Gozo beaches: The best of the Maltese island's bays
Gozo beaches offer a selection of beautiful and diverse swimming, snorkelling and sunning spots - arguably some of the best in the Maltese archipelago. It's a rural and sparsely populated isle boasting a whole host of charming bays, pristine beaches and scenic coastlines that you should most definitely make room for on your holiday to Malta.
Gozo's beaches cater to all, whether you want to explore hidden depths with brilliant dive sites such as at Dwejra, or have fun in the sun on the red sandy shore of Ramla l-Hamra. To help you decide which (or perhaps all?) of island's best coves and bays to visit, here's our pick of unmissable Gozo beaches:
1. Mgarr ix-Xini
A pretty, pebbly bay, Mgarr ix-Xini is famed for its crystal clear water, which makes a prime Gozo beach for snorkeling and underwater photography. It's a narrow sliver which sits inland in a steep gorge with high rocky cliffs on either side.
Mgarr ix-Xini has enjoyed some notoriety of late, having hosted Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt while they filmed By The Sea, which is due to be released later this year. This rather secluded swimming spot is expected to experience a surge in popularity once its secret is out.
2. Dwejra Bay
Speaking of the island's moments in the spotlight, another of Gozo's beaches which is internationally renowned, is Dwejra, one of the key filming locations for Game of Thrones. The spectacular azure window, a natural arch formation created millions of years ago by the collapse of limestone caves, is one of the most famous tourist spots in Malta.
Arguably the best dive site in the Maltese archipelago, Dwejra is also home to the Inland Sea, which kayaks and small boats can access through a narrow natural tunnel.
3. Ramla l-Hamra
This Gozo beach is a red stretch of sand that proves very popular with locals and tourists alike, particularly families. It's a perfect spot for spending the day on the beach, with a shop and café for keeping sun worshippers fed and watered.
There is a large, almost misplaced, statue of the Virgin Mary in in the centre of the beach, but then, Gozo is home to 46 churches, so perhaps it's not that odd.
4. San Blas Bay
Another red sandy Gozo beach is San Blas. More secluded than its neighbor Ramia I-Hamra, it is no less popular thanks to its stunning setting. You do, however, have to work a little harder to get to this tranquil spot: the road that leads to the beach is incredibly steep, so much so that it has been closed to cars.
Marsalforn is the most popular summer resort of the Gozo beaches. It has the best variety of bars and restaurants, and safe swimming conditions for families. There is also a harbour nearby filled with traditional colourful Luzzu fishing boats.
6. Xlendi Bay
Xlendi Bay is another of Gozo's beaches which is a much loved tourist spot, despite its small beach. As well as the short ribbon of sand, swimmers can also dive into the sea from the surrounding rocks.
7. Dahlet Qorrot
Dahlet Qorrot is one of Gozo's beaches which has water that is simply perfect for swimming and snorkelling. You'll find rocks wrapped around a small white sandy beach that encircle the aquamarine water. Traditional fishing boats bob up and down in the bay for a truly pretty picture.
8. Hondoq ir-Rummien
Hondoq ir-Rummien is one of the best Gozo beaches for diving on the island, especially for beginners and night dives. Locals flock here at weekends for swimming, sunbathing, and evening barbecues. There is a kiosk that sells snacks and drinks, and plenty spots to admire the view across to Gozo's neighbour, Comino.
These are just the most popular and picturesque of the Gozo beaches. The island has many more to offer, and as you have read, there is a fantastic variety, from bustling sandy beaches to secluded coves. With its immaculate beauty, it's no wonder that Hollywood has come knocking on Gozo's door. And hey, if it's good enough for Brangelina...
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