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San Blas - A view from our expert author
Less crowded than Ramla Bay, this beautiful red sandy bay lies at the end of one of the most fertile valleys in Gozo.
A short drive north from Nadur is this beautiful red sandy bay at the end of one of the most fertile valleys in Gozo. A mini Ramla just along the coast from its larger neighbour, San Blas is more enclosed by cliffs and greenery and less crowded due to the very steep (repeat, very steep) track you have to walk down (and then up!) to get to the beach. It is well worth it as long as there are no jellyfish about to stop you swimming when you arrive hot and sweaty at the bottom. Like Ramla there can be rip currents here and there is no flag system to warn you so check with locals, especially if weather has been windy, and keep young children and weaker swimmers in their depth.
You can park at the top of the steep track and there is a small snack bar at the bottom. Along the coast, on the cliffs between here and Daħlet Qorrot (some 3km from Nadur) is the Ta’ Sopu Tower (It-Torri Isopu, also known as San Blas Tower and Torre Nuova). It was built in 1667 under Grand Master Nicolas Cotoner. The original staircase to the first-floor drawbridge has gone and the walls are quite weathered. It is not regularly open to the public but the key is held by Martin Portelli at Wileg (pronounced like village with a w) restaurant in Qala (tel: 21560750; mob: 99885482; email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The red sandy bay of San Blas © Philip Price, www.viewingmalta.com