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Highlights

  • An island-hopping adventure on Malta, Gozo and Comino.
  • Valletta’s Baroque capital and the medieval walled city of Mdina.
  • Follow trails to golden saltpans, past vineyards and Comino’s Blue Lagoon.
  • Ggantija Temples, over 5,000 years old and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Chadwick Lakes, British-built reservoirs, with bamboo, willows & wildflowers.

A walking adventure on Malta and Gozo, islands located in the Western Mediterranean, with a beguiling mix of culture and history.

Contrasting landscapes feature rocky stretches of coast line with red-gold beaches and clear turquoise seas. Explore Malta’s capital, Valletta, home to some of the most important monuments and museums. On Gozo experience a tranquil haven, where life’s rhythm’s are dictated by the seasons. Take a ferry and walk around the smaller island of Comino, positioned between the two.

Prehistoric temples, colourful fishing boats in quaint harbours, great local wine and overnight stays in charming accommodations, all serve to make this an unforgettable experience.

Day 1: Arrive in Naxxar and overnight.

Upon arrival an included transfer will bring you to the small town of Naxxar.  Once you have checked to your lovely accommodations, the rest of the day is free to relax. Perhaps you would like to visit the Palazzo Paradisio, an 18th century palace with its wonderful walled gardens of orange groves and flowering trees. Naxxar is also home to a magnificent parish church and a quaint old quarter with traditional houses that you can explore.


Overnight: Naxxar


Day 2: Transfer to Mdina, Loop Walk via Chadwick Lakes & Dwejra Lines

A 15 minute transfer brings you to Malta’s old capital of Mdina. Described as the “silent city” it goes back over 4,000 years and played a major role in Malta’s past. After exploring your walk takes you down to the Chadwick Lakes, which take their name from the British engineer who built them in the 1890’s. The area alongside these reservoirs is very green and full of  bamboo, willows and wildflowers.


Walk through agricultural land and alongside farmer’s fields to the Dewjra Lines, also called the Victoria Lines and built as lines of defence. From here there are magnificent views over the north of Malta. After completing the walk, catch a local bus back to Naxaar.


Walk: 14 km


Elevation gain and loss: +590m/-620m


Overnight: Naxxar


Day 3: Valletta and Vittoriosa Heritage Trail Walk.

Today take a local bus (50 minute journey) to the intriguing capital of Malta, Valletta. Today’s walk takes in all the major sights in Valletta, including its impressive defensive walls, gardens, churches, chapels  and cathedral. Some streets are no more than flights of steps, but what a wonderful place to explore with all its nooks and crannies. 


Just twenty minutes on the ferry transports you to a different city – the tranquil, mellow Vittoriosa, one of the Three Cities.


There are also multiple museums to visit including the National Museum of Archaeology and the War Museum. 


Walk:  7 km


Elevation gain and loss: +290m / -300m


Overnight: Naxaar


Day 4: Ferry to Gozo, transfer to Qala, walk to Xaghra.

An included transfer of about 25 minutes brings you to the ferry terminal in Cirkewwa. Upon arrival in Mgarr, Gozo, a transfer brings you to Qala, from where you begin your walk.


Leave Qala behind and take lovely routes past farmer’s fields and agricultural land until you reach the west coast. Fields run all the way up to the coastal cliffs and you will hear songbirds as you immerse yourself in these rural scenes.


At Ramla Bay turn inland and pass Calypso Cave which has a legend associated to Homer’s Odyssey. Make your way into Xaghra, your home for the next 4 nights.


 Walk: 13 km


Elevation gain and loss: +450m/-420m


Overnight: Xaghra


Day 5: Loop Walk via Gozo Saltpans and Victoria

Walk directly from your accommodation past vineyards and fields bounded by stone walls until you arrive in the little harbour of Marsalforn. From here take the coastal route past the Gozo Saltpans, an extensive network of limestone shelves, which use a process of evaporation to mine salt.


As you walk you can see Gozo’s oldest basilica in Ghasri, before reaching Victoria, Gozo’s capital. Perhaps pause for a break here as it is worthy of exploration, before heading west and back to Xaghra.  


