Relaxing 3 centre itinerary offering a variety of hikes.
Time to Discover Valletta and
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.
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.