This approximately 800-metre-long waterfront on Malta's main island is the pièce de résistance of Malta’s beaches. With jet ski and sunbed hire, plus lifeguards, food stalls and facilities, Mellieħa Bay is equipped for everything from a family day out to a quick dip. The golden bank lies along the main road on Malta’s north-east coast en route to the Gozo Ferry terminal, so it’s easy to find – though parking is scarce, so consider pulling up nearby and walking. Like birds? Check out the Għadira Nature Reserve, which backs onto the beach.
Malta’s coastline is a delightful mix of craggy cliffs, pebbled coves and sandy inlets, many of which have been deemed picturesque enough to feature in blockbuster movies. And, while its undulating edge often consists more of boulders, stones and sloping rock ledges than sand, there are a few golden gems to dig your toes into. What’s more, with 12 Blue Flag beaches and seriously sizzling summer temperatures (Malta regularly hits the mid-to-high 30s) the archipelago’s clear, warm waters draw visitors in their droves. So remember, wherever you choose to catch some rays, always, always, get there early. Alternatively, you could always visit in winter, when crowds are thinner – despite the mild weather.
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