When it comes to hiking and exploring, Malta is a gem of an island. The island itself can be found sitting in the heart of the stunning turquoise Mediterranean sea. As a result, there are dozens of beautiful trekking routes around the island, and I’m going to help you find the best hiking routes in Malta.
These are my favourite go-to spots that will let you take in the spectacular coastline views and scenery, whilst enjoying some healthy and active outdoor time. Don’t forget your camera!
I’ll begin with one of my most favourite hiking areas on the island. Fomm ir-Riħ. This is a small yet impressive bay in Mġarr, on the west side of the island. The striking landscape is characterised by the vertical cliffs that drop dramatically into the turquoise blue sea below. If you follow the narrow trail down to the little bay, you can find a small pebble beach. You’ll also find some of the clearest water I've ever seen around Malta. And if you keep walking up the hill, you’ll be spoilt with some stunning views of Mgarr and its beaches.
My route followed a trail starting from Gnejna Bay, a very quaint little bay favoured by the locals, as it's not so easy to get to without a car. From the beach, follow the path that goes up and across the cliffs towards the bay at Fomm ir-Rih. As you can see from the photo below, the views at the top looking back over Gnejna and Golden Bay in the distance are breathtaking.
Ghajn Tuffieha is one of the most popular hiking areas on the Island. It is overlooked by the 17th-century, clifftop Għajn Tuffieħa Tower. From this viewpoint you can catch some incredible panoramas of the sea and especially around sunset.
There are plenty of cliff walks around this area offering scenic routes that show off Malta’s spectacular coastline. Whether you trek north towards the Il-Majjistral Nature & History Park, or go south across the cliffs towards the Ta’ Lippija Tower and Gnejna Bay, you won’t be disappointed by the landscape and sea views.
Cool off after with a dip in the sea at one of the sandy beaches of Riviera Bay or Golden Bay.
Coral Lagoon, Mellieha
In the north east of the island close to Armier Bay, is the breathtaking Coral Lagoon. The lagoon is a naturally formed hidden cave with crystal clear water. Because of this, it’s a haven for swimmers, snorkelers and divers who go exploring the underwater caves. It's also the perfect spot for kayakers.
The Coral Lagoon is a little off the beaten track if you don't have a car, but well worth the effort to get to. You can reach it from Armier Bay beach by kayak or by walking towards the Ahrax Tower. The best way is to drive up towards the Chapel of Immaculate Conception, and take the left turning when you see the sign for the campsite.
The terrain is rocky, so be sure to wear suitable footwear. In summer bring plenty of water and sunblock as there is no shade.
Selmun in Mellieha is a fantastic hiking area with stunning cliff side walks. Many of the trails have views over the picturesque bay of Imġiebaħ Beach. You can hike south of the bay up the hill towards the crumbling De Redin Tower, and on towards St Paul’s Island, be warned, this is not n easy trek and very hilly and rocky in places. Or head north following the trails that take you around towards Mellieha Bay. There are several little pebbly coves that make ideal swimming spots. And you’ll be amazed at how turquoise the water is.
To get down to Imġiebaħ Beach, take a left turn before you reach Selmun Palace (opposite Selmun chapel). After this, follow the long lane that takes you all the way down to the bay. The views on the way down will show you why I chose it as one of the best places to hike in Malta. It also makes for a great trail running spot (so long as you don't mind the run back up the hill after!).
The Blue Grotto is made up of a number of natural sea caverns found down near the south coast of Malta, close to Zurrieq and Qrendi Village. The main cave is famous for the extraordinary blue colours that reflect onto its walls from the sea. Take a hike around the outstanding coastline, and if you want to view the picturesque sea caves close up, there are boat trips from the tiny harbour of Wied iż-Żurrieq.
The area of Delimara in Marsaxlokk is in the south east of Malta. It is home to many beautiful and natural cliff formations, making it a spectacular place to hike. Here you can find the popular St Peter’s Pool, a natural swimming pool and also a great spot for jumping jumping from the cliffs into the sea. Further along the coast you’ll find the hidden gem of Kalanka Bay, a beautiful little cove that rarely appears in guidebooks. Along the coast you’ll find the natural salt pans, Il-Kalanka lighthouse and the old Delimara Fort. There are several fortifications that were built here by the British to defend and protect Marsaxlokk Harbour during the British rule of the Islands.
On the western side of the island is Dingli Cliffs, the highest point in Malta. The dramatic coastline offers breath-taking panoramic views of the towering cliffs and the sea below. As a result, it is one of the most famous places on the island to watch the sunset. And I highly recommend this. The little chapel of St. Mary Magdalene makes an ideal place to watch the sun going down across the sea.
This un-spoilt area of Malta offers some of the best hiking trails. So this really is one of the best hiking routes in Malta. Take a peaceful walk along the cliff tops here for views of the uninhabited islet of Filfa and the Mediterranean sea beyond.
After more than 5 years of living in Malta, I never get bored of discovering how stunningly beautiful the coastline is. I’m still forever amazed at the numerous hiking spots the island has to offer. And I’m always on the lookout for new ones!
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