Walking and Trekking in Malta
There are several walking and trekking groups in Malta which take tourists and locals on beautiful trekking routes, to appreciate and make the most of the diverse landscape that Malta has to offer.
Due to its mild climate, diverse landscape and footprint, Malta presents itself as an extraordinary candidate for walking and trekking . As a result of this, several associations, groups and societies have been setup to assist the traveller or local to make the best of these sporting activities.
One of the more popular is the Ramblers Association of Malta
. The association is setup to promote rambling activities as a means to a healthy lifestyle and to protect and develop the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Maltese islands
. The Association maintains a regular blog
detailing new routes and events. Their site contains several resources relating to coastal cliffs
and country walks
Nature Trust (Malta)
is another such association which was initially setup in 1962 and is now a partner of the World Wildlife Fund
(WWF). The organization acts as a pressure group to obtain legal protection for flora and fauna in Malta and is active in the management of some of the most beautiful walking sites in Malta, including: Wied Ghollieqa Nature Reserve, Ballut Nature Reserve, Xrobb l-Ghagin Nature Park, Pembroke Garigue Natura 2000, Majjistral Park and Marsaxlokk Nature Park.
The Government has also setup a National Sports Council known as ‘Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport
’ which regularly organizes walking events throughout the year. The events (organized in collaboration with the MEHFA – see below) are geared towards improving health and reducing obesity. Walking calendars may be obtained here
The Malta Exercise Health & Fitness Association
(MEHFA) collaborates with the abovementioned Governmental entity to run walking clubs which focus on short walks (20 to 60 minutes) in various parts of the island.
One of the older and most notable associations is the Malta Geographical Society
which was founded in 1943 during the Second World War. The Society organizes monthly (Saturday and Wednesday) walks as well as multiple lectures and seminars. All walks are led by one of its members, often a geologist, and are highly sought after. In summer the society also organizes night-walks which add a degree of thrill to the event. You can book a walk with the Malta Geographical Society here
A popular trekking society is ‘Trekking Malta
’ which meets once a fortnight and organizes trekking events which generally last around 4 hours. All walks are leisurely and generally include a communal meal or snack.