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Qala to Xaghra

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Embark on a lovely route past farmer’s fields and agricultural land until you reach the west coast, while taking in spectacular views of the countryside.
moderate
Distance 13.2 km
4:30 h
405 m
370 m

Take a transfer from Mgarr, Gozo, to Qala, from where you begin your walk. Leave Qala behind and follow paths past farmland until you reach the west coast.  Admire vistas of Comino, Malta, and the North West before descending into the unspoilt and lush landscape of Wied Dahlet Qorrot. Fields run all the way up to the coastal cliffs - listen out for songbirds and immerse yourself in these rural scenes.

Ascend the ridge to reach the beach at San Blas Bay and then to the last remaining natural sand dunes on Gozo at Ramla Bay. A final ascent leads past Calypso Cave (which has a legend associated to Homer’s Odyssey) to enter the Pjazza il-Vitorja in Xaghra.

 

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Angus Smith
Update: August 21, 2018
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
144 m
Lowest point
2 m
Best time of year
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Tips and hints

This walk is part of the following itineraries:

WMSWMG

WMSWOG

Start

Qala (108 m)
Coordinates:
DD
36.035275, 14.311399
DMS
36°02'07.0"N 14°18'41.0"E
UTM
33S 437965 3988080
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Destination

Xaghra

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
36.035275, 14.311399
DMS
36°02'07.0"N 14°18'41.0"E
UTM
33S 437965 3988080
w3w 
///explores.lectures.prolong
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.2 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
405 m
Descent
370 m

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