Hiking and Walking
The Maltese countryside offers respite for those seeking a bit of adventure. With plenty of trails, discover Malta’s natural flora and greenery.
There’s no shortage of trails to explore around the Maltese archipelago. While they may not be the longest you’ll find, they’re certainly packed with interesting features. Breath-taking scenery, ancient ruins, and quaint villages with friendly locals are all regular finds while walking in the Maltese countryside.
The largest swathes of unspoilt hiking are to be found in the north of the island and most of Gozo. Here, hikers can simply pick a direction and follow their fancy – there’s almost no danger of getting lost because you’re never too far from a farmhouse or another group of walkers. Plus, the coast (always in view) makes the perfect landmark.
The following itinerary can be broken up into several days of leisurely exploration, and with the abundance of bus stops, it’s easy to pause your trek and return to base to continue another day.
You can start your trek from the tiny, picturesque Mistra bay and walk up through the valley to Selmun Palace admiring its beautiful architecture as you approach. From the palace, walk down the winding country roads that turn into pathways, and you’ll find yourself at Imgiebah Bay – a secluded beach, nestled in the cliffs along the coast. Imgiebah is impossible to reach by transport, making it a great reward for intrepid walkers.
From Imgiebah, continue your trek around the largest bay in the north, Mellieha Bay. Walk along the main road and to your left, you’ll see the Għadira nature reserve with its wetlands and marshes. Continue up the road and turn to your right and you can trek along the cliffs through L-Aħrax tal-Mellieha – a rugged, wooded nature reserve that overlooks Mellieha bay.
Continue around the promontory, past the quaint Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, while taking in some of the most exhilarating sea views, and take a narrow country lane down to Armier Bay. From this popular sandy beach, you can take in a seemingly endless panorama that includes Comino and Gozo off in the distance. Continue along the coast past the Cirkewwa terminal until you reach Paradise Bay. This sandy cove is extremely popular in the summer months, but the views are stunning all year round. Continue over the promontory along the coast southwards. From here onwards, you’ll pass through five of Malta’s most well-known bays, starting with Anchor Bay, followed by Għajn Tuffieħa and Riviera, then Ġnejna and finally Fomm ir-Rih. Trekkers along this rather long stretch will be rewarded with some truly unmatched scenery.