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Cycling in Malta

Explore Malta on a bike passing gentle undulating slopes, country landscapes, and sea views

Best time: March–May | September–November


Let the warm wind gently cool you down while biking across the Maltese countryside. The best periods for cycling in the area are spring and autumn. Consider three popular routes.

Route 1 (Three Cities to Marsaxlokk)

The route runs around the eastern tip of Malta from the Three Cities area across Kalkara, Xgħajra, Marsaskala, to Marsaxlokk fishing village. The itinerary is approximately 16 mi (25 km) long and is graded easy to moderate. Apart from historical towns, the highlights include St. Thomas Bay and lots of panoramic views.

Route 2 (Ir-Rabat Bike Loop)

The 22 mi (36 km) trail winding near Rabat in the northwest of Malta is primarily used for road biking. The moderate route traverses Mdina, Mosta, Mgarr, and Dingli. One of its main advantages is a high chance to spot some wildlife.

Route 3 (around Gozo)

The circular route runs for 23 mi (37 km) anti-clockwise around Gozo Island. Start from Mgarr, and proceed to picturesque Gozitan villages, bays, and famous sights. The route features Qala, Nadur, Ramla Bay, Kalipso Cave, Marsalforn, Xwejni Bay, Salt Pans, Wied il-Ghasri, Dwejra Point, San Lawrenz, and Victoria (Rabat). With moderate surface and medium difficulty, the itinerary is still quite a challenge.

Practical info

What are the best seasons for cycling in Malta?

Cycling in Malta is best enjoyed between March to May or September to November, with fewer tourist crowds and lower temperatures, avoiding the scorching summers. These seasons also offer picturesque views of blooming flowers while cycling. The weather is perfect during these times, guaranteeing a long ride with only a windbreaker needed. Show more

What are the opening times for bike rentals on Malta?

Bike rentals in Malta usually operate from 8 am to 5 pm, depending on the season. During the harshest summers, bike rental shops may only function in the morning and sunset hours. Some bike rental companies offer 24/7 services but require prior online booking. Show more

What is the average cycling speed for the trails?

The average cycling speed on Malta's trails depends on the route difficulty, ranging from 13-15 mph (20-24 km/h) for easier routes to 9-12mph (15-20 km/h) for more challenging ones like Gozo Island. Breaks, weather conditions, and personal cycling experience can also affect the cycling speed range. Show more

What kind of geological formations can be seen on the 22-mile Rabat route?

During the 22-mile Rabat route, cyclists can witness impressive geological formations such as the Dingli Cliffs, the highest point of Malta at an elevation of 820 feet (250 m) above sea level. The plateaus surrounding the Mosta village and Wied il-Qlejgħa cave in the Mgarr area are other notable formations on the route. Show more

What are the best places for a break and refreshments along the routes?

The Marsaskala route has several cafes and picturesque benches, while Delimara Peninsula offers refreshing bays perfect for a dip in the blue lagoon. One can visit the market in Mosta for fresh fruits and vegetables or indulge in famous sweets and pastries in Mdina along the Rabat trail. Another option is to head to Qala's traditional tavernas in Gozo Island for authentic Maltese cuisine and wine. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin