Date Last Updated: 22nd June 2020
Ghajn Tuffieha Bay Malta is also known as Riviera Martinique or Riviera. It is located on the north western side of Malta very close to a tiny village called Manikata. In English 'Għajn Tuffieħa' means ‘Apple’s Eye’.
This beach is in the middle of two other bays, Gnejna Bay and Golden Bay. However high rock peninsula formations create a complete separation between the three bays making each one separate and allowing it its own unique character.
The surrounding environment makes the beach very attractive. Għajn Tuffieha Malta 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.
We frequently visit that beach and in our opinion we highly recommend it. You will find most of the necessary amenities to enjoy your day. That includes hiring of sunbeds and umbrellas and a snack bar. We generally stay till late afternoon to enjoy the picturesque sunset from the beach which is highly recommended.
Ghajn Tuffieha Malta is also very popular with families as there is ample sand for children to play with. Although not as popular as Golden Bay due to access, as there are around a two hundred (200) steps leading down to the bay. 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 sea depth is similar to that of Golden Bay and Gnejna Bay. There are swimming zones that give you an indication where it is safe to swim. 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.
Getting here is quite simple but parking can sometimes be a little difficult. Although there is a parking area, it is quite small and sometimes you will have to find parking in the main road. Coming by bus is also quite easy. (More on getting here below)
One needs to be aware of underwater currents. Being a Blue Flag beach there is the advantage of a life guard available every day during the peak summer months. There are safety lines installed from June to October and maintained by the Gaia Foundation. Coloured flags also indicate the sea conditions.
It is much smaller which means that during summer time the bay gets quite busy very quickly.
This area is also popular with paragliders and occasionally one can see them gliding out from the high ridges at the back of the bay.
Driving to Ghajn Tuffieha by car, it is quite easy to get to. As you starting getting closer to the bay, you will start noticing signage that will help you get to the bay.
Riviera bus stop is couple of meters away from the stairs leading to the bay.
Għajn Mixkuka Tower was constructed under the reign of Grand Master Juan de Lascaris-Castellar between 1637 and 1640. It is one of the seven coastal towers which is located on the edge of the peninsula between Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha Malta Bay.
This was past of the defense strategy established by the Knights of Malta which also included coastal batteries in various areas which were vulnerable.
You can get to it by walking past the Ghajn Tuffieha car park. Many people walk to the tower to take panoramic photos of both beaches between the tower.
The Knights of Malta had a defence strategy with other several coastal towers and coastal batteries.
The Ghajn Tuffieha Roman Baths comprises a number of rooms. These show it had the same characteristics of a Roman bath formation with all the necessary amenities.
Located beside a natural spring for a continuous flow of fresh and abundant water supply, it is surrounded with a wall and normally closed to the public.
The rooms are decorated with formidable small marble coloured roman mosaic.
The baths are around a couple of kilometers away from Ghajn Tuffieha Bay Malta.
An English man in Malta gives his opinion on the bay while showing you round the beach.