Malta has improved in terms of cycling conditions in recent years with the introduction of some cycling lanes on traffic roads and also a few bicycle parking. In spite of this, cycling around the Maltese countryside is recommended and much safer. The Maltese unspoiled countryside with beautiful scenery all around is very welcoming for great cycling throughout miles of quiet and vast maze of paths. The views along the cliffs are stunning and the atmosphere is relaxing. Visit Malta and Gozo’s off the beaten tracks at your own pace, counting on warm weather and great visibility many days of the year. On summer days, it is recommended to avoid cycling early afternoon during the peak hot hours. You will find several bike hire companies with a wide range of bikes.
Strong bikes are recommended. The islands are quite hilly so they can be a bit challenging for cycling however one can find some interesting routes around all parts of the islands. One is suggested to avoid the main roads when possible. Cycling will give you the opportunity to visit some secluded spots that otherwise unreachable by vehicle. The ideal time for cycling is in spring when the islands are most green after the winter rains. You will find a good number of biking tours that offer several routes of all levels from simple to moderate and also difficult routes passing through some major hills. In Gozo and the North of Malta you will find a good number of excellent areas for cycling but even in the south of Malta one will find some interesting routes especially the route from Xghajra leading to Marsascala, Marsaxlokk , Birzebbuga, passing through Hal Far and continuing towards Hal Ghaxaq. Gozo, known as the island of the three hills, is even hillier than Malta and can be more challenging with significant climbs followed by rapid descents. However there are several varied opportunities to cycle through quiet villages and roads with little traffic. Cycling along the sheer cliffs of the islands will be a little more difficult but the views over the clear Mediterranean sea will make up for all the efforts.
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