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

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Malta, Gozo and Comino Marco Polo Spiral Guide
  • Malta, Gozo and Comino in the Marco Polo Spiral Guides series is a practical guide presenting the most important things to see and do in the islands in a nutshell, and aimed at travellers who don’t have a lot of time to prepare and research for a trip. The guide highlights the top 10 sights, suggests tours and great ideas for exciting days out,... Read more
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Reisgids Reishandboek Malta en Gozo | Elmar
  • Praktische en culturele reisgids met alle bezienswaardigheden Het mediterrane Malta is een cultureel schateiland. Het zag prehistorische mensen, Romeinen, moslims, christelijke orderidders van Sint Jan, Fransen en Britten komen en gaan. Ze lieten hun erfenis achter. Tempelresten, historische vestingstadjes, ontzagwekkende (zee)forten, barokke... Read more
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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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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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Michelin groene gids weekend Malta | Lannoo
  • De 3-sterrengids voor een geslaagde citytrip Voor wie slechts één compacte stadsgids in zijn tas wil stoppen en toch geen enkele bezienswaardigheid of topadres wil missen. Elk hoofdstuk heeft een eigen kleur, zo vind je feilloos de informatie die je zoekt. Praktische inlichtingen staan in het groene deel, de beste adressen in het turkoois, tips... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids ANWB extra Malta | ANWB Media
  • Beleef Malta met de compleet vernieuwde reisgids ANWB Extra Malta! Malta heeft prachtige stranden zoals Golden Bay en Ramla Bay op Gozo. De hoofdstad Valetta werd gekozen tot culturele stad van het jaar. Deze combinatie maakt Malta de perfecte bestemming voor een leuke zonvakantie. De compacte ANWB Extra reisgids Malta biedt naast diverse... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Let's Trail Caravaggio
  • Caravaggio was the most famous painter of his time- a celebrity who could not keep out of trouble and whose travels through Italy and Malta make a gripping, exhilarating and ultimately uplifting trail for you to follow."Let's trail..." is the travel book series which takes you in the footsteps of remarkable people, taking you to places you... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Let's Trail Caravaggio
  • Caravaggio was the most famous painter of his time- a celebrity who could not keep out of trouble and whose travels through Italy and Malta make a gripping, exhilarating and ultimately uplifting trail for you to follow."Let's trail..." is the travel book series which takes you in the footsteps of remarkable people, taking you to places you... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Capitool Top 10 Malta - Gozo | Unieboek
  • - Top 10 van onder andere de beste restaurants, de mooiste bezienswaardigheden en de leukste winkels - Met de uitneembare kaart vind je gemakkelijk de weg - De schitterende foto's brengen Malta & Gozo tot leven - Compact formaat, ideaal om mee te nemen - Diverse wandelroutes leiden je langs de prachtige kustlijnen van de eilanden De reisgids is... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 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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Netherlands
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Netherlands
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Walking on Malta & Gozo
  • Island hopping and walking adventure on Malta & Gozo. A walking adventure on Malta and Gozo, islands located in the Western Mediterranean, with a beguiling mix of culture and history. Contrasting landscapes feature rocky stretches of coastline with red-gold beaches and clear turquoise seas. Explore Malta’s capital, Valletta, home to some of... Read more
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