Top beaches (hidden gems) to visit in Malta

Malta is a great place to explore and travel to, the coasts around the island is rugged and has lots of caves and cliffs. There are not many sandy beaches but swimming from the rocks can be just as fun. The island basks In about 299 days of sunshine a year, with the summer months reaching up to 35c, its an ideal country to catch some rays any time of the year.

Malta along with its sister islands, Gozo and Comino has many popular sandy beaches but these can become very busy during peak times.

I suggest going off of the beaten track and explore the island and it’s many hidden gems.

Here are a few that we have visited

Imgiebah Bay / Selmun Beach

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Found on the North of the Island, this bay is a sandy and secluded beach. The road down to it is very small and uneven (pretty much a dirt track) there is just about enough space for one car to drive along. Once you’ve parked the car you need to walk down a hill, which can be slippy under the foot on very dry days, to the bay. Because it is untouched, there are no amenities –  just a few bins. Make sure you take plenty to drink and food to eat. The beach is small, so no space to kick a ball a round and you can get plagued with wasps, as they fly around the bins. That said, it is quiet and doesn’t attract many tourists.

St Peters Pool

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One of our favourite places to visit when in Malta, the boys love to dive into the cool, crystal clear water at this natural swimming pool. St Peters Pool is close to Marsaxlokk on the south of the Island. There are flat rocks that surround the pool, which offer shade and a place to sunbathe. Although, it is advertised as a place to relax and sunbathe, everyone that visits here to dive off of the high rocks. It can get very busy here with the younger visitors and groups of adults. So i would advice to visit earlier on in the day to get a spot, especially if you have children.
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Not only is St Peters Pool a pretty natural swimming pool, with it’s crystal clear blue-green waters and beautiful to look at, it also has something rather cool going on the rocks surrounding it. People have carved names of singers, bands, groups and famous people into the rock.

Slugs Bay

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This place really is an amazing little find. It is one of the most secluded little bays that we visited, we pretty much had the place to ourselves, apart from the odd couple. It is situated on the south of the Island, over looking Mellieha bay. The path down to it is winding and uneven, but definitely worth the climb down. 20170825_142138

There was a tiny amount of fine sand but enough for the children to play in. Lots of rocks to search for crabs in and the shallow water was ideal to look at the fish. 20170825_124240

Again, there are no amenities around so go prepared. We found a little cave at the bottom which we took shelter in, it was big enough to fit our bags in and a chair to sit on and take shelter from the glaring sun

Fomm Ir-rih

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Is a small bay on the west side of the Island of Malta. It is surrounded by vertical cliffs and has a pebble beach. It is not easily accessible, making it quite secluded. It’s a popular bay to reach by boat. The only way down is via a tricky, steep and slippery pathway which takes about 15-20 minutes. The climb down is worth the views over the bay. I would advice not to do the journey wearing sandals or any type of footwear that can aid your feet in slipping, as there are many rocks and boulders to climb over. Once down, the beach is full of pebbles and the water is calm and clear. My boys found a huge flat rock in the water by the shoreline, which made a great slide. They spent their time sliding down it into the water, there were lots of squeals of laughter and fun. Again, like many of the bays that i have mentioned, there are no amenities. As the climb down is steep and tiring, carrying lots of extra baggage can be exhausting.

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Kalanka Bay

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This bay is next to St Peters Pool and is very similar, but is more family friendly. The water is crystal blue and is not as deep. There is still a height to the surrounding rocks, so jumping in can still be fun however, there is more of a variety for those not as confident in jumping in. The water is calm and there is an overhang which is fun to swim under.

Mistra Bay

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Is based on the North side, close to Mellieha bay. It is of shallow waters, that makes it ideal for young children to paddle in. We like to visit here and spend time to relax, it is a quiet bay, with not many visitors. Take a walk up to the battery and walk down to rocks towards the waters edge for a more of a secluded swim. Ideal for jumping in and sunbathing.

Gozo

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Xlendi bay

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Is a popular swimming and diving spot, with a small beach that is surrounded by lots of fish restaurants. As the beach was small we took a walk further along and found an ideal place to jump into the water from a diving board.

