The Safest Places to Swim in Malta

3 March 2017

The Safest Places to Swim in Malta

Malta is home to a number of safe, inviting beaches surrounding the islands. Holidays in Malta are for relaxation, and nowhere more so than on the country’s pristine coastline. Safety when swimming is not a major concern, being a very safe country to swim in, but it’s always a good idea to know the ins and outs of beach safety.

The Safest Places to Swim in Malta

Blue Flag Beaches

The Blue Flag is an International Quality Award, given to beaches containing sustainable beach operations, excellent water quality, safety procedures, beach services and organised environmental activities. Malta has ten Blue Flag Beaches that are without a doubt the safest places to swim on the islands.

St George’s Bay, located in the heart of Paceville, is filled and cleaned each year with imported sand. This was the first Maltese beach to gain a Blue Flag, retaining it for many years.

Fond Għadir Bay, located in the centre of Sliema, lets swimmers step into the deep blue water at regular intervals, and a couple of shallow pools of water along the beach, where children can swim.

Westin Dragonara Resort provides guests with access to the Mediterranean Sea directly from the Resort's two private rocky beaches.

Qawra Point, also known as Ta` Fra Ben Bay, lies along the Bugibba and Qawra rocky coast. Although family-friendly, the water gets deep pretty quickly so if snorkelling, be aware of your surroundings.

Buġibba Perched Beach allows sunbathers to gather along the rocks, providing plenty of entries into the clear deep water. Malta's National Aquarium and the Bugibba Water Park are nearby.

Għajn Tuffieħa is a peaceful, uncrowded beach, due to the many steps between it and the road. The bay is protected and managed by an environmental NGO, the Gaia Foundation.

Paradise Bay, located on Malta's northern hammerhead peninsula, is a golden-sand beach with clear blue water where you can lie in the sun looking across the sea at Malta's sister islands of Gozo and Comino.

Golden Bay is a broad sandy beach well described by its name. In summer, the beach is patrolled by lifeguards and the Safety Flag System in winter, when there is no lifeguard. There can be dangerous currents during or after bad weather, so it’s best to avoid this beach at these times.

Ramla l-Hamra, situated in Gozo, has a unique reddish-golden colour of sand where one can truly relax and get away from the daily grind. Although very popular, there is ample space for everyone.

Mellieha Bay, also called Ghadira Bay, is Malta's longest sandy beach, having a stretch of sand sloping into the transparent blue sea making it perfect for young children, as well as everybody else.

The Beach of Quality has also been awarded for the first time to Hondoq ir-Rummien and Marsalforn bays, both in Gozo.

The Safest Places to Swim in Malta

The Safety Flag System

One of the main reasons for visiting Malta is to spend time by the sea, of course, but as with any seaside, you will need to respect the power of nature. The majority of Maltese beaches have lifeguards and warning signs as well as a safety flag system to inform swimmers of any potential danger. The flags’ colours indicate the following:

  • red and yellow flag for lifeguard availability
  • green for low hazard
  • yellow for medium hazard
  • red for high hazard
  • purple for the presence of dangerous marine life
  • double red for closed to the public

The Safest Places to Swim in Malta

You can swim safely pretty much anywhere, but the golden rule is to swim where the locals swim. If the weather or jellyfish get in the way of your trip to the beach, don’t worry- it will still be there tomorrow! If you would like to experience the paradise of Malta’s beaches, book your flights to Malta now!


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