Want to avoid the crowds? Here are Gozo’s SIX best lesser-known beaches

Gozo’s undeniable beauty has made it the ideal holiday destination for tourists and locals alike. Unfortunately, a lot of the island’s stunning spots go unnoticed by many due to their hidden, secluded, or plain inaccessible nature.

Having said that, if you’re looking for some quiet time or just want to spice up your next Gozo weekender with an adventure (or two), a visit to one of the island’s secluded beaches is sure to tickle your fancy.

Without further ado, here are Gozo’s six best lesser-known beaches:

Bamberin near Hondoq
Hondoq is one of the most sought-after beaches in Gozo, filled to the brim with tourists and locals alike. Just a short walk away from Hondoq, however, you can find a stunning spot known as Bamberinin that is ideal for those quiet-loving bathers looking for a dip in crystal clear waters.

Il-Kantra near Mgarr ix-Xini
Everyone knows of the picturesque Mgarr ix-Xini situated along the Xewkija and Sannat coast. A few metres down that very same coast, however, you can find a little secluded corner known as Il-Kantra.

Many dock their boats at this spot or simply go down for a swim after enjoying lunch at the nearby restaurant bearing the same name.

Xtajta Bay near Ramla
Many are those that adore Ramla Bay and its iconic red sand, but it can easily get super crowded during the summer season. If you’re up for a hike, walk along the fields on the bay’s left side and you’ll find a mini version of the iconic beach with way less people.

Horizon near Xwejni, Marsalforn
Marsalforn is filled with a myriad of different swimming spots all along its coast, yet not many know of the concealed swimming area known to the locals as Horizon.

Sandwiched right between Xwejni Bay and Qbajjar, Horizon is an ideal spot to have a swim as the sun is going down.

A great bonus to Horizon is that it’s dog friendly – so make sure to bring your pooch along! There’s also a good chance of encountering some unadulterated Maltese culture at this spot, as men often frequent the area to play a game of bocci.

Dwejra Bay
Many might confuse Dwejra Bay with Dwejra’s inland sea, but these two spots couldn’t be more different. Dwejra Bay is a naturally carved bay alongside Dwejra’s cliffs, close to the Fungus Rock.

Far from any type of pollution, with no building or artificial light in site, this is the perfect natural spot that is, as of yet, completely untouched by humanity. Here you can enjoy Dwejra’s vast underwater flora and fauna without anyone disturbing you.

That being said, one has to be careful as this beach is not easily accessible and requires a bit of climbing along rough terrain. Nevertheless, the journey there is extremely worth it.

Zrieqzaq Bay
Speaking of secluded bays that are difficult to get to, Zrieqzaq Bay is another spot that is completely isolated from civilisation.

This stunning beach is part of the quiet village of Qala and is situated along the ecologically unique Gebla tal-Hafla. The area is also surrounded with a vast plain of salt pans.

 

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9 beautiful beaches in Malta – Lonely Planet

The beaches in Malta tend to be dramatic, rocky and sea-sculpted, with fewer soft and sandy curves of Mediterranean coastline than you might expect. Despite this, the Maltese make the most of every swimming spot, and on these compact islands, water sports abound, and you’re never far from the sea.

With crystalline waters, historic wrecks, and interesting underwater formations, Malta is also Europe’s best diving destination, but even snorkeling from the island nation’s coastline offers a remarkable insight into an underwater world.

Whether you’re keen on splashing around in the waves, spending an afternoon relaxing on the sand, or enjoying a leisurely lunch of local seafood, here are the beaches to head to in Malta, and its smaller sister islands of Gozo and Comino.

View the Lonely Planet top 9 beaches in Malta here.

The best beaches in Gozo and their pros & cons

It’s no secret that Gozo offers some of the best beaches to visit. Unlike main island Malta, where beaches can get crowded pretty quickly in summer, beaches in Gozo rarely get too busy at this time of the year.

If you’re considering staying in Gozo or planning a day trip to Malta’s sister island, here are a few personal suggestions for the best beaches around. Quiet, few man-built structures and clean.

