Exploring Gnejna Bay in Malta: Insider Tips for a Great Experience

Gnejna Bay

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Gnejna Bay is an ideal beach for those seeking a quieter beach experience away from tourist hotspots. It has a more local feel and attracts fewer crowds. Want a quiet spot with sea, sand, and no crowds? You’ve found it!

Living in Malta since 2011, I’ve discovered all the beaches on this island. And, I’m eager to share local insights about Gnejna Bay.

In this post, find insider tips to make your visit unforgettable. Also, I’ll share some favourite nearby attractions worth exploring.

My Top Reasons to Visit Gnejna Bay, Malta

This is why Gnejna Beach is great for soaking up the sun and having fun.

Less crowded: If you’re looking for a less crowded beach than Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, Gnejna Beach is the place for you.

Convenient: A nearby car park makes it easy to bring all your beach essentials, whether it’s a tent for shade, toys for the kids, or a barbecue for a delicious seaside cookout. No need to haul everything a mile away!

Natural surroundings: Gnejna Beach is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. There are cliffs, green hills and turquoise waters, a background for beautiful photos.

Gnejna Bay - Surrounding Area
Surrounding Area

Family-friendly: Gnejna Beach has shallow water perfect for kids to splash around in. They can also build sandcastles or enjoy the gentle waves. Also, nearby parking makes it easy to bring toys and other beach necessities.

Gnejna Bay: Area Map

Here’s a map with all the mentioned locations listed. Just click on the pins to open them in Google Maps.

Trip map created with Wanderlog, an itinerary planner on iOS and Android

What Might Make You Not Like Gnejna Bay?

Gnejna Bay Beach might not be the most suitable choice if you want an unspoiled beach getaway. There is a large car park right next to the sand, which is convenient for some. Those seeking untouched, pristine beaches may be disappointed, though.

Another thing to remember is that Gnejna Beach lacks fancy restaurants or eateries. Instead, there are a few kiosks where you can grab a beer or ice cream.

Moreover, Gnejna Beach is quite popular with families, especially with young children. Children having fun is fantastic, but it also means there will be plenty of excited screams and laughter echoing around.

So, if you’d rather be in a tranquil environment, you might not enjoy children’s joyful noises. Check out my guide to quieter Selmun Beach.

How to Get to Gnejna Bay

Gnejna Bay lies on Malta’s northwest coast. It is one of three beaches separated by rocky hills – Golden Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, and Gnejna.

It’s easiest to get there by car since the nearest bus stop is a mile away. I recommend renting a car at the airport and using it throughout your trip. Check out my guide to renting a car in Malta.

Buses can take you to Mgarr, but you must walk for 25 minutes to Gnejna Bay.

Alternativelly, a 30-40 minute hike along the coast will take you to Ghajn Tuffieha. You will see the stunning Malta coastline along the way. If it’s not too hot, I highly recommend it. The hike from Ghajn Tuffieja to Gnejna is described here.

Travelling by car is easy! Gnejna Bay has a spacious car park for your convenience. Hop into your car and follow the signs to this small piece of paradise.

Getting There:

  • Location: link to Google Maps
  • Nearest bus stop: Mgarr, 25 minutes away. If you prefer to hike, start at the bus stop Riviera
  • Frequency of the buses: every 60 minutes or less
  • Parking available: car park near the beach

Gnejna Bay Nearby Attractions

Here are some amazing nearby attractions that will make your visit to Gnejna Bay even more memorable.

Clay Cliffs: On the right side of the beach there are clay cliffs, fascinating geological formations. Don’t forget to bring your camera as the view from above is stunning!

You can see Ta’ Babu Cove, a rocky plate amidst a crystal-clear sea. You have to descend the clay cliffs to reach Ta’ Babu Cove. Getting there may seem challenging, but with proper shoes and determination, you can achieve it. If you prefer, you can take a paddleboard or kayak for a more adventurous journey.

Gnejna Bay - Clay Cliffs
Clay Cliffs

Ta’ Marija Cave: This cave is a true natural wonder near Gnejna Bay. Grab a kayak and embark on an extraordinary adventure to explore this stunning cave. You’re in for an unforgettable experience.

Scenic hiking: You’re in for a treat if you like hiking. The surrounding area offers beautiful paths and trails to explore. See one of Malta’s most impressive coastlines on my hike from Ghajn Tuffieha to Gnejna Bay.

Gnejna Bay - Hikes in the Area
Hikes in the Area

Lippija Tower: You will find the Lippija Tower to your right. This historical watchtower was built in 1637 by the Knights of St. John. Despite being on the verge of collapse in the early 2000s, the tower stands tall today, showing off its rich heritage. This is thanks to government restoration efforts.

Tips for a Great Experience

While Gnejna Bay is less crowded than other popular beaches, it still sees lots of beachgoers on weekends in summer. You can maximise beach bliss and minimise crowds by visiting during off-peak hours or on a weekday.

The facilities here may not be as extensive as at other beaches. There is a parking lot, public toilets, and kiosks that sell drinks and snacks to keep your energy levels high.

Gnejna Bay’s sandy beach is generally safe for swimming, but keep an eye out for hidden rocks beneath the water’s surface. Also, consult my jellyfish guide or other online resources before heading to the beach, to ensure that it is jellyfish-free.

Gnejna Bay - Ta' Babu Cove
Ta’ Babu Cove Nearby

Gnejna Bay is an ideal destination for families with young children or people looking to get away from crowds. However, there is also something for the more adventurous visitors – you can hike or explore Ta Maria Cave by kayak.

But wait, the fun doesn’t end at Gnejna Bay! Be sure to check out other Travel2Malta beach guides for hidden gems and sandy havens waiting to be discovered.

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