The weather is warm, the skies are clear, the flowers are in bloom and the birds are singing. Spring is the time to be alive, the time to fall in love, to cultivate new relationships and re-new long-term ones. As the days grow longer and nature wakes up all around us, Malta becomes a green jewel surrounded by cool blue seas. Now is not the time to stay inside watching T.V or doing chores, life clamours for us to go out and enjoy our surroundings.
Some places inspire our romantic side and bring forth our inner nature more than others. These locations are perfect for a date, as they open our hearts and let us not only connect to one another, but also experience and share beautiful and unique moments. There are many such places to choose from around the Maltese islands, when thinking about where to take one’s date.
Literally meaning ‘the mouth of the wind’, the cliffs around Fomm ir-Riħ, found at the limits of Mġarr on the western side of Malta, offer fantastic views, not only of Fomm ir-Riħ Bay itself, but also of the lush green slopes surrounding it, as well as the Mediterranean Sea in all its sparkling glory. If you and your partner want to enjoy an interesting hiking experience, climaxing in a delightful afternoon enjoying a crystalline unpopulated bay, this is surely the place to aim for. Beware, as the path may be treacherous, wear comfortable sturdy shoes, take some bottled water with you, and prepare for adventure! Of course, holding hands is also an option! For a different approach, one can also hire a small boat for a short trip and view the bay from the water.
Mtaħleb Cliffs are well-known to locals as framing some of the best scenery which the island has to offer. An incredible location for a romantic picnic, or an athletic hike, and even an interesting location for those who want to know more about the mysterious cart ruts (these are a pre-historic complex network of tracks gouged in the rock), since there are a number of cart-rut steps in the area known as ‘tal-Baldu’ in Mtaħleb. One can visit the various animals in the Wildlife Park, which is also a popular eatery. For those who are in search of adventure, it will be worthwhile to note that Mtaħleb Cliffs are also a favourite venue for zip-lining. So, if you are in search of an adrenaline rush, make sure to check out the various options available!
Għajn Tuffieħa Cliffs
If you prefer to go somewhere off the beaten track, going for a dexterous walk around the cliffs and hilly dunes bordering Għajn Tuffieħa, that is, Golden Bay, is surely a great option. While most people bathe and relax in the cool waters of the bay, few are those who brave this rocky coast. Those who do encounter scenic hidden trails, interesting flora and fauna, majestic rocky formations and colourful sandstone dunes. These may be quite slippery, so again, be sure to take wear appropriate footware! Those who prefer, can also hire horses at the nearby stables to admire the vista from quite a different perspective!
The Victoria Lines
Also known as the ‘Great Wall of Malta’, the Victoria Lines are as series of fortifications spanning around 12km, dividing the island of Malta from north to south, and creating an amazing track from Madliena Heights along the east coast of Malta, to Fomm ir-Riħ at the limits of Mġarr. Lying on some of Malta’s most elevated terrain, the Lines were originally built by the British at the end of the 19th century. The fortifications are a majestic medieval feat of architecture, covering a number of breathtaking areas with magnificent sea-views of the archipelago, a number of bays, as well as various green valleys and fields.