Ghajn Tuffieha Bay (Riviera Beach)

  • Ghajn Tuffieha Bay - Malta
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Located in the north western corner of Malta Għajn Tuffieħa is arguably the most beautiful beach on the island. A largely unspoiled crescent of golden-red sand, the beach is backed by gently sloping clay cliffs covered in greenery. To either end headlands bookmark the bay; the rocky point to the north is topped by one of Malta’s 17th century coastal watchtowers - Għajn Mixkuka tower.

Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is one of a string of three of Malta’s best beaches; to the north, just over the headland is the better known, and more developed Golden Bay, whilst a short walk to the south is the little Gnejna Bay.

Getting down to Ghajn Tuffieha takes a little more effort than neighbouring beaches, and this is probably one reason the beach has remained so un-developed and less crowded. There are in the region of 200 steps leading down from the car park (which seem like considerably more on the way back up!)

During the summer months there are lifeguards on the beach and swimming is generally safe. Ghajn Tuffieha is probably Malta’s best surfing beach and there can be good waves here, but generally outside of the holiday season.

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Also known as:

Riviera Beach

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Lifeguard service



  • Surfing


  • Wheelchair accessible

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Ghajn Tuffieha Bay Reviews

Best on Malta

Jun 16th 2021

Best beach on Malta, good for snorkeling, follow trail to headland for best views. Only downside is the 100+ step climb back up to road.