A small bay at the tip of the ever popular northern coast of Malta, Paradise Bay is a secluded treasure in the sun. With the town of Mellieha just a short drive away, along with the islands of Gozo and Comino, there’s plenty to explore right on your doorstep. Proof that bigger isn’t always better, the compact bay offers sunbathers a secluded space to relax. You can enjoy the clear waters and fantastic views without heading to the busier Mellieha Bay around the coast. Away from the beach you’ll find a small laid-back town with a handful of tavernas catering for locals and visitors. Beach-lovers will be in their element - highs hit 30 degrees in the summer.
The party is kept away from Paradise Bay’s shores, making it ideal for families and couples looking for a laid-back break. Festival season sees nearby Mellieha light up in September. Colour fills the streets and skies with processions, fireworks and concerts.
Malta’s Mediterranean location makes a Paradise Bay holiday perfect for sun-worshippers looking to top up a tan. If you’re done with sunbathing or swimming in the bay, Paradise Bay has some unspoilt Maltese countryside for you to explore. With hiking and cycling routes taking you far from civilisation, be sure to pack a picnic. Whether you’re hitting the beach, day tripping to nearby islands or relaxing by the hotel pool, Paradise Bay is a slice of Mediterranean heaven.
Famed for having Malta’s biggest beach, Mellieha is also home to a charming old town. The narrow lanes hide some stellar restaurants and shopping options. Beneath the town there’s an impressive network of underground tunnels. Open to the public, the tunnels are air raid shelters left behind from WWII. Dug by hand, the tunnels stretch 12 metres under the surface. If you’re catching the ferry to Gozo from Mellieha’s port, be sure to spend some time in the town on your route. You won’t be disappointed.
For a slice of glitz and glamour on this sun-kissed island, you’ll want to head to Sliema. A shopper’s paradise, there’s everything from high-end boutiques to a large shopping mall. The streets are bustling with a cosmopolitan mix of well-heeled residents and tourists taking in the sights. There are better beaches on the island, so skip Sliema’s rocky coast and sample the city’s cocktails and glamorous bars and restaurants instead.
Contained within just one square kilometre of Malta’s precious real estate, Valletta is easily explored in a day. You can take in the historic highlights, with plenty of time left to check out the treasure trove of exhibits in the National Museum of Archaeology. When you’re done with culture and exploring, take to the skies for dinner. A crane winches 22 guests 40 meters above the rooftops for a fine dining experience to remember.
Exploring Paradise Bay…
Malta has built a well-established tourist destination from a film set. Left behind by Hollywood in the 80s, Popeye Village is a quirky attraction for visitors of all ages. Marvel at the money spent building the set - which includes a breakwater in the bay to protect the wooden buildings from the waves. Comic book fans should head to the museum which holds over 200 original Popeye comics. Kids will love meeting their cartoon hero Popeye who is on hand to entertain all the family.
Hit the beach
From the top of the cliffs above Paradise Bay beach you can enjoy unrivalled views of nearby Gozo and Comino. Head down the flight of steps to access the sands below. This secluded and compact beach packs a lot in to a small space. Umbrellas and sunbeds line the bay, with the nearby hotel offering a terrace serving drinks and food. Tip: Hire a canoe for a relaxed paddle around the coast.
Wrecks and reefs
The crystal-clear waters off the northern coast of Malta are a diving hotspot. Experienced divers can seek out wrecks and reefs teeming with fish. Novices can try breathing underwater for the first time with experienced guides at a PADI approved dive centre. Even if scuba diving doesn’t appeal, there are some fantastic places to snorkel and still get a glimpse of a wreck and its aquatic residents.
Just a short boat trip away, Comino and Gozo are just waiting to be explored. Get your hiking boots on to explore Gozo’s rugged landscape. With more lush vegetation than Malta, there’s a wealth of plants and animals to discover. Comino’s shallow waters are an ideal playground for families with children. The safe warm waters and stunning backdrop of the island make a beautiful place to spend the day.
If you’ve never tried Maltese cooking before, it’s easy to dip a toe in the waters. Chock full of Italian and Mediterranean flavours, there are plenty of familiar flavours on the menu. Timpana is a blend of English and Italian influence. Macaroni, ragu and cheese sauce under a flaky pastry roof. Don’t count the calories, just tuck in.
Paradise Bay restaurants
The small bay is home to a couple of locally-owned tavernas. Serving up local dishes, you can expect a warm welcome and a serving of local hospitality. Just 5km away, Mellieha is just a short drive or taxi away, for a change of scene and access to a larger range of restaurant options.
The secluded Paradise Bay is made for holidaymakers looking for a laid-back break. Party animals won’t find thumping bass and rocking beats here. With day trips to Valletta and elsewhere in the area as well as world-class diving, clear waters, golden sands, and unspoilt countryside, this is a tranquil and scenic place to visit.
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