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Ramla Bay Beach, Malta

Ramla Bay Beach is a sandy beach about 400 m long located in the north of the island of Gozo, Malta.

Locals often refer to it as ‘Ramla il-Hamra’ beach, which means ‘Red Sandy Beach’, although its hue really does look more like a bright golden orange.
The bay is located between the villages of Nadur and Xagħra. Ramla Bay can be reached on foot from Shagra or by bus from Naduro. In addition to the unique sand, the area is filled with rich historical treasures.The beach is part of a Natura 2000 site.
Above the bay is Calypso Cave, where according to Homer, Odysseus spent seven years in the cave of Caliph, after which he continued his journey.
Ramla Bay is considered the most beautiful and most important  beach on the island of Gozo, Ramla Bay is a popular holiday destination, visited not only by locals but also by tourists.

Access : Coordinates: 36.062, 14.283 / Ramla Bay Beach is located between Marsalforn Bay to the west and San Blas Bay to the east and can be reached by road from the towns of Nadur and Xagħra.

Highlights :

  • Calypso’s cave : A path on the western side of the bay extends to a natural cave that According to the legend associates with Calypso’s cave where the nymph held Odysseus prisoner for 7 years.
  • For several centuries, Gozo was the victim of raids by Turkish and North African corsairs. Corsair ships also landed their troops in Ramla Bay. For this reason, walls were erected underwater to prevent these landings
  • A vast construction from Roman times is located on the western part of the beach. The site, excavated between 1911 and 1915, included at least 19 rooms with probably a living area and a richly decorated spa complex.
  • A statue of the Virgin and Child has been erected in the center of the bay since 1881. It must protect sailors and swimmers.
  • Ramla Bay in Malta.  It is located in the municipality of Ix-Xagħra, in the northwestern part of the country, 28 km northwest of Valletta the capital of the country.
  • Cruises touring the island also frequently dock here. The bay is also a popular dive site.

Go next : Above the bay is Calypso Cave, where According to the legend, Odysseus lived with the nymph Calypso for seven years. / the resort village of Marfa.



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