Although Malta’s capital city of Valletta is a peninsula that is surrounded by the sea, there are no real (sandy) beaches in and around Valletta.
The sea around Valletta is suitable for swimming, and there are a few spots around the city where people (mostly locals) go for a dip. However, considering the sea on both sides of the capital are used as harbours, they’re not the best places to swim.
So what are your options if you’re staying in Valletta but want to go to the beach?
Valletta was built on a rocky peninsula for a reason: Much easier to defend from seaward attacks than an open sandy bay that would make it easy for soldiers to land on shore.
Having said that, the locals have been enjoying a summer swim in a few key spots along the city’s coastline, in places that are safe and well away from any ships entering the harbours on either side.
Note: I wouldn’t call any of these spots family-friendly, so look elsewhere if you’re looking to take a dip with the kids in tow.
These are a few great beaches in Malta that are easy to reach from Valletta by bus:
Don’t like the sound of those travel times and want to go to sandy beaches regularly on your holiday? Valletta may not be the right choice as a home base for you.
Find out whether Valletta is the right place to stay for you or whether there are better places to stay in Malta.
If you’re looking to enjoy some good beach time while staying in Valletta, consider booking this Beaches & Bays tour that takes you to Malta’s stunning Blue Lagoon and Crystal Lagoon at Comino on a spacious catamaran and a few of Malta’s most beautiful bays like Għajn Tuffieħa and the picturesque Anchor Bay. A great option also if you’re into snorkelling! (TIP: Use coupon MALTA5 for a discount!)
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