The first time we went to Malta we brought along one of those guide books, rented a car and went in search of St. Peter’s Pool like our book suggested. We didn’t have a GPS, the map we had was missing 95% of the roads and it was Anson’s first time driving on the other side of the road. We knew we were in the right area, but came to a fork in the road and weren’t sure which way to go. It was getting dark, so we made a choice and went right. We got to the end of that road and could see water and a big drop off– we had finally found St. Peter’s Pool!! (This is the picture we took that night.)
We were pretty proud of ourselves and headed back to the hotel. We got terribly lost down the tiny limestone lined “roads” and hit a dead end surrounded by fields and facing a giant sign that said, “Danger! Fireworks factory!” There was nowhere to turn around and we couldn’t see a thing because it was pitch black. We had a few moments of “we are going to have to sleep in the car in the middle of this field” panic, but eventually Anson reversed us out of there and we somehow made it back to the hotel. Two years later, we moved to Malta and learned that we had never actually made it to St. Peter’s Pool! Oops!
St. Peter’s Pool isn’t easy to find, but once you know where it is and the tiny roads you need to turn onto, it’s a place you’ll want to go to again and again! The travel guides tell you to park on the main road, but if you turn left by the tiny sign that says “St. Peter’s Pool,” you can actually get to a little empty area to park. The road is barely wide enough for one car so if you meet another one, you’re in trouble! (Living in Malta greatly improves your reversing skills!)
The natural limestone formations of St. Peter’s Pool are stunning and while it’s not your typical beach, the swimming is fantastic. There are flat places to spread out your towels or have a picnic; places to embrace your inner adventurer and jump into the water and places for the kids to spread out their toys and play! In the summer it can often be more crowded, but it is still not as popular as many beaches in Malta because it’s harder to access. No matter how many times we went there, it was always my favourite place on the island. St. Peter’s Pool is a definite must see!
Where is your favourite beach?