Walking on Malta & Gozo

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  • 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.

What To Expect

Malta and Gozo are superb destinations to travel to during the off-season as they have relatively warm temperatures in the winter. So, if you like walking with the sun on your back, surrounded by an intriguing local history and culture with walks through pretty farmland and rugged coastlines, then you should definitely consider this tour.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys
  • Coastal & Island

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Activity Level & Terrain

This tour is graded easy to moderate. The daily distances vary from 6 to 15km. The walk on day 4 from Qala to Xaghra can be described as more moderate in comparison to the other walks with an ascent/descent of +450m/-420m. The terrain is a combination of dirt trails, farm tracks, sandy beaches, coastal paths, and quiet country roads. Always be mindful of other road users when walking on roads. At times, the route will be rocky, steep, and might contain some loose stones. It is therefore important to be sure-footed and to wear appropriate walking shoes for support and comfort. The Information Pack will include a detailed kit list for suggestions on what to pack. This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness.

Navigation

None of the walks on Malta or Gozo are waymarked, so in order to find your way you will need to follow route notes or the App. We will provide you with comprehensive route notes, a 1:25,000 Kompass map and GPS tracks for those who like to take a GPS unit. We also offer access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App on this tour (see the details on the next page). Using the App you simply follow the route using your smartphone which is quite a relaxing experience. You are not required to know how to navigate reading a map, but it can be very useful if in doubt.

Accommodations

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. 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 are more than happy to accommodate you and solo walkers are also welcome although a supplement is payable.

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.

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
  • Access to the Macs Smartphone App
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Malta Airport
  • Ferries and local buses
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks & Snacks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day of the week from mid-September to mid-June. However, we do not operate this tour over the Christmas or New Year period or in January.

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.

Getting to the Start

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.

Getting from the End

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.

Luggage Transfer

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!

General Information

Local Ferries & 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). 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 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Naxxar and overnight Day 2 Transfer to Mdina, Loop Walk via Chadwick Lakes & Dwejra Lines 9 miles / 15 km Day 3 Valletta and Vittoriosa Heritage Trail Walk 6 miles / 10 km Day 4 Ferry to Gozo, transfer to Qala, walk to Xaghra 8 miles / 13 km Day 5 Loop Walk via Gozo Saltpans and Victoria 9 miles / 15 km Day 6 Free day for exploration Day 7 Ferry to Comino, walk around Comino 4 miles / 6 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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