Gear Up for Hiking
Walking, hiking and trekking are popular activities in Malta since the climate and the relatively small footprint of the island make it a perfect location for outdoor sports.
However, as in any activity, it’s important to kick-off with the right gear which will make your activity more enjoyable. Here are some of the most useful hints and tips we've gathered over many years of open-air adventures in Malta.
Malta’s climate is generally warm so drink often to stay hydrated.
- Consider using sunscreen. In the warmer months a minimum sun-protection-factor of 30 and a cap are recommended. In July and August it’s also useful to keep insect screen handy.
- If you’re planning a long trek or if you’re walking along uneven surfaces, you may wish to consider walking poles. Apart from aiding stability, they help keep your hands elevated and your arm muscles active.
- Invest in good footwear. You probably wont need beefy backpacking boots as the climate and terrain in Malta is clement. In general however, light hiking shoes (resembling sturdy running shoes) will fit the bill for walking, trekking or hiking in Malta.
- Keep your camera handy. A small portable camera or even your smartphone is a great way to capture beautiful Maltese scenes and create memories that will last you a lifetime.
Specific tips for hiking in Malta:
- Consider hiking in a group especially in the more remote areas of the island. This will allow you to learn from more experienced hikers and distribute your camping gear better.
- Malta’s small size means that access to food is easier than in most countries, however if you’re camping in cut-off zones including Comino, pack enough food for the length of your hike.
- If you’re hiking with your family, plan a route that is suitable to all family members and let the slower person set the pace.
- Avoid cotton clothes. If you’re trekking or hiking you should opt for a breathable base layer. In colder climate consider a middle and waterproof outer layer.
- Malta has only a few fresh water lakes and the salt level in the sea doesn't make it drinkable. As a result carry plenty of water along with you. A fold-up water bag or wine-bladder is excellent for carrying water.
- Check the weather forecast before you hike. In January and February the weather is less predictable so planning in advance is recommended.
Most importantly however; take some time to unwind whilst walking or hiking in Malta. The view here is spectacular and the experience of watching the sun dip in the warm aquamarine Mediterranean sea is unique.