Safe Beaches for Young Kids

Safe Family Beaches

Enjoy the sun and sea with peace of mind

There’s a long list of beaches and bays you can visit in Malta but picking out the ones that are actually child friendly and provide a safe environment for your loved ones is another story entirely.

As many of Malta’s bays are rocky they may seem unsafe compared to sandy beaches – yet Maltese kids have grown up on rocky beaches, and as you can tell from our 400,000 population count, many survive to see another summer. However, rocky beaches may seem risky to the uninitiated, so some concern is understandable. As a general rule sometimes it’s worth considering to do as the Romans do and have a look at where the locals go to get a good idea of what’s available.

Here’s a list of some Maltese bays that are family friendly and safe for kids:

Golden Bay

Golden Bay is a medium-sized sandy beach, which lives up to its name with golden sand and gorgeous views of the sunset. There’s a large hotel nearby so facilities are aplenty, with food kiosks, umbrella and deckchair rental and even a restaurant close by, plus public toilets in the car park. There’s also a colour-coded flag system, as well as a lifeguard service, ensuring your safety from about 10am to 8pm.


Surfside is a great place for families with toddlers! Although it is a rocky beach, there is a thin layer of sand over the stone which makes it softer. Located in Sliema, Surfside is very central, with plenty of facilities around.

If you prefer pebbly beaches, Exiles beach is just a short walk from Surfside and is also fairly family friendly and frequented by locals and tourists alike.

Pretty Bay

Pretty Bay, found further south, is just as its name says, a pretty bay. It’s a small man made sandy beach that is frequented by locals. It’s a great beach to stop by at if you’ve gone down south to visit Playmobil Fun Park with the kids, or to have a look at the Neolithic temples.

This is the only sandy beach in the south of the island. Pretty Bay’s location offers easy access to all the necessary facilities available in town, making it convenient if you’re travelling with kids and happen to have a child-related emergency, such as an ice-cream craving or a lost beach toy.

So as to ensure an enjoyable and safe trip to the beach, remember to pack plenty of sunscreen, try to visit the beach either during the early morning or late evening, and keep an eye out for those pesky jellyfish!

Did you know?

  • The famous eight-pointed Maltese Cross symbolizes the 8 obligations of the Knights of St John: Truth, faith, repent of sins, humility, justice, merciful, sincere and enduring persecution.
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