Beach and Bay of St. Thomas – the prettiest beach in Malta? Map, access, practical information

White Cliff and St. Thomas under the cliff

The prettiest beach in Malta

Is there such a thing as the prettiest beach? Probably not, because everyone expects something different from the beach. I am a good example of this myself. Reading and gathering information before going to Malta, I read the rankings and lists of Maltese beaches (by the way, most of the rankings recommend the same thing), and in practice I liked the beaches that were not in any of the rankings the most. So I decided to describe selected beaches, because there are definitely more people looking for something different than what can be found in typical rankings.

White Cliff. Somewhere down there stretches a white beach, Malta

What guides me when choosing recommended beaches?

There is one simple criterion: I just have to like it. I don't expect a beach to have sand, sunbed rentals or a beach bar. I expect that it will create such a beautiful scenery that I will want to spend some time on it, regardless of the lack of the above-mentioned comforts. Such a beach is definitely St..Thomas beach

Rocky beach of St. Thomas, Malta

Characteristics of the beach and bathing area of ​​St. Thomas

My proposed St. Thomas looks fabulous. It is located at the base of a high, white cliff, which together with the coastal, shallow water creates an amazing scenery. From above, from the cliff, it looks really great. However, you should not approach close to the edge of the cliff, even though the views are tempting, because the white, chalky ground is very soft, unstable and under the influence of a person's weight it can break off and collapse. The threat is best seen from below, after going down to the beach. Look up and see how deep the cliff walls are washed away. Standing close to its shore, you really only have a dozen-centimeter layer of earth under your feet, which is deeply undermined, which you can't see from above. So stay at least a meter from the edge of the cliff.
The beach is accessed via a sloping descent with no steps. There are, however, metal railings that significantly help in overcoming the slopes.

Descent to the beaches of St. Thomas, Malta
Don't get too close to the edge of the cliff

The beach is located close to the buildings on the outskirts of Marsaskala. Its approximate location on the map of Malta can be found in the picture below.

Location of St. Thomas on the map of Malta

Despite the fact that the buildings of the town of Marsaskala are located not far from the beach, you are unlikely to meet crowds of people on the beach. This is due to the fact that the neighboring buildings do not have a tourist and hotel character. These are mainly houses of local residents who have already enjoyed the beach and do not hang out on it all the time. The second important reason is probably the fact that almost no one recommends this beach on the internet ... because they would have to find it first.
The beach itself is rocky and if you want to spend more time on it, it is best to come here with your own deckchair or something soft to support your back (blanket, foam pad, thick towel).
A few steps from the beach there is enough space to park your car (on the street) and there are small local grocery stores (drinks, basic food, etc.) about 100m away.

View from the cliff to the beaches of St. Thomas, Malta

More or less 300 meters from St. Thomas is another beach (this time sandy) with a large guarded bathing beach, sanitary infrastructure and a very entertaining bar. It is called exactly the same, i.e. St. Thomas, because in fact, together with the beach under the cliff, it constitutes one coastal complex (they form one bay). For the sake of distinction, the sandy beach with a bar will be referred to as the St. Thomas.
At the swimming pool of St. Thomas usually stays quite a lot of people. Due to the amenities it offers, it attracts definitely more people, including families with children. Inevitably, there is a typical beach noise generated by people here.

Cliff and Beach Thomas, GPS coordinates:
35°51’26.1″N 14°34’14.0″E
35.857256, 14.570550 - click and route

Bathing St. thomas, GPS coordinates:
35°51’18.7″N 14°33’56.7″E
35.855181, 14.565759 - click and route

Bathing St. Thomas is about 300 meters from the cliff

Getting to the beach of St. Thomas under the white cliff

Accessible by car

To get here by car, all you need is the GPS coordinates given below. Click on the link next to them, and your phone will automatically open the navigation and calculate the route from the place where you are currently.
The car must be parked on the street near the beach. There are a few parking spaces here, and there are hardly any crowds, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding a free space.

Parking in a cul-de-sac by the beach, GPS coordinates:
35°51’28.9″N 14°34’10.6″E
35.858024, 14.569616 - click and route

Access by bus

From Valetta to St. Thomas can be reached directly (without transfers) by two buses.

Line 93
The line runs approximately every 60 minutes and the journey time is approximately 40 minutes.
You will receive the route along with the current hours of the nearest departure and travel time by clicking on this link: bus 93 - access from Valetta to St. Thomas - [click]

Valeta - starting stop of line 93, GPS coordinates:
35°53’39.9″N 14°30’31.0″E
35.894422, 14.508623 - click and route

Plaza St. Thomas - line 93 stop near the beach (stop name: Vendome), GPS coordinates:
35°51’32.2″N 14°34’14.7″E
35.858948, 14.570760 - click and route

Line 91
The bus runs about every 15 minutes and the stop is also quite close to the beach. The journey time is approximately 40 minutes.
You will receive the route along with the current hours of the nearest departure, travel time and walking path after clicking on this link: bus 91 - access from Valetta to St. Thomas - [click]

Valeta - starting stop of line 91, GPS coordinates:
35°53’40.2″N 14°30’31.0″E
35.894493, 14.508620 - click and route

beach Thomas - stop on line 93 near the beach (stop name: Ashby, if you miss it you can also get off at the next one: Qaws ), GPS coordinates:
35°51’32.9″N 14°34’09.7″E
35.859146, 14.569361 - click and route

Getting to the St. Thomas

Accessible by car

As before, all you need to get there by car is GPS coordinates. There are two car parks at the swimming pool. You can also use these car parks when visiting St. Thomas under the cliff (there is about 200 - 300m to go).

Parking No. 1, swimming pool St. Thomas, GPS coordinates:
35°51’20.1″N 14°34’01.9″E
35.855574, 14.567194 - click and route

Parking No. 2, swimming pool St. Thomas, GPS coordinates:
35°51’18.6″N 14°34’02.8″E
35.855161, 14.567451 - click and route

Access by bus

Directly to the swimming pool of St. Thomas from Valetta there is only one bus.

Line 91
The bus runs about every 15 minutes and the stop is right next to the bathing beach. The journey time is approximately 45 minutes.
You will receive the route along with the current hours of the nearest departure, travel time and walking path after clicking on this link: bus 91 - access from Valetta to the St. Thomas - [click]

Valeta - starting stop of line 91, GPS coordinates:
35°53’40.2″N 14°30’31.0″E
35.894493, 14.508620 - click and route

beach Thomas - Line 93 stop near the beach (stop name: Mahsel), GPS coordinates:
35°51’20.2″N 14°34’00.6″E
35.855604, 14.566824 - click and route

Location of bus stops, cliff and beach of St. Thomas and the bathing resorts of St. Thomas

Hotels and accommodation near St. Thomas

There are few accommodations in the immediate vicinity of the beach. It seems to me the most interesting Sensi Hotel and it is worth starting your search there (by simply clicking on the link to the hotel). In addition to the offer of the Sensi hotel, you will be shown offers of other nearby and similar accommodation. It is also worth paying attention to the other two suggestions. They are located in Marsaskala, from which to the beach of St. Thomas can be reached on foot or a few stops (3 - 4) by bus.
The offers I have chosen are quite attractive and comfortable, and at the same time have moderate prices for the proposed standard.

Sensi Hotel – [click]

Aurora - [click]

Sea front apartment – ​​[click]

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