Wied il-Ghasri

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Based North Gozo, this inlet is very small which means it can become quite busy. This beautiful, secluded inlet is wedged between two cliffs. The view down from the top of the valley is stunning.  Take the steep staircase down to the beach, which is tiny and full of pebbles. Rock shoes are advised. When the water is calm, it is a lovely place for a swim but when the sea is rough it can become quite dangerous. The waves start crashing against the valley.

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Although the sea looks calm in the photo, the waves were thrashing against the cliff rocks and making a large banging noise. The boys managed a little swim down the inlet, before heading back.

Inland Sea at Dwejra

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This small salt water lake is next door to where the Azure Window once stood proudly, before the structure fell down.  It is connected to the Mediterranean sea by a tunnel that goes through the cliffs. You can get a boat trip through the cave or just sit and chill by the water. The water is calm and many people swim over to the caves and climb up the cliff surface to jump into the sea.

Like anywhere around Malta and Gozo, the sea is made easily accessible by ladders, they have been placed around the rocks so that swimmers can get in and out with ease. Malta is an ideal holiday destination for divers and snorkelers, there are dive sites situated all around the islands.

If the weather is rough I wouldn’t advise a trip to any of these beaches as they can become dangerous. We visited Malta during August and we only had a few rough days where we wasn’t sure about the sea currents, so we visited the sandy bays instead. What this island lacks in sand makes up for it in cliffs, rocks and shorelines.

Although the island is small, every time we go (We have been 5 times) we always find somewhere new to explore.

Do you know of anymore secret hidden gems that the island has to offer?

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Our holiday to Cornwall

We have just got back from a week away in the beautiful Cornwall. We stayed at a John Fowler holiday site in ST Erth near Hayle. Then site was set amongst trees and was a picturesque setting, the grounds were well-kept and it was always very clean. The entertainment was brilliant and the children loved visiting the club house of an evening to enter competitions and enjoy some dancing to the party dances. Joseph was picked for the first time ever to go up onto stage to enter a competition sadly he didn’t win as he had to run out to the audience and gather certain items and he was too slow to get back to the compere but he was chuffed to pieces with his certificate he received which now has proud of place on his bedroom wall. Jak won the talent contest for singing he had in the bag though as there was no other child that entered lol. Our accommodation was adequate, very clean and big enough for all of us plus we had an extra bedroom to store all of our luggage i The sofa could have been a better one but we wasn’t going to be staying in the chalet too much as we planned on spending our days out visiting beaches and local sea-side towns.

Day 1 – It was Oliver’s first birthday, we celebrated with friends who moved to Cornwall two years ago. Oliver opened his present’s with the help of his older brothers. Once settled in to our accommodation I took the boys up to the club house where they enjoyed some party dances, Oliver spend the whole evening just running around the dance floor following all of the lights and walking in between people’s legs.

Day 2 – We visited one of the local beaches at Godrevy which is next to a national trust walk. It was Olivers first time on a sandy beach, he wasn’t sure at first of the feel of the sand on his bare feet but soon got used to it and spent the whole time walking around on it. He wasn’t too keen on building sand castles but the boys sat down with him and had a little play. Jak and Joseph found some rocks to climb on and went off exploring with their dad, they soon came back with lots of stories to tell. There was lots of rock pools to splash about in as they found the sea water just a little too cold (they forgot their wetsuits).

We treated the boys to a nickerbocker glory each as they had received such good school reports, it was Joseph’s first time in eating one, he did well but unfortunately didn’t finish it all and left it for daddy to finish it off.

Day 3 – Daddy got slightly burnt the day before so we had a day out of the sun Firstly the boys enjoyed a craft session on the holiday site where they got to do lots of painting, they had a play in the park and then we got into the car and off we went to St Ives where we walked around the cobbled streets looking in the shops, listened to the many artists singing songs and playing musical instruments and sat next to the harbour and enjoyed an ice cream. The boys enjoyed playing in the sand while Daddy and I watched the seagulls pinching food from everyone sitting down eating their lunch, it was very funny they definitely know what food they want. We had a lovely walk from the harbour to the beach, where the boys found some rocks to climb on.

