Malta is known to be the island of sea and sun, however this image does not do the country enough justice. There might not be any rivers, lakes or mountains in Malta but it offers some dramatic coastal scenery and a mecca for snorkelling, scuba diving and other water sports in its clear waters.
The north is more rural while the south is more urban. The Hiking in the countryside offers a taste of rural Malta, especially if trekking along the scenic coastline of the island.
Situated on top of a rocky hill in Gharghur, Top of the World provides wonderful views over the surrounding countryside and the shoreline of the White Rocks Bay. The area is ideal for walking through the beautiful Maltese countryside for a perfect retreat. You will feel at peace with the world here. Don’t forget your camera!
Blue Grotto is the most spectacular cave in Malta and probably the most photogenic spot on the islands. Surrounded with deep crystal clear blue/green waters, the Blue Grotto is the biggest of a number of caves one can admire in this area located in the village of Zurrieq, south west of Malta. The cave which is 43 metres in height can be reached by Boat from Wied iz-Zurrieq. Inside, it’s magic! Visitors will also get too see Filfla right across the cave, which is a small uninhabited island at the very south of Malta. One may also choose to walk to the nearby Hagar Qim temples from here, though it’s a steep hill to/from Blue grotto.
Gozo is particularly renowned for its beautiful nature. To really appreciate the beauty and unique character of Gozo one should visit its rural villages, such as Ta‘ Dbiegi near San Lawrenz, the Ta’ Ġordan Lighthouse near Għasri, Ħondoq ir-Rummien near Qala and the San Blas valley near Nadur. One can admire its rugged landscape and spectacular coastline. One can indeed admire a 360° view of Gozo’s landscape from Ta Gordan lighthouse which is located on top of a hill, in the village of Ghasri. A walk up the hill can be tiring but surely worthy as it is surrounded by wonderful countryside in an area where Gozo is much less developed. The lighthouse in itself is the first one ever constructed on Gozo and the hill on which it is situated rises 160 metres from ground level. The view is breathtaking especially in spring when the islands are most green and spring wildflowers are in full blossom dotting the Gozitan flowing countryside.
The Azure window and the whole area surrounding it makes Dwejra our top attraction in Gozo. The window off the west coast of the island, is a natural stone arch which was formed through time by the power of nature and stands one foot in the sea. The window gives a glimpse of the towering cliffs behind it and a view of the deep and dark blue sea surrounding it. From the Azure window one can see a famous diving spot, the Blue hole, which takes the form of a crystalline pool, 10 meters down a rock plateau. Unfortunately rocks keep falling from the arch and it is expecting that within few years it will disappear. When this shall happen, the arch will be renamed Azure Pinnacle. The sea in Dwejra is very blue against the white stone. This is an amazing place to sit by the rough rocky untouched stretch of pristine shoreline and observe the beauty of nature. Boat trips can be taken from the inland sea which pass through the stunning colourful caves and rock tunnels while admiring the layers of colour on the rock with coral as the lowest layer. From the darkness of the caves one will emerge into open sea while admiring the dramatic outer coast with several miles of vertical cliffs. Ideally it is suggested to take the trip before 11am when the groups start arriving. Dwejra is also home to the famous Fungus rock on which the parasitic plant used to treat infections grows and is the only place in Europe. Walking across the top of the cliffs and the walk up to the Window, the visitor will notice several fossils poking out from the rocks. Dwejra is also beautiful in rough seas where visitors will be amazed to see the waves crashing on the Azure window.
The Lunzjata Valley in Gozo is often subject to portraits from various artists who visit the site to bring out their imagination. This will be no surprise to anyone who witnesses this picturesque valley which although small in size is one of the most beautiful on our islands. An entrance leads to the valley which brings you to a chapel, with late medieval features, dedicated to the Annunciation of Our Lady behind which lies a small cave. The road down continues with the sound of water flowing by coming from aquaducts that line up the valley and lead to a 17th century fountain.
Ta' Kenuna in Nadur offers expansive views over Gozo’s countryside, Comino and the northern part of Malta from top of the cliffs. There is also a semaphore tower, known as Ta’ Kenuna Tower, which dates back to the 19th century when it was built by the British to transmit messages by passing on signals between Malta and Gozo.
Ta' Cenc cliffs in Gozo are home of many species of birds and a biodiversity of plants and flowers and rise 143 metres above sea level. The long route along these stunning sheer cliffs provides magnificent views over Comino and Malta. The area is rich is flora and fauna but also ancient cart ruts which date back to the Neolithic era can be seen. Another discovery of this era is three prehistoric tombs which can be found here.