Since Malta does not have very many sandy beach spots, the Golden Bay beach is always popular. That aside, this bay is great for families with children as well as people looking to party a bit. The water is great (safe) for swimming here, most of the time (from May through October). Like other parts of the world, if there are red flags do not go in the water. When the Mediterranean is rough, it is dangerous. There are a number of activities here to keep yourself occupied from parasailing, rentals, snorkeling, etc. It is one of the best vacation spots on the beach in this archipelago.
This beach is usually packed with locals and also tourists, due to the nearby resort. It is also easy to get to, as there is a good amount of parking and the public transportation system will take you here. This is the 2nd most popular beach in Malta, after Mellieha Bay. In general, it is a much better place than Mellieha Bay, and probably the best beach in Malta. While this island can’t manage their buses or control development, Malta is a fun place for a beach party or beach barbecue.
Where is Golden Bay, Malta? 35°93′N 14°34′E
Best Beach in Malta: Golden Bay
The island is blessed with perfect weather most of the year and is stunningly beautiful, even for a Mediterranean beach. The sunsets from this bay are memorable. As the beach clears out, it’s truly an awesome place. During the day, the heat and the crowds can be a bit much. So bring water, sunblock, and some shade. There are a couple simple places to eat, get drinks, ice cream etc. I’d suggest packing some food, unless you don’t mind waiting. If you aren’t from the Mediterranean or Caribbean, the wait will drive you crazy.
While this is a great place to visit all year, swimming is definitely off-limits in the winter months. In fact, the waters are so rough, that the Mediterranean sea was closed each winter in antiquity. Technically, it was just coastal navigation that the Romans put a halt to, as open water routes operated year round. Occasionally, foreign tourists do find trouble by not respecting these warnings in the winter.
Golden Bay Beach
Anyway, no matter what time of year you visit, check the trail to the left of the beach. It is relatively easy and only takes about an hour. The view is worth the minor investment of your time.
Like neighboring Għajn Tuffieħa, Golden Bay is also a sandy beach. Due to the larger beach area, facilities, and easier access, it is a lot more popular. That might be the only drawback to this spot. Golden Bay beach’s high quality (a Blue Flag certified location) makes it crowded. The surroundings of the bay are mostly unspoiled and extremely peaceful. On the right side of the bay, the snorkeling is pretty good. If the wind is blowing in, the visibility will be decreased. The visibility is impressive the rest of the time.
From June 15th until September 15th, lifeguards are on duty.
In the many years, I had the privilege to call Malta home, this was always a welcome respite from the “hustle” of the beach in Sliema. Looking back, I find it hard to believe I didn’t spend more time at the Golden Bay beach.