Perfect for anyone who likes walking and trekking, our Malta holidays take you to the island of Gozo, in the Maltese archipelago, and to ancient sites where you can discover the rich history of this beautiful island. Blessed with a rugged landscape and spectacular coastline, it’s a truly tranquil and verdant destination.
Here, the pace is slow. Sleepy towns lie brimming with Baroque architecture, gardens and churches, and only the occasional farmhouse punctuates the countryside. Such is the island’s beauty that Gozo is thought to be the legendary Calypso’s island in Homer’s Odyssey – a peaceful, mystical backwater.
Often an overlooked destination for walking holidays and although one of the smallest countries in Europe, Malta certainly packs a punch with its shimmering Mediterranean coastline, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and historic towns and villages. Its cultural cocktail of Maltese, Sicilian and middle Eastern flavours excites the palate and makes dining on holidays to Malta a taste sensation.
Along the coastline, you’ll find limestone cliffs and hidden coves sprinkled with fossils, and prehistoric temples tell of its fascinating past. As you walk above golden beaches along winding coastal paths, the views out to sea are mesmerising. But as you head inland, you’ll discover magnificent architecture, where ancient churches hide within secret pockets of the city and villages. Our holidays in Malta offer so much more than sun, sea and sand and when you embark on one of our walking tours, you’ll fall in love with its ancient charms and diverse culture.
Walking in Malta
8 DaysfromNZD 2,349
Self-Guided Holidays (Excl. Flights)
Discover the island gem of Gozo with coastal and inland walks.
Gozo: Overlooking the pristine Mediterranean coastline, Gozo is an idyllic island where Baroque architecture and churches dominate the skyline above pretty towns and villages. The countryside is verdant, and the coastal views are heavenly, making it a much-loved destination on holidays in Malta. Believed to be the renowned Calypso’s Isle of Homer’s Odyssey, Gozo possesses a mystical charm. This beautiful island is home to Victoria – a fortified medieval city, the ancient Ggantija Temples, and the archaeological site of Marsalforn. From its white, sandy beaches and traditional Maltese villages to its incredible history, Gozo one of the best places to visit on holidays to Malta.
Valletta: Bearing the crown as Malta’s capital, Valletta is a vibrant city where knights once resided in the Grandmaster’s Palace. Inside the palace you’ll find magnificent paintings and a collection of armouries, which relay ancient tales of the knights.
The city nuzzles between the Grand and Marsamxett harbours and plays host to an opulent 16th-century church, Saint John’s Cathedral. Anyone who has a passion for history and wants to delve into the past on Malta holidays, will be in their element in this World Heritage city. But there’s plenty of modern-day culture to discover here too with trendy bars and restaurants lining the streets.
St Julian’s: Lying on the east coast of Malta, St Julian’s is a colourful town where the nightlife thrives with busy waterside restaurants and bars. This is a great place to visit on holidays to Malta and you can tuck into some authentic Maltese cuisine overlooking the water. Once a sleepy fishing village, St Julian’s is now popular with the tourist crowd. But if you want to escape the hustle and bustle and explore its ancient sites, head to Balluta Bay where you’ll find its neo-Gothic church and Art-Nouveau buildings. Alternatively, Spinola Bay is the perfect place for a spot of romance, and you can watch the fishermen’s boats bobbing up and down on the sea or wander up to the old chapel.
Marsaxlokk Bay: The pretty fishing village of Marsaxlokk is well-known for its fabulous fish restaurants where you can sample some of the tastiest fish in Malta. Less populated by tourists, it remains a more traditional bay where locals hang out along the promenade and at the weekly fish market. You can stroll along the harbour and the coast, perhaps pausing to take a dip in one of the secluded swimming areas or to simply soak up the gorgeous views.
Mdina: This UNESCO World Heritage Site has certainly earned its prestigious title. Standing atop a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean, Mdina is a medieval walled city, once the capital of Malta, where its Main Gate gives way to a wonderful concoction of historic buildings. Mdina is known as the ‘Silent City’ and there are several sites of interest that you should really try to see during holidays in Malta. Top of the list are the Baroque St Paul’s Cathedral, the National Museum of Natural History at the Palazzo Vilhena, and the landscaped Ditch Garden.
In focus: Gozo
Gozo is still a secret, of sorts. Malta’s little sister is an island of lush terraced fields and flowering valleys, crumbling churches and wandering lanes, salt pans formed in vast honeycombs and burnt-orange beaches. Its mysterious megalithic temples are older even than Stonehenge, and legend has it that it was here that the Greek goddess Calypso trapped Odysseus for years in Homer’s epic tale.