1. Mellieħa Bay
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.