The Best Gozo Beaches
- Jul 18, 2018
We do not want to brag but ... Gozo beaches are simply unique & worth a visit!
A trip to Gozo is an important part of visiting Malta especially if you are after unique picturesque beaches. Whether you choose to pop over for a few hours or make a day of it, there are some great beaches to visit depending on your mood.
This sandy beach is the largest in Gozo and is ideal for families with young children as the waters are shallow in most parts. It also makes for good photo opportunities, with the statue of Our Lady of Hope in the middle of the beach. There are two kiosks for food and snacks, and it’s easy to get to the beach by car, so ideal for a day out as you can take plenty of things with you if you have a rental car.
San Blas is a beautiful secluded sandy beach ideal for relaxation or to visit with your loved one. It’s only accessible by a steep road that’s closed to cars, which means that not many people visit and it’s very peaceful. The beach is surrounded by green scrubland and uninterrupted views of the blue water. It’s a wonderful place to feel in touch with nature and shut out the modern world. There is a small shack serving burgers, pizzas & pasta if you get hungry.
Hondoq Bay consists of a small pebbly beach and a rocky area surrounding it with ladders to climb into the sea in deeper parts for a good swim. The rocks are good for carefully climbing and sitting on for a good vantage point and you can see out to Comino island from higher parts. There is parking at the beach, so driving by car is no issue and there’s also a shaded café ideal for lunch.
Marsalforn is great for snorkelling – you can reach deeper parts of the water from the rocks surrounding the beach. This beach is also easy to access with kids as there is a small pebbly/sandy beach with shallow waters. It’s a popular area with boats, and looks very pretty in the evenings lit up in different colours, meaning it’s a good place for a romantic moonlit stroll. Here you will also find a number of restaurants – you will truly be spoilt for choice.
A quiet secluded beach with crystal clear waters that is just perfect for a relaxing swim.
Mgarr Ix-Xini is the picturesque location where ‘By The Sea’ movie of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, was shot. If you choose to snorkel, you can expect to see plenty of fish. The beach is accessible by a narrow road, but parking can be a problem so be prepared to walk to the beach. There’s a nearby fresh fish restaurant, perfectly located for a lunch by the sea or an evening meal. The restaurant is also popular with locals so make sure you book ahead especially if you visit in the busy summer months.
This pretty cove is another popular swimming spot. Parking is easy, and the pebbly beach means that it is not overcrowded with sun loungers (hopefully). It’s a good spot to take the family, as there are facilities nearby and low-level rocks to jump from.
This pebbly beach is fun for exploring the rockpools and maybe spotting a crab or two and the area has been known to be a good place to find fossils too. If you want to take an adventurous swim, there are tunnels and caves to explore as well. The shallow waters make it an ideal beach to visit with kids.
A secluded bay that’s a popular diving spot. Its name translates as “Red Beach”. The only way to access the beach is via the village of Ghajnsielem, so it is usually very quiet.
Xlendi is a pretty beach with a small stretch of sand but mainly consisting of rocks and pebbles. The sandy area is ideal for families with young kids. The rocky area has several ladders leading to deeper seas. It’s a good place for a quick dip in the sea, but best for admiring the beautiful views. There are a lot of steps down to the beach so be prepared to stretch your legs. This beach is surrounded by restaurant so rest assured you can find plenty of places to enjoy a lunch or dinner with a view.
Xwejni Bay & Qbajjar
Easy to drive to, these shallow bays scattered with rock formations are an interesting landscape for paddling and swimming and going on the hunt for caves. It’s a popular spot with families and has good facilities.
Whichever Gozo beach you visit, you’re sure to make some very happy memories.