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10 Adrenaline-fueled activities you can do in Malta

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A simple google search is enough to find the points of interest in any country. Indeed, a visit to the three cities, Mdina, Mnajdra temples and St. John’s Co-Cathedral are always on any tourist’s itinerary. We have compiled a list of things to do for thrill seekers and for people keen on exploring the best parts of Malta in a unique and exclusive manner.

 

Ride a Motor Bike from Wied iz-Zurrieq to Dingli Cliffs

Enjoy the coastal road that leads you to Wied iz Zurrieq, hop off and descend the inlet bay. Approach the beautifully painted fishing boats, pay a small fee and bask in the scent of the sea, rocks, and grass as you are taken around the valley and into the enchanting Blue Grotto Caves. Take a dip in the emerald water – it has a relatively shallow sandy sea-bed, so you can literally walk around it. Start your journey again and this time make your way towards Wied Ghar L-Ghapsi, a perfect spot with the lots of small, colourful fish and sponges in its underwater seabed. Finally, head up to Dingli cliffs and enjoy the breeze of fresh air and the surreal views as you ride through its panoramic road. And even if weather does not permit a dip in the sea, this route is worth it just for the sheer beauty of the scenery.

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Zip-line

Imagine standing on the edge of a steep cliff looking down at jagged rocks and the open sea. The next thing you know you are literally told to take a running jump. Once you find yourself flying through the air, you may notice the rugged cliffs at the end of the zip-line fast approaching. Don’t worry, you will not actually crash into the rocks, so direct your attention and the spectacular view and the spine-tingling feeling of being suspended in air. Afterwards, go down the path to Migra L Ferha’s swimming spot. Finding the location might be a bit stressful if you’re not Maltese, but the Zip-line team will tell you about the spot themselves and direct you. It is a bit of a rough way down, but the result is worth it.

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Abseiling

With a western coastline that is mostly cliff with deep-cut valleys running down to the sea, the entire Maltese landscape seems to be designed as a rock climber’s dream. The exposed coralline limestone makes for fantastic rock formations that offer slabs, walls and overhangs to delight beginners and expert climbers alike. With your toes inches away from the steep decline and the rope disappearing down below, adrenaline pumps through you. You see that your hands are a bit sweaty with nerves, so you exhale, relax, and commence your descent. The nervous excitement turns into euphoria as you overcome your initial fears and take in the stunning surroundings and the overwhelming feeling of control and empowerment. There are over 130 climbing routes in Malta, some perfect for beginners, while others are extreme.

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The same reasons given as to why abseiling in Malta is stunning can be given for the exact inversion of this sport – climbing up its plunging cliffs!

 

Parasailing

The ride on the ferryboat from Malta to Gozo is quite magical, allowing you to admire the coastal scenery, comino, and Gozo’s rural landscape. It is a slow, relaxing journey, especially with a coffee in hand. This however doesn’t mean you can’t add exhilarating fun to it on your way back. Parasail from one island to its sister island to get a birds-eye view of the idyllic rural landscape of Gozo. If you’re afraid of heights, opt for crossing the two isles via a jet-ski.

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Diving

Malta is the premier dive destination in Europe and third best globally. Discover the underwater cave systems in Santa Maria and the number of interconnected large tunnels running through them. Trail the quiet and shallow waters of Wied Ghar L Ghapsi and then the Raqqa Reef, with its diverse marine life. Explore the P29 wreck – a 62m long, 16m high and 7m wide ex German Kondo class minesweeper that was deliberately sunk in 2007 at Cirkewwa. Finally – and if the weather permits – make sure to go to the Blue Hole in Dwejra adjacent to the equally stunning Azure Window in Gozo. Start your dive in a 10m wide inland sea pool formed by the rock naturally which leads through a large crevice and into the open sea, discover the fantastic marine life such as parrot fish, schools of bream, and moray eel.

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Segway tour

Discover Valletta’s heritage. Drive through its narrow roads while admiring its iconic balconies, rich baroque palaces, gardens, church, and take in the Mannerist, Neo-Classical and Modern architecture, the latter best displayed by the newly built parliament and recently revamped entrance.

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Dinner in the sky

Rise from the upper barack gardens and find yourself looking down upon Valletta, the grand harbour, and the three cities while enjoying the sunset or at night. As dusk draws in, watch the sun set behind the ancient city of Mdina and see the Grand Harbour illuminate in front of your eyes whilst Chef Marvin and his team prepare a mouthwatering dinner inspired by the four elements of earth, wind, water and fire.

Photo Credit: Soichiro Nagao

Photo Credit: Soichiro Nagao

Glamping in Mellieha / Comino

Let your children run free in the large Mellieha or Ghajn Tuffieha Campsites. Reconnect with nature and spend an intimate evening with your family or friends without distractions. Have a BBq to enhance the atmosphere. For a step further away from civilisation, you may be interested in camping on Comino, the largely uninhabited island between Gozo and Malta. The Santa Maria bay has basic washing facilities and other amenities. Snorkle or dive around the island’s many caves and enjoy the blue lagoon at early in the morning when it is still empty.

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Quad bike around Gozo’s coast

Trail through Gozo’s idyllic countryside and absorb its coastal scenery. Drive in its lush valleys and through farmers’ passages. Do not miss the spectacular Calypso Cave, the Ghasri Valley, Wied il-Mielah, host of Gozo’s hidden window, and Dwejra. Finally, go to Xlendi or Marsalforn and opt for an ice cream to freshen you up.

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Whether you are a local keen on rediscovering the Maltese archipelago or an adventurous traveller interested in doing some – or all – of these activities on your trip to Malta, Colours of Malta can arrange and tailor these activities for you and your family and your friends, provide the necessary tools, and take care of the planning. Check out Colours of Malta’s profile for contact details.

 

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