Walking in Malta: The Best Hiking Trails

28 December 2016

From mid-November up until late spring, the weather transforms the islands into a lush paradise as the greenery bursts back into life again. In the countryside, the fields fill with Mediterranean garigue while the waysides are blanketed with scented wild herbs and flowers. If you plan to book flights to Malta, you should definitely take this opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside.

We’ve listed three of the best hikes in Malta. Some of these hikes are quite long so bring ample supplies of food and water (and good walking shoes!). There’s no need to worry about not having enough baggage space. Air Malta offers free 20kg check-in baggage and 10kg hand luggage. 

Walking in Malta: The Best Hiking Trails

Tas-Silġ Walk – Follow the White Signs

Tas-Silġ Walk is a pleasant hike between the two fishing villages of Marsaskala and Marsaxlokk. It is approximately 7km making it perfect for those who want something less intensive. Starting in front of the parish church in Marsaskala, you can take in the beauty of the quaint little village: the fishermen mending their nets, the colourful traditional fishing vessels and the saltpans by the sea. 

Walking in Malta: The Best Hiking Trails

The walk itself deviates in two directions: Route A will bring you through the countryside, while Route B hugs the coast the whole way to Marsaxlokk. Both of the routes are beautiful in their own right so you’ll need to decide whether you’d prefer to see the magnificent coastal cliffs or the lush countryside. Once you get to Marsaxlokk, take some time to relax. Enjoy a coffee and soak up the ambience of the little fishing village.

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Dingli, Fawwara, Wied iż-Żurrieq Walk – Follow the Red Signs

This walk starts near the Dingli cliffs offering some majestic views of the Mediterranean Sea, the lush countryside and the islet of Filfla in the distance. Spanning a distance of approximately 11.2km, you will see a number of Malta’s iconic pre-historic sites as well as many wayside chapels along the way. 

Walking in Malta: The Best Hiking Trails

A short distance into the walk, you’ll find the ancient cart ruts carved into the ground. Following on from this you will hit an area known as Il-Wardija ta’ San Ġorġ. This is a typical Bronze Age village site and is well worth exploring. As you continue along the hike, you’ll come across a number of quaint farm buildings and shelters. Keep on walking until you reach the ancient Hagar Qim Temples. If you’re feeling adventurous why not deviate off the beaten track until you find Mnajdra Temple, another ancient site with some fantastic views of Filfla. Once you’re back on track continue to the end of the hike at Wied iż-Żurrieq. Take in some well-deserved views of the breath-taking Blue Grotto. 

Walking in Malta: The Best Hiking Trails

Image courtesy of MTA

Walking in Malta: The Best Hiking Trails

 

Watch Towers Walk – Follow the Cyan Signs

This hike is located in the northern most point of Malta in Mellieħa. Looping around the whole northern part of Mellieħa, this hike spans approximately 14.5km. This is a fantastic walk for anyone interested in the history of Malta. Starting at Għadira Bay, you will need to head north until you hit the iconic Red Tower. 

Walking in Malta: The Best Hiking Trails

Turning east, this walk hugs the coastline all the way back to the Red Tower again. Along the way you’ll pass by a number of towers as well as breath-taking cliffs, sandy bays, wooded areas of olive trees and wild thyme as well as a nature reserve. You will pass by The White Tower at Ir-Ramla tat-Torri, the Vendome Battery near Mellieħa village and a redoubt near the bay. You will also notice the impressive Santa Marija Tower dominating the island of Comino as you walk along the coast.

Walking in Malta: The Best Hiking Trails

Image courtesy of MTA

 

Walking in Malta: The Best Hiking Trails

So what are you waiting for? Spend some time immersed in the natural and historic beauty as you explore Malta’s countryside!


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