Fancy a bit of adventure up on high? As it turns out, Malta is crammed with great abseiling spots, so if you’re feeling a little bit like Spider-Man this weekend (even Stallone in Cliffhanger will do, frankly), why not sort through this list and see which of these intimidating but beautiful crags do the trick for you?
1. Ghar Lapsi
This beautiful small harbour is not just a great (and alternative) swimming location during summer – it also doubles up as one of the island’s primary abseiling spots.
2. Mosta Bridge
A more familiar location than most of the other places on this list, the Mosta Bridge is more of a straightforward challenge, less of a monumental juggernaut of nature.
The sight of the Mtahleb chapel – one of the most striking ‘secluded’ locations on the island – only emphasizes the depth and width of this location’s abseiling potential.
Yes, the Azure Window is a done-to-death staple of our tourism PR fluff – to which we can now add Game of Thrones tourists (and Dothraki wannabes in particular). But those willing to experience the area in a bit of a more tactile way might find it of great use.
A familiar place to ramblers and adventurers of every stripe thanks to its association with the Victoria Lines and Fomm Ir-Rih, it’s hardly surprising that this small rural village forming part of Rabat also doubles up nicely as an abseiling spot.
6. Migra L-Ferha
Another Rabat haunt closely associated with adventuring is Migra Ferha, which is known for its diving and zip-lining as well as abseiling.
The smallest village in Gozo, famous for the Giordian Lighthouse on Gurdan Hill, boasts great potential for hikers and wall-crawlers alike.
The beautiful town in Gozo has a lot more to offer than seafood and stone skipping.
9. Mgarr ix-Xini
While Brangelina took full advantage of Mgarr ix-Xini to film their moody romantic psychodrama By the Sea a couple of years ago, the place is not just a quiet backdrop for pretty, brooding faces: it’s also got full-on action movie potential as a great abseiling spot.
But before you attempt to scale any of these rocky monsters all on your lonesome, we urge you to seek some expert advice… and crucially, not to actually go on your own. As luck would have it, the folks over at Abseiling Malta are ready to help out, offering training and setting up their own abseiling sessions. Check them out online, or given them a call at 9949 4034.