St Ives Bay in the background

Day 4 – We decided to spend the day at Sennon Cove, which isn’t too far away from Lands End. We found a lovely spot near some rocks, knowing how much the boys have been enjoying playing in the rock pools and how much they like to climb. We set up the beach tent, which i would advise anyone to have they are brilliant when it comes to wanting some time out of the sun. The boys spent the day building a sand castle and making friends.

 

After we had spent a few hours at the beach we drove round to Porthcurno which was about 10 minutes away to see the theatre in the cliffs, Minack Theatre. We wasn’t sure what to expect but when we got there we was very surprised to find the most beautiful scenic views of the beach down at the bottom and a very spectacular theatre that was built by one extraordinary woman, Rowena Cade. Not only is it a spectacular rocky theatre with an emotional story but it also has gorgeous gardens to look at too.

In the evening we met up with some friends for a fancy meal in a lovely restaurant that was attached to a farm. Before dinner we walked around the farm to look at the animals and had a stroll through the PYO fields. After dinner we went back to the holiday park and the boys enjoyed some more dancing.

Day 5 – Today we went back to Porthcurno Beach as we liked the look of it so much from the day before when  we visited the theatre. To get to the beach from the carpark there is a short walk down a sandy pathway and then some stone steps. We had to carry the stroller down the steps and just at the bottom before you stepped onto the sand there are some big rocks, as we was carrying the pram down i slipped on the rock and fell whacking my back onto the stone step. I was very embarrassed as it had happened in front of a beach full of people. It took me a few minutes to pull my self together (and straighten up my skirt, which was now half way up my stomach), the lifeguards were very helpful and came over to help me. Apart from a very bruised bottom and a sore wrist i was fine and ready to enjoy the day ahead of us. The water seemed to be warmer here and the boys enjoyed having a splash in the sea, Jak spent time body boarding, Daddy went off for a long swim and Oliver and I played in the sand, burying my feet.

Jak Body boarding

It was the talent competition in the evening at the holiday site and Jak had entered himself into it. He sang his little heart out and won first place (he didnt have any competition as no-one else entered), he now has to go back to Ilfracombe in November to enter the park finals. Lucky boy!

Day – 6 Daddy went off for a few hours for a cycle ride, he has entered himself into a triathlon in September in London and has been training for months for it and the holiday away wasnt going to stop him from getting some training in. The boys and I went for a walk down into Hayle and had a look around the shops and i treated them to a toy each, Jak bought a sticky alien and Joseph chose a Thomas the Tank engine character. We had a lovely walk along the river and Once Daddy was back we all went to a town called Helston in the car, where there was a lovely little park for the boys to play in just next to a lake and i went off into the town and had a little mooch around. Back at the holiday site and it was Joseph’s first time ever to be picked to go up on stage without his brother to participate in  children’s competition where they had to run out into the audience to collect specific items, Joseph didn’t win but received a certificate for taking part.

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Day-7  This was our last day before we left for home. Jak went off with Dady and some friends they made for some go karting which was just down the road in St Erth and Joseph, Oliver and I went swimming in the parks swimming pool. It was only small but just right for us and wasnt busy at all. Oliver loved it and cried when i had to take him out. It was our last day on the beach today so we went to a beach down in Hayle. It was quiet and was a very big beach with lots of little caves to explore.

 

My favourite picture of Oliver

It was the opening ceremony night for the Olympics so we watched it on the television screens on the holiday site in the Bar area. I dressed Oliver up in his Team GB outfit and we enjoyed the ceremony with friends who we had met whilst on holiday.

Day 8 – It was the day of leaving and heading home but not before we dropped by to Newquay for a little walk and the chance to buy some Cornish Pasties. It was sports day in the harbour and Daddy entered the mens swimming race where he came first.

Daddy in the lead

We all had a fantastic holiday and can not wait to go back next summer but this time for 2 weeks as 7 days just isn’t enough time to do everything we wanted to do. Next year i’m hoping to go on a boat trip down the river Falmouth, visit Eden and spend the day in Padstow.

Tahnk you for reading my post, hope you have enjoyed it 🙂

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