Golden Bay
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Amalita v
1 contribution
Oct 2022
A very nice beach but quite a journey to get there as a day trip. Buses confusing and unreliable. The beach is better than pictured and worse than pictured. Better because it really is stunningly beautiful. The water is shallow enough to be pleasant but deep enough to enjoy. Perfect for kids but large enough to distance yourself from kids if you are on a romantic day out. Worse because its very crowded even for October. And the sand does need to be sifted so that the beach is as nice as the water. Also the sand leads to a very rocky bottom for a few feet before you are back to sand again in the water. Bring water shoes! If you are a person that is adaptable you will have a great time here. Drift further down the beach away from crowds and stay later in the day, when everyone disappears. If you are staying late bring your own chair because if you rent one they come get them around 5. The restaurant overlooking the beach is really worth it, especially as the sun goes down.
Written November 13, 2022
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Alec Caruana
7 contributions
Jul 2021
Having been to Malta many times before I know that the country isn’t blessed with plentiful sandy beaches, but regardless, my partner and I wanted a bit of a relaxing get-away during our trip to Valetta. I had always been disappointed by Għadira Bay and had struggled to find a good balance between small crowds and good beachside amenities outside of Gozo, but Golden Bay really surprised us with its large sandy beach, beautiful vistas of Għajn Tuffieħa just a short hike away, and warm, shallow waters. Getting to the Golden Bay from the city was extremely easy - just one long bus ride. When we got there, we were pleasantly surprised to find a small shop renting umbrellas (€4) and sunbeds (€5), both of which made our beach day much more comfortable. There was also a small restaurant selling drinks and food. We stayed overnight in an Airbnb in a nearby village for convenience, but the Golden Bay could definitely be an easy day trip from anywhere with a direct bus line. Definitely one of the nicest beach areas on the island!
Written August 1, 2021
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Sivasree J
New London, CT48 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Really nice beach. Golden Sandy beach with clear and warm water. Water temperature is suitable for swimming in October as well. Sun loungers can be hired and beach toys can be purchased. There is a cafe on it for takeaway or dine in food and drinks. Shower is available in shop on beach front for 1 euro or just up the stairs for free in public toilet. Public toilet very nearby, but no toilet rolls! Car parking is free and ample.
Written October 22, 2021
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Chris D
United Kingdom10 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Fairly average beach. Sunset is great but if you want a nice clean sandy beach then go to Mellieha Bay which is cleaner and has a lot more options.

The 101 bus is sporadic if you are travelling from Mellieha and given it is one an hour, that’s not ideal. Suggest taking a taxi which I quick and quite cheap - it cost me 9€.
Written August 2, 2022
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Lizzy
Stevenage, UK22 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Even in November in the middle of a pandemic the beach is packed on a fine day and the Carpark overflowing. DO NOT park along the road that runs out of the Carpark. There are double yellow lines most of the way along. They are almost invisible but the traffic wardens know they are there and you will be slapped with a €104 fine. If you do not settle it at a council office (impossible on line if you are a tourist) there will be a large administration fee added by your car hire firm as well. It cost us as much as the car hire in the first place. Not a good end to a much needed holiday.
Written November 5, 2021
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Simon W
Scunthorpe, UK187 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Beach is at the bottom of a small hill where bus stop is at top - Ghajn Tuffieha. Around 25-30 min bus ride from St Paul's Bay.
Beds €6 and brollys €4 available from kiosk at bottom and guys carry beds to where you want to be on beach.
Lifeguard on beach.
It's a shame the beach doesn't seem to get cleaned much as it's full of fag ends and small bits of rubbish and there's bins available!
Going into the sea its quite rocky for around 6ft then sandy so you might need your beach shoes as some rocks are quite large and very uncomfortable to say the least.
Beach bar selling food and drinks at reasonable prices and public toilet.
Not my favourite beach if I'm honest compared to Mellieha Bay though does have some decent breaking waves to mess around in .
Written August 29, 2022
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Suzanne Vidal
Aix-en-Provence, France587 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We spent a nice day here. You can rent beds and umbrellas or just bring your own. There’s a restaurant where you can buy drinks, food and snacks. It was crowded but it’s summer so i think it’s what I expected. We left as the sun was going down and it looked like people were setting up for an evening on the beach. The sunset was beautiful. I think we’ll go back, for sure.
Written July 29, 2021
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TheBardell’s
Helston, UK93 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
Although we have visited Malta allot, this place never fails. Stunning beach and safe waters. Outstanding beach cafe where the staff are incredible and even the fact you have little choice other than to use this or bring your own, the prices are very very readable.
Written February 14, 2022
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F-Smith4
Manchester, UK32 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Lovely sandy beach, beach bar with food and drinks which accepts card, close by toilets (no toilet roll), water sports including paddle boards, sunbeds to rent for €5 and umbrellas for €4. Showers in the toilet and one in the sunbed rental shop.
Beautiful views and worth a visit. Crystal clear water. The beach is a little small so gets quite busy.
Written October 2, 2021
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buckr0dgers
Barnsley, UK102 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Have been owners since 2006 and have been happy for most part, not so much these days. As members now it feels like we are just someone else having a stay at Golden Sands and then you go home afterwards. We as owners now feel in our opinion that the policy is maximise occupancy and also profits and this is clearly seen over weekend periods when it becomes extremely busy round the pool and beach areas of the hotel, this is not the relaxed vacation experience it once was.
Written October 4, 2022
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