Walking is generally agreed to be the most inspiring of outdoor physical activities. A great many creative people, notably writers, have talked of walking as essential to their life. It is a great way to unwind, to be break the routine and press that reset button on your day-to-day life. While some may walk for their spirit, other may walk for the sights—whatever you walk for, it sure is a fantastic way to spend your Sunday!
Malta offers some superb countryside and walking is the best way to see it. We have compiled a list with varying difficulty, from the stroll to the trek, so there’s something for everyone!
Get your shoes on, strap in that water bottle and pull out your hat—we’re going for a walk!
Valletta to St Julian’s
This may be a little long, but it’s definitely easy. The point of this walk is to relax, with plenty of seascapes, beautiful architecture and points of interest. There are also plenty of places to stop and relax: you an spend the day strolling along the sea, have brunch, lunch, tea and dinner, and plenty of ice-cream in between. You can even squeeze in a couple of swims. Basic, but fun!
From the beautiful vistas of the sea and Filfla to the Bronze Age grain silos at Ġebel Ciantar, Dingli Cliffs have a lot to offer for the casual Sunday stroller. If you’re into staying late, some spots along the cliffs can offer a great star-gazing experience too, given that you’re properly equipped and wary of the dangers. There are frequent buses too and a throw’s stone from Dingli Centre where you can enjoy some refreshments.
Fomm ir-Riħ to Ġnejna, or vice versa
Definitely one of the best scenic walks of Malta. Fomm ir-Riħ, notorious for romantic sunsets, is one of the lesser known beauties of Malta, so you can easily cap off the walk here, and start the other way round! At the far end of the cliffs of Fomm ir-Riħ are Megalithic and Roman remains for the archeologically inclined. Walking north in the other direction towards Ġnejna bay, takes you to the Ras il-Pellegrin escarpment overlooking Ġnejna Bay.
The Maltese South: From Marsaxlokk to Marsaskala
Malta’s South is heavily overlooked. It has much to offer when it comes to nature—it has so much potential for sightseeing, swimming and, of course, walking! Starting out from Marsaxlokk on to Marsaskala (or vice-versa) this walk will take you along the coast through Delimara, Xrobb l-Għaġin and Munxar. While this is a relatively short walk, it can be divided by swimming sessions in the pristine waters in the area, with plenty to take in from architecture to fortifications to plenty of good food at both destinations!
The 3.5 square kilometre, uninhabited and traffic free, Comino can be walked across or around in very little time, but that is hardly the point of it—there is plenty to explore. First off walk to Santa Marija Tower, and perhaps sneak a peek at the only hotel on Comino, Comino Hotel. But don’t forget the blessings of the sea, with plenty of amazing swimming to be had all around the shore, even away from Blue Lagoon. Additionally, you can find Cumin plants (Cuminum cyminum)—Comino…Cuminum…get it? The island is called after Cumin plants!—which are abundant on the island, along with Tamarisk and Pine trees.
Also known jokingly as the Great Wall of Malta, the Victoria Lines stretch from coast to coast—they trace the Great Fault, a geographical feature, from Madliena in the east through Mosta and ending in Fomm ir-Riħ. Along this route, you’ll see superb sights of Northern Malta, discover beautiful natural corners, and come across idyllic country chapels and houses and obscure British-era fortifications, like Fort Binġemma and Fort Mosta. This is mostly hiking through nature, so prepare good shoes and supplies!
Malta Coastal Walk
Want a bigger challenge? Well, coastal walks can be pretty darn tough! This will keep you busy for a couple of Sundays—at 4-hour walks…around 13 Sundays, give and take. This is quite a popular way to explore the island, where people divide up Malta’s coast by x-hour walks and commit to a walk every Sunday. Of course, you can make up your own hours and routes, but with some good planning, walking the entirety of the coast means you’ll pass through the multitude of Maltese landscapes, form the historical to the quaint to rolling countryside and sheer cliffs. This means you’ll have to commit to walking across a lot of different terrains so prepare your trekking shoes, water and some snacks, and perhaps friends or family that can drop you off and pick you up.
Gozo Coastal Walk
Much like its Maltese counterpart, this coastal walk can keep you busy for a while. Gozo coastal walk can be done in one long day, but you can really make experience out of it, by allotting a couple of hours to it every Sunday (or walk the coast over a weekend and camp!) Needless to say, this nature walk will take you through some beautiful countryside, including Dwejra area, plenty of swimming zones, archaeological sites, and amazing vistas from Gozo’s long stretches of cliff shoreline.