Last Updated on: 9th April 2024, 04:47 pm

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Full Day Private Gozo Tour including Ramla Beach

  • ? Pick up at the Ferry Passenger Terminal.
  • ? Private transportation with AC vehicle
  • ? 12 stops on Gozo at some of the best landmarks such as Ggantija Temples, Ramla Bay, Xlendi, Hondoq Bay
  • ? Enough time for swimming and snorkeling
  • ? Duration: 8 hours
  • ?Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (30 reviews)

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Gozo, the second-largest island in the Maltese archipelago, was the ultimate highlight of my second trip to Malta.

Out of all of the places to visit in Gozo, Ramla Beach stands out as the most scenic sunset spot.

The red-orange sand and the surrounding scenery are out of this world. On windy days with rough seas, the white, foamy waves create a striking contrast to the red sand and dark blue sky.

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Ramla Beach is a photographer’s paradise.

The island of Gozo doesn’t have its own airport. Getting to Gozo requires you to fly into Malta’s International Airport, to transfer to Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal, and then to take a boat to Mgarr Harbor.

Where Is Ramla Beach Located?

Ramla Beach is located in Ramla Bay, in the northeast of Gozo, up from the town of Nadur and not very far away from the Ggantija Megalithic Temples.

Its location between high, rocky shores makes Ramla Beach a very special place for photographers. Those who take the time and the effort to walk to Tal-Mixta Cave on the hill are rewarded with gorgeous views of the bay and of the beach.

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My shadow on the beautiful red sand of Ramla beach. Far away, on the rocks, there’s the Tal-Mixta cave

How To Get to Ramla Bay from Mgarr Harbor

There are two ways to go from Mgarr to Ramla Beach: by bus or by car (either Bolt, Uber, taxi or private transportation).

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By Bus

The cheapest way to go from Mgarr Port to Ramla Bay is by bus.

Search for bus line 322 that goes to Marsalforn. In 15-20 minutes you should reach the Ramla bus stop.

From the bus stop you need to walk for about 5-10 minutes to get to the beach.

By Car

Taxis, Uber and Bolt drivers would take you directly to the parking lot by the beach, so you won’t have to walk on the road like people coming to Ramla by bus.

I prefer Bolt, as that’s what I also use at home and I’m happy with.

There’s nothing wrong with buses in Gozo, but they can get extremely busy during the high season. Also, when in a hurry, never rely on buses coming on time. More often than not they won’t.

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Less developed and greener, Gozo is nicer than Malta

How to Get from Victoria to Ramla Beach

In theory, getting from Victoria to Ramla Bay by bus is easy. At Victoria Bus Terminus, take bus 302 and ride it for about 30 minutes.

My full day on Gozo was a very busy one. I tried to cram as many things in as little time as possible.

This means I’ve had to give up the bus at times, due to long waiting times and lack of reliability.

I managed to get from Mgarr to Ggantija and from Ggantija to Victoria by bus without having to wait for too long.

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My selfie on Ramla beach, just before leaving Gozo for the main island of Malta

For my visit from Victoria, Gozo’s capital city, to Ramla Beach I took a Bolt drive from the very bus stop where we had waited for 30 minutes for nothing.

Insider’s tip: at Victoria, go to the bus terminus, but check the bus schedules to see when your next bus is to depart. Be prepared to order a taxi or a Bolt, should you need to wait for more than 10 minutes.

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The walking path to Ramla beach

Why Visit Ramla Beach?

First of all, Ramla Bay is one of the best places to spend quality beach time, to get a suntan, to swim, snorkel and relax.

The fine sand and the shallow water recommend Ramla as a great beach for the entire family. Children will love it.

Ramla is a Blue Flag beach. In summer, there are lifeguards on duty.

Second of all, the color of the sand is something you may not find elsewhere. It actually gives the name of the beach. Ir-Ramla l-Hamra is the Maltese for “the red sand.”

According to Magnified Sand, this yellow-reddish color is made up of tiny remains of globigerina, some unicellular beings in this area. Click here to read more details about the sand on Ramla Beach.

Last but not least, this beach is very easy to access from the Mgarr Ferry Terminal, being therefore one of the best objectives for day trippers to Gozo.

There aren’t any showers on Ramla Beach, but don’t let this minor drawback spoil your experience.

Before you go, check out my article about the best things to do in Malta. This will keep you busy for at least two weeks.

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The golden hour makes the sand on Ramla Beach even more beautiful







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