Malta

Description

ValettaThanks to its location right in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta enjoys a climate that makes walking possible all year round, but early spring and late autumn are best. Thanks to the hot sirocco wind, summers do get really hot and walking is only practical early in the morning. Winters can occasionally be chilly and wet, but always stay mild. Typical for Malta island are a rather bare and dry landscape, limestone slabs and outcrops along the coast, and the island as a whole tilting slightly towards the northeast. The many bays and inlets are all rocky, except for some sandy beaches in the northwest.

The main island of Malta offers some interesting walks: the Victoria and Dwejra Lines (fortifications dating back to the Victorian age), the South coast, the western peninsula. The northern part is almost completely urbanised and the beach settlements tend towards the cheap side. With a total rather flat area adding up to only 316 km², and nowhere higher than 240m,  there are many possibilities for day hikes and you will find some trails which are marked in red, particularly along the rocky coastline.

More interesting are the two smaller islands. Comino, to start with, is empty, apart from one hotel, and can be circumvented in a few hours. Very rewarding. Gozo, the other island, is the “Malta of the past”: quiet, green, and a touch of Mediterranean traditions (not the bird hunting and trapping of course).

Two long distance hikes have been set out for you. The Malta Coastal Walk and the Gozo Coastal Walk. These hikes are partly marked (red dots and arrows). You may find a guidebook in local shops. Otherwise, find descriptions and maps on the internet. The Gozo Coastal walk – about 50 km, 3 days - with some lovely coastal paths along majestic cliffs - can be recommended.

Do not forget to visit some of the mesmerising Neolithic temples and make up your own phantasy on what they were used for.

Busses (modern ones!) run hourly between all villages of Malta and Gozo. Best to buy a cheap weekly bus pass.

 

 

Trails

Books

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United Kingdom
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2022
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2022
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2022
  • Reisgids Malta - Gozo | Sunflower books
  • The go-to Malta, Gozo and Comino travel guide for over 30 years. Strap on your boots and discover Malta on foot with the Sunflower Malta travel guide. And on the days when your feet may have had enough, enjoy some spectacular scenery on one of our legendary car tours. The Sunflower Malta guide is indispensable for hiking in Malta or seeing... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • DK Eyewitness Top 10 Malta and Gozo
  • Step back in time to explore the ancient cities of Mdina and Rabat, marvel at the splendid Gran Master`s Palace in Valletta, explore the historic streets of Birgu (Vittoriosa), the charming bay in Marsaxlokk, or snorkel in the Mediterranean off the beautiful island of Gozo. From top 10 outdoor activities to top 10 walks and drives, discover the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2013
  • Malta, Gozo and Comino Sunflower Landscape Guide
  • Malta, Gozo and Comino is the Sunflower Landscapes guide to exploring the best walking and touring possibilities on each island. The guide covers a range of routes including walks on each of the islands. A double-sided, fold-out touring map of Malta gives an overview of the island, basic street outlines of Victoria and Comino and the locations... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2022
  • Wandelgids Malta - Gozo met Comino | Rother Bergverlag
  • Uitstekende wandelgids met een groot aantal dagtochten op Malta, Gozo en Comino. Met praktische informatie en beperkt kaartmateriaal! Wandelingen in verschillende zwaarte weergegeven in rood/blauw/zwart. 168 Seiten mit 119 Farbabbildungen 35 Hhenprofile; 35 Wanderkrtchen im Mastab 1.30.000, 1:50.000 und 1:75.000, eine bersichtskarte; GPS-Tracks ... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Malta And Gozo
  • A detailed, large-scale map showing extensive tourist and leisure information, places of interest, footpaths and hiking trails together with inset plans for the main towns on the island. Useful road information and classifications with distances together with beaches and water sports are also included along with national parks and nature... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Malta And Gozo
  • A detailed, large-scale map showing extensive tourist and leisure information, places of interest, footpaths and hiking trails together with inset plans for the main towns on the island. Useful road information and classifications with distances together with beaches and water sports are also included along with national parks and nature... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • Walking on Malta
  • This guidebook describes 33 half- and full day walks on the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino. Basking in the Mediterranean sunshine between Sicily and Africa, the islands have a colourful and complex history from the Neolithic and the Medieval to the present day. The routes range from 2.5-30km, beginning with a short heritage trail around the... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Walking on Malta
  • This guidebook describes 33 half- and full day walks on the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino. Basking in the Mediterranean sunshine between Sicily and Africa, the islands have a colourful and complex history from the Neolithic and the Medieval to the present day. The routes range from 2.5-30km, beginning with a short heritage trail around the... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Walking on Malta
  • This guidebook describes 33 half- and full day walks on the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino. Basking in the Mediterranean sunshine between Sicily and Africa, the islands have a colourful and complex history from the Neolithic and the Medieval to the present day. The routes range from 2.5-30km, beginning with a short heritage trail around the... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids Walking on Malta | Cicerone
  • This guidebook describes 33 walks on Malta and its neighbouring islands of Gozo and Comino. Walks generally range from 3 to 17 km, and include Valetta, heritage trails, coastal walks and explorations inland, including the 30km 'Victoria Lines' route between Mgarr and Bahar ic-Caghaq. Malta offers year-round walking. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Dominicus Malta en Gozo | Gottmer
  • Rijk geillustreerde gids met nadruk op historische en culturele hoogtepunten. Prachtige, goed leesbare beschrijvingen die prikkelen! Informatief van hoog niveau. De Maltese eilanden zijn de zonnigste plek in de Middellandse Zee, waar ook nog meer dan genoeg te zien en te doen is. Door de Maltese geschiedenis vol ridders en piraten hebben Malta... Read more
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Maps

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United Kingdom
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  • Kompass WK235 Malta en Gozo
  • Toeristische kaart voor wandelen, fietsen en vrije tijd met activiteitengids en stadsplattegronden • goed leesbare schaal van 1:25 000 • te gebruiken met GPS • met praktische informatie over de regio • wandel- en fietspaden • aanbevolen routes • kastelen • uitzichtpunten • stranden en baaien • toeristische informatie • veel topografische... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Kompass WK235 Malta en Gozo
  • Toeristische kaart voor wandelen, fietsen en vrije tijd met activiteitengids en stadsplattegronden • goed leesbare schaal van 1:25 000 • te gebruiken met GPS • met praktische informatie over de regio • wandel- en fietspaden • aanbevolen routes • kastelen • uitzichtpunten • stranden en baaien • toeristische informatie • veel topografische... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
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