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Malta

The Maltese archipelago is located some 100 km south of Sicily. Besides the main island of Malta, the small EU state in the Mediterranean Sea includes six more islands. The inhabited islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino offer a variety of attractions for tourists.

The main island of Malta, as well as the sister islands of Gozo and Comino are relatively small with areas of ​​246, 67 and 3 square kilometres respectively. Nevertheless, the islands enjoy lush vegetation in spring and autumn, varied coast lines and beaches, a rich historical heritage and a varied gastronomy. The islands also offer opportunities to engage in outdoor sports in a Mediterranean climate.

The main island of Malta

The capital city of the main island of Malta is Valletta and it is the smallest capital in Europe. Since 1980, Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the busy city, located in the northeast of the island, you should explore above all the picturesque side streets. Here you will find a lot of small individual craft shops, fine boutiques and restaurants serving local Maltese food. You cannot get lost on your way through the side streets of the city. As the city was designed on the drawing board after the siege by the Ottomans in 1565 by the Knights of Malta, the streets were planned like a chess board. To be better protected against further attacks after the Great Siege, a modern fortress town was built during the reconstruction on Monte Sciberras with its strategic location between the two natural harbours, that is, the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour. The city is since surrounded by massive ramparts and bastions and can be accessed through two very impressive and puristically designed entrances.

Attractions in Valletta

The award of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 reflects the rich cultural heritage of the city. In almost every corner, you will find a historic scene, mostly found on the main road, named Republic Street. Here, culturally interested visitors will find Palazzo Ferreria - a city palace in the Italian style of the 19th century -, the Archaeological Museum with its huge knowledge about the early history of the island and St. John's Co-Cathedral. Especially the cathedral that looks rather plain from the outside is worth a visit. The ornate and richly decorated church is even considered one of the most beautiful churches of the entire Mediterranean. A special highlight are the painted ceilings and the intricately carved stonewall designs by the Calabrian artist Mattia Preti. Other important works of art, which are located in the Cathedral, are "The Beheading of John the Baptist" by Caravaggio and the collection of ornate, colourful marble grave stones in the middle of the nave under which many important knights are buried.  

Aktiv auf Malta, Gozo und Comino

Hiking in Malta

The Maltese archipelago with its main island Malta and its two neighbouring islands Gozo and Comino offers tourists a ...
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Those who prefer to go exploring underwater will be stunned by the excellent visibility of the clear waters up to a depth of 30 meters. The species-rich underwater world attracts many amateur and professional divers to Malta, among others to Anchor Bay or Cirkewwa on the main island or the Dwejra Bay with Fungus Rock and Azure Window in Gozo. 

Flora Fungus Rock

Der Fungus Rock
Flora Flora
Der Fungus Rock ist ein großer, etwa 65 m hoher Kalksteinblock vor der Westküste der ...
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Geotope Blaues Fenster – Azure Window

Das Blaue Fenster
Geotope Geotope
Das Blaue Fenster – auch Azure Window genannt – ist eine auffällige Felsformation ...
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Hiking in Malta, Gozo and Comino

For day hikes on the main island mainly the regions around Mellieha, Dingli, Ghar Lapsi, Fawwara and Wardija are a good choice. In addition, the entire north of Malta as well as numerous coves and small fishing villages on the south coast are waiting to be discovered. The islands of Gozo and Comino also provide varied hiking opportunities. In Gozo you will find sandy beaches, old watchtowers, legendary caves and remote canyons. Even a four-day coastal hike awaits you with spectacular views and many attractions on the route. On the small island of Comino the Blue Lagoon is the main visitor attraction. With its crystal blue water, it attracts both locals from Malta and Gozo as well as many tourists. 

Hiking Trail Mehrtägige Küstenrundwanderung auf der Insel Gozo

Die Salzpfannen von Xwejni Bay
2016-06-02
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail
difficult Multistage tour
52.3 km
18:00 h
1472 m
1490 m
(1)
from Andreas Reimund,  Outdooractive Editors

Hiking Trail Rundwanderung auf Comino

Die Blaue Lagune
2016-06-07
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail
easy
6.7 km
2:15 h
115 m
115 m
(1)
from Andreas Reimund,  Outdooractive Editors

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Hiking Trail Mehrtägige Küstenrundwanderung auf der Insel Gozo

Die Salzpfannen von Xwejni Bay
2016-06-02
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail
difficult Multistage tour
52.3 km
18:00 h
1472 m
1490 m
(1)
from Andreas Reimund,  Outdooractive Editors
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Hiking Trail Küstenwanderung von Xlendi nach San Lawrenz

