If you’re looking to get some more fresh air in the New Year but you’re not sure where to find Malta’s most scenic walking routes, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s a rundown of some of our favourites.
1. Sliema Seafront
Let’s start with the obvious. Sliema isn’t really a hidden gem in the middle of nowhere, but it’s still got some pretty sweet views and comfortable walking paths. Apparently, according to this YouTuber’s time-lapse video, the whole thing is 7.49 km if you take the longest possible way round. Just be sure to avoid the Sliema Seafront during a storm!
2. Dingli Cliffs
A great place to spot Filfla, Dingli enjoys some spectacular views and has more than enough space for pedestrians. Beware, the cliffs might give you vertigo.
3. Chadwick Lakes
Also known as Wied il-Qliegħa, Chadwick Lakes is found within the longest valley of Malta. Its name pays homage to the British engineer who built the water-management “dam” here over a hundred years ago. We were never really under the impression that this is an actual lake. Having said that, it’s still absolutely gorgeous, especially on winter days right after a spot of rain.
This place is as beautiful as the Southwest gets. Treat it as an extension of the Dingli Cliffs walk of sorts, sans the extreme heights, and with even more impressive greenery.
Yes, arguably every town with a seafront promenade deserves to be on this list. The reason we added Buġibba, however, is not only because of all the hangouts in the area for when you’re finished walking, but also for the sheer expanse of this promenade. You could start from Qawra, and cross Buġibba, St. Paul’s Bay and Xemxija whilst sticking to one promenade! Of course, if that’s your intention, be prepared to walk quite a lot…
Buskett is one of the few woodland areas in Malta. It’s simply stunning and will have you believing you’ve left Malta for some fantasy land.
If we really had to be honest with ourselves, all of Gozo would be on this list, but this tiny village in the East of the sister island is home to some of the most spectacular views in Malta. And with Ħondoq ir-Rummien nearby, it also hosts some of the most spectacular views of Malta! While areas of Qala are perhaps more suitable for trekking than simple walking, it’s definitely not an impossible feat and is incredibly rewarding, thanks to organisations like Trekking Malta.
8. Wied Qirda
A firm favourite for many, and always on the top of a lot of people’s lists for scenic walks. Yet Wied Qirda is always so quiet. That’s probably down to two things – how big the valley actually is, and how literally perfect it is at any time of day. We honestly can’t choose our favourite time or season to go.
Absolutely, every single square metre of it. Sure, it’s not even remotely as accessible as the other places on this list, but it’s definitely the most breathtaking. If you ever find yourselves on Comino, just spend the entire day walking around.