Ramla Bay Gozo is situated at the bottom of the valley in the north of Gozo beneath the villages of Xaghra and Nadur. You can reach it through the main road of Nadur.
It is the biggest sandy beach in Gozo and its unique reddish/golden coloured sand together its surrounding features are what makes it stand apart from all the other beaches in Malta and Gozo.
This bay is simply wonderful! One can truly relax here and feel removed from the daily grind. Here life stops for a breather and relaxation is surely guaranteed!
Many Maltese, Gozitans and tourists never miss an opportunity to come here for a swim or a glimspe of the vista from the viewing gallery during their holidays in Malta.
The viewing gallery is situated at
the top of the hill on the right side of the bay just beside the famous
Calypso Cave. Everyday tourists visit this location to see this beauty.
During the rainy season the water washes out at the end of the valley
creating a water channel across the sandy beach out to sea.
In the middle of the sandy beach there is an eye-catching statue of the Holy Mary with baby Jesus in her arms, a testimony to the strong religious faith of the Gozitans.
Although the bay is very popular, there is ample space for everyone and the beach is never overly crowded. Parts of the shore line are more pebbly than others making these areas a bit difficult to go out at sea but after a few meters it clears out.
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At the far side of the beach there are no pebbles and entry into the sea is easier.
Ramla Bay Gozo and Golden Bay have a particular characteristic about the sand colour which attracts so many people to these beaches.
Special Area Of Conservation
Ramla Bay Gozo has been declared a special area of conservation. The Gaia Foundation, a non profit organisation, has been entrusted as a Coast Zone Manager for the site since 2005.
Their main objectives of conservation of indigenous plants and animals and their habitats; regeneration of native vegetation communities; and promoting recreational activities.
At the back part of the beach one finds intact sand dunes which are a rarity for the Maltese islands. Through their formation they support rare species of flora, fauna that are only found in Malta. Due to their ecological importance these sand dunes have been protected under Maltese Law.
Ramla l-Hamra Gozo Beach Quality
- The bay is kept clean all the time and the water is very clear.
- There is a restaurant and mobile vans that provide food and rentals of beach furniture.
Getting to Ramla Bay Gozo
- By car it is very easy.
- Make your way to the villages of Xaghra or Qala.
- From there you will find signs guiding you straight to the bay.
Public Transport To Ramla Bay Gozo
- There are two buses passing from this bay, route 302 which starts from Mgarr, Ramla Bay Gozo, Xewkija, Rabat, San Lawrenz and Dwejra.
- Then there is route 322, and starts from Mgarr (Ferry boat service to Gozo), Nadur, Ramla l-Hamra, Xaghra and ends at Marsalforn.
To Bay: 302, 322
To Victoria, Rabat: 302
To Mgarr Harbour: 322
- The final approach road is fairly wide and during low season there will be ample parking space.
- During peak summer months various farmers utilize their fields to let cars park inside under a small fee.
Persons With Less Mobility
- The beach is very accessible.
- There is a timber walkway over the sand which facilities walking over the sand.
- The sea is very shallow and once you find an area which is free of pebbles, there is easy access into the water.
- Upon arriving at the entrance of the bay there is a public rest room.
- No specific warnings except when the sea is rough that one should be careful.
- This is mostly during the winter time and does not effect much of the swimming period.
- You can easily rent sunbeds and deckchairs from mobile vans situated beside the beach entry point or you can bring your own.
- They are not allowed on the beach.
- Not allowed on the beach.
- Xaghra and slightly further up is the village of Qala.
Calypso Caves besides the viewing gallery.
Knights of Malta fortified the bay against enemy invasion by constructing:
- The Vendome battery which today it is not noticeable.
- Submerged wall constructions across the bay to obstruct vessels trying to reach the shore.
- Three batteries were constructed one on each side of the bay and one in the middle traces of which can still be seen behind the white statue.
- A cannon cut out of rock known as fougasse with a barrel of around two metres. If fired against the enemy this would have caused havoc.
The Romans had built public baths at this location during the fourth and fifth century. They were built on the side of the bay very close to the fortifications built by the Knights of Malta.
They were discovered in 1910 and were buried again after the required studies were completed.Enjoy your time at Ramla l-Hamra Gozo. The best of Gozo beaches.