Walking

Peaceful areas ideal for walks


country walks maltaWalks on Gozo

Gozo is a excellent place for walking as there are a series of narrow footpaths and tracks as well as good walking along the stunning cliffs and flat-topped hills. Gozo’s countryside is beautiful and well-maintained while houses are almost never more than two storeys high.  There are several beautiful spots in Gozo ideal for walks.  Trekking along the wild coastline of ‘Ghajn Barrani’ which stretches from Ramla il-Hamra to Ghar Qawqla in Marsalforn is recommended.  The path to left side (when facing Ramla beach) needs to be taken.  One needs to pay attention to walk through safer paths.  It is possible to stop at a small secluded beach at a now distant Ramla Bay.  Along the way one will witness some sacred places.   There is a bit of climbing but mostly on well beaten clay treks which lead to an area in Marsalforn known as Ghar Qawqla.  A walk from here will take the visitor to the sea promenade in Marsalforn where one can have a nice refreshing drink in one of the many bars located by the seaside.  Following the shore on the western side, passing through a large promenade, will lead to the inlet of Qbajjar and the picturesque Xwejni Bay.  The latter is situated by the popular salt pans from where one can continue walking towards the miniscule fjord-like of Wied il-Ghasri which offers dramatic vistas of the craggy cliffs and the pristine Mediterranean Sea.


Walking up to Ta’ Gordan Lighthouse in Ghasri is also recommended.  From here it is also possible to walk towards Wied il-Ghasri and continue to the Salt Pans in Marsalforn.

 

Those into harder treks will not want to miss the path which starts from Xlendi Bay along the dramatic coastline that leads to Dwejra Bay.  This is done by climbing up the steep stairs on the right side of the bay and reaching the rocky slopes of Tar-Riefnu at the top.  One must pay attention to pass through safe paths and bare rock as otherwise can be dangerous.  Various species of wild plants and flowers are found along the patch which leads to an area known as Wardija Point with an altitude of over 500ft and offers vast views over the coastline surrounding the Azure Window.  Once reached this point, zig-zagging paths past limestone quarries and various fields lead to Dwejra Bay.

 

Walks on Malta

The Manikata area is an ideal place for a picnic area on a sunny day.  Surrounded with several farming areas, it provides serenity to all its visitors.  A picnic by the edge of the cliffs will give you stunning views over two of the most beautiful beaches, Ghajn tuffieha and Golden Bay.  The area is particularly known for the vast amount of prickly pears that can be found here but attention must be given on how to collect them!  Park your car near the modern church of St. Joseph's, which can be easily seen on approaching the village, and start your walk in one of the greenest areas of Malta.


One of the highest places in Malta, Bahrija offers great views over the northern part of Malta and also parts of Gozo.  Perfect for walks along its cliffs, this hamlet situated in the limits of Rabat, includes the site of a Bronze Age village, where several discoveries in the site are now preserved in the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.  Unless you are vegetarian, don’t miss a rabbit meal served by one of the restaurants in the area.  Just before reaching Bahrija, Ghemmieri is a beautiful spot for walking.


Gharghur is the highest town in Malta and a quite place, perfect for walks.  This is one of the oldest villages in Malta.  The beautiful well decorated Parish Church dedicated to St.Bartholomew is worth visiting.  A nice walk is along the Victoria lines (a line of fortifications flanked by defensive towers) in the middle of the countryside with views of the north-eastern coastline of the island ranging from Bahar ic-Caghaq to St.Paul’s Bay and even Gozo.


Bidnija is the second smallest residential village in Malta and is another countryside paradise.  The village is located in between two big valleys that extend into other valleys in the area.  Bidnija is home to some good horse riding facilities.  One characteristic of the village are the protected olive trees found here known by the name of ‘Bidni’, thus the name Bidnija.  These olive trees date back to more than 5,000 years and are a major source of olive oil on the island.


Wardija is another village situated on a hill, this time enjoying stunning views over Xemxija and St.Paul’s Bay.  Some interesting chapels are found here which were built by nobles as a place of worship.  Notable are the St Simon chapel which is built in a neo-gothic style and The Our Lady of Grace chapel with its beautiful altarpiece. 


Aituated between Siggiewi and Rabat, Girgenti is beautiful for its fertile fields and small valleys.   The area hosts an 18th century Inquisitor’s Palace, which is the residence of Prime Minister of Malta during summer.  The Palace is open to the public only on certain open days. 


Situated on the outskirts of Mgarr, Bingemma is most popular for the gap it provides in the 12 km long Victoria lines, which is a line of fortifications along the width of Malta.  At the Bingemma Gap, is a small wayside chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Ittria.  The area is characterized by its cart ruts, which are parallel tracks running through rock, dating back to prehistoric times.  To the west of the main cart ruts area, are some amazing cart ruts ridges.


Dingli cliffs are the highest place in Malta, reaching a height of over 250 metres above sea level.  This also meant that Dingli, in the past, was always safe from attacks coming from the sea.  The cliffs provide stunning views over the rough green land tumbled into sea froth that eventually culminates in a dark-blue ocean.  One can also admire views towards the Buskett Gardens and the small island of Filfla along with the pristine Mediterranean Sea.  On top of the cliffs there is a small wayside chapel dedicated to St Mary Magdalene which dates back to the 17th century, along with several cart ruts in the nearby.  If you love walking, you have a long and beautiful plateau for relaxing countryside walks!


The Imtahleb area is popular for its diversity in trees which range from Mediterranean willow trees to white poplar trees.  Also one will find one very old and rare individual jujube tree, which along with the other trees is protected.  The landscape of the area is green and peaceful and another wonderful place for walking while enjoying splendid views over the fields and the sea.  One can admire the stunning  cliffs at il-Qaws (Migra l-Ferha) and the cystal clear waters beneath the cliffs.