Walking in MALTA


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MALTESE RAMBLES

Hikes and Delights on Malta & Gozo

This is a well paced holiday, with easy to lightly-moderate graded walks and there will be time to do some alternative sightseeing, or perhaps to go swimming when you are there. Our tour visits both Malta and Gozo which despite their size, offer a striking variety of scenery: Great cliff lined seascapes, limestone pavements, rocky gorges and clover-strewn fields.

According to the ‘World Database of Happiness’ conducted by Rotterdam’s Erasmus University, the Maltese are the happiest people on earth! This may have something to do with the intimate size and complex history of their islands, as well as their attractive landscapes, good cuisine and generally excellent year round climate. The first rains after the long, hot summer bring the landscape to life with an astonishing variety of wild flowers. This is the best general walking period when you’ll find the islands green and lush. Fields are carpeted with fennel, clover, wild iris, myrtle and at least nine types of orchid. In fact a thousand or more species of plants will be in flower by late May.

The Maltese Islands offer walkers some of the most stunning views anywhere in the Mediterranean. The first thing to do is to decide what sort of view you prefer – dramatic cliffs plunging into waves, the rocky, scrubland of the garrigue or hidden, lush valleys. En route, you’ll come across mysterious, prehistoric sites, cave chapels and secluded palaces of the Maltese Knights. What more is needed to convince you to try walking in Malta? Well, we offer a range of walks from three bases, including coastal cliffs, inland historical sites and also in the time-staid city of Valletta. An additional attraction for walkers are the low levels of traffic in the countryside in general. Having arrived in Valletta, you will have time to walk round this historical city, perhaps you would like to take a ferry across the harbour to view the impressive fortifications. Next you catch the ferry to Gozo where you spend two nights at beautiful Xlendi Bay: often the location of amazing sunsets. Walks from here take you out to bays across golden limestone plateaus and you could tramp around the citadel at Victoria (Rabat). Back on the mainland, you will stay in Bugibba in St. Paul’s Bay, the place where the great man was shipwrecked (for the second time). Walks around here trace ancient paths past watch towers to more delightful coastal bays.

 

 Inn to Inn 8 days

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Duration: 7 nights / 8 days
Tour Code: JMA
Grade: Introductory-Moderate - 2
Day Stages: Up to 16km. (Most days are shorter)

 SELF-GUIDED Dates 2014

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Throughout the year except Jul & Aug


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