq , coast road between St Julians and Bugibba (a few very small sandy beaches)
Bugibba (a man made beach)
There are other small beaches eg a very small one in Sliema and one in Selmun
Selmun Link http://www.visitmalta.com/mgiebah-bay
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.
The larger hotels have pools and also access to the sea with loungers right at the water's edge.
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!
Avoid swimming when the weather is rough as the currents in some beaches are very strong and being swept out to sea is a very quick and unfunny experience, especially with young children and inexperienced swimmers! Also worth noting is that Malta is rocky. Swimming around the rocks is not encouraged. Having you head bashed open by a rock outcrop may be detrimental to your holiday.
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 much fun on a sandy beach. Many people with young children buy a small inflatable paddling pool and let the baby splash about to his heart's content. 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 lidos 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 with a big pool and a children's pool.
There are direct buses from Sliema/St Julians and Qawra/Bugibba to the Sandy Beaches - but the buses do not have a/c and are boneshakers.
The Bus Terminal at Valetta will normally have a manned post where you can get information about bus routes. Buy a day pass (approx EUR1.50) and this will get you on all buses to anywhere but remember that the buses will normally not operate at all hours, so don't get caught out.
Remember that Malta is a small island so people should not expect large expanses of sandy beaches.