Swimming and the beaches
You will find some beautiful beaches on Malta and Gozo. We have Crystal Lagoon, Ramla bay, St Pieterspool, blue lagoon, San Blas and more.
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Know when you can and can't go in the water
You are no longer in the water that you know and it can sometimes be more dangerous to go swimming. Look at the flags!
- Double red: Water closed to public
- Red: High Hazard
- Yellow: Medium Hazard
- Green: Low Hazard
- Purple: Dangerous Marine Life
- Red with Yellow: Safe to swim
- Black and white: No swimming allowed
The super clear water of the Crystal Lagoon
Southeast of the Blue Lagoon is Comino's other gem: the Crystal Lagoon with steep cliffs in the background. This makes it only accessible by boat. If you have the time, you should definitely take a boat trip to the Crystal Lagoon to dive, snorkel or swim in the super clear waters.
Be sure to swim through the natural rock arch to the shallow sea cave and climb onto dry land to enjoy the beautiful blue-green waters. It's a very photogenic place so don't forget your action camera!
The golden red beach of Ramla
Ramla Bay (Ir Ramla il Hamla) is known as the best and largest beach in Gozo, with its particularly beautiful cliffs and a red sand beach. It is one of the few sandy beaches on the island, making it a very popular destination for those wishing to spend an afternoon swimming and snorkeling in the clear turquoise waters.
Visit the Tal-Mixta cave
Walk to the end of the beach and follow the path up there (or yes, you can also drive up by car and walk the last part to the cave). It is really worth to visit the Tal-Mixta cave. The rock creates a "natural window", as it were, which offers one of the most beautiful views of the sea and the coastline.
Interested in Greek mythology? Then you should definitely go to the east side of the bay. Here you will find one of the most famous caves on the island. Legend has it that this is the cave of ancient Greek poetry, Homer's Odyssey.
The Hidden Coral Lagoon
We've all heard of Malta's Blue Lagoon - but have you heard of the Coral Lagoon?
Even a lot of the expats that have been living on Malta for years have not even been here, the Coral Lagoon is a natural wonder you'll want to check out.
The water at the Coral Lagoon is crystal clear, making it popular with divers and snorkelers who explore the underwater caves.
And it's recently become one of Malta's most popular Instagram spots thanks to its stunning scenery and amazing views
St Peterspool near Marsaxlokk
Marsaxlokk is a picturesque fishing village and best known for its beautiful boats bobbing in the harbour. Escape the hustle and bustle of Marsaxlokk by heading to the peninsula to the southeast of the harbor village to see the lighthouse and Fort Delimara. You can also swim here in the quiet and relatively unknown St. Peterspool.
It is a beautiful, natural pool surrounded by rocks. The water here is crystal clear and therefore also very popular as a snorkeling spot. Prefer some sunbathing? You can do that on the flat rocks.
The road to St Peters Pool is not the easiest. There are quite a few rocks, boulders and a big climb on your way. But this is all worth it!
Steps are provided to enter and exit the water.
This spot is mainly known by the locals and not by tourists, so it is often a bit quieter here.
We recommend that you drive to this hidden spot with a rental car.
Blue Lagoon at Comino
The Blue Lagoon is a beautiful natural phenomenon, with a sandy cove with crystal clear waters teeming with life. Sometimes you can see up to about 30 meters deep. In addition, the water is always quite calm and nice and warm. It is therefore a very popular place among swimmers, snorkelers and divers.
You will not find a real sandy beach around the Blue Lagoon on Comino, but you will find plateaus where you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas so that you can sunbathe for an afternoon. On holiday with children? Then a visit to the Blue Lagoon is also an absolute must, because the shallow water is close to the beach.
Through the tunnel to paradise, the Inland Sea
Another natural wonder in Gozo is the (Dwejra) Inland Sea, a lagoon filled with seawater. It can be reached from the sea through a small natural tunnel 100 meters long. You can reach this "inland sea" on a calm day along this tunnel in one of the small fishing boats that are also used by divers.
Divers also dive through the tunnel which is described as one of the best dives you can make anywhere in the world. This makes the Inland Sea a real attraction for lovers of nature and diving
Are you a true Game of Thrones fan? Be sure to read our page with the Game of Thrones filming locations in Malta & Gozo.
Azure Window en Blue Hole
Of all the rock formations around Dwejra Bay, the Azure Window was until recently one of the most famous and photographed sights in Gozo. This natural rock-shaped 'window' showed the clear blue sea and blue sky through a frame, hence the name. We speak here in the past tense because in March 2017 this attraction, also known from the Game of Thrones series, collapsed and was swallowed by the sea.
Beneath the Azure Window is the Blue Hole which is another fascinating geological landmark and popular with divers. Divers from all over the world enjoy this unique place that nature has created for them. If you want to dive there, it is best to check with a local diving club for the most recent information, as the Azure Window collapsed not too long ago.
The pristine beach of San Blas
The beach of San Blas is not accessible by car because the last part to this beach is very steep and therefore not accessible to traffic. This ensures that this beach is a very quiet place with far fewer tourists than on other beaches. Nevertheless, this is a very beautiful location, perhaps even one of the most beautiful beaches due to the fact that not everything revolves around tourism here.
Our tip is to go here if you only have time to visit one beach during your visit to Malta. San Blas Beach is the ideal location to relax, swim or dive.
Sunbathe with the locals in Mistra Bay
The Bay of Mistra is a hidden gem ideal for relaxing. The pebble beach is very popular among the locals but less known to tourists, making it ideal for relaxing on the beach. The beach of the Bay of Mistra is not even mentioned on many tourist maps. So it is the ideal place to get in touch with the locals of Malta.
Enjoy the beautiful glow of Blue grotto
The Blue Grotto is perhaps the most famous and one of the most popular swimming spots in Malta. This is mainly because every day between sunrise and 1 pm the sun shines through the openings in the caves on the water, causing a beautiful blue glow. It is especially a favorite with snorkelers and divers. We can recommend everyone to visit the Blue Cave
Watch the fishermen at work in Ġnejna Bay
Ġnejna Bay Beach is one of the more popular beaches in Malta with tourists and is a pleasant place to relax by the water. This place is known for its steep cliffs, clay slopes and also for fishing. Fishermen still use the traditional methods here, such as luring fish with lamps at night.
The old Ġnejna watchtower overlooks the bay and was commissioned by the order of St. John. Here you can choose from a wide range of water sports activities or you can just relax in the sun.