Summer in Malta means droves of people making their way to the beach with an oversized cooler to escape the sweltering heat. However, fighting for space on an overcrowded beach becomes less of a break and more of a chore. These more secluded Maltese beaches are less popular with the crowds, and can give you some well-needed respite.
It might not offer the wide expanse of sand that long beaches like Għadira or Golden Bay offer, but this small alcove at the heart of l-Aħrax tal-Mellieħa definitely offers peace and tranquillity. Preferably opt for sneakers instead of flipflops; the path leading down to it is rocky and uneven at times.
This bay is not particularly popular as the road leading to it is long and bumpy, with barely any space for one car to pass through. Therefore, it would be best to park and walk during the early morning hours or late evening to avoid that intense midday heat. The end result is worth it: crystal clear water, and a peaceful environment to spend the day, surrounded by natural elements.
St Peter’s Pool
The south of Malta offers untouched places of beauty that are perhaps even less known than their northern counterparts. One such spot is St Peter’s Pool; a stunning, natural swimming pool at the tip of the Delimara point where legend has it that St Peter supposedly baptised Christians during his visit to Malta. The flat rocks are ideal for sunbathing, while the deep water is cool and refreshing. Go armed with plenty of water; there is nowhere to buy water from and the walk to the beach takes a few minutes.
Notoriously known as a difficult place to get to, Fomm ir-Riħ is only accessible by a 20 minute walk along a ledge etched onto the cliff’s face. Some time ago, an MP proposed fixing the path leading to it so that it is more accessible, but it was met with opposition. If you make your way to it, you’d know why it’s best left difficult to access; the beauty of the pebbly Fomm ir-Riħ beach lies in its wildness and the general quiet punctured only by bird calls.
This is one of the more well-known beaches on this list. Unlike its sister beach, Golden Bay, whose panorama is somewhat marred by the large hotel, Għajn Tuffieħa’s surrounding clay slopes and cliffs have remained untouched. It’s not particularly secluded, however you do avoid the large crowds on the beach, mostly due to the over 100 steps leading down to the beach. Just make sure you take a deep breath before starting to climb up those stairs on your way back!
© 2017 – VIDA Magazine – Amy Webb