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MALTA & GOZO

from £1050
This walking holiday starts in Malta and continues on Gozo. Our walks cross farmland, steep valleys, terraced fields and table-top hills and contrast the two islands.

Guided Walking Holidays Malta and Gozo

As you walk beside Malta’s coast what strikes you first is the colour of the sea, where shades of turquoise and deep blue fade into one another. Coastal paths pass clumps of golden samphire, thriving in the salty Mediterranean air. Inland our paths cross the rocky Maltese lowlands where aromatic shrubs such as thyme, sought out by bees, make a home in the thin soil. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays.

Malta is a compact island only 17 miles long by 8 miles wide. This allows us to explore almost every inch of the island on enjoyable scenic walks, where either the Mediterranean Sea or rural towns and villages act as the perfect backdrop. Man has made his mark on the landscape with dry stone walls and small farmsteads. In the cities human history goes back millennia, to the time of the Knights of St John and beyond. More recently, the plaque awarding the island the George Cross, and the list of sunken ships in Fort Angelo can be seen in Valletta, the Fortress City, whose Grand Harbour is very grand indeed. You may also be surprised to know that Malta claims to have some of the oldest man-made structures in the world, the Megalithic Temples.

Gozo, in contrast to Malta, is greener and more rural with fewer towns and less bustle and activity. Its farmlands produce melons, grapes, vegetables and fruit, whereas the steep valleys, terraced fields and table-top hills make the island an attractive hideaway for walking with cottage industries producing the famous Maltese lace, most of which is actually made on Gozo.

Here the coastline is characterised by white washed cliffs and rocky tracks. From the hillsides you have unobstructed views of the whole Maltese Archipelago. Each day the walking is good and the landscape differs from green farmland with patches of yellow flowers to dramatic rocky bays.


Holiday Highlights

  • Take contrasting walks; from historic sites and panoramic coastal views in Malta, to the green and very beautiful farm-land, hills and valleys of Gozo.
  • Opportunities for swimming in idyllic bays.
  • Discover the islands’ dramatic history.
  • Step back in time amongst the bustling streets of Valletta, European Capital of Culture 2018.
  • Experience the timeless atmosphere of Mdina, ‘the silent city’.
  • Enjoy woodland walks from Buskett Gardens to the megalithic temple at Hager Qim.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Malta (Air Malta)
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation
      Transfers between centres
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    Fly from London Gatwick / Heathrow to Malta. On arrival transfer by road to the Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa for 5 nights’ accommodation.

  2. Day 2

    Our first day on Malta will be a cliff top walk from Mgarr to the largest bastioned tower on Malta, St Agatha's (Red) Tower. It is worth packing basic swimming kit as there may be opportunity to enjoy a swim in Mellieha Bay at the end. (Ascent/Descent 330m, 16km)

  3. Day 3

    Victoria Lines to Mdina: The Victoria lines are unofficially known as the Great Wall of Malta, a line of fortifications that will mark our route to the old capital of Malta Mdina. (Ascent 400m/Descent 300m, 11km)

  4. Day 4

    St Thomas Bay to Marsaxlokk (Valetta): The morning will be spent walking along St Thomas Bay where at the end a transfer vehicle will meet us and take us to Valetta for a free afternoon of sightseeing. Should you wish to spend the whole day in Valetta this is an option that can be easily accommodated. (Ascent/Descent 100m, 6km)

  5. Day 5

    Buskett Gardens to Hagar Qim: Buskett Gardens is one of the few remaining woodland areas on Malta and makes for a fine start for our walk to the megalithic temple at Hagar Qim. The visitor centre is a fountain of knowledge and when you are in the temples you can see how their use comes to life. (Ascent 280m/Descent 330m, 13km)

  6. Day 6

    Transfer by road and ferry to the island of Gozo for 5 nights’ accommodation at the Hotel Calypso. There should be enough time to take in a circular walk around Marsalforn in the afternoon. (Ascent/Descent 100m, 4km)

  7. Day 7

    Victoria to Xaghra: Gozo awaits and we will walk to the quiet and peaceful capital of Victoria through green countryside. From Victoria we will head to the earliest inhabited village on Gozo of Xaghra where we will then continue on to finish our days walk back at the hotel. (Ascent/Descent 475m, 16.5km)

  8. Day 8 to 9

    Santa Lucia, the North Coast and Marsalforn: After a short journey out to Santa Lucia we begin our days walk in the direction of the coast . The Inland Sea  is our first destination and is where the Azure Window was situated before it collapsed in a storm in February 2017. You may even wish to take a short boat ride at your own expense around the base of the cliffs. .  Later in the day we walk out to Ta Pinu point where there is a grand natural rock arch surrounded by blue seas  which has limited tourist visitors because of its remote location. This impressive sight is a very pleasant place to spend time. (Ascent 300m/Descent 400m, 17km)

  9. Day 10

    Qala, San Blas and Ramla Bay: Our final day on Gozo will be spent exploring these three bays over the course of the day before heading back to the hotel for our final evening together. (Ascent 420m/Descent 500m, 13km)

  10. Day 11

    Transfer by road and ferry to Malta airport for check-in and return flight to London Gatwick / Heathrow.

Travel Details

 

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Malta (Air Malta)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 50 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Calypso

In Gozo we stay at the four-star Hotel Calypso in Marsalforn Bay on the north of the island with great views over the sea, hills or the bay. Rooms are twin bedded and single with bath, shower and wc. Here you are also able to upgrade to a sea view room. The hotel is located on the sea front and rooms have balconies, fridges, phones, TV and you can hire kettles from reception. There is a ground floor bar, coffee bar, a rooftop bar and sun terrace with loungers and a small pool. Pool towels are available for a €5 deposit. The rooms have safes and keys can be obtained from reception at €7 for 5 days with an additional €7 deposit. Please note that opting for a garden / sea view room in Malta only does not guarantee a sea view room in Gozo. Sea view rooms are also available in Gozo, please ask our reservations team at the time of booking.


Maritim Antonine Hotel and Spa

On Malta we stay in the four-star Antonine Hotel & Spa in ensuite twin bedded and single rooms. There are two room options available one with a village view (these rooms maybe subject to noise from the street) and secondly a view of the gardens or the sea, most rooms have a combination of the both, (please note that the view of the sea is restricted from some rooms) and we are not able to specify a preference to a garden or sea view. Rooms have balconies, minibar, cable TV, air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, a phone and a kettle (tea and coffee items not provided). Mellieha village is perched on one of the many terrace levels carved out of the town’s rocky slopes, and overlooks the sea and Gozo and Comino. A beach is located 1 km away and is easily reached on foot. Other facilities include a bar and terrace, sun beds, an indoor pool and a spa area.


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