Whatever time of year you visit Malta, the island’s beautiful landscapes and coastlines make it ideal for a walking holiday. During springtime, however, the just-right weather affords you with the perfect opportunity to witness the changing seasons across the stunning Mediterranean countryside. Here’s the top walks to enjoy this spring in Malta.
Trace the Pembroke Coastline
Very close to the Radisson Blu Resort in St. Julian’s is a very pleasant walk of around 2.5 kilometres along the Pembroke coastline. With a pathway that leads up to and around the picturesque Madliena Tower, the trail highlights the beauty of the natural coastline garrigue and rocks. Pedestrians, joggers and cyclists using the footpath also enjoy the tranquility of the calming turquoise blue waves that lap against the shoreline all year round.
Tour the Towers at Ghadira
For the more ambitious walker (but for no less a spectacular coastal view) try this 11-kilometre ramble from, and back to, the sandy beaches by the Ghadira Natural Reserve. The route takes you via Torri L-Ahmar (Red Tower) towards the peak of Marfa Ridge, before arriving at a 19th century chapel with a breathtaking sea view. The walk rounds out through a richly wooded area, past another tower at It-Torri L-Abjad (White Tower), and finally across the beautiful Paradise Bay beach, back to the reserve.
Follow the Dwejra and Victoria Lines
For those seeking a walk in central Malta with the best countryside views, this is the one for you. At around 10 kilometres in total, this walk begins in Mgarr and takes you via the small hilltop village of Bingemma (don’t forget your camera for the incredible views!) before following the 19th century-originating Dwejra and Victoria Lines. The magnificent Mosta Dome is the finishing line for this walk, which is surrounded by places to take some well-earned refreshment following your morning’s spring adventure.
Walk in the Footsteps of History
Malta’s vast selection of historic sites of interest is the theme behind this walk, that explores them in a 12.5 kilometre route in the south-west of the island. Beginning close to Dingli, the trail takes you from Buskett past the famous Clapham Junction prehistoric cart ruts to Għar il-Kbir, a high-altitude former cave settlement. Next is Laferla Cross with exquisite countryside views, before taking in the traditionally Maltese villages of Siggiewi and Qrendi and ‘Il-Maqluba’, a mythical crater which has inspired many folklore legends.
Views of Filfla and Beyond
Starting in the small village of Bahrija near Rabat, walkers on this route have spectacular views in every direction, either towards Malta’s vast valleys with lush countryside, or out to sea beyond the isle of Filfla. One of the longer spring walk options at around 13 kilometres in total, the sheer amount of history and beauty throughout is more than worth the effort. History enthusiasts will especially enjoy the Bronze Age village and clifftop 17th century church that you will pass by en route.