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Xaghra Loop Walk via Victoria & Saltpans

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  • Xaghra loop walk
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Walk past vineyards and fields to reach a coastal path leading to the Gozo Saltpans, an extensive network of limestone shelves, which use the process of evaporation to mine salt.
moderate
Distance 15.2 km
4:30 h
236 m
236 m

From the central square in Xaghra the route leads downhill through the village of Is-Srug with the imposing cross of “Tas-Salvatur” on a nearby hilltop. The seaside town of Marsalforn is bright and cheerful and leads to a level coastal path past the Saltpans. The path then leaves the slat pans behind and climbs steadily to the imposing citadel of Victoria. From here the return to Xahgra is on level minor lanes with a steep ascent in the last 2km. Alternatively, you can take one of the regular buses from Victoria to Xaghra.

Please note that there are way-markers in places but these are inconsistent and so are of little help for your route-finding. 

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Angus Smith
Update: January 23, 2019
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
144 m
Lowest point
4 m
Best time of year
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Tips and hints

This walk is part of the following itineraries:

WMSWMG

WMSWOG

WMSWOGSB

Start

Xaghra (143 m)
Coordinates:
DD
36.050358, 14.264762
DMS
36°03'01.3"N 14°15'53.1"E
UTM
33S 433776 3989784
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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
36.050358, 14.264762
DMS
36°03'01.3"N 14°15'53.1"E
UTM
33S 433776 3989784
w3w 
///retained.spurt.pattered
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
15.2 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
236 m
Descent
236 m

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