Għajn Tuffieħa Bay

Northern Malta

Għajn Tuffieħa Bay (ayn too-fee-ha, meaning 'Spring of the Apples') is even lovelier than neighbouring Golden Bay – no buildings overlook it, and it's less busy, as it's reached via a long flight of 186 steps from the nearby car park. It's a 250m strip of red-brown sand, backed by slopes covered in acacia and tamarisk trees and guarded by a 17th-century watchtower. Sun loungers can be hired and snacks and drinks are available. There's often a lifeguard on duty at busy times.

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