We all have fond memories of heading down to Buskett for a picnic with family and friends, but this quintessentially Maltese spot has some gorgeous hidden gems tucked away out of sight…
Local explorer Angelo took it upon himself to trek along the lesser-known areas of the woodland and explore what it has to offer.
First things first – is Buskett just a garden gone wild?
Buskett, as the name implies, is actually the gardens of the Verdala Palace – the official summer residence of the President of Malta – found in Wied Il-Luq in Siggiewi.
These woodlands were planted about 460 years ago by the Knights of St. John and were used as hunting grounds. Ironically enough, today, Buskett’s a nature reserve.
This spot is easily one of the largest and greenest spaces in Malta, housing various different species of trees, such as citrus, Mediterranean pines, cypress trees, as well as cacti, bushes, shrubs, and flowers.
Buskett also has its very own vineyards, and olive and lemon groves.
Rather than taking the most common path, Angelo takes on a winding road leading to some remote areas and beautiful panoramic views.
He even stumbled upon a cave that he deemed to be hand dug after observing the marks on the cave walls.
After exploring the Razzett tal-Bosk area, Angelo then guides us through the more well-known sites, like the new masonry arches on the footpath.
Angelo reminds us to explore the area responsibly and with a sense of respect, always being sure to follow the natural path and not touch any trees or plants whilst adventuring the area.
Here's a link to a previous article to get to know more about the area and other alternative routes to explore.
What's your favorite part of the woodlands?