Rock Climbing

The Maltese Islands are a thrilling destination for climbers, though you're advised to avoid high summer when temperatures can hit 40°C. There are more than 1500 established rock-climbing routes (all on limestone), with some of the most popular sites for climbers below the Dingli Cliffs in the west, at Għar Lapsi and near the Victoria Lines below Naxxar.

Gozo alone has more than 300 sport climbs, with many concentrated in the Munxar-Xlendi Valley (for all abilities) and Mgarr ix-Xini, and others at spectacular coastal locations such as the Wied il-Mielah Sea Arch. There's an incredible variety of climbs for such a small area, all within a short drive of each other. You can learn to climb here and there's plenty for experienced climbers too, with multiple climbs at grades 7 and 8. The Malta Rock Climbing Club (www.climbmalta.com) and Gozo Climbing (www.gozo-climbing.com) can provide information for visiting climbers, and you can organise climbing, bouldering and abseiling trips through Gozo Adventures.

Malta Activities facilitates 2½-hour climbing or abseiling trips for all levels. Trips include opportunities to traverse sea cliffs, and all equipment is provided.