Entrance (access to a sunbed and regular umbrella): €10
Average spend (for umbrella, sunbed, two drinks and one course): €65
Free access: Yes
Table (sunbed) service: No
Access to the sea: Yes
Best for: Early morning dips ahead of the crowd
Stay away if: You are looking for luxury venues
The greatest thing about living in Malta is that nowhere is really very far from the sea, and, if you get up early enough, you can squeeze in a morning dip and some breakfast before you start to battle the daily grind. After all, what good is living on a holiday island if you can’t enjoy a couple of the holiday perks in your daily routine?
If you’re like me and need to get a run in at some point in the day, there is no better (or cooler) time for it than the early morning, and, unless you are some kind of masochist, your run should always end by the sea so that you can cool off afterwards. A breakfast spot for afterwards is an added bonus.
One of my favourite running spots in the summer – provided you go early enough – is the Qawra sea front, making sure the run ends by Fra Ben for dips in the sea at Qawra Point.
The swimmers’ zone at Qawra Point is accessible to the public for free and with a pretty decent swimmer’s zone of 500m it’s a great spot if you want to do a few laps of exercise to earn your breakfast. For a little bit more comfort add an extra €10 to your bill and get access to a sunbed and umbrella. Just pick the perfect spot and the attendant at the kiosk will bring you everything you need. You can also purchase sunblock, beach balls and other essentials. With a lifeguard service you are sure to be safe for the entire day.
A day on the beach definitely requires refreshments and though you are free to take your own food and/or drinks, the Seaside Kiosk, just off the beach, can cater to your every need. Technically a restaurant, the kiosk offers basic food, the likes of pizzas, burgers, salads, toasties, full English breakfast for about €10 for a main. There is also a kids’ menu for the little ones. If you’re peckish but don’t really feel like a full-on meal, there are a variety of snacks to choose from ranging from arancini to sandwiches, pies, cupcakes and ice creams, which can be wrapped up and taken down to the beach or enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the sea. Just beware of the thieving birds. These little fellas are bold and will not hesitate to leave a hole in your lunch, but if you’re looking for a little bit of company, they make a cute addition to your table and, as they are not camera shy, are great for Instagram.
Summer in Malta should be all about balance. Wake up early, go out for a run, have a swim in the cool waters and then head up to the kiosk for breakfast. With sunrise being so early you could get all this done and still be at your desk by 9am. That’s the sort of holiday life that people pack their bags and move to a different country for. We have it right at our doorstep so make the most of it.
Address: Qawra Point, St Paul’s Bay
Facebook: Qawra Point
Written by Rachel Zammit Cutajar who was too busy doing handstands and having ‘F’ it Fridays to load herself.