Life’s a Beach: Malta’s Blue Flag Beaches

With summer 2017 fast approaching, it’s time to explore options for that perfect vacation in the sun. Surrounded by various shades of Mediterranean blue, Malta regularly ranks as a favourite holiday destination among visitors while offering ample relaxation opportunities for locals and residents.

aerial photo of the golden sand and blue waters of Golden Bay Malta

Having recently topped Skyscanner’s list of Seven Hotspots for 2017, it’s easy to see why the island’s idyllic sandy beaches, golden stone coast and crystal clear waters become a vibrant hub of activity throughout the warmer summer months.

People bathing in the azure waters of Paradise Bay in Malta

Azure waters at Island's Edge beach, Ċirkewwa

Hot off the press is the sizzling news that two more beaches have joined the ten coastal gems of the Maltese archipelago awarded the Blue Flag Eco Label in 2016, totalling the 2017 list to twelve beaches.

So what is a Blue Flag beach?

  • This prestigious eco-label is awarded to beaches that score highly on a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety- and access-related criteria.
  • Awarded beaches must continue to exhibit such excellent standards year after year to maintain their Blue Flag status.
  • The Blue Flag Eco-Label programme is operated under the auspices of the Foundation for Environmental Education, with its headquarters in Denmark’s capital.
Blue flag and coast guards on Għajn Tuffieħa Bay in Malta

Għajn Tuffieħa Bay proudly sporting its Blue Flag

There are now twelve beaches carrying this quality status around Malta and Gozo. Here's the complete list:

rectangular rock-cut pools for swimming at Fond Ghadir Bay in Malta

The rock-cut pools of Fond Għadir, Sliema

Fond Għadir, Sliema / St George's Bay, St Julian’s / Westin Dragonara Beach Club, St Julian’s / Qawra Point Beach / Buġibba Perched Beach / Għajn Tuffieħa Bay, Mġarr / Golden Bay, Mellieħa / Għadira Beach, Mellieħa / Island’s Edge Beach, Ċirkewwa


Man diving into the azure waters of Hondoq ir-Rummien Gozo

A secluded water paradise in Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo

Ramla Bay, Xagħra / Ħondoq ir-Rummien Bay, Qala / Marsalforn Bay, Marsalforn



Now’s the right season to get out, about and exploring the beach pleasures that abound in the Maltese Islands. Or you could even step it up a notch and cruise round Malta, Gozo and Comino aboard a yacht in a single day.

couple in bathing costumes on board a luxury yacht in Malta
A full-day charter allows you to take in a multitude of splendid beach views from the sea perspective, with the added possibility of making frequent stops to bathe in pristine bays that take your fancy.

Get in touch with an Azure Ultra charter specialist to create your own memorable Blue Flag Beach itinerary this summer ‘17. Book your fully crewed charter today.

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