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It’s summertime and the living is easy in Malta and Gozo, as the islands take beach life to a whole new level with some seriously stunning bays. Whether you’re a lounge lizard who enjoys spending the day sipping cocktails and surveying the scene, or you’re into swimming, snorkelling and enjoying some water sports, these five best summer spots bring you the very best of Mediterranean beaches.

1. St Thomas Pool

Possibly Malta’s best kept secret, a rocky cove with crystalline waters, the best views and some top diving spots for those who dare. Hidden away in the southern part of the island, this small bay provides plenty of sunbathing space thanks to its flat, comfortable area. Make sure you take water and some snacks with you, as there aren’t any amenities apart from mobile ice-cream and drinks vendors that show up regularly.

2. Blue Grotto

Also located on the southern coast of the island, no summer stay in Malta is complete without a refreshing boat trip around Zurrieq’s famous Blue Grotto, ice-cream in hand and the wind blowing in your hair. All you need to do is take one of the frequent buses that will take you right to the small pier where the traditional boats depart from – no need to pre-book, there are plenty of fishermen willing to host you on a ride and share their stories! Make sure you leave enough time for a swim in lovely clear waters afterwards, and a leisurely sea-food lunch at one of the many restaurants.

3. Armier Beach

Another off-the-beaten-track gem with the same crystal clear waters of Blue Lagoon, but will all the facilities you could wish for. If you want to treat yourself, book a comfy deckchair or gazebo for the day, at one of the hip lidos in the area. But don’t worry, there’s enough space for everyone and plenty of kiosks to keep you hydrated and fed. If you’re up for some adventure, they lidos also rent out kayaks and paddle boats, so you can enjoy exploring the coast-line.

4. Comino

The definite summer must-do, get your pineapple cocktails and huge hat on and get ready to seriously up your Insta game. Our tip is to turn up at the ferries on Marfa quay early enough to bag yourself one of the best spots next to Blue Lagoon.

5. Ramla Bay, Gozo

Hop onto the Cirkewwa Gozo Ferry for the scenic route or grab the fast ferry option from Valletta if you want to get to this spectacular beach pronto. There’s a reason Ramla Bay graces four out of every five Gozo postcards – the largest beach on the northern side of the island boasts sand of a bright red hue, making for a spectacular effect against the dazzling blue of the sea. The bay is literally called the Red Beach in Maltese, so you definitely won’t be needing any filters for this one!

The Neu Collective also have a beach club, Aqualuna. Located in Gzira, in front of The 115 The Strand Hotel & Suites, this trendy and unique venue offers the ideal spot to enjoy a swim in a pool facing the sea, delicious food and refreshing drinks throughout the day. See more at www.aqualuna.mt.

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