The Malta Independent 16 April 2024, Tuesday
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Ramla Bay named as one of the World’s Most Beautiful Red Sand Beaches

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 13:47 Last update: about 7 years ago

Ramla Bay in Gozo has recently been named among the World’s 7 Most Beautiful Red Sand beaches by Travel and Leisure Magazine, USA. The Malta Tourism Authority expressed its satisfaction at this mention, particularly since it occurred in such a prestigious and influential travel publication.

This is the latest exposure for the Maltese Islands in the American market, following pieces in Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, the New York Times, AOL, Bridal Guide, JustLuxe, New York Post, Bon Traveler, as well as nominations for the TRAVVY awards and the Travelers’ Choice Awards Destination, all in 2017.


The other beaches which made the list are Kaihalulu Beach in Hawaii, Cavendish Beach in Canada, Porto Covo Beach in Portugal, Kokkini Beach in Greece, Porto Ferro in Italy and Rabida Island in Ecuador.

Travel and Leisure Magazine mentions how “Ramla Bay lies on the northern coast of Gozo (one of Malta’s islands) and its beachfront is colored a burnt, orange-red — a particularly striking tone set against the electric blue sea. Because it's nestled at the bottom of a valley, Ramla I-Hamra beach is also a sanctuary for wildlife and vegetation”. 

The MTA CEO, Paul Bugeja, said that “for Gozo’s Ramla Bay to be included in a list of such outstanding beach locations is a great testament to the beauty of our natural resources, and it should encourage all to continue to look after these natural treasures which our islands boast of. These are legacies that whilst sharing them with visitors and locals alike, we should do whatever is possible to safeguard them for future generations’’. Mr. Bugeja continued by saying that MTA is making increased efforts to promote the Maltese Islands in long haul markets such as the United States and this is being recognised by prestigious publications which continue selecting our islands for various awards and nominations.

Bugeja concluded by thanking MTA’s marketing, local and overseas representatives, including the US office for their continued hard work, as well as local stakeholders.

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