Der Xlendi Tower am Rand der Xlendi Bay
2016-05-30
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
moderate Stage 3
11.3 km
5:00 h
517 m
391 m
from Andreas Reimund,  Outdooractive Editors
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Hiking Trail Küstenwanderung von Mgarr nach Xlendi

Die Schlucht Mgarr ix-Xini
2016-05-30
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
moderate Stage 2
11.9 km
6:00 h
361 m
360 m
(1)
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Hiking Trail Küstenwanderung von San Lawrenz nach Marsalforn

Die Schlucht Wied il Ghasri
2016-05-30
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
moderate Stage 4
11 km
4:00 h
6 m
133 m
from Andreas Reimund,  Outdooractive Editors
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Hiking Trail Küstenwanderung von Marsalforn nach Mgarr

Die Bucht Dahlet Qorrot
2016-05-30
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
difficult Stage 1
18.1 km
6:00 h
452 m
462 m
from Andreas Reimund,  Outdooractive Editors
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Hiking Trail Wanderweg Dwejra

Das Blaue Fenster
2016-06-02
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
moderate
14.4 km
4:30 h
333 m
333 m
from Andreas Reimund,  Outdooractive Editors
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Hiking Trail Wanderweg Ta’ Gurdan

Auf dem Weg zu den Klippen
2016-05-23
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
easy
10.4 km
3:30 h
180 m
178 m
(1)
from Andreas Reimund,  Outdooractive Editors
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Hiking Trail Wanderung von der Bucht von Marsalforn zur Ramla Bay

Die Ggantija-Tempel
2016-06-02
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
moderate
7.7 km
3:15 h
143 m
149 m
from Alisa Wiggers,  Outdooractive Editors
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Hiking Trail von Hagar Qim zu den Dingli Cliffs

Start mit Blick auf Filfla
2016-03-27
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
moderate
8.7 km
3:00 h
324 m
125 m
from Oliver H,  Community
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Hiking Trail Vom Fährhafen über Popeye nach Xemxija

Blick auf Paradise Bay
2016-03-27
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
moderate
15.9 km
4:30 h
327 m
311 m
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Hiking Trail Mehrtägige Küstenrundwanderung auf der Insel Gozo

Die Salzpfannen von Xwejni Bay
2016-06-02
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail
difficult Multistage tour
52.3 km
18:00 h
1472 m
1490 m
(1)
from Andreas Reimund,  Outdooractive Editors

Hiking Trail Küstenwanderung von Xlendi nach San Lawrenz

Der Xlendi Tower am Rand der Xlendi Bay
2016-05-30
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
moderate Stage 3
11.3 km
5:00 h
517 m
391 m
from Andreas Reimund,  Outdooractive Editors

Hiking Trail Küstenwanderung von Mgarr nach Xlendi

Die Schlucht Mgarr ix-Xini
2016-05-30
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
moderate Stage 2
11.9 km
6:00 h
361 m
360 m
(1)
from Andreas Reimund,  Outdooractive Editors

Hiking Trail Küstenwanderung von San Lawrenz nach Marsalforn

Die Schlucht Wied il Ghasri
2016-05-30
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
moderate Stage 4
11 km
4:00 h
6 m
133 m
from Andreas Reimund,  Outdooractive Editors

Hiking Trail Küstenwanderung von Marsalforn nach Mgarr

Die Bucht Dahlet Qorrot
2016-05-30
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
difficult Stage 1
18.1 km
6:00 h
452 m
462 m
from Andreas Reimund,  Outdooractive Editors

Hiking Trail Wanderweg Dwejra

Das Blaue Fenster
2016-06-02
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
moderate
14.4 km
4:30 h
333 m
333 m
from Andreas Reimund,  Outdooractive Editors

Hiking Trail Wanderweg Ta’ Gurdan

Auf dem Weg zu den Klippen
2016-05-23
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
easy
10.4 km
3:30 h
180 m
178 m
(1)
from Andreas Reimund,  Outdooractive Editors

Hiking Trail Wanderung von der Bucht von Marsalforn zur Ramla Bay

Die Ggantija-Tempel
2016-06-02
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
moderate
7.7 km
3:15 h
143 m
149 m
from Alisa Wiggers,  Outdooractive Editors

Hiking Trail von Hagar Qim zu den Dingli Cliffs

Start mit Blick auf Filfla
2016-03-27
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
moderate
8.7 km
3:00 h
324 m
125 m
from Oliver H,  Community

Hiking Trail Vom Fährhafen über Popeye nach Xemxija

Blick auf Paradise Bay
2016-03-27
Hiking Trail Hiking Trail • Malta
moderate
15.9 km
4:30 h
327 m
311 m
from Oliver H,  Community
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