Cycling in Malta
Through most of the past decade, Malta has steadily improved its infrastructure to cater for a growing community of cycling enthusiasts.
Be it for health benefits or merely for a more pleasant way of exploring Malta’s idyllic landscape, cycling has consistently increased its popularity in Malta.
By means of an EU-funded project, Malta, Gozo
and Sicily have benefitted from over 1000km of newly laid cycle lanes. A dedicated website
now lists preferred cycling routes
as well as cyclist-friendly hotels. The project has led to the development of three principal routes.
The first such
cycling route is in the North-West of Malta departing from Rabat
(beside the Roman Villa) and passing through Kuncizzjoni, Dingli, Bahrija, Mgarr, Mosta
. This route is approximately 34 kilometers in length and requires just over two and a half hours of cycling. This route is the easier of the three and is suitable for cyclists of any ability.
The second route is in the South-West of Malta and also departs from Rabat (beside the Roman Villa) however then meanders into Buskett , Girgenti, Ghar Lapsi, Qrendi and Siggiewi. This route is approximately 27 kilometers in length and requires around two hours of cycling. The route is considered to be one of medium difficulty yet nevertheless accessible and pleasant.
The third route is in the scenic island of Gozo
and is an all-island coastal route. This cycling route departs from the Port of Mgarr; from where the Gozo Ferry Boat
operates making it easily accessible to day-travellers. This circular route traverses the picturesque Gozitan villages of Ghajnsielem, Xewkija, Sannat, Victoria
(Rabat), Kercem, San Lawrenz, Gharb, Zebbug, Xaghra, Nadur and Qala. This route is 42 kilometers and requires just over 3 hours making it an ideal challenge for more advanced cyclists.
All three route maps, GPX files and technical cycling cards may be downloaded from here
There are a large amount of bicycle rental and repair outlets in Malta and experienced cyclists often participate in guided cycling expeditions around the island. Cycling in Malta is a leisurely activity and the scenic attributes of the coastal paths present a large amount of unique vistas.