Armier and Little Armier, two beaches in the North of Malta

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Armier and Little Armier (the smaller of the two, as you might suspect) are the two neighbouring sandy beaches of Armier Bay, located in the Northern-most part of Malta (the tail of the fish if you will), in a quiet and remote area.

With views of the neighbouring islands of Comino and Gozo, these beaches are relatively popular but less so than Mellieha Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Bay, making them a little less crowded on Sundays. As in most bathing areas around the Maltese islands, the water is clean and crystal clear here and is considered to be family-friendly. In fact, it’s not uncommon for Maltese families to put up a tent for the day and let the kids enjoy their summer holidays at the beach.


Because Armier and Little Armier are located in a more remote area, there are few hotels or tourist establishments around, although you will find a few bars, lidos and small restaurants here. Having said that, don’t expect to have ample choice when you’re picky with food. You’ll also find a few options for recreation in the form of banana rides, jet ski hire and the like.

Unless you’re renting a car, Armier isn’t very easy to reach. Several buses serve the area, although none will take you directly to Armier. That means you’ll have to walk for 15-20 minutes in the scorching sun, which some might not mind considering a refreshing swim will be the reward. If you do choose to take a bus ride up, expect a fairly long trip, especially if you’re staying in St. Julian’s, Sliema, Valletta or even more faraway places.

At Armier Bay you can expect to see part of the beach to be reserved for sunbed and umbrella rental operators, which is handy for those who actually want it but less ideal for those who prefer bringing their own umbrellas and a couple of beach towels. Usually at Little Armier you won’t find these guys around much. Armier and Little Armier (the smaller of the two, as you might suspect) are the two neighbouring sandy beaches of Armier Bay, located in the Northern-most part of Malta (the tail of the fish if you will), in a quiet and remote area.

With views of the neighbouring islands of Comino and Gozo, these beaches are relatively popular but less so than Ghadira Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Bay, making them a little less crowded on Sundays. As in most bathing areas around the Maltese islands, the water is clean and crystal clear here and is considered to be family-friendly. In fact, it’s not uncommon for Maltese families to put up a tent for the day and let the kids enjoy their summer holidays at the beach.

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Pros

  • Beautiful location
  • Clean, clear water
  • Family-friendly, though only with own transport
  • A popular beach among locals, less touristy

Cons

  • Difficult to reach without a car. Closest bus stop 20 minutes’ walk away
  • Part of the beach reserved for sunbed and umbrella rental operators
  • Not the best kept beach in terms of cleanliness (summer season)

How to get to Armier and Little Armier

Unless you’re renting a car, Armier isn’t very easy to reach. Several buses serve the area, although none will take you directly to Armier. That means you’ll have to walk for a good 20 minutes in the scorching sun, which some might not mind considering a refreshing swim will be the reward. Others will try to hitch a ride but there’s no guarantee you’ll get a lift quickly of course.

If you do choose to use public transport, expect a fairly long trip, especially if you’re staying in St. Julian’s, Sliema, Valletta or even more faraway places. The same routes that stop at Mellieha Bay will stop here, namely 221, 222 and X1.

 Tips

  • Armier Bay is very much exposed to the elements, being located up North and with a North-Western wind being fairly common in Malta. That means it can be refreshingly cool to swim here in the middle of summer, but can be dangerous to swim outside of the summer high season (June – October). As with all beaches in Malta: If you don’t see any of the locals in the water, avoid going for a dip. There might be undercurrents at play!
  • If you’re looking for a slightly different beach experience, try Baia Beach Club on Sundays. Located in the middle of the two beaches at Armier Bay, it’s a great hangout with sunbeds and umbrellas right on the water’s edge where they serve great drinks and play some chill out tunes. Worth a try!

These two small bays are part of my top 10 of best beaches in Malta.

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