For most people, the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean and the stunning coastline of Malta suggest the experience of a wonderful, culturally rich, but ultimately relaxing holiday.
For others, usually those without a fear of heights, it suggests adventure and extreme sports.
Malta isn’t just about fantastic food, a vibrant culture, a fascinating history, and beautiful landscapes.
It’s also about excitement.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, then Malta is the perfect destination for a climbing holiday or summer getaway for the seasoned extreme sports fan.
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Rock Climbing Malta
Malta’s deep seas and stunning limestone cliffs provide some of the best climbing anywhere in the world.
For centuries, gnarled Maltese fisherman have been scaling these cliffs barefoot and without equipment.
We wouldn’t recommend that you do the same, but you can certainly remember their courage when attempting the same routes, some of which are devilishly difficult.
Modern rock climbing in Malta was begun in the 70s by daring British RAF adventurers, and in the 80s and 90s Malta became a favourite, but little-known spot for international climbers, mainly from Italy.
Over the years, hundreds of bolted sports routes have sprung up with around 600 lines currently on offer.
There is also plenty of good trad climbing to be had in Malta, and all in all, the islands boast over 1,500 routes.
Most of these routes are on beautiful limestone crags on Malta, but around 30% are to be found on the island of Gozo.
Luckily, there are very few local climbers around, so the stunning limestone rock is largely unpolished and the routes are relatively peaceful.
If you don’t know how to rock climb or have little experience, then you can still get in on the action!
There are plenty of companies in Malta that offer guided expeditions and training sessions.
The difficulty grades of Maltese routes also vary wildly, with nursery 3a routes found alongside death-defying high 8s and even, according to rumour, 9s hiding on imposing sea cliffs around Malta.
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If you are looking for adventure on Malta, but haven’t a clue about climbing, then you can get your adrenaline hit through other means.
What is ziplining?
Ziplining is essentially the art of whizzing along a rope, usually at a terrifying height, from point a to point b. Otherwise called an aerial runway, or a death slide, a zip line is sufficiently fun, but without any of the hard work of climbing.
Crucially, despite being terrifying, ziplining is completely safe, as long as the zip line is set up by professionals of course.
Ziplining is, therefore, a great activity for all the family on holiday and children of any age can ride.
You can also usually vary your speed on a zip-line, meaning that you can have some control over the level of excitement you want to experience!
There are established zip lines across Malta, but you can also arrange for private ziplines to be set up at locations of your choice.
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Coasteering is another, slightly more challenging way to get your kicks in Malta.
Coasteering is basically any physical activity that involves negotiating a rocky coastline without the use of boats or ropes.
It’s, therefore, a difficult activity to define, but it usually involves some mix of swimming, scrambling or climbing on rocks, and jumping or diving.
Coasteering is certainly not for the faint-hearted, but if you enjoy your adventure served in large portions, then it might be the right activity for you.
There are a few companies that offer coasteering adventures in Malta.
One is MC Adventure, which also offers a host of activities such as abseiling, rock climbing, and zip lining.
MC Adventure’s coasteering package involves a 1km coastal adventure including high-level traverses, boulder crossing, cliff jumping, and swimming.
There’s no way to turn back once you’ve begun the adventure, other than to climb the escape route at the end, so you should be pretty certain of your adrenaline junky credentials before you begin!
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Compared to coasteering, abseiling is a relatively relaxing and benign sport!
What is abseiling?
Abseiling, or rappelling is the fine art of walking down a cliff attached securely to the top.
Usually, rock climbing involves some form of abseiling down a route, especially if it is being climbed by someone else afterwards.
You can also organize abseiling experiences through MC Adventure.
They’ll secure your rope at the top of the cliff, so you should feel completely safe.
Of course, standing at the top of a cliff, leaning back over a drop down to the sea some 70m below doesn’t tend to make you feel safe, and at this point, the adrenaline should be pumping!
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