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14 Nov 2012
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Walking in Malta

33 Routes on Malta, Gozo and Comino

by Paddy Dillon
Book published by Cicerone Press

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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Description

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
 

  • Activities
    Walking along coastlines, cliff-tops and inland. Through countryside, towns and villages.
  • Seasons
    Spring is best, high summer perhaps too hot for strenuous walking. Winter walking is fine, but it can be rainy and (even!) a little cold.
  • Centres
    Malta is about the same size as the Isle of Wight so anywhere will make a fine base for walking.
  • Difficulty
    Half and full-day walks, usually easy, but with some longer stretches along the clifftops.
  • Must See
    Old Valetta (a World Heritage Site); excellent walking on cliff coastlines out of the towns; historic buildings and landmarks of the many peoples who have come to Malta.

March 2015

Walk 29: Marsalforn to Nadur

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.

Contents

Contents
Introduction
Location and Population
Geology and Landscape
Discovery and History
Weather
Language
Religion
Maltese Wildlife
Protected Areas
Getting to the Maltese Islands
Getting around the Maltese Islands
Money
Accommodation
Maps of the Maltese Islands
Countryside Access
The Plan of this Guide
Emergency Assistance
MALTA
Walk 1: Valletta Heritage Trail
Walk 2: Rinella to Marsaskala
Walk 3: Marsaskala to Bir?ebbu?a
Walk 4: Bir?ebbu?a to Gudja
Walk 5: ?urrieq to Si??iewi
Walk 6: Si??iewi to Dingli
Walk 7: Dingli to M?arr
Walk 8: G?ajn Tuffie?a Circuit
Walk 9: M?arr to G?adira
Walk 10: Marfa Ridge Circuit
Walk 11: Mellie?a 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: Ba?ar i?-?ag?aq to St George’s Bay
Walk 18: The Victoria Lines
Walk 19: Rabat to Mosta
Walk 20: Rabat and Dingli
Walk 21: Si??iewi and Buskett
Walk 22: Si??iewi to Qormi
Walk 23: The Wignacourt Aqueduct
Walk 24: Mdina and Rabat Heritage Trail
GOZO
Walk 25: Victoria Heritage Trail
Walk 26: M?arr to Sannat
Walk 27: Sannat to San Lawrenz
Walk 28: San Lawrenz to Marsalforn
Walk 29: Marsalforn to Nadur
Walk 30: Xag?ra to Qala
Walk 31: Qala to M?arr
Walk 32: G?arb to Marsalforn
COMINO
Walk 33: Circuit of Comino
 
Appendix 1: Brief History of Malta
Appendix 2: Topographical Glossary
Appendix 3: Contact Details
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