The hot Maltese summer months are predictably the most popular months for tourism. However, these make up only ninety out of three hundred days that this rock in the middle of the Mediterranean is blessed with sunshine. Spring, autumn and most of winter offer a perfect climate to walk the rugged but rich Maltese countryside.
The variety offered by Malta and Gozoâs landscape makes rambling along its gentle hillsides, dramatic cliffs, isolated seaside inlets and secluded pathways an enjoyable and rich experience. You will come across surprises from the islandâs intricate history such as coastal towers and wayside chapels. Spring and early autumn showcase Maltaâs vast indigenous wild fauna along typical rubble walls. The topography quickly changes to areas of rugged garigue and sweeping coastal views.
Walkers can enjoy a gentle stroll or more strenuous hikes occupying a whole day...but this is certainly the way to visit the most exhilarating and spectacular landscapes on the three islands. A good pair of walking shoes, plenty of water, a good hat and protective sun cream are always highly recommended.
Below is a set of eight downloadable country walks published by the Malta Tourism Authority. They contain good maps, pictures and detailed information:
|Bahrija walk||Dwejra Lines walk|
|Girgenti walk||Marfa Ridge walk|
|Dahlet Qorrot walk||Ramla walk|
|Saltpan walk||Taâ Gurdan walk|
Other worthwhile links:
- Ramblerâs Association of Malta
- Landscapes of Malta and Gozo by Douglas Lockhart
- A British coupleâs experience walking the length of Malta