San Blas Bay
San Blas Bay is a small, secluded beach in Gozo with beautiful views and clear Mediterranean waters. This bay is quiet and is not that popular but is one of the nicest beaches in Gozo. This is mainly due to the fact that it’s quite hard to access. The only access to the beach is a steep hill. Naturally, the troubles caused by the monster hill shadowing the bay are not encountered when going down, but obviously when it’s time to head back up! However once you arrive at the bay, you’ll immediately realize that all future efforts to climb back up will be well worth it.
However for those who tremble on even just the thought of doing some form of exercise, on our way down the hill, we noticed a jeep offering a trip back up to the top of the hill.
Once on the beach it’s evident that the sand is reddish and water crystal clear. The bay is also nicely surrounded by quite a good amount of vegetation giving it a different, more cosy feel, from other bays in Malta & Gozo. Apart from a small man-made kiosk selling some drinks and snacks, the bay is completely untouched. This gives the natural feel that makes the bay so spectacular. Pair this with the rocky landscape that surrounds the bay and you’ve also got a great spot for some snorkeling action.
How to get there: Catch bus number 303 and ask the driver to drop you off at the nearest point to the bay. You’ll have to walk the rest. Alternatively, follow signs from the village of Nadur to the bay. It will take approximately 8 minutes by car from the hotel or 27 minutes on foot. Furthermore, there is a jeep service that will drive you up.
Ramla Bay is located at the bottom of a rich and fertile valley on the northern side of the island of Gozo. The terraced walls built by the farmers give the valley an appearance of a quilt when viewed from the high ridges surrounding this valley.
The beach is quite wide and sandy. It is particularly golden-reddish sand which makes this beach different from all other beaches in Gozo and Malta. Locals often refer to this beach as the “Ramla il-Hamra”. The area around the beach is quite interesting and provides some very rich historical treasures. Roman remains lay beneath the sand and the famous Calypso Cave overlooks the Western side of the beach.
According to tradition, this is the cave referred to by Homer in The Odyssey. The nymph Calypso lived in this cave and it is where she entertained Ulysses for seven years before he resumed his journey. Calypso Cave is in fact a series of caves and according to some; these extend right down to the sea.
The beach is popular with both Maltese residents and tourists, and part of it is a Natura 2000 site. There are two restaurants on the beach and several ice cream kiosks. The beach is surrounded by hillsides on both the west and east where many local farmers have gardens and orchards. A sandy path on the eastern hillside leads up to the Calypso Cave.
How to get there: Catch bus number 322 or 302 and ask the driver to drop you off at the nearest point to the bay. Alternatively, follow signs from the village of Nadur to the bay. (18 mins)
Daħlet Qorrot is a small inlet nestled between the northern cliffs of Gozo. There is a little pebbly beach to swim off, as well as a quayside and rocks on either side of the bay taking you straight into clear deep water. It is a serene place where one can relax and enjoy the natural beauty. The cove is used by a small number of fishermen who have turned some caves at the base of the cliffs into boat houses and storage for their fishing gear. The fishermen can often be seen mending their nets or repairing their colourful boats to keep them seaworthy.
Daħlet Qorrot Bay is a perfect location for the keen photographer. At every twist and turn there is a unique photograph waiting to be snapped. The route to Daħlet Qorrot Bay is through a narrow descending road which affords extraordinary views of the bay. Upon arrival, one finds a small pebbly beach with a small area for parking.
For the more adventurous swimmers who like to jump or dive into the sea, there is a designate area from where one can do so and this is serviced with a ladder to enable swimmers to safely climb back out of the sea. This bay also offers a paradise for keen snorkelers as the sea is very clear making this an ideal place.
In winter the location is ideal for those who wish to seek some solitude, or who enjoy watching the rough or calm sea, or reading, or just spending some time quietly away from the usual hustle and bustle of everyday life.
How to get there: Catch bus number 303 and ask the driver to drop you off at the nearest point to the bay. You’ll have to walk for another 15 minutes to the beach. Alternatively, follow signs from the village of Nadur to the bay. It will take approximately 8 minutes by car from the hotel or 29 minutes on foot.