Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is not only one of the most scenic coves in Malta, but also one of the most beautiful sandy beaches I’ve ever seen. In Maltese, Għajn Tuffieħa means “Apple’s Eye” or “Riviera”. Not that I know any Maltese phrases, but that’s what I read on many other websites, like this one, here.
Even though it isn’t the most popular beach on the island of Malta, the beach at Ghajn Tuffieha Bay has umbrellas and sunbeds for hire, as well as some snacks and drinks. It is a Blue Flag certified beach.
I visited Ghajn Tuffieha Bay in April, while the water was still cold, so I didn’t swim nor did I spend time on the beach. There were a few surfers and a daring swimmer, though.
You can add Ghajn Tuffieha to your list of the best things to do in Malta, I can assure you of this.
I was at Għajn Tuffieħa Bay for the sunset, which is spectacular. If you want to take sunset photos at Ghajn Tuffieha, make sure you get there early enough, descend the 200 stairs to the beach, find a good spot at Singita Miracle Beach, the beach club nearby, grab a drink and get your camera ready.
Let’s see first where Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is, and how to get there from Valletta, Sliema, St. Julian’s or St. Paul’s Bay. Next, we’ll take a closer look into the pros and cons of surfing in Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, and into the best reasons why Singita Miracle Beach is a great place to be for party lovers.
Main Topics of Ghajn Tuffieha Bay: Malta’s Riviera & Best Sunset Spot
Where is Ghajn Tuffieha Bay
Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is located in Mgarr, a region in the North of Malta, a short distance away from the more popular Golden Bay and Gnejna Bay.
It is possible to go on a coastal hiking tour of all of these golfs. It is a scenic natural area.
Best Hikes to Ghajn Tuffieha Bay
It’s worth doing this hike even if you only cover the Ghajn Tuffieha Golden Bay distance and spend your day at the latter.
I’d do it the other way around, though. I’d walk the Golden Bay Ghajn Tuffieha sustance and then take a bus back home after the sunset.You can see below howto get to these bays from Valletta.
Hiking is on my to do list for my next trip to Malta. My plan for June is to walk from Golden Bay to Gnejna Bay with stops by Ghajn Tuffieha and Qarraba Bay.
The Għajn Tuffieħa Tower on the nearby clifftop dates back from the 17th century. In order to see the tower from the bay, you need to walk to the end of the beach. You’ll see the bay, Singita Miracle Beach, the path to the top of the cliffs, and the tower. The waves and the stairs create nice diagonal lines, perfect for top-notch photos.
How To Get from Valletta to Għajn Tuffieħa Riviera
Driving: Depending on the traffic, you may need 30 to 45 minutes to get from Valletta to the parking lot at Ghajn Tuffieha.
Public transport: Buses from Valletta to Ghajn Tuffieha take about one hour to get here.
Bus 44 leaves every 8 minutes from Valletta B7 deck. Get off the bus at Mixquqa and walk for about 10 minutes.
If you want to walk less, take bus 238 from Valletta B7, ride it to Mrejnu 2, then take bus 101 to Cirkewwa and ride it for 4 stops. You’ll only have about three more minutes of walking from the bus stop.
Taxi or Bolt: all taxi services and Bolt will take you from anywhere in Malta to Ghajn Tuffieha. I can’t tell you the price of the ride, you’ll need to check it by yourself on the spot.
Add some time for descending the 200 stairs to the beach. Even if you’re fit, you’ll stop every now and then for photos.
What Is the Best Time of the Day To Go to Ghajn Tuffieha Bay
The best time to go to Ghajn Tuffieha depends on what you want to do there.
Do you want beach time? Go either very early in the morning or late afternoon, in order to avoid skin damage because of the sun.
Do you want to surf? Check specialty sources to see whether the sea is good for surfing. I’m not a surfer, but as far as I’ve understood, this spot isn’t a reliable one when it comes to the quality of the waves.
Do you want to take photos of the sunset and to enjoy a drink or two with your friends? You’ve got the point.
Ghajn Tuffieha Bay Malta Pros & Cons
- Beautiful scenery
- Sandy beach – a rare gem for Malta
- Blue Flag beach – safety and comfort
- Less crowded than Golden Bay
- Great beach bar and restaurant on site: Singita Miracle Beach
- Scenic sunsets – great photo opportunity
- Parking spot nearby
- Surfing is possible
- Great hiking area in Malta
- The 200 stairs from the road to the beach make it not accessible to people with locomotion problems
- Unreliable for surfing – prior research of surfing conditions at Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is required
- Public buses from Valletta require one hour to get to Ghajn Tuffieha
There’s one thing I can say to conclude: I’ll be soon returning to Malta and Ghajn Tuffieha Bay has something to do with that!
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