GOZO’S NATURAL BEACHES

Ready to top up your tan this season? Malta’s sister island, Gozo, retains several undisturbed, natural areas and its bathing waters are amongst the cleanest within the European Union. Gozo is an amazing place for visitors to relax, eat well and enjoy some salt, sea and sun! There are several places where one can benefit from a great dip, here are some of our favourite natural beaches in Gozo.

San Blas Bay is a natural gem that can only be accessed on foot or by an off-road vehicle, down a steep hill from the village of Nadur. This beach is a marvel of nature and luckily it is unmarred by mankind, thus making it a peaceful option away from the crowds of the larger beaches. Its golden-red coloured sand dotted with rocky boulders, crystal-clear water and natural surroundings make your way down and up…really, really worthwhile! If you are blessed with a sharp nose, expect to take in whiffs of floral scents while enjoying the sea breeze!

Do wear closed shoes, respect your feet.

Carry bottled water, you’ll need it!

Do not attempt driving down the steep hill, unless you own a small off-road vehicle or bike.

Avoid climbing up in the heat of the day, it may exhaust you!

Gozo style ads…before you go down to San Blas…Just speak on the radio, thanks!

 

Location map – Public transport and parking available.

 

Ramla Bay (Ir-Ramla l-Ħamra) is one of the most popular beaches in Gozo and ix-Xagħra‘s pride, famous for its unique reddish-gold sand and beautiful landscape. The area around the beach is as natural as it can get, and its dunes are protected. It’s also overlooked by Calypso Cave, legend has it that this is the site where the nymph Calypso kept Odysseus captive as a ‘prisoner of love’ for seven years, as described by the Greek poet, Homer in The Odyssey. The cave offers stunning views over Ramla Bay and the valley that surrounds it. Close to the beach, eating and toilet facilities are available.

Tips: 

Do not swim if the sea is rough, there are stones you need to watch out for in the water.

Carry a sand-free beach bag and mat, leave the sand where it belongs.

Location map – Public transport and parking available.

 

Mġarr ix-Xini is a pebbled beach, that lies at the end of a deep evergreen gorge. Popular with locals, this inlet boasts crystal clear waters, a small eatery offering local fresh seafood and unspoilt views of the stunning surrounding cliffs and countryside! L-Mġarr ix-Xini is accessible by car (or on foot) from the village of Xewkija and neighbouring Sannat. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt chose this spot to film ‘By The Sea’, it is truly a heaven on Earth!

Road to Mgarr ix-Xini Bay

The two-way traffic road is narrow and steep, yet safe enough for standard vehicles to access…worth the drive!

Tips:

Visit this beach on weekdays, it’s quieter.

Rocks and pebbles are not really comfy to lie on, carry a soft beach mattress.

Don’t forget your snorkeling mask!

Carry bottled water, you may need it!

Location map – Public transport not available and limited parking available.

Useful links:

Malta Public Transport

Gozo’s Official Tourism Portal