Ramla l-Hamra
Ramla l-Hamra is the largest and most popular (sandy) beach in Gozo, and for good reason. With an almost red-coloured sand, and surrounded by mostly undeveloped countryside it’s an obvious favourite for both locals and tourists alike. It’s clean, there’s plenty of space for sunbathers and its shallow waters and easy access makes for a very family-friendly beach.

If you plan to visit Gozo, this beach should be at the top of your list.

San Blas Bay

San Blas Bay is a beautiful little beach on the North coast of Gozo, which isn’t particularly difficult to reach but which discourages people who aren’t in very good shape to head down there. It’s not necessarily getting there that requires being in shape physically, it’s the steep hill climb that forms the biggest challenge.

Pluck up some courage and make your way down, it’s well worth it. Clean, clear waters, secluded and only blemished by the small structure of a kiosk selling some drinks and snacks. Public transport (buses 304 – quickest – or 302) will take you to the top of the hill at San Blas, at the limits of the nearby village of Nadur. You’ll need a 15 min walk down to the beach.

Malta’s Top Hidden Beaches

The Maltese Islands are home to some beautiful beaches such as Golden Bay, Ramla Bay in Gozo, Mellieha and Paradise Bay to mention a few, however it’s also home to some fascinating hidden gems, and what better time to explore them than now? If you’re not lucky enough to own a boat (or be friends with someone who does), be prepared to go for an adventurous trek – but it will be worth it! Just remember to pack food and water because none of these beauties will have a snack bar.

Here’s a list of our favourite secret beaches:

Fomm Ir-Riħ
Unless you can access it by boat, getting to this beautiful beach is an adventure in and of itself – featuring a fifteen-minute trek through Malta’s wildlife. Practically untouched by man, this is one of Malta’s few beaches which is covered in pebbles. Featuring steep cliffs on either side – it’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Fomm Ir-Riħ is found towards the limits of Mġarr.

Slug’s Bay
We all know the popular beaches of Għadira Bay and Armier Bay – but nestled in between these two iconic beaches lays one of Malta’s hidden gems: Slug’s Bay. This small bay accommodates ten people, at the very most so it can get very crowded – but the views are absolutely stunning, and well worth it!

Il-Majjistral
Did you know that Malta has a vast expanse of open land, known as the Majjistral Nature Park? A short trek down the steep cliffs brings you to an expanse of gorgeous, untouched sea – the perfect site to spend a day sunbathing or snorkeling. For the less adventurous – it is highly advised to visit the beach at Il-Majjistral by boat, as the 45-minute trek can be quite exhausting!

Mġarr Ix-Xini
Found in our sister island of Gozo, this small beach is the perfect get away from more populous beaches like Ramla bay.

Wied L-Għasri
Another hidden gem in our sister island – you can’t get here by boat, and you’ll have to walk a fair bit AND climb a lot of stairs – but this valley, found just off the Gozitan town of Għasri is most definitely worth the hassle!

Coral Lagoon
Have you ever wanted to jump into open waters and swim out through a cave? You can do just that at Coral Lagoon – found just off Little Armier bay. You may not be able to get here on your boats though – the passageway is very narrow and can only be accessed by kayak. Coral Lagoon is a short, 30-minute kayak ride away from Little Armier – ensuring you get your cardio fix AND get to swim in one of Malta’s most hidden gems.

Mġiebaħ
If you’re looking for a nice sandy beach to hang out with your four-legged friend, Mġiebaħ is definitely one of the beaches you should visit. Drive up to Selmun palace, take a left and follow the winding road and you’re there.

Santa Maria & St. Nicholas – Comino
Comino is synonymous with the Blue Lagoon, but there are other, less crowded beaches on the island too! A short walk along Comino’s main road will take you to either Santa Maria bay or the bay of St. Nicholas – both gorgeous. Both worth visiting.

Qarraba Bay, Mġarr
Have you ever taken a walk through the clay slopes near Għajn Tuffieħa? Once you reach the plateau, you’ll notice another sandy beach paralleling the more accessible Għajn Tuffieħa, that looks impossible to get to – but it isn’t! It’s the lesser visited Qarraba Bay – which can be reached either by hiking down through the wilderness behind the plateau, by climbing down the clay slopes – or by visiting with your boat.

However you choose to visit this idyllic beach, be prepared for an afternoon of peace and quiet since very few people try to get there!

 

 

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