Islands offer walkers some of the most stunning views anywhere in the
Mediterranean. The first thing to do is to decide what sort of view you
prefer – dramatic cliffs plunging into waves, the rocky, scrubland or
hidden, lush valleys. En route, you’ll come across mysterious, prehistoric
sites, cave chapels and secluded palaces of the Knights.
From the village of Xaghra walk eastwards into
lush green valley. A rustic path follows the water course down to Ramla
l-Hamra (The Red Sand Beach). Return from the beach by road to the village
From the village of Sannat, walk to Ta’ Cenc
Hotel and take the country road leading south east to the open scrubland
and the southern cliffs. 2km west of Ta’ Cenc is the valley of Mgarr ix-Xini
and the sea inlet of the same name. Return up hill along the valley by
the road which leads to Xewkija.
From Mgarr Habour walk up hill a short distance
to Fort Chambray. This large fortress, now being renovated and converted
into a resort, was built in the 18th century by Bailli Jacques-Francois
de Chambray. Rough paths down Chambray Hill lead to the little bay of
Xatt l-Ahmar (The Red Shore) and to the southern shoreline of the Island.