The primary reason many visit Gozo is to enjoy our crystal clear sea. The island has plenty of coastline, characterised by sandy beaches, coves and sheer cliffs. Have a look at the beaches and bays you can visit below. Although most are within a fifteen-minute drive, they are all so different.
A majestic fjord-like cove, Mgarr ix-Xini recently became famous — or infamous, depending which way you look at it — for hosting Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. It was the set of the film By the Sea. A small pebbly beach is available and since this bay is south-facing and quite sheltered it makes a perfect swimming spot when the prevailing North East wind (Majjistral) picks up.
Located on the south-western tip of Gozo, Hondoq bay has a small sandy beach which gives way to deeper crystal-clear water. Popular with the locals, expect it to be quite busy in summer.
Small, quaint and away from the crowds. If you want to enjoy a quiet swim and some snorkelling, this bay is perfect for you.
San Blas Bay
Access to San Blas is a bit tricky as it is located at the bottom or a steep country lane. This makes it less popular than it’s bigger sister Ramla. But if you don’t mind the walk up the steep hill this beach is definitely worth the exercise. You can enjoy walking the warm red sand and snorkel in the shallow waters.
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Gozo’s most popular and biggest beach. The famous red sand makes it one of the most instagrammable locations on the island. The water is great and shallow. Young children will have a great time playing in the sand. A couple of bars and restaurants are available for important refreshments.
This seaside village has rapidly expanded into a popular seaside resort. Here you will find plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes. Many locals own a second home here and move to Marsalforn for the summer. There are some great swimming spots, mostly off rocks. This area is also great for an evening stroll where you can mingle with the Gozitans, have an ice cream or a cold beer.
Very few people know about this cove, well hidden and off the beaten track. Dive in on a calm day and you will be rewarded with an amazing swim.
Dwejra Bay and the Inland Sea
This area was home to the world-famous Azure window, which sadly collapsed in 2017. However you must still visit this area. There are plenty of swimming spots and you can dive down to where the Azure Window fell and see some amazing sights. While diving you will also get to explore the Blue Hole, one of Malta’s most popular diving spots.
Also very popular with the locals. Small and quaint, Xlendi has a different feel. You can rent small motor boats or kayaks to explore the various caves in and outside the bay. Make it a point to return in the evening and eat in one of the various restaurants. Even better, book a stay at Nicolina apartment so you can enjoy Xlendi all day and night long!
Comino with its Blue Lagoon is a must-visit. You can have a stroll around the island and then enjoy the cool waters of the Blue Lagoon. Can be very crowded in the summer months, but still worth a visit.