Discover Malta’s favourite official and unofficial camping sites and pick where to go for an adventure in the wild.
Camping in Malta is a wild thing - no toilet, no shower, but nature full power. In most places, you can take only as much as you can carry, although some areas are also accessible by car until quite nearby. There is not much restriction on camping in Malta, however, camping directly on the beach is prohibited. There are only two official campsites open to the general public and one private camping ground. Check out your options here.
Comino is the perfect get-away-from-it-all camping option. Having Comino all to yourself before and after the tourists are gone is a treat. Explore the Blue Lagoon, the Crystal Lagoon, the Comino Tower, the old Barracks, the Battery and Santa Marija caves - just walk around the tiny island and you are sure to find them all. Another perk is that this wildest of camping locations is actually served with showers and toilets. The United Comino ferry service is very kindly towards campers, and will take a group directly to the Santa Marija bay campsite, otherwise you can stop at the Blue Lagoon and walk for about half an hour.
There are no official camping zones in Gozo, but the natural beauty on this island is practically unsurpassable. You can just put your finger on a map and find an ideal camping spot right there. Some of the highlights definitely include the areas around Mgarr ix-Xini, Wied il-Ghasri, Nadur and Qala.
3. L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha
L-Ahrax is an ideal camping location set in woodland on the edge of a cliff, offering stunning views of the Mediterranean, a gorgeous night sky and a glorious sunrise. L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha, in the far north of Malta, is an official camping zone and although a permit is required, it is not served with any facilities. Its popularity is largely due to its accessibility by car. You can apply here to camp in any of three zones known as tal-Madonna, tat-Tunnara and tar-Ramel. Check ahead as there are some restrictions in place during hunting season.
Still in the north, the area of Selmun offers multiple camping options, starting from the rather inaccessible but gorgeous Mgiebah bay (avoid it when it rains due to the clay) to the old army barracks overlooking Mistra and all the area in between. The inaccessibility means you are much more likely to enjoy a quiet, solitary time than at Ahrax, for example. A short walk will bring you to the beach if you’d like a dip, and the barracks area is perfect to enjoy a beautiful sunrise.
5. Xemxija & Mistra
In the north-east and not far from Selmun is the area of Xemxija and Mistra. Another lovely natural loaction that is nonetheless not far from any services that may be required - ideal for those riding a bus and needing groceries. The area also offers some stunning sunrises.
6. Ghajn Tuffieha Campsite
The Ghajn Tuffieha Campsite, in the same area, is an official scouts campsite that is open to the public. It offers facilities and booking is required; which you can do here. The surrounding area includes two of Malta’s most beautiful beaches and even horse-riding.
7. Ghar Lapsi to Wied Babu
In the south-west, the entire coast between Ghar Lapsi in Siggiewi and Wied Babu in Zurrieq is gorgeous, with views of the mysterious Filfla island on the large stretch of blue to the horizon. The countryside is pristine, and you are sure to find your perfect secluded spot.
As far south as you can go, this area includes the stretch from St Peter’s Pool to Xrobb L-Ghagin and everything in between. The area is rocky so it is not ideal in windy weather as it may be hard to peg your tent down, but in nice weather, it's a treat to camp so close to the water’s edge.
9. Malta Campsite, Armier
If your idea of wild includes full home comforts, instead of taking it all with you, you can find it all at this private camping ground. Booking is required and you can do so here.
Now that you know where to go, are you ready to head out into the wild?