MALTA : THE BEACHES OF GOZO
Since summer is coming, I intend to publish more regularly in my section dedicated to Malta, in order to help and inform the future visitors of the archipelago, who you might be. Today, I wanted to write about the main beaches of Gozo, the ones I prefer and which you will probably enjoy too.
I’m presenting them with my own pictures, as well as some information that might be helpful if you are a tourist planning on visiting them.
How can I list the main beaches of Gozo without mentioning Ramla Bay, or the red beach ? Sandy beaches are quite rare on the island, they usually are stony and rocky. Ramla Bay is an exception with its orange, almost red, sand. This is also the biggest of the beaches of Gozo, and it’s ideal for a swim or for snorkelling and admiring the colorful fishes of the Mediterranean sea.
If you prefer walks, you can go to the Calypso Cave – according to the legend, the place where the nymph Calypso kept Ulysse prisoner out of love – which overhangs Ramla Bay.
Or closer, you can also climb to the small cave you can see on my pictures.
Like on most of the beaches of Gozo, you can also find bars and snacks, parking lots for the cars (some of them are payable but there is usually enough room on the free areas) and parasols to rent.
→ By bus : line 302 (from Victoria) or line 322 (from Mgarr harbour), Ramla stop.
→ Accessible by car, parkings.
→ Accessible for disabled people.
→ Young children : no problem.
→ Snacks, grills, bars, ice creams, beach toys, parasols/chairs.
This is a beach I know well, because we used to live near it during our first months in Gozo. It’s really popular among the unhabitants and can unfortunately be quickly full in the summer, and the fact that it is small is not helping… However, you will always find room on the pier that overhangs it, from where you can also jump. Snorkelling along the rocky coast is particularly magical…
On the spot, you can enjoy a nice lunch at the snack, or sign up for an aquatic activity : kayak, jet ski…
If you’d like to go to the small island of Comino to have a closer look at its famous Blue Lagoon, small boats leaving from Hondoq Bay can take you there.
→ By bus : line 303, Qala stop + 15/20 min of walk.
→ Accessible by car, parking.
→ Young children : no problem, but the way back is a bit steep if you are by feet.
→ Snack, bar, ice creams, beach toys, parasols/chairs, aquatic activities, boats for Comino.
San Blas Bay
From all the beaches of Gozo, this one is the most difficult to access. You can’t go there with a car, and San Blas is situated down a really steep slope and it’s a bit hard to go back up… but you won’t regret it.
Situated in a magical and typical mediterranean area, the bay is small and relatively calm, because the tourists are easily discouraged by the big slope. This beach is mainly sandy.
For me, this is the most beautiful beach of the island, and this is the place where, while snorkelling along the rocks with Gleb, I saw my first little octopus in its natural environment. A great memory !
On the spot, you will find a small stand with drinks, ice creams or beach toys. And if going up the slope seems to difficult for you, a small pickup – payable, of course – can drive you up.
→ By bus : line 304, Weraq stop + 10 min of walk.
→ Not accessible by car.
→ Young children : not advised (unless you pay the pickup to go up).
→ Snacks, drinks, beach toys.
Mgarr Ix Xini
Mgarr Ix Xini is a nice inlet that opens out on a small pebble beach. Those of you who follow me on Instagram probably saw it in pictures already : I often go there when I run because it’s not far away from my home.
It’s hard to sunbathe on this beach, but for a good swim, it’s ideal ! There again, a nice snack is waiting for you, with a lot of fresh fish on the menu.
→ By bus : line 305 Sannat stop + 45/60 min of walk.
→ Accessible by car, parking.
→ Young children : be careful, the pier is slippery and there are a lot of stones.
→ Snack, drinks.
Over your strolls on the island, you will discover other bathing areas, more or less accessible, sometimes very quiet. I hope you will enjoy the beaches of Gozo as much as I do !
I remember the week when my mom came to visit me : we went walking on the cliffs and we saw a gorgeous creek with crystal water from up there… The aim for our morning was to go to this creek, which was not easy (and my mom was wearing flip flops…) ! But what a reward at the end…
And finally, we found a much easier way to go back home. I often came back to this creek, and besides a few boats that sometimes anchor there, I’ve never seen anyone else…
Magical, right ?
Discover the island of Gozo
Don’t hesitate to check my other posts dedicated to Gozo ! You might enjoy these :
– The questions I get asked the most in my F.A.Q. about Gozo.
– How to travel on the archipelago and go from the airport to Gozo.
– A full planning to visit Gozo in a really short time (one or two days).
– A map of the things to see and do in Gozo.