Apart from enjoying heavenly beaches, Malta also has the perfect places to go hiking or trekking with spectacular jaw-dropping backdrops.
In this blog post, we show you the top 5 places where to go hiking in Malta.
The Marfa Ridge Country Walk
The Marfa Ridge country walk is absolutely stunning – and also very long. It is 11km long and takes roughly 4.5 hours to complete. It starts in the northern part of Malta, Mellieha, specifically at the Island’s largest sandy beach Ghadira Bay and takes you on a long journey full of uphill and downhill paths.
One of the landmarks you will meet on your journey is the famous and austere ‘Torri l-Ahmar’ (Red Tower) which is situated at the very top of the Marfa Ridge. From there, keeping a steady pace, the path leads to the solitary Immaculate Conception chapel, all the while offering breath-taking views of the countryside and the sea from the sheer cliffs.
The trail is wild and rocky, and consists of different habitats, farmland, wooded areas, beautiful bays, and garigue. As you approach the next landmark which is ‘it-Torri l-Abjad’ (The White Tower), you will be exposed to a wondrous geological formation and several historical fortified structures that go back centuries. The path then goes uphill again bringing into view the gorgeous Paradise Bay, before winding down to a path that eventually leads back to the Red Tower and the Ghadira Nature Reserve – the starting point of the journey.
The smallest island out of Malta and Gozo, has only has a few structures on it, including: the Santa Maria Tower, the former leprosy colony building which is now used by the locals to live in, the chapel, the police station, a medium size hotel and a group of small bungalows belonging to it.
However, this seemingly small island has so much to offer in terms of natural beauty, with its idyllic scenes and unique flora and fauna. It is no wonder that this little Island has been featured many times in Films.
Comino is mostly famed for its stunning Blue Lagoon, with crystal waters, but it is also very popular for its hiking and trekking opportunities. The terrain is heavily uneven since there are no structured roads on the Island, which makes it even more challenging.
The Girgenti Walk starts at the entrance of Buskett and ends in Qrendi. This walk is not only spectacular in it that it comprises of the woodlands of Buskett which date back to the 16th century, but also because along the trail you will come across a lot of magnificent historical sites such as the prehistoric cart ruts and Ghar il-Kbir (a complex of caves which were inhabited up to 150 years ago).
The path also leads to the Roman quarries and further on to the Inquisitor’s Girgenti Palace an 18th century palace which is currently being used as the Prime Minister’s official residence. One of the most notable landmarks is the Laferla Cross set on the very pinnacle on a hill, projecting magnificent views of the countryside beneath.
From Buskett, the walk then leads to the quaint village of Siggiewi, then to the outskirts of Qrendi where you can further admire fascinating architectural structures, and ends at ‘il-Maqluba’ – a huge sinkhole that gives off an aura of mystery and wonder. The formation has a lot of legends and myths around it, which continues to add to its sense of otherworldly existence. This walk is certainly not one to miss, and that should be captured on camera (even though it doesn’t do it justice!).
Dingli, Fawwara Wied iż-Żurrieq Walk
Dingli is another popular site for hiking in Malta, with its lush countryside and astonishing views of the open sea.
The walk starts near the Dingli cliffs, overlooking the vast Mediterranean Sea and the islet of Filfla, which can be seen in the distance.
The hike spans a distance of approximately 11.2km. Along the way, you will not only enjoy majestic views of the cliffs and of the open sea, but you will also come across a number ofMalta’s iconic pre-historic sites and small chapels.
In order to gain the utmost benefit from this hike, we highly suggest you go at sunrise or sundown!
Xemxija Heritage Trail
This trail is not only not as long and difficult as the others we have mentioned above, (being only about 90 minutes long), but as the name implies, it also consists of many important archaeological sites that belong to different periods in history – ranging from the Neolithic age to Punic and Roman times.
Out of the many sites the trail comprises of, there is a Roman road (which was used by the Romans to transport salt), an apiary (where bees are kept), a burial cave that dates back to prehistoric times, a menhir, a troglodyte and 17th century Roman Baths.
This is the perfect way to combine a pleasant walk with appreciation of heritage.