Explore Malta’s rocks!

21 Aug
The following is a guest post from the very sweet Enikö. She works with malta.com and she contacted me recently asking whether she could write a post for my blog regarding something related to Malta. Of course, I was very willing to take her up on her offer, particularly because I’m feeling a little homesick right now. One thing Enikö seems to be very passionate about is climbing, and Malta has some surprisingly fantastic spots for rock climbing. Can’t wait to be back home for some adventurous hikes!

With over 300 days of sunshine a year, a hot Mediterranean climate and being surrounded by crystal clear Mediterranean waters, Malta can be the perfect holiday destination. But don’t be fooled, Malta is not only the place to laze in the sun, since you can enjoy its rich history, many cultural sites and plenty of fun activities for people of all ages.

If you’re one of the adventurous ones, you would definitely enjoy rock climbing along the Maltese cliffs and if that’s not exciting enough, deep-water soloing will take your breath away!

Rock climbing will give you a great opportunity to discover Malta the real way!  Not only will you be visiting spectacular parts of Malta that you have never heard of, but you will also be meeting lots of locals along your journey, enhancing your experience with their great patriotism and an incredible love for climbing.

Believe it or not, there are over 1,300 climbing routes on this little island, in 30 different locations, so you’re definitely spoilt for choice.  There are routes ideal for both beginners and experienced climbers so whatever your level is, you can manage to reach the top. Climbing is a great sport that gives you a good adrenaline kick, plus in Malta it can be practised all year round, in contrast to the rest of Europe.

Try different types of climbing: bouldering, traditional leading, sport climbing and deep-water soloing, depending on your taste. You can either climb with a friend, or if you’re a beginner, join the Malta Climbing Club for a great group feeling. Join them on their weekly climbing meetings, borrow their equipment and their experience and get a good feel for climbing. The most popular sites for climbing are Wied Babu, the Victoria Lines, Għar Lapsi and Blue Grotto.

My favourite is deep-water soloing, and with Malta’s great weather and warm waters, this type of climbing is definitely a must! Traverse along high or low cliffs without any gear or ropes – just a pair of shoes – and enjoy the freedom. And if something goes wrong and you slip, you’ll end up falling in deep water, so it’s quite safe! The cliffs between the Mġarr ix-Xini Bay and Ta’ Ċenċ in Gozo make an excellent background for deep-water soloing; the feeling of climbing right above the deep blue sea is really exhilarating. Comino’s il-Mistika cave is another must do, but wherever you go, make sure to bring your snorkel along!

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2 Responses to “Explore Malta’s rocks!”

  1. Afef August 22, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    :) hmm rock climbing! That sounds like a great idea for the coming autumn when the sun cools down a bit – i’ve been abseiling @ wied ix-xaqqa but rock climbing sounds more challenging :D

    • clairecommando August 22, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

      Yes, it sounds like the perfect activity for autumn! :D Can’t wait to do it properly myself :D

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