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It’s picnic time! Here are our five favourite nature spots for an outdoor lunch
Do you have a favourite picnic spot?

Kim Vella

The sun is shining, days are longer, temperatures are soaring, and nature’s in full bloom. This can only mean one thing - it’s picnic time!  

Despite our islands tiny size, Malta’s got countless quaint nature spots, best enjoyed on a bright, sunny day with a good book in hand. 

So, as picnic season dawns upon us, today we’re counting down our five favourite picnic spots around the Maltese islands. 

Grab your re-usable cutlery and a basketful of sandwiches and read on! 

Whilst taking in the natural beauty of your surroundings, you might even want to help protect Malta’s endangered flora. A friendly reminder to be respectful of your surroundings by leaving the area just as you found it when visiting any of these spots. 

1. Mistra Bay 

Whilst this pebbled beach is famous for being the perfect caravan parking spot, a 20-minute walk along the coast will bring you to some lush green planes, perfect for a Sunday picnic.   

The stunning views this area has to offer will keep you there for hours, and if you’re one for adventure, you can also explore the nearby Mistra Military Battery. 

2. Ras ir-Raheb  

Sandwiched right between Bahrija and Fomm ir-Rih, Ras ir-Raheb is a quasi-forgotten and often overlooked picnic area. 

This sacred spot holds the remains of a Roman Villa, a temple, and the ruins of a Megalithic temple. Get up and moving after your picnic and check out the nearby remains, offering onlookers some stellar insight into our predecessors’ way-of-life. 

Close to Ras ir-Raheb one can also find Rdum Majjiesa and Raheb Bay, the latter being the first spot to be declared a ‘protected marine area’ in Malta.  

3. Mizieb  

This mini woodland area in Mellieha offers shaded areas with flat planes, perfect for a quick picnic. Planted in the 1970s, these woodlands are nowadays occupied by local hunters, so make sure you’re not heading there when shots are being fired. 

4. Ahrax, Mellieha 

This spot’s a favourite amongst campers in Malta thanks to its mesmerising sea views and its proximity to the sea. If you find yourself overheating, head to the nearby Slugs Bay and treat yourself to a quick dip in some crystal clear waters. 

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5. Selmun   

Windy weather? No problem. The former British barracks in Selmun offer visitors ample shelter from strong winds. If you’re a history lover, make sure to check out the nearby Selmun Palace, overlooking St Paul’s Islands.   

1st April 2022


Kim Vella
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Kim Vella
A highly curious explorer always looking to find her next adventure. Kim loves sharing her experiences and what's happening on the Maltese Islands. When not writing, you’ll probably find her playing around with some clay or somewhere surrounded by trees. She's always up for listening to people's stories about anything to do with nature, a passion project or issue you feel needs tending to.

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