Take some time out of your busy schedule to go trailing across the Maltese coast with a new found sense of adventure.
With over 250 km of relatively uninhabited coastline and beautiful Mediterranean landscape inland, Malta promises the intrepid hiker a great experience. Add to this year-round fair weather and a great opportunity for spotting migratory birds, and you have the makings of a great walking holiday.
Coastal walks provide the hiker with stunning and expansive sea views. A well-established network of trails, paths and narrow country lanes eliminate the danger of getting lost without distracting from the adventure. Most of Malta’s pristine walks are located along the Western coastline stretching from Dingli in the South-West to Cirkewwa in the North-West. Those with stronger legs will be able to cover that distance in a day or two, but the walk is best split into four or five-day trips, allowing the hiker to explore the areas in more detail.
Gozo is a favourite amongst hill walkers and hikers thanks to its unspoilt countryside, great transportation links, and hilly terrain. It’s possible to hike around the coast of the island in a few days at a decent pace; but to really soak in the beauty of the coast, with its stunning cliffs of nesting birds, narrow inlets and sandy beaches, it’s best to stretch it over a week. Accommodation is plentiful on Gozo, catering for every taste and budget, so setting up base there for a week or so allows hikers to fully explore the area without the overhead of travel time.
Inland hikes on Gozo provide for some great scenery as well as fascinating villages to discover. Għarb and Għasri, Kerċem, Qala, and Għajnsielem are just a few of the picturesque villages that can be reached on foot from the island’s capital Victoria.
Autumn, winter and spring are the most popular times of the year for hikers thanks to the mild and pleasant climate. However, the wooded area of Buskett, originally a hunting ground for the Knights of Malta, provides ample shade even on the hottest of summer days. If you’re an early riser, few things can bring nature back into your life better than an early morning hike along the quiet trails of these historic and beautiful gardens.