Mellieħa Bay is Malta’s largest, and most popularly visited beach, and is located in the North of the main island, on the outskirts of the village of Mellieħa. The beach is also known as Għadira (pron. a-deerah) Bay roughly 800m long and was awarded Blue Flag status (which is a recognition of quality based on water quality, environmental management, safety and services, among other indicators).
The area around the bay is the location of some of the best Mellieha Hotels and is known as a prime holiday location in Malta.
With a gentle slope towards deeper waters, Mellieħa Bay is a great beach for swimming with the family. Plenty of facilities are available around the edge of the beach and various water sports (sea kayaking, waterskiing, windsurfing, banana rides – the works) are available.
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Parking near Għadira is limited and often problematic. Consider parking in Mellieħa and taking the bus to get down to the bay to avoid parking hassles. Buses pass regularly (every 5-10 minutes).
Early bird? You should be able to find public parking along the road that passes along the beach edge quite easily, on weekdays at least.
If you prefer not to hop on a bus and public parking isn’t available, try parking at the Seabank hotel, who offer underground (paid) parking.
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