Now that we’ve waved goodbye to the worst of the summer heatwaves (that we know of, at least), the best place to be is right by the sea. The sun stays up well into the mid-evenings, the light breezes are back and the sea is set to be as calm as ever.
Heading to the beach had never been better than right now, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best seaside hangouts around Malta. Which one is your usual retreat?
1. Surfside, Sliema
Surfside has seen a rise in popularity over the years, the same hoards who used to head to Fond Għadir are now swapping the corner of the coast around Fortizza for the stretch that reaches down towards Exiles… and with Surfside Beach Club literally a ruler’s length away from the sea and a staple seaside hangout for decades, can you really blame them?
2. Singita, Riviera Bay (Għajn Tuffieħa)
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A beautiful mid-point of the northern Whiteflag beach area, Riviera is the perfect spot to seek refuge from the rest of the hustle and bustle of mainland Malta. With ample greenery to explore around the cliff edges and an abandoned hotel above to seek solace in the shade, Riviera Bay needs to be on your summer beach bucket list.
The newly-renovated seaside restaurant at the bottom of the popular steps
3. Zion Reggae Bar, St. Thomas’ Bay, Marsaskala
Kick back after a splash at Zion Reggae Bar or grab a few beers to carry back to your mates. Currently going through a major refurbishment, Zion is one of the south’s most popular seaside hangouts, hosting everything from small electronic music session to fully-fledged alternative festivals. At the moment, their popular outdoor yard is still in use… and it’s literally metres away from the sea.
The possibilities are endless at St. Thomas’ Bay. You can head towards Marsaskala main town for a bite to eat, walk down towards Marsaxlokk for an evening stroll across the harbour… you can even head on over to our next spot…
4. Pretty Bay, Birżebbuġa
Want a seaside hangout? How about a beach that’s full of them?!
You’ve got palm trees, sand, blue waters, a picturesque view of the Freeport in the distance, a recreational park for children, restaurants and bars galore… What more do you need? Pretty Bay really does live up to its name and we’re here for it.
5. Qui-Si-Sana, Sliema
The area of coast that leans towards Tigne Point is dotted with beach clubs, rock pools and there’s always the mall just across the road from MedAsia. Who just got paid?
With some of the best sunset views, 1926 Beach Club is the perfect place to glam up your social feed with some deep orange hues. There’s also a free fitness park at the top, so there really is something for everyone in Qui-Si-Sana.
6. Paradise, Exiles (Sliema)
If you’ve never been to Paradise at Exiles, you’re missing out. They have a fantastic corner view of the surrounding bays and the St. Julian’s skyline is enough to make anyone crave an ice-cold Cisk. They host live music events all throughout the summer and with beaches on either side this spot is one sure to quench your summer thirst.
7. Ray’s Lido, Little Armier (Mellieħa)
This iconic spot in Little Armier very nearly left us all not too long ago, but thanks to some behind-the-scenes determination we still have an absolute jewel of a hangout. Serving up some of the best summer dishes and ice-cold drinks flowing faster than you can finish your first, Ray’s Lido is set to remain as a staple of the island’s culture.