There’s no getting around it – if you’re planning a trip to Malta, odds are you’ll be indulging in many, many deliciously-naughty carbs. Like flaky pastizzi. And fruit-studded panettone. And flatbread-like hobz biz-zejt. And kannoli. Luckily, whatever the season, Malta has the lion’s share of sunshine so it’s always a good time to get out and explore the local scenery on some long walks. From the lofty heights of the Dingli Cliffs to the canyons and valleys of Siġġiewi and the breathtaking views of Marfa Ridge, these are some of the most beautiful walks in Malta.
While it may not be exactly rural, Valletta is the perfect starting point for those embarking on a rambler’s tour of Malta. With its grandiose forts, Baroque buildings and plentiful piazzas, Valletta is as strikingly beautiful as Malta’s rougher terrain. Visitors can start by wandering its streets (leave the map at home for the truest adventure) before perusing the many beautiful buildings, churches and, let’s be honest, shops.
2. Marfa Ridge
Circling the northernmost promontory of Malta, walking Marfa Ridge merits proper footwear – sticking to the path means more than eight miles of trails ahead – but the rewards of views over Mellieħa Bay will make you temporarily forget your tired feet.
3. Dingli Cliffs
Officially the highest point on the island, the steep, golden Dingli Cliffs along the island’s western coast offer some of the best views and walks in Malta. Keep an eye out for prehistoric ruins and the Buskett Gardens before returning to the petite village of Dingli for post-ramble refreshments.
In the southwest of the island – and not far from Valletta – lies Siġġiewi. Those after a more rigorous walk should note that the area is renowned for its canyons and valleys, which are dotted with farmhouses. But a must for any walker is the Għar Lapsi natural swimming hole.
5. Fawwara Trail
Looking for adventurous walks in Malta? Opt for the famed Fawwara Trail, which stretches from Dingli along the coast past teeny stone chapels, a Bronze Age village, prehistoric temples and all the way down to the aptly named Blue Grotto.