The sun’s out, the days are getting longer, and the weather is finally budging up beyond the 20s… it’s time for a picnic!
Here are nine gorgeous places around the Maltese Islands where you can enjoy a proper spring picnic. Just be respectful of the environment around you and let others who come after you enjoy it as much as you did.
1. Wied Gerżuma
Wied Gerżuma is a lush green area in the limits of Rabat. This spot is ideal for picnics, complete with a picturesque chapel from the 17th Century and zero buildings in view. We are in love.
2. Aħrax tal-Mellieħa
L-Aħrax is a favourite spot among camping lovers in Malta. This area is perfectly sheltered by numerous trees and is ideal to keep away the scorching sun and the rain drizzles. A perfect spot for hiking, Aħrax comes complete with its very own tower, chapel and statue overlooking the cliffs.
3. Ras ir-Raħeb
This seldom visited area is right between Baħrija and Fomm ir-Riħ. In this area, one can find remains of a Roman Villa, a temple and ruins of a Megalithic temple. Since Ras ir-Raħeb is on the coastline, you can walk to Rdum Majjiesa and Raħeb Bay, which was the first spot to be declared a protected marine area in Malta.
The former British barracks in Selmun offer great shelter from the strong winds. This area is often popular among trekkers and campers. Close by, one can find the Selmun Palace from where you can overlook the islands of St. Paul. In the vicinity, you can find the Aħrax Tower, Għajn Ħadid Tpwer and Ta’ Ħolsien Tower. Tower lovers, pack your bags and hurry off to Selmun for some good old coastal tower exploration.
5. Victoria Lines
Malta’s very own Great Wall, these lines divide Malta from one side to another. They run through Rabat, Binġemma, Madliena and Mosta. The best part to settle down for a nice picnic would be the Binġemma one. The area is known for being a Roman village before the Lines were built.
Right near St Paul’s Bay, Wardija offers beautiful scenery and a hike route not to be missed. The chapel of Saint Simon built in 1616 is one of the most beautiful neo-gothic chapels in the country. Even though it is left to ruins with overgrown weeds and blackening walls, the chapel looks ethereal.
7. Ras id-Dawwara
Ras id-Dawwara is a remote area close to Rabat. Although technically it is a valley, it is not very hard to get to. A small path can be found which goes all the way down to the sea. If you keep on walking downwards you will eventually get to Miġra L-Ferħa — Where Count Roger landed when he first came to Mata. One can even stare in awe at Għar id-Dwieb— a breath-taking sea cave.
8. Il- Miżieb
Miżieb is a small but pretty woodland area in the limits of Manikata and St. Paul’s Bay. It is worth noting that Miżieb is sometimes used by local hunters, so it might be a better idea to avoid the area during open season.
Binġemma is found in the limits of Mġarr and boasts one of the most amazing views on the island. This place is riddled with prehistoric tombs and caves, which can lead you to more caves, which in turn lead you to even more caves. There is a bit of confusion as to whether or not the caves are Greek catacomb remains or those of a Roman necropolis. Most of these caves were lived in during the second World War as they were considered generally safe since the area was not populated.