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5 exploring adventures you can do in Malta
How to make visiting local attractions far from boring

Melanie Drury

There’s more to Malta than historic palaces, museums and the usual attractions. If you’re looking for fun things to do that stimulate the adventurer in you, here’s what to do. 

1. Venture underground

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Still within the realm of visiting local attractions, take to exploring Malta’s ancient catacombs, shelters and bunkers. The catacombs include the famous Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as St Paul's and St Agatha's Catacombs, Ta' Bistra, Tal-Minta and Salina Catacombs. The Mellieha Shelters and others offer a gruesome insight to life during World War II from the perspective of the local inhabitants, while the Lascaris War Rooms and tunnels take you to the bunkers were the strategy for the war was planned and executed by the British.

2. Take a walk on the wild side

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Above ground, there’s plenty of history to be enjoyed on the Xemxija Heritage Trail, a countryside walk that offers a host of remains from the Neolithic, Punic and Roman period. The mysterious Mellieha caves, on the other hand, leave deductions about the troglodyte community that lived there completely up to you. If nature is all you want, there’s nothing quite like the wilderness walk along Wied Babu, right to its mouth.

3. Dive under

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With such enticing waters, diving in Malta and Gozo is an extraordinary exploration of a different world on the same planet. There are lots of great diving spots, including a variety of wrecks and caves. If you have never gone diving before, Malta and Gozo are a great place to start. The great bonus is that you can also go diving in winter!

4. Hit the coast with a sea kayak (not literally please!)

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For those who fancy splashing about a little bit but are not too sure about venturing below the surface of the water, sea kayaking offers its fair share of thrills. The coast of the Maltese Islands is fantastic with its many mysterious caves, impressive arches and awesome cliffs. Here’s to seeing the islands from an all-new perspective few get to enjoy.

5. Take a segway tour in Gozo

If dry land is more your thing, but you don’t fancy walking around for hours, cover a good stretch of ground across wild terrain with a Segway. That’s a great way to speedily get around without missing all the good bits and segway tours are widely available.

How’s that for starters? Of course, there’s lots more you can do when it comes to thrill seeking… in Malta, if you can name it, you can almost certainly do it. Enjoy and stay safe!

13th February 2021


Melanie Drury
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Melanie Drury
Melanie was born and raised in Malta and has spent a large chunk of her life travelling solo around the world. Back on the island with a new outlook, she realised just how much wealth her little island home possesses.

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