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Walking in Malta

AuthorPaddy Dillon
PublisherCicerone Press
ISBNISBN-13: 978 1 85284 422 6 (First Edition)
ISBN-13: 978 1 85284 719 7 (Second Edition)
ISBN-13: 978 1 85284 822 4 (Third Edition)
Price£14.95
Traditional fishing boats, or ‘luzzu’, moored in the harbour at Marsaxlokk.

Traditional fishing boats, or ‘luzzu’, moored in the harbour at Marsaxlokk.

The rock arch of the Azure Window at Dwejra Bay on the island of Gozo.

The rock arch of the Azure Window at Dwejra Bay on the island of Gozo.

The lovely Blue Lagoon on the little island of Comino, between Malta and Gozo.

The lovely Blue Lagoon on the little island of Comino, between Malta and Gozo.

The islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino bask in sunshine at the heart of the Mediterranean. They lie between Europe and Africa, between the Christian and Muslim worlds.

After an initial week-long exploratory visit, a month was spent checking 33 walks around the islands. This was more than enough, allowing one free day towards the end, which was used for a day-trip to the neighbouring island of Sicily.

Although the Maltese Islands are small, very built-up and densely populated, there are some open spaces and stunning cliff coastlines well worth exploring. The islands have been attacked, invaded and colonised for over 2000 years, so that fortifications abound, and the most substantial structures were those erected by the Knights of St John and the British military.

Walkers can enjoy plenty of history and heritage while exploring the islands, as well as marvelling at the flowers that bloom each spring. The Maltese Islands form a popular package destination and almost everyone speaks English.

The walks on Malta take in much of the coast, as well as the valleys and uplands, including several towns and villages. The walks on Gozo offer almost a complete coastal tour, as well as a gentle walk over the hills. The delightful little island of Comino comes last. The book includes 1:25,000 scale Maltese Government Maps of the islands, with the routes highlighted.

The second edition includes details of all the new bus routes around Malta and Gozo, and recent changes to routes and facilities. The third edition has been completely overhauled, with all the routes re-walked and all recent changes to bus routes mentioned.

Walk Contents

Malta

Walk 1 Valletta Heritage Trail
Walk 2 Rinella to Marsascala
Walk 3 Marsascala to Birzebbuga
Walk 4 Birzebbuga to Gudja
Walk 5 Zurrieq to Siggiewi
Walk 6 Siggiewi to Dingli
Walk 7 Dingli to Mgarr
Walk 8 Ghajn Tuffieha Circuit
Walk 9 Mgarr to Ghadira
Walk 10 Marfa Ridge Circuit
Walk 11 Mellieha Bay to Xemxija
Walk 12 Selmun Circuit
Walk 13 Xemxija Heritage Trail
Walk 14 Bajda Ridge Circuit
Walk 15 The Wardija Ridge
Walk 16 Falka Gap to Salina
Walk 17 Bahar ic-Caghac to St George's Bay
Walk 18 The Victoria Lines
Walk 19 Fiddien to Mosta
Walk 20 Rabat and Dingli
Walk 21 Siggiewi and Buskett
Walk 22 Siggiewi to Qormi
Walk 23 The Wignacourt Aqueduct
Walk 24 Mdina and Rabat Heritage Trail

Gozo

Walk 25 Victoria Heritage Trail
Walk 26 Mgarr to Sannat
Walk 27 Sannat to San Lawrenz
Walk 28 San Lawrenz to Marsalforn
Walk 29 Marsalforn to Ramla Bay
Walk 30 Ramla Bay to Qala
Walk 31 Qala to Mgarr
Walk 32 Gharb to Marsalforn

Comino

Walk 33 Circuit of Comino