Malta’s Wildest Corner: The Marfa Peninsula

  • Start Għadira Nature Reserve
  • End Daħlet ix-Xilep
  • Length 22km; 1½ to two hours

Take an atmospheric spin around the Marfa Peninsula, the island's final flourish before dipping beneath the waters of the Comino Channel. This trip encompasses a nature reserve, an impressive tower, windswept coastal walks and some favourite local beaches.

Driving onto the peninsula, you'll pass the Għadira Nature Reserve on your left, with Mellieħa Bay on your right. When you reach the next junction, turn left, and aim uphill to the Red Tower and its dizzying views. From here the road gets bumpier. Drive until you reach the wild headland of Ras il-Qammieħ, with more incredible views north to Gozo and south along Malta's western sea cliffs.

Next, return to the main road, following it down towards Ċirkewwa, the Gozo ferry terminal. Take the left before you reach the Paradise Bay Resort Hotel. This lane leads to Paradise Bay, a picturesque but narrow patch of sand backed by cliffs.

To access the rest of the peninsula, you'll need to drive back to the main road that runs along its spine. From here you can visit the area's little bays. First stop is Ramla Bay, its small, sandy beach monopolised by the resort of the same name; just east is Ramla Tal'Qortin, which has no sand and is surrounded by an unsightly sprawl of Maltese holiday huts.

Drive back to the main road, and you could take the second left down to Little Armier Bay, to hang out, eat and drink at the lovely Baia Beach Club. The fourth road leads to the White Tower Bay, which has another seaweed-stained patch of sand and a rash of holiday huts combining to form a small shanty town. A track continues past the tower to the low cliffs of Aħrax Point, from which a pleasant coastal walk leads 1km south to a statue of the Madonna on Daħlet ix-Xilep. You can also reