Entrance (access to a sunbed and regular umbrella): €11
Average spend (for umbrella, sunbed, two drinks and one course): €25
Free access: Yes
Table (sunbed) service: No
Access to the sea: Yes
Best for: Sunset drinks and sandy beach
Stay away if: You don’t like sand or hate to walk up stairs
Ghajn Tuffieha or Riviera Martinique as it is commonly called is one of Malta’s prettiest beaches. The red sands and protected sand dunes and clay cliffs make for the most natural views available to any beach.
Until just a few years ago the restaurant on the beach did as little as possible to keep the place going, and because it was the only place at the bottom of the stairs it was packed out all day every day anyway… not much of an incentive for investment! A couple of years ago, however the restaurant changed hands, got a facelift and is now a much prettier place to spend an afternoon or evening.
At the bottom of a pretty large staircase, getting down to the beach is not much trouble, though you’ll have to dodge the people stopping to take photos and, if you go in the evening, there are likely to be runners going up and down, looking a little bit worse for wear! The problem lies in the way back and although it is worth every single step, it acts as a deterrent to some people, particularly those with large families (not complaining here!).
Though technically the beach is public area, Singita is responsible for maintaining the area and rents out beach beds and umbrellas, however no one will stop you if you want to head down to the beach and put your towel down on the sand. You can rent sun beds and umbrellas on the beach for €5 for a bed, €6 for a regular umbrella and €7 for a larger umbrella. The sun beds on the terrace close to the bar are €8 for a sunbed and another €8 for an umbrella.
Coming from the southern African language of Shangaan, the word Singita comes can be translated into “the place of miracles,” and the owners have tried to stay true to the natural beauty of the area, with décor made from wood and other natural materials as opposed to the plastic tables and chairs that used to occupy the area.
The menu has also been upgraded. Whilst you can still get your pizzas and burgers, there are also some healthier options including dishes suitable for vegetarians and vegans at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cocktail list is simple but fresh and served ice cold, perfect for those after-swim refreshments.
Perhaps this place’s most unique selling point is the sunset. Sinking below the horizon right in front of the bar, this is a popular spot among locals and tourists alike. Reserve your table at the point if you want to get the best spots, or be happy sitting on the rocks close by, but there is little better than an Aperol Spritz after a day in the sun, salt on your skin and sand between your toes.
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to get close to nature whilst keeping some of the more necessary creature comforts, like ice cold drinks and warm foods readily available then this is your spot. Not everyone will enjoy the walk back to the car at the end of the day but it truly is worth every step.
Address: Triq Ghajn Tuffieha, Mgarr
Facebook: Singita Miracle Beach Malta
Written by Rachel Zammit Cutajar who was too busy doing handstands and having ‘F’ it Fridays to load herself.