The Maltese archipelago, in the heart of the Mediterranean, enjoys an extremely pleasant climate boasting more than 300 days of sun per year.
With a yearly average air temperature of 23°C and a sea temperature of 20°C, Malta is the perfect destination for sun-seekers and sea swimmers alike, for almost seven months of the year. In fact, from May to November, the sea temperature rarely drops below 20°C, and reaches highs of around 27°C in August.
If you fancy a dip, you’re spoiled for choice with a range of sandy and rocky beaches. The sandy ones can be found in the north-west of the island of Malta, and on Goo and Comino.
Gozo is home to two amazing red-sand beaches – Ramla and San Blas – as well as a few smaller yellow-sand beaches. You’ll also find plenty of pleasant bathing spots among Gozo’s rocks, including Xlendi beach.
Comino’s Blue Lagoon, a mere 15-minute boat ride from Malta and Gozo, is one of the country’s best places to swim. It is a true natural swimming pool, lapped by crystal-clear blue waters, and is best seen in September and October once the bustle of the high season has died down.
The Blue Lagoon
Twelve of the archipelago’s sandy beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status.
But Malta’s rocky beaches are also great for swimming. For example, Sliema’s waterfront is made up of flat rocks that make it very popular for swimming and sunbathing during the hot summer months. And one of the most beautiful rocky beaches, which you really mustn’t miss, is St Peter’s Pool in the south of Malta. It is a stunning natural pool with turquoise waters – perfect if you want to swim in the sea or do a bit of snorkelling.
St Peter’s Pool