Walk: 15 km


Elevation gain and loss: +330m/-330m


Overnight: Xaghra


Day 6: Free day for exploration.

You have the choice of staying at your accommodation and relaxing by the pool or exploring the island further. There is another optional walk you can take if you wish (from Mgarr to Xlendi and this will involve taxi or bus transfers payable locally) or today also offers the opportunity to  explore the Ggantija Temples, one of the best preserved prehistoric temples in Malta.  


Day 7: Ferry to Comino, walk around Comino.

An included transfer brings you to the ferry port in Mgarr. Here board a ferry to Comino, the tiny island between Malta and Gozo. Once you have seen its famed and stunningly beautiful Blue Lagoon, stroll around the island which is car-free, for some solitude and stunning views. When you reach Saint Marija Bay you can stop at the charming little beach and eat your picnic lunch. On arrival back at the harbour, board a ferry back to Gozo and make your way by local bus or taxi back to Xaghra.


Walk: 6 km (virtually flat)


Overnight:  Xaghra


Day 8: Onward Travel

An included transfer brings you to the ferry terminal in Mgarr. Take the ferry back to Malta. An included transfer then brings you from the ferry port to Malta Airport..


Accommodation

On this tour you will stay in charming,  characterful and hand-picked boutique guest houses and B&B’s. These lodgings are truly special places and one of the highlights of this tour.


Alternate Accommodation

We will always try and accommodate you at the accommodations listed. However, if those listed are unavailable, alternative accommodation of the same or better standard than those described will be provided.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Solo walkers are also welcome and again, a supplement is payable.




Examples of the accommodations are detailed below.




 

 



Loggia Mariposa - Naxxar



Loggia Mariposa - Naxaar

This delightful accommodation is well located in the heart of old Naxaar. It boasts tranquil internal surroundings with exposed limestone walls and wooden beams.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Chapel 5 Suites - Naxaar

This palazzo-style guesthouse is located with the medieval village and has casually elegant rooms with charming decor. If you are lucky, join in one of the included weekly yoga sessions.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Daydream B&B - Xaghra

Mehdi and Caroline will welcome you warmly to this amazing B&B with great views over the countryside of Gozo and to the sea. Elegant surroundings, delicious breakfasts and 2 outdoor swimming pools all ensure a fabulous stay.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Gozo Hills B&B - Xaghra

Situated in a Gozitan house of character, this property has a pool and sunny terrace on which you can relax. All the rooms are cosy and fully air conditioned.


 

 

 

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day of the week from the mid-September to mid-June. However we do not operate this tour over the Christmas or New Year period or in January. If you travel at peak times, for example over Easter, there may be a supplement payable. 


Time of Year

The best time of year to walk in Malta is from mid-September to mid-June as the summer months are too hot. Spring is a lovely time to be there because all the wildflowers are blooming and there are warm daytime temperatures. Autumn is also very popular. Although there could be some rain during the winter months, the temperature does not generally get any lower than 12 or 13 degrees centigrade. In November the average temperature is 17 to 20 degrees centigrade and in April 15 to 19 degrees centigrade.


Meals

Breakfast is included each morning, (usually buffet-style) but not lunch or dinner. On most of the walking days it will necessary to take a packed lunch. However on some days, a café or restaurant will be en route. Usually the accommodations will not offer picnic lunches but in the towns where you will be staying there are little supermarkets or bakeries where you can purchase what you need. Dinners you may eat at your  accommodation (if available) or there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from.


Grade & Terrain

This tour is graded easy to moderate. The trails are a combination of dirt trails, farm tracks and country roads. At times the route will be rocky so you need to be sure-footed. This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness. 


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

None of the walks are waymarked, so in  order to find your way you will need to be able to follow route notes and navigate reading a map. We will provide you with comprehensive route notes, a 1:25,000 map and GPS tracks for those who like to take a GPS unit. 


Baggage Transfers

We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. On the ferry from Malta to Gozo and vice versa you will need to carry your own luggage. Please consider this and pack light!


Local ferries and buses

This itinerary involves taking ferries from Malta to Gozo, Gozo to Malta and roundtrip from Gozo to Comino. The tickets are not included and you will need to purchase them on the spot locally. Find detailed information on fares and schedules on the following websites.


