This island archipelago in the heart of the Mediterranean is an adventurer’s playground.
Malta’s sister islands, Gozo and Comino are particularly well known for their magnificent beaches, secluded coves and beautiful island landscapes that make them the perfect backdrop for al fresco activities and a popular spot for walkers, trekkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Cycling is becoming increasingly popular in the Maltese Islands, particularly on Gozo which is small enough to cycle in a day. The island offers different routes for all levels and it’s the perfect way to explore hidden bays, archaeological sites and the fantastic panoramic views. Cycle hire is cheap and easy to organise on any of the islands.
Sustainable Interregional Bike Tourism (SIBIT), an EU co-funded project, aims to promote bike tourism as a sustainable form of experiencing the rural territories of Sicily and the Maltese Islands. Ranges of tracks have been mapped out according to levels of experience, from beginners to advanced. Covering over 1,000kms of cycle routes, the tracks incorporate a multitude of sights portraying the diverse history and culture of the Maltese Islands.
Walking is one of the best ways to explore the islands which offer a range of walking itineraries along the beautiful coastlines and through the local villages to explore the islands’ hidden gems.
The MaltaGoesRural project promotes Maltese rural heritage through a network of walking trails and aims to improve accessibility in semi-rural, rural and natural areas. The MTA has produced a total of 9 tracks complete with maps and Apps that will be available in English, French and German making it accessible for international travellers.
One is encouraged to go off the beaten track and explore the rural tranquil haven of Gozo with nine diverse walking trails spread around the whole island.
Travellers have the opportunity to take in the picturesque landscape of Gozo while exploring the historical treasures it has to offer.
The walking paths include Comino, Hondoq Ir Rummien, Dwejra, Xlendi, Dahlet Qorrot, Ramla, Saltpans and Ta’ Gurdan.
For those looking for a unique way to explore the islands, hop aboard a Segway, the new touring craze that is an adventurous and fun ride. With a choice of six different routes, travellers are guaranteed an exhilarating and fun way to discover the island.
The Maltese Islands boast over 1,700 established rock climbing routes as well as plenty of virgin rock. With easily accessible and uncrowded crags, fantastic weather conditions and fascinating formations, Malta is perfect for climbers of all abilities. Gozo’s craggy cliffs provide some challenging ascents with incredible views across the islands and out to sea as well as various rock faces suitable for beginners.
With its long stretches of cliffs – some falling more than 100m into the sea – the islands are a great choice for those with an interest in the ever-popular sport of abseiling. Modern ropes and harnesses make the actual mechanics of abseiling safe and there is time to stop to admire the beautiful scenery around during descent.
The Maltese islands are known to be the number one dive destination in the Mediterranean as well as one of the world’s top dive sites. Malta and Gozo have been voted ‘3rd Best Diving Destination’ in the world by Diver Magazine.
The crystal clear waters are filled with shallow reef dive sites, an abundance of wreck dives and some newly scuttled boats. Non-divers can enjoy the clear waters by snorkelling and swimming, windsurfing, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, kite surfing or exploring the many coves by boat.
Malta’s central Mediterranean location also makes it the ultimate yachting hub, with a number of harbours, including Valetta’s natural Grand Harbour, able to accommodate anything from small yachts to the biggest super yachts in the Mediterranean. Yacht Chartering is easy and The Malta Sailing Academy and the Royal Malta Yacht Club also offer advice and information on sailing in Maltese waters.
For a truly unique experience, try exploring the beauty of Malta from the air! Available at Mellieha Bay and Golden Bay, paragliding is an unforgettable experience on Malta.
Malta’s Mediterranean weather makes golfing an enjoyable leisurely pleasure. The Royal Malta Golf Club’s 18-hole course is located in Marsa. The clubhouse oozes British charm and tradition, and boasts HRH Prince Philip as a member.