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This guidebook describes 33 day walks on Malta, as well as walking routes on the neighbouring islands of Gozo and Comino. Walks range from heritage trails to coastal walks and explorations inland. Malta offers year-round walking visiting old towns including Valetta, as well as walks to enjoy the excellent scenery around the cliffs and coast.
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The Maltese Islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino bask in sunshine at the heart of the Mediterranean, between Sicily and Africa. History has ensured that the islands have been left with a colourful and complex history and heritage, from the Neolithic and the Medieval to the present day. Malta may be known as a popular tourist destination, but they also offer plenty of historic walks, stunningly beautiful and dramatic architecture, and a good amount of excellent scenery, especially around the cliffs and coastlines.
The walking routes in this guidebook start with a short heritage trail around the city of Valletta. A series of walks are arranged roughly clockwise around the coastline of Malta, moving inland to explore some of the ridges and valleys later. The walks on Malta conclude with a heritage trail around Mdina and Rabat.
Walks on the island of Gozo start with a heritage trail around Victoria. This is followed by a clockwise exploration of spectacular coastal walking that allows a complete circuit of the island. The final walk on Gozo wanders over a series of little hills further inland.
The last walk in the book might well be regarded as the best of them all - a circuit around the lovely little island of Comino.
• 33 routes described with clear contour mapping
• varied walks suitable for those of all ability, from the short (2.5km) to the long (30km)
• irrestistible photography and detailed route descriptions provide the perfect companion to explore the Islands
Following recent cliff collapses and mudslides, it has become even more difficult and dangerous (than described in the guide) to walk from Marsalforn to Ramla Bay, and from Ramla Bay to San Blas Bay. Footprints in the mud suggest that some walkers are getting through, but conditions are very unpleasant, so the walk is best avoided altogether. The two bays remain accessible using other paths, and a new route will be provided for the third edition of the guidebook.
|Location and Population|
|Geology and Landscape|
|Discovery and History|
|Getting to the Maltese Islands|
|Getting around the Maltese Islands|
|Maps of the Maltese Islands|
|The Plan of this Guide|
|Walk 1: Valletta Heritage Trail|
|Walk 2: Rinella to Marsaskala|
|Walk 3: Marsaskala to Birżebbuġa|
|Walk 4: Birżebbuġa to Gudja|
|Walk 5: Żurrieq to Siġġiewi|
|Walk 6: Siġġiewi to Dingli|
|Walk 7: Dingli to Mġarr|
|Walk 8: Għajn Tuffieħa Circuit|
|Walk 9: Mġarr to Għadira|
|Walk 10: Marfa Ridge Circuit|
|Walk 11: Mellieħa Bay to Xemxija|
|Walk 12: Selmun Circuit|
|Walk 13: Xemxija Heritage Trail|
|Walk 14: Bajda Ridge Circuit|
|Walk 15: The Wardija Ridge|
|Walk 16: Falka Gap to Salina|
|Walk 17: Baħar iċ-ċagħaq to St George’s Bay|
|Walk 18: The Victoria Lines|
|Walk 19: Rabat to Mosta|
|Walk 20: Rabat and Dingli|
|Walk 21: Siġġiewi and Buskett|
|Walk 22: Siġġiewi to Qormi|
|Walk 23: The Wignacourt Aqueduct|
|Walk 24: Mdina and Rabat Heritage Trail|
|Walk 25: Victoria Heritage Trail|
|Walk 26: Mġarr to Sannat|
|Walk 27: Sannat to San Lawrenz|
|Walk 28: San Lawrenz to Marsalforn|
|Walk 29: Marsalforn to Nadur|
|Walk 30: Xagħra to Qala|
|Walk 31: Qala to Mġarr|
|Walk 32: Għarb to Marsalforn|
|Walk 33: Circuit of Comino|
|Appendix 1: Brief History of Malta|
|Appendix 2: Topographical Glossary|
|Appendix 3: Contact Details|