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FROM ROCKY TO PEBBLY: 5 HIDDEN BEACHES TO DISCOVER WHEN IN GOZO

Posted on 04 July 2024

“Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.” This saying may be overused, but it certainly holds true for some of Gozo’s most breathtaking bathing spots. Far from the crowds that throng Gozo’s more accessible beaches and bays in summer, are hidden nooks that offer crystal-clear waters and sheer tranquillity. Just because these little gems are not exactly easy to stumble upon when on holiday in Gozo, we have picked five of the island’s most secluded beaches to put on your itinerary.

 

Wied il-Għasri

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Wied l-Għasri. Photo: Baron Holiday Homes

At the bottom of some 100 rock-hewn, uneven steps lies a narrow pebbly beach that forms part of the gorge-like Wied il-Għasri (the Għasri Valley). The descent to this beach is an integral part of the experience as it affords a bird’s-eye view of the greenish-blue sea meandering between steep limestone cliffs sprouting tufts of Mediterranean vegetation. This sheltered spot is not only ideal for a refreshing swim but is also sought after by snorkellers and divers looking to explore underwater caverns. In fact, this spot serves as one of the two entry points to the Cathedral Cave, which offers one of Gozo’s best diving experiences.

Our top tip: A swim at Wied il-Għasri can be the refreshing reward at the end of a short coastal hike that starts from Xwejni, which is known for its natural saltpans and the much-photographed outcrop il-Qolla s-Safra.

 

Għajn Barrani

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Għajn Barrani Bay. Photo: Baron Holiday Homes

Reaching Għajn Barrani requires a pair of sturdy shoes and involves a bit of a scramble, particularly as you get closer to the promised land. The pristine waters and the peace one is rewarded with at the end of the downhill trek from the nearest parking spot more than make up for the challenges – in the form of uneven terrain and vegetation lashing at your legs – met along the way. If you prefer water to land-based adventures, you can incorporate a stop at Għajn Barrani while kayaking from Marsalforn to Ramla, two of the most popular bays on the island of Gozo. Għajn Barrani, which is a Natura 2000 site due to the rich flora it supports, offers the best of two worlds as it is home to a sandy cove as well as pebbly and rocky sections.

Our top tip: Try to visit Għajn Barrani on a weekday as quite a few locals anchor their boats close to the shore on weekends and public holidays, making this bay busier than usual.

 

San Blas

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San Blas Bay. Photo: VisitGozo

Once a bay with reddish sands similar to Ramla’s, San Blas became a predominantly rocky beach after a storm in early 2019 carried away most of the sand and deposited rocks instead. Still, San Blas remains a little slice of heaven on Gozo’s north-eastern coast, and can be accessed through the village of Nadur via a steep downward path flanked by fields of prickly pears and shrubs. Given that vehicle access to the beach is limited, parking your car at the very top and walking down to San Blas is your best bet. Get an early start to enjoy the spectacular scenery and an invigorating walk while avoiding the blistering heat of the summer. An early start will also increase your chances of finding a nice spot where to lap up the Gozitan summer sun. Before heading back, be sure to have a good supply of water as the uphill walk will surely have you puffing and panting even if you are in good shape. The seafront café at San Blas will have you sorted in this regard. If arduous walks are not your cup of tea, worry not as a jeep or a quad will ferry you back up for a small fee.

Our top tip: If you are relying on public transport to get around the island, take Bus 303 and stop at Weraq, which is the nearest bus stop to the beach.

 

Ix-Xatt l-Aħmar

xatt-l-ahmar-gozo.jpgIx-Xatt l-Aħmar. Photo: Baron Holiday Homes

Another bay that tends to go under the radar is ix-Xatt l-Aħmar. Located just off Mgarr Harbour and underneath Fort Chambray, this bay can be accessed through a rough, winding road from the village of Għajnsielem. A small car might not be the ideal vehicle to transport you to this beach as part of the route that leads to it is a dirt track. Ix-Xatt l-Aħmar translates into the Red Beach. However, do not let the name fool you into thinking that this is a family-friendly bay with an expanse of ochre sands. Quite the contrary, this is a mostly rugged bay that offers several swimming spots, taking its name from the reddish-brown hues of the slopes that surround it. Besides being a swimming hideaway, ix-Xatt l-Aħmar is the entry point to four wrecks, namely MV Cominoland, MV Karwela, MV Xlendi and MT Hephaestus.

Our top tip: Grab your goggles and indulge in a bit of snorkelling when visiting this bay.

 

Ta’ Bamberin

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Bamberin Bay. Photo: Baron Holiday Homes

Some 300 metres away from the popular Ħondoq Bay another one of Gozo’s best-kept secrets is up for discovery. Ta’ Bamberin is a fjord-like inlet that can be reached by swimming or walking from Ħondoq Bay. However, the easiest way to get here is by boat or kayak, given the uneven terrain and jagged rocks leading to it. 

Our top tip: If you choose to walk to Ta’ Bamberin, be sure to put on sturdy footwear.

 

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Baron Holiday Homes offers a selection of over 90 exceptional rental properties on Gozo in Malta, including apartments, villas, and farmhouses, many featuring private pools. Booking your holiday with us is simple, with a flexible policy that requires only a low booking deposit, with the balance due 15 days before arrival.

Our guests can book with confidence thanks to our grace period and money-back guarantee. You have up to 24 hours to cancel a booking (at least two days before your arrival date) and receive a full refund without any additional fees.

With over 25 years of experience managing top-quality holiday homes in Gozo, Malta, we provide an outstanding array of extra services and activities to enhance your holiday experience.

 

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