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The Adventure Guidebook To The Maltese Islands
A Quick Reference Guide
A6 Pocket Guide • Full 4 x 4 Colour • 300gsm Laminated Cover.
Biking on Malta is becoming a popular activity with the locals and visitors alike. The island has a great deal to offer a cyclist with long country roads, narrow walled streets with rough surfaces and smooth long stretches that allow you to get into a good rhythm. In the past biking has been a daunting activity, due to the crazy pace of Maltese traffic. In the last two years the government has been made aware of the growing attraction the island has for the cyclist and marked cycle lanes are now appearing around the island. However do be aware that the pace of the driving is still the same so be alert at all times. The routes within this guide take you through the countryside, along picturesque roads with stunning views, past temples and places of interest, combined with enjoyable and challenging cycling.
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Fold out maps of Malta & Gozo, Comino Introduction including information about the Climate, Geology, Flora & Fauna, Maltese History & Useful Information Detailed chapters on each activity mentioned below, including Route Maps, Descriptions, Grades and Photographs. Activities: Featuring: Diving 38 Dive Sites Climbing 9 Climbing Areas Bouldering 5 Bouldering Areas Deep Water Soloing 13 Deep Water Soloing Areas Biking 6 Biking Routes Hiking 19 Hiking Routes
Climbing on Gozo and Comino was first developed by the English army with a number of climbers developing a small guide book with traditional routes in the 1970’s. Since then it has been forgotten as a climbing destination. In the past few years climbers have been returning to open new bolted routes within the inland limestone crags.
All of the climbing areas are within a 15 minute drive of each other giving you the opportunity to experience a wide range of climbs in a short period of time. The unique landscape as well as a diverse climbing coupled with the quiet crags makes Gozo an ideal climbing destination to visit.
Comino, the smaller of the three main islands, also has some great places to dive. Only accessible by boat the island offers spectacular underwater tunnels, chimneys, caves, reefs, drop off’s and marine life coupled with exceptionally good visibility. A day out on the boat is usually combined with a visit to the Blue Lagoon. With its crystal clear blue water enhanced by the sandy seabed non divers are usually welcome on board and have plenty of opportunity to sunbathe and snorkel.
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Hiking on the island of Gozo is one of the most relaxing and rewarding activities. It has a special charm. The main season for hiking is during the mild winter months from October to May when the island is green, covered with wild flowers and scented herbs. Bees are humming and migrating birds such as honey buzzards and harriers can be seen. It is warm enough to enjoy lunch outside and watch the bustling life of Victoria, or admire the sea views from a romantic fishing village. The island offers one of the most diverse histories in Europe with temples and caves dating from Neolithic times, wonderful churches, markets and historical sites. If you are looking for peace and quiet, there are a number of walks that take you along the rugged cliffs and winding valleys of Gozo with stunning scenery and local treasures.
Maps & Route Recommendations
Coral Cave Coral Cave
The Blue Hole
7m 5m 35m 40m+ 30m 11m Coral Garden
Malta is the ideal place for a rock climbing holiday. Located in the middle of the blue Mediterranean sea, just 97 kilometers south of Sicily, Malta has plenty of rock and is undoubtedly an undiscovered climbing paradise. Rock climbing in Malta is possible the whole year, but the main season is the mild winter months. Whilst European climbers are forced indoors by cold and wet winters to continue their beloved sport. Maltese climbers are starting to climbing outdoors after a hot summer of deep water soloing. There are over 1,300 rock climbing routes over the three islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino known as the Maltese archipelago. So one is really spoilt for choice. This guide focuses on the main sports areas. However there is plenty of virgin rock still waiting to be conquered. The climbs are characterized be the local limestone, which is full of pockets and interesting features creating pumpy and challenging climbs. The crags are generally quite so you do not have to wait to climb a particular route so one usually has a choice of climbs.
To enter the valley there is a small metal ladder bellow the promenade railing opposite the widest clearing of the valley. This leads to steps cut into the cliff, which links to the path into the crag. Wied Babu offers some of the best climbing in Malta. On the east side of the valley with its prominent diamond shaped boulder, you will find a wide variety of excellent routes, on slabs and vertically waving bulges with perfect pocketed white limestone.
40+ m 11m 15m 22m
This small island offers one main crag that is a paradise for a deep water soloist. Lantern point is home to some of the best DWS on the Maltese islands. With climbs to suit all levels of climbers. The routes are only a maximum height of 12 meters with safe deep water bellow. The rest of the island has some scattered caves that offer some good lines as well as protected if you every get caught out in a rare shower. The islands areas are all accessible from the shore, however you have to get to the island with a ferry, leaving from the harbours in Malta and Gozo.
Coral Cave is an impressively large cave, which houses an array of fragile and colorful corals, anemones and hidden Sea Horses. To reach the cave enter the water at Coral garden and surface swim to the drop off. Descend and follow the reef wall on your left until you arrive at the cave. At the back of the main cave is a smaller cave. Entering this small cave is not recommend as the silt is very fine and visibility can drop very quickly. After exploring the cave return the way you came back into coral garden. In coral garden find the chimney and descend through the chimney. Turn right upon exiting and follow the reef wall back to the Blue Hole and the exit point.
The Blue Hole is Gozo’s most famous dive site offering caves, drop-offs, boulder slopes and a chimney, making this a very exciting dive. The fish life can vary depending on the number of divers in the water. However, large Groupers can be found and schools of Bream are usually located just through the Azure window. Descend into the blue hole and exit through arch connected to the open sea. Continue through the Azure Window and then descend down the boulder slop. Keeping the reef wall to you left dive around the window. At the point continue straight across the boulder slope until you arrive at the chimney. Ascend through the chimney. Upon exiting double back on yourself going over the top of the chimney. Returning to the blue hole with the reef wall on your right. Upon entering the Blue Hole explore the large cave before returning to the exit point.
