Name of Beach: Gnejna Bay
Location: West of the north-western town of Mgarr, Malta
Characteristics: Gnejna Bay is somewhat akin to Golden Bay in that it is a large beach (for Malta) with similarly coloured golden-red sands. The waters are shallow and clear yet it just misses out on the beauty of Golden Bay due to the fisherman’s boat houses that line the rocks of the horseshoe bay. The surrounding green hills, however, make for a peaceful vibe and the whole place has a real local feel and sense of community.
Popularity: The location of Gnejna Bay is a little off the beaten track with a slightly convoluted route through the small town of Mgarr that winds it’s way down to the west coast. Due to this, the beach is generally popular with locals rather than tourists and offers a quieter alternative to the mania that Golden Bay suffers in the peak season.
Facilities: There are very basic facilities on Gnejna Bay with a small cafe and drinks van serving the beach and small toilet block in the car park. The closest mainstream facilities such as bars and restaurants are back up the hill in the town of Mgarr.
Accessibility: Despite being a little difficult to find if you’re driving yourself, the overall accessibility to the beach is very good. There is a car park right in front of the bay with direct access straight onto the sand via flat, wide paths.
Wedding Notes: The easy access to the actual beach combined with the quieter nature of this area means that Gnejna Bay presents a more realistic option for a beach wedding set-up in peak season than neighbouring Golden Bay. There is plenty of space for events’ companies to work with and easier to get beach permits in peak season than other beaches. The view out to sea is unobstructed but you may be put off by the boat shacks in the rocks – they are part of the local character and heritage of the bay but could blot your vision of beach wedding perfection!