Being a rocky island, Malta lends itself perfectly to climbing and bouldering. Climbing is a popular outdoor activity, especially outside of the hot, dry summer months, and there are around 1300 climbs in 30 different locations. By far the area with the most climbs is the South-West coast along the Dingli Cliffs. With such a variety to choose from, Trad Climbing, Bouldering, Deep Water Soloing and Single/Multi-pitch Climbs are available depending on location. Dedicated Sport Climbing is limited to the area around Wied Bibu, although some smaller crags are suited to this elsewhere.
The Top Ten main climbing areas in Malta are as follows:
- The Victoria Lines, limits of Gharghur. 230+ routes with Trad Climbing and Bouldering available.
- Wied Babu, limits of Zurrieq. 130+ routes covering Trad and Sport Climbing, Bouldering and Deep Water Soloing.
- Ghar Lapsi, limits of Siggiewi. 100+ climbs, mainly Trad Climbing and Bouldering, with limited Sport Climbing options.
- Fomm ir-Rih, limits of Bahrija. 70+ routes including Trad Climbing, Bouldering and Deep Water Soloing.
- Wied il-Ghasel, limits of Mosta/Naxxar. 60+ climbs, mainly Trad Climbing and Bouldering.
- Hamrija Tower Slabs, limits of Siggiewi. 60+ climbs restricted to Trad Climbing and Deep Water Soloing.
- Ix-Xaqqa, limits of Siggiewi. 60+ routes comprising Trad Climbs and Deep Water Soloing.
- Mellieha area. 40+ climbs, restricted to Trad Climbing in this area.
- Ghar Hasan and nearby Wied il-Bassasa , limits of Birzebbugia. A selection of Trad Climbs and Bouldering. Some spectacular Deep Water Soloing routes.
- Weid Qirda, not far from Luqa/Qormi with a selection of Trad Climbs and limited sport facilities.
Malta’s sister island of Gozo is also worth exploring, and has some spectacular climbs in Weid in Ghasri, Mgarr ix-Xini and Dwejra.
Two of Malta’s most popular climbing clubs are MCC and MRCC.
MCC (Malta Climbing Club) has over 70 paid up members including both local climbers and others of about 10 different nationalities, including some of the best climbers on the island. Among the members are climbers who formed part of the Maltese Everest team that reached the summit of that mountain in 2010. For more details, you can contact MCC using this email address.
MRCC (Malta Rock Climbing Club) offers free membership. For more information, click here to email them. They have also published a book called Malta Rock Climbing, The Comprehensive Guide, which contains over 1200 climbs in Malta and Gozo.