Maltese beaches that are hard to reach but well worth the effort

All the beaches of Malta and Gozo are beautiful, but there is something special about those sites that you have to work to get to.

We’ve compiled a short list of hard-to-reach beaches and swimming spots to tick off your summer bucket list. Of course, some may be more difficult than others, but they are all well worth the effort. Happy fishing!

1 – Saint Blaise, Nador (Gozo)

This beach is a convenient headache to get to, even if there is a road that leads into the bay.

It’s a very steep incline, so avoid driving downhill unless you have a 4×4 mammoth.

When you get there, the beach is beautiful, even if most of the sandy parts are washed out. We suggest making some changes, as there is usually a car that can drive you down and up.

2. Kalanka Bay, Marsaxlok

One of the most beautiful hidden salt pools in Malta. Located in the southeastern part of the island and located behind St Peter’s Pool and Xrobb L-Għagin, it is not uncommon for the beach to be quiet even during the usually hectic summer months.

Although it is not impossible to get to it, it is very easy to mix up the methods and end up getting lost accidentally.

Also, keep an eye out for some of the smaller swimming spots along the coast. It might not be the most comfortable, but it’s usually practically empty even on the busiest days.

3. Riviera Bay, Apple’s Eye

Located on the northwest coast of Malta, Ghajn Tuffieha is among the island’s most famous bays. This does not make dealing with it any less difficult.

While it’s not hard to get close to the beach as you can easily drive to the natural fork site that separates the beach from its sister Golden Bay, the problem with the beach is the endless number of stairs you’ll need to overcome.

Sure, getting off is as easy as pie, but after a full day at the beach dragging your tired feet up those steps, a physical nightmare is enough for this beach to earn its own place on this list.

4. Coral Lagoon, Melia

The problem with getting to the Coral Lagoon (also known as the Dragonara Cave) is the fact that it is a very hidden bay. Although you can get close to your car, it is not highly recommended, because bumps will not do justice to your tires.

The trick to getting to this worthwhile lake is to turn left at the camp site sign after heading toward the Church of the Immaculate Conception. This is also your best bet to park your car near the area.

It takes about five minutes of walking to reach the highest point where you should be able to see the Coral Lagoon. Bring your maps with you and get ready to jump into pure bluish green beauty.

Big warning. It is strictly advised to avoid swimming in the lake if the water outside is rough. While it may seem calm at the lake, you may run into serious danger when trying to reach shore.

5. Bay beach, filled with

Malta’s far north hosts some of the island’s most beautiful hidden gems, with nearly every fishtail inlet hosting a gorgeous secluded bay.

Hidden at the tip of the gorgeous Selmun Valley, Imġiebaħ rewards visitors with a small beach and plenty of coves to visit (beware of nudists).

Scenic views are an integral part of it. The only downside? It’s a very long, narrow, winding downhill ride…or a wilder walk that you won’t forget anytime soon.

6. Mouth of the Wind, Sailor

One of the most secluded, remote and most beautiful bays that Malta has to offer.

The bay itself can be found by taking the first right across the main road at Baħrija (driving from Rabat). Once the road slopes, take another right toward a small parking lot.

There will be a small passage along the ledge leading into the bay. It’s a frightening effort, so be safe and careful.

Unfortunately, the area has been blocked by property owners in the area. There is a separate road near the house, which is a bit safer, but you have to climb a bit and risk being yelled at by your landlord or two.

7. Wadi Al-Ghasry, Gozo

While you may have needed a local’s help to get to this cliffside spot in the past, Google Maps can get you straight to its entrance.

It is located in one of the most beautiful valleys on the islands and is an amazing place that everyone can enjoy.

Simply reach the parking area and go down a narrow ladder. But be warned, it’s not the biggest beach and the best spots can be grabbed when you arrive.

Bonus: Blue Lagoon, Comino (but only when empty)

The main problem in getting to this beach is not the need to take a boat. It’s the constant flow of tourists and visitors that pack every inch of the coast and the waters around the bay.

Activists have taken the mantle of enforcing the rules at the lake and calling for a limit to the number of visitors – and it’s easy to see why.

So how do you visit the Blue Lagoon when it is empty? Going in the off-season which still has great weather (think May, early June, September, and even October) is a must.

During high season, you’ll either need to camp on the island or sleep there with a boat (if you have one, send an invite) and get to the lake before anyone shows up. This means that you will need to be there by at least 7 am. It’s an early start but really worth it.

What hidden beaches do you like to head to? Let us know below!

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