- The Island
Thinking of going to the beach? Gozo will surely spoil you for choice. The coast is full of beaches that will make your jaw drop. The scenes are spectacular and the water is as clear as it can get. Gozo is a true testimony of how beautiful the Mediterranean is, and its beaches are just awesome.
You should always consider wind direction before deciding which one of Gozo’s pristine beaches to visit, and always chose a beach that is facing a direction opposite to the island’s customary breeze. This is because if the beach is facing the direction of the wind, the waters are likely to be choppy and filled with strong currents, and the beaches in the summer filled with jelly fish.
One of the most famous beaches is Ir-Ramla l-Hamra (The Red Sandy Beach). This beach takes its name from the unusually red colour of the sand. Located between Nadur and Xaghra, Ir-Ramla, is surrounded with a breathtaking view of mostly unspoiled land. This is the largest sandy beach on the island, and it is arguably the best one on not just Gozo but all of Malta. It doesn’t matter whether you want to swim, snorkel or get a great tan, there is no better place to visit than the Ir-Ramla I-Hamra.
Hondoq Ir-Rummien is located at the south eastern part of the island. This beach can be accessed through the village of Qala, and it overlooks the islands of Malta and Comino. The beach has both rocky and sandy parts, thus allowing its visitors to select a spot based on their preferences. Hondoq Ir-Rummien is one of the few beaches on the island that has tracts of open countryside, offering an incredible countryside walk
Id-Dwejra is another easily accessible beach. You can drive to it through San Lawrenz. Despite its easy accessibility, Id-Dwejra is not very popular with swimmers since its waters are deep and often dangerous. Tourists who visit this beach usually take a boat ride along the coast near this beach, which is dotted with some of the most magical caves and cliffs on the island.
The San Blas Bay is a more secluded beach on the island. Located on its northwest coast, it is ideal for those not looking to get too far away from the green countryside that Gozo has to offer. Like Ramla beach, San Blas Bay also has a reddish-orange colour and rocky landscape. However, this beach is not as easily accessible and is therefore much more peaceful. Those looking to get away from the stresses of everyday life should not look beyond the Sans Blas Bay.
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Ix-Xatt l-Ahmar is on main Rabat road, on your left just after leaving Ghajnsielem. This secluded bay offers a number of fantastic diving spots. You can dive out to the shipwreck of Xlendi, which was a ferry boat that carried people from Malta to Gozo. Unlike some other rocky beaches on the island, this one has some great swimming spots that are easy to access thanks to ladders fitted onto the rocks.
Marsalforn bay is perhaps the most popular resort on Gozo and is frequented by a large number of locals and tourists every summer. The beach boasts a great dive spot. If you are lucky enough to be nearby, be sure to visit this beach because being able to swim in the clear rock-laden waters is something you will never forget. There are a number of seafront al-fresco restaurants and bars on this part of the island.
Mgarr ix-Xini provides for an ideal swimming spot and dive-site. It is particularly popular among those looking for a night diving experience to remember. The beach is easy to reach by car through Xewkija or Sannat. Its sheer cliffs rising from a secluded pebbly beach mean you will have an incredible backdrop on your trip to the beach.
Xlendi is one of the most popular beaches for tourists. Easily accessible by car from Munxar or through Fontana, this small, sandy beach is ideal for sunbathing, snorkeling and paddling. Many tourists like to dive in the seas surrounding this beach because of the beautiful rock and reef formations.
Wied il-Ghasri is a small fjord-like beach that is surrounded by high cliffs. This secluded beach can only be reached by boat, and is typically frequented by expert divers looking to take advantage of the unparalleled cove and airlock.
Il-Qbajjar and Ix-Xwejni are a pair of beaches with pebbly corners and rocky stretches. Its shallow waters are perfect for non-expert swimmers. They are also ideal for those who want to dine or drink with an incredible view at a seafront restaurant or bar.
There are a number of tiny secluded beaches such as Ghajn Barrani and Dahlet Qorrot that are difficult to access but worth a visit if you have some spare time on the island of Gozo.
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