Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is located on the north western side of Malta. It is also referred to as Riviera Martinique or Riviera for short by many of its regular visitors. It is a very popular bay but less frequented than Golden Bay.
This bay is flanked by Golden Bay on one side and Gnejna Bay on the other.
However high rock peninsula formations create a complete separation between the three bays making each one separate and allowing it its own unique character.
Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is a secluded area where people go for tranquility. The sand has a reddish colour very similar to that of Golden Bay. Furthermore, the beach has a backdrop of greenery with acacia, samphire and tamarisk trees sloping up to the top of the hill.
The area is still unspoilt and protected by law. It is in fact under the care of the Gaia Foundation which is also responsible for the upkeep of this Blue Flag bay.
A general view of the bay
Access to the beach is down a 200 steps. Climbing back up can be tiring for those not in the habit of engaging in physical exertion, and it would be advisable to avoid the long climb in the afternoon heat.
The surrounding environment makes the beach very attractive. There is nothing to interfere with the serenity of the area since it is enclosed with high rocks all around. Watching the sun set from the beach is highly recommended.
Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is also very popular with families as there is ample sand for children to play with. The sea depth is similar to that of Golden Bay. Initially it is low but then quickly gets deeper. The sandy beach area is expansive and there is plenty of space where one can enjoy a game of frisbee.
One needs to be aware of under water currents. A life line is provided for safety, but one has to be careful. Being a Blue Flag beach there is the advantage of a life guard available every day during the peak summer months.
This area is also popular with para gliders and occasionally one can see them gliding out from the high ridges at the back of the bay.