Update: Gozo’s Ramla Bay – one of World’s Most Beautiful Red Sand Beaches
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Update with Ministry for Gozo statement below: Gozitans already knew it of course – but now it’s world famous – as Ramla Bay is named as one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Red Sand Beaches.”
Travel and Leisure Magazine, USA has named Ramla Bay in Gozo among the World’s 7 Most Beautiful Red Sand beaches.
The Malta Tourism Authority welcomed this mention, “particularly since it occurred in such a prestigious and influential travel publication,” it said.
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.
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, are the other beaches which made the list.
Describing the beach, Travel and Leisure Magazine says, “Ramla Bay lies on the northern coast of Gozo (one of Malta’s islands) and its beachfront is coloured 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.”
Paul Bugeja,MTA CEO 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.
He added that, “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 concluded by thanking MTA’s marketing, local and overseas representatives, including the US office for their continued hard work, as well as local stakeholders.
Update – Ministry for Gozo statement
The Ministry for Gozo has said in a statement that it welcomed the news of this prestigious honour for Ramla.
It added that the Ministry over the past months had been committed to improving the standard of the island’s beaches through a series of interventions, such as at Ramla – when the clearing of seaweed had to be done manually, because the use of machinery was not permitted due to the sensitive nature of the environment.
Discussions are also to begin on a Masterplan for Ramla, which would also eventually be discussed with stakeholders and authorities, the Ministry said.
The Ministry added that a programme of work is to start to improve facilities at Ramla and to make the beach more accessible, at the same time respecting the environment and the area.
“Other projects planned are the cleaning of valleys and a series of improvements to Government owned pathways and tracks for local farmers, as well as the installation of a panoramic camera in the locality of Calypso’s Cave – all so that Ramla can be better enjoyed.” said the Ministry.