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10 of my favourite locations to photograph sunsets in Malta & Gozo

Sunsets in Malta and Gozo


As winter draws near in the Maltese islands, the weather starts to feel colder and the days start to get shorter. Most people associate the cold weather with a Picnic in public gardens or a nice walk by the mesmerising landscape of Malta. However, the Maltese islands also offer various different spots and locations where you can enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

Between the months of October till April most photographers will dedicate more time to photograph sunsets rather than summer because winter skies are more colourful and dramatic.

Discover some of the best sunsets in Malta below. 

Dingli Cliffs at Sunset - Landscapes of Malta - Sunset over Dingli Cliffs.
Derren Vella 2018

Dingli Cliffs

 Dingli, a small village on Malta’s west coast lies over 250 metres above sea level, making it one of the highest points in Malta, along with Mdina.  Due to being situated right on the coast, Dingli offers some incredible views of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, with a clear view of Filfla, an uninhabited islet 5km south of Malta.  Needless to say, you can enjoy some remarkable views of the sunset from here.   

Popeye's village at sunset. landscapes of malta by derren vella

popeye's village

Popeye Village, also known as Sweethaven Village, is a purpose-built film set village, now converted into a small attraction fun park, consisting of a collection of rustic and ramshackle wooden buildings. It is located at Anchor Bay, 3 kilometres  from the village core of Mellieħa, Malta.

It was built as a film set for the production of the 1980 live-action musical feature film Popeye, produced by Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions starring Robin Williams. Today it is open to the public as an open-air museum and sea-side resort.

Chadwick Lakes  - Fine art photography and prints of Malta and Gozo by Derren Vella

chadwick lakes

Chadwick lakes (or Wied il-Qlejgha) are artificial fresh water lakes between Rabat and Mtarfa on the Western part of Malta. A dam was built by Mr. Osbert Chadwick in the late 1890s allowing fresh water to gather after winter rain. Apart from serving farmers in the area who irrigate their fields with it, collected rainwater serves as a perfect location to capture some of the best sunset images in winter after heavy rain fall. 



Qammieh at sunset - Derren vella landscapes of malta.

Qammieh

The western headland, 129m at its highest point, commands fantastic views and feels like the end of the world. It's home to an old radar station and one of the best locations to admire sunsets in Malta all year long.

Landscapes, Starscapes  & Fine art photography and prints of Malta and Gozo - Ta Gordan Lighthouse

ta gordan lighthouse

Għasri is home to the first lighthouse ever to be built in Gozo, known as Ta' Ġordan. 

Upon the hill around the lighthouse there are some marvelous 360 degree views of Gozo and this lures quite a lot of hikers, who challenge the rather steep path up to the hilltop, and it's the perfect place to see the sunset all year long.

Dusk at il-bajja ta Fomm ir-rih..
BEST SUNSET LOCATIONS IN MALTA AND GOZO

fomm ir-rih bay

This hidden beach lies on the western side of Malta and it’s perfect for long walks and hikes on the island. Fomm ir-rih is the best of both worlds as it has sheer cliffs and also a beautiful pebbly beach. The beach is tricky to get to but worth every step.  

Landscapes, Milkyway Starscapes  & Fine art photography and prints of Malta and Gozo by Derren Vella

xwejni salt pans

On the north coast of Gozo, just past Qbajjar west of Marsalforn, the coast is characterized by a checkerboard of rock-cut salt pans protruding into the sea. These 350-year-old salt pans, which stretch about 3km along the coast, are more than just scenic. They are part of the centuries-old Gozitan tradition of Sea-Salt production that has been passed down within certain families for many generations. During the summer months, locals can still be seen scraping up the crystals of salt. Once collected, the salt is stored and processed in the caves that have been carved into the coastal rock.  

Landscapes, Milkyway Starscapes  & Fine art photography and prints of Malta and Gozo by Derren Vella

golden bay

Golden Bay is one of the most popular sites to admire sunsets in Malta. Enjoy a day at the beach then watch the sun set over the clear blue water. If the weather is still too cold for swimming, take a walk in the nearby countryside before finding a nice spot to enjoy the natural beauty of the sun slowly setting. 

Landscapes, Milkyway Starscapes  & Fine art photography and prints of Malta and Gozo by Derren Vella

sannap cliffs

Sannap Cliffs are one of the hidden secret spots on Gozo. Situated on the southern coastal side of island, which is its one of the highest points. The cliffs offer a magnificent view, especially at sunset all the way to Xlendi bay.  

Landscapes, Milkyway Starscapes  & Fine art photography and prints of Malta and Gozo by Derren Vella

lapsi

 

Ghar Lapsi beach is a unique and hidden little bay with a view over Filfla, situated around 1 km away from the popular Blue Grotto. Ghar Lapsi and its rocky shoreline form a natural swimming pool with crystal clear and fantastic azure blue/green waters perfect for snorkelling.

Ghar Lapsi Cave leads out into the deep open sea and is an excellent dive with fantastic visibility that allows for great underwater photography. Since Ghar Lapsi is very beautiful and a naturally protected area, it is very popular with locals who come here for a short swim and dive into the deep waters from the surrounding rocks.