Gozo Channel Ferries


Ebsons Comino Ferries


The journey from Cirkewwa (Malta ferry terminal) to Gozo is about 25 minutes and they run approximately every 45 minutes. . The journey from Gozo to Comino is about 20 minutes and they depart every hour. . You will also find more ferry/boat information here.


You will also need to take a local bus from Naxaar to Valetta (bus # 49) from Rabat to Naxaar (bus# 202) and from Xaghra to Mgarr Ferry Port (bus # 322). There maybe some necessary walking to the bus stops involved. The most up to date information on schedules can be found on the Malta Public Transportation website. The schedules can vary so please don’t expect for them to necessarily appear at the designated time!


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to and from Malta

Malta International Airport is the closest airport to Naxxar and you can get here from the UK on low cost airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair. Air Malta also has flights from other European gateways, such as Frankfurt and Paris.  If you are flying from further afield you can use other airlines before connecting to these airlines in Europe.


Upon arrival in Malta Airport you will be transferred to your hotel in Naxxar. Please provide us with your flight arrival time as soon as you can.


Your tour finishes in Xaghra, but a transfer will be provided from your accommodation in Xaghra to the Gozo ferry port and then once you have taken the ferry you will be picked up at the ferry port and transferred to Malta Airport. For ferry times and schedules please visit the Gozo Channel website.

Included

  • 7 Nights accommodation in guest houses & B&B's
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • People transfers as listed in the itinerary
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and map
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Malta Airport
  • Ferries
  • Local buses
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Single room & solo walkers supplement(s) if applicable
  • Additional nights

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is extremely popular especially in May, June, September and October. It is always better to book as far in advance as possible, however, we will always try our best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

This itinerary is graded easy to moderate, however the terrain can be tricky at times with rocks underfoot, so you will need to be sure-footed. Elevation gains and losses are minimal, however you will have to go up and down to reach any hilltop villages.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. As you will need to carry your luggage on the ferry between Malta & Gozo, you may want to consider packing fairly lightly.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

What happens if I can't walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

Is there hunting on Malta and Gozo?

Yes, local people do hunt for small birds, and rabbit. The season for hunting birds runs between 1 September and 31 January and between two hours before sunrise and two hours after sunset from Monday to Saturday, and between two hours before sunrise and 1pm on Sundays and public holidays. Hunting between 15 September and 7 October is not permitted between 7 pm and two hours before sunrise of the following day; the same time restrictions also apply to the hunting of wild rabbit, which is permitted until 31 December. Hunting usually takes places on the coastline from small block built hides where there is no apparent differentiation between private & public land. Also there is a cordoned-off Armed Forces training facility on Gozo. So you may also hear practice gunfire from this too. The hunting will not have any impact on your tour, but if you do hear gunfire, this is why.

They also hunt in Malta, but since you will not be doing any coastal walks here you should not hear any gunshots. 

Great Experience

5

A great way to explore and experience Malta and Gozo. Terrific accommodations and transfers. The bus / ferry system is easy to follow and reliable, so visitors should lengthen their stay and continue to explore!

Rick

Halifax Canada

Yes

Beautiful place to walk and enjoy

5

Wonderful place to visit and spend your time walking around. Be prepared for some hills but worth it when you see the fantastic views! Very well organised, everything went exactly to plan, but flexible enough that we could easily adapt as we went along. Had plenty of time to relax and sight see in addition to the walking. Glad we had the GPS routes in addition to the notes as it made it much easier to make sure we were on the right track. Accommodation was lovely in both Malta and Gozo and in Malta the restaurants recommended to us gave us free wine and starters. We went in November which was off peak, so very quiet for tourists, but also not as warm weather as we were expecting. As you are always near the coast it is windy, so even though it was 20 degrees, it didn't feel like it, so be prepared for the weather. Buses are easy to use to get around, but not frequent especially on Gozo, so check the times well in advance and get to the bus stop extra early. A lot of days we had transfers included which made it much easier. Some of the ferries are small boats and as it is on the ocean it was choppy. Overall a lovely relaxing week with 360 degree views not to be beaten.

Julie

London

Yes

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