Owls Nest Crack
Wied Babu is a valley of terraced fields that flanks the road leading to the Blue Grotto.
GPS Maps Grid References Coordinates listed for every location mentioned.
Two full page fold out maps with grid reference system.
All locations throughout the book are listed alphabetically in the contents with the map grid references to mark the general location. All routes are clearly marked on large detailed maps. Climbing routes are clearly marked on photo’s of the cliffs. Each area has a clear and simple description
Gozo & Comino
A 1 B C D E F G H I J K L M Zebbug 2 Ghammar Gharb 3 San Lawrence 4 Santa Lucija Victoria Kercem Fontana Xlendi 6 Sannat 7 1 Mile 1 Kilometer 8 Comino Munxar Ghajnsielem Mgarr Xewkija Nadur Qala Ramla Ghasri Xaghra Marsalforn
Routes Climbing Descriptions
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Victoria - Santa Lucija - Gharb - Gharsi
Approximately 23km part road, remainder tracks. Rated: Moderate A strong rider could complete the route in 2 hours, an intermediate in 2 - 3 hours. Steep ascents and descents.
Route outline: Victoria – Santa Lucija – Gharb – San Dimitri – Ghasri – Qbajjar Bay – Victoria Leaving Victoria follow the sign posts for Kercem and Santa Lucija. When the road forks turn right to Santa Lucija. Before entering the village there is a right turn with a statue. Taking this turn cycle over the hill and turn left when arriving at the main road. Follow the main road into Gharb. Upon arriving in Gharb go down the left hand side of the church and descend the hill. Continuing straight up the other side leaving Gharb towards San Dimitri Chapel. Before arriving at the chapel, turn left and follow the rough tracks towards the sea cliffs. Upon arriving at the sea cliffs turn right and follow the coast road with spectacular sea views until you turn away from the coastline up the valley. Turn first right up a steep stone carved road cycling underneath a large farmhouse. This road will lead you past Gordan’s lighthouse and into Ghasri. Upon entering Ghasri turn left and descend the narrow road. At the T-juntion turn left leaving the small chapel on your right, following this road until the north coast. Here turn left and go off road onto the salt pans. Returning to the road cycle through Qbajjar bay and bear right. At the cross roads turn right and descending into a picturesque valley. After a steep ascent you will arrive at a main road. Turn right and descend the hill towards Victoria. At the roundabout turn left passing underneath the Citadel returning to Victoria.
Page 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 Site Grid Slug’s Bay 2D Qawra Point 3F The Imperial Eagle 3F Mercanti Reef 5I Exiles 5J Fortizza Reef 6J Coral Gardens 6J Lighter X127 6K HMS Maori 7K SS Margit 6K Mini Blue Hole 7L The Tug Boats 8M Um el Faroud 11H The Rozi 2B P29 2B Cirkewwa Reef 2B The Scott Craig 3B
Page 87 93 Site Wied Babu Ghar Lapsi Grid 11H 11F
Page 169 214 216 Site Wied iz-Zurrieq Wied Babu Ghar Hasan Grid 11G 11H 12J
Page 235 236 237 238 239 Site Cirkewwa White Tower Golden Bay Ghajn Tuffieha Bay Dingli Cliffs Mdina Mdina Blue Grotto Busket Gardens Grid 2B 2D 5C 5B 9D 7E 7E 11H 8E
Page 136 138 140 Site Wied Babu Ghar Hassan Anchor Bay - The Outer Ring Grid 11H 12J 3B
Page 208 211 214 Site Mellieha Bay Bugibba Birzebbuga Grid 3C 3F 11K
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The Maltese Islands are a paradise for adventure lovers! From Climbing to diving, biking to hiking, almost anything is possible! Spoiled by the sun, surrounded by crystal clear waters and a unique landscape, the beautiful Maltese islands are a perfect all year playground for adventure holidays. This guidebook is the ideal way to discover the islands. Whether it’s a quite walk, an action packed day or an adventurous week incorporating several activities, it will never leave you short of an adventure.
Gozo Adventures, “The Adventure Guidebook To The Maltese Islands” was developed with great care and enthusiasm to provide a quick reference information guide on the adventure activities available on the Maltese Islands. The guide features a compact, yet carefully selected proportion of what the islands have to offer. It is a valuable aid to enhance any type of holiday on the Maltese archipelago.
Adventurous people and sports enthusiasts wishing to visit the Maltese Islands. The largest visitors to the islands are Divers and Hikers. However there is a steady increase of Climbers and Bikers visiting the Malta.
EU & MTA Funded Project
Hancock Limited started the development of an adventure guidebook in 2004, with the mapping of existing adventure activities locations and the development of new routes, for climbing, biking and hiking. The aim for developing the guidebook is to inform the public that the Maltese Islands offer a wide range of adventure activities. The project was part of the Structural fund programme for Malta 2004 - 2006. Backed by the European Regional Development Funds During the duration of the project the “Gozo Adventures Guidebook” (first edition) was produced and 3,000 books were sold in 2007 - 2009. In February 2008 Gozo Adventures was request to develop a second Guidebook. It was decided that the second edition encompasses the whole of the Maltese Islands. For the guidebooks, new climbing areas were developed. Deep Water Soloing was established, exploring the islands coastal waters opening routes and new hiking and biking routes created.
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