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Mellieha Bay – One of the Jewels of Malta

Mellieha Bay is considered by many to have the finest white sandy beach to be found on the island of Malta. The beach, at 600 m is by far the longest stretch of beach on the Island. The beach shelves in a gentle fashion into the blue Mediterranean Sea where many colourful yachts and boats can be seen at anchor, whilst the Bay is a popular destination for wind surfers. The town of Mellieha sits high above the beach and has a superb parish church from where a beautiful view of the bay can be achieved.

From the beach the road ascends dramatically to Marfa Ridge, the most northerly part of the island. This part of the island is superb walking country, although if you prefer to use the car there are dramatic sea views at the Northern and Southern ends of the Bay. Comino and Gozo Islands can be easily seen and appear almost as if you could swim to them. Less well-known beaches at Armier Bay, Paradise Bay and Ramla Bay are approached by side roads from Mellieha. If you wish to visit the island of Gozo the ferry departs from Cirkewwa.

Close to Mellieha Bay is the truly beautiful Golden Bay, flanked by cliffs and with the five-star luxury Radisson Blu Resort and Spa surmounting one end of the bay. The beach here can also get crowded in the summer although trying to find a space on the beach is well worth the effort.

Gnejna Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha can also be found close to Mellieha. The former is a cove with a sandy beach and fishermens boathouses, there are also snack bars and if you’re interested in water sports that can also be found here. The latter is also a sandy cove, but the beach is narrow, this can lead to crowded conditions, but again it is well worth a visit.

On summer weekends the roads to and from Mellieha are extremely busy with crowds of people trying to get their quota of sea and sand at the beach. It’s difficult to beat the traffic but getting there early or late will help to smooth your journey. Families tend to leave the beach around 5 PM, although there are still hours of sunshine left, if you wish to get a tan. The message is therefore – go to the beach early or late, or don’t be surprised at the crowds also trying to get there during the main part of the day.

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