Mellieha Bay: the largest sandy beach in Malta

Malta basks in sunshine more than 300 days a year. It is known for having some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean, with some of the cleanest waters. So it has the perfect beach for everyone, whether you’re looking for somewhere fun for the whole family or a quieter beach off the beaten path.

Malta’s largest, and most popularly visited beach is Mellieha Bay (also called Ghadira Bay), located in the northern part of Malta, on the outskirts of the village of Mellieha.

Mellieha Bay is an eco-friendly beach, awarded the prestigious Blue Flag, which is given ony to beaches that have excellent facilities, are litter free and have achieved a high standard of water quality.

The area around the bay is the location of some of the best Mellieha Hotels and is known as a prime holiday location in Malta.

The shallow crystal clear water that is ankle deep for about 50 metres out to sea and easy accessibility make the beach one of the most family friendly beaches in Malta. Mellieha Bay does not have any underwater currents, so it is ideal and safe for children.

Plenty of facilities are available around the edge of the beach and even a blow up water platform for the children out in the sea. There’s a fantastic range of water sports including windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, canoeing, sea kayaking, parasailing and banana boating.

Even though Mellieha Bay is the most popular sandy beach in Malta, it is large enough not to be crowded except during weekends in the peak summer months. It is in fact divided into three beaches separated by short rocky sections and one can choose from staying on the calmer side or on the more lively and active part.

The middle beach is the widest and longest stretch of sand with all the activities and the most popular one.

The last bay on the right hand side offers a quieter and more relaxing atmosphere for the more easy going bathers.


Foto: Karelj (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Karelj Mellieha Bay (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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