June brings with it the end of the scholastic year and the beginning of summer holidays, which means, beach, beach, beach! Like with everything else, we pick our favourite spots by the sea and tend to only frequent certain beaches, yet we sit at the office looking at social media lists of the world’s best beaches, longing for better days.
We need not look very far when it comes to sunny spots by the sea. Malta’s clear seas are difficult to beat. Malta has some pretty spots but her sister island, Gozo, really takes the biscuit for beautiful spots by the sea.
We may have lost the Azure Window to the elements last March but that is not Gozo’s only incredible rock feature. Just a little bit further north, in the village of Gharb, is Wied il-Mielaħ, a natural limestone arch on the north-west coast. Though not technically a beach, there is a narrow staircase carved out of the rock that leads all the way down to the sea where you can dive right in.
The gorge of Wied il-Għasri is spectacular during the winter when the seas are angry. In the summer, when everything is a little calmer, the tiny inlet ends in a small beach, which although seems inaccessible, has a tiny staircase carved out of the rock. It’s a bit of a trek to get down there but once you do you’ll be transported to a different world.
Just around the corner from Marsalforn, Qbajjar is a great spot for swimming. Unlike most of Gozo’s beaches, you can drive right up to the beach making it a great spot if you have kids or don’t have that much time and just fancy a quick dip without the associated treks.
Getting to San Blas is pretty tough as it is at the foot of an incredibly steep hill. The trek down (the one back is way worse!) puts people off, keeping the crowds away. Just around the corner from the famous Ramla Bay, San Blas offers a more secluded spot. Ramla is for the tourists, while San Blas is for the travellers.
This is one spot that the Hellfire race went through and one of the spots I have never seen before – at least not from land. The coloured doors of the boathouses, carved into the sandstone are truly beautiful with ladders that access the sea right from the boathouses. There is a sandy beach at the end of the bay, which makes getting into the clear blue sea that much easier.
Although I have seen plenty of pictures of Ħondoq ir-Rummien in the papers, in real life she is a totally different beast. The beach remains a coastal rural area where anyone can enjoy a dip in the crystal clear, turquoise waters with views of Comino just beyond.
This one is beautiful enough for Hollywood A-listers, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, to have taken over for the production of their movie By The Sea in 2014. The inlet protects the tiny pebbly beach from the elements giving bathers a sense of peace and serenity. If you get hungry there’s a restaurant that serves some of the best fresh fish on the island, though you would do well to book in advance, the place is typically full.