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Locals and seasoned visitors may already know where to find the most stunning vistas in Malta, but for those who are struggling to stay on the fitness wagon while on holiday, there’s nothing like some visual motivation to make that run seem more attractive. The sun lounger will still be there when you get back, so pull on those trainers and discover the island from your own two feet.
St George’s Bay to the promenade – Morning
Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay is the perfect starting point for a bayside run. Head out while these usually tourist-run streets are quiet and enjoy views of Portomaso Square and Spinola Bay as you head for the promenade.
St Julian’s to Valletta – Long Distance
If you’re used to running longer distances, start from St Julian’s (as above) and head straight for the capital city of Valletta. The miles will drop away as you take in the sights along the coast: you’ll pass Sliema, Gzira and Pieta on your route. Great preparation for the Malta Marathon, too.
Dingli – Hill Running
Test your hill running stamina 250 metres above sea level in Dingli. This a rather crowded route with runners, walkers and cyclists, but the stunning views from the cliffs make it all worthwhile. Try going at sunset for the ultimate visual reward, and take the countryside route from Mdina to see Rabat, Dingli and Buskett Forest on a loop to see even more of the island.
For a perfect 5k, try a route round the peninsula at Valletta. The whole way is paved, and you’ll see the Grand Harbour, picturesque city and open sea. It’s a great way to soak up some local history too, as the city was originally built to protect the Grand Harbour itself.
The Gozo Trail
Hopping over to the island of Gozo also presents an opportunity for runners, namely the rather challenging 55km Gozo Trail. This particular route goes round the perimeter of the island and includes a 21km climbing stretch, but if you don’t fancy the whole thing there are plenty of shorter options. Try the information centre in the capital Victoria for alternative routes. However, the island’s compact size means you’ll see a stunning variety of views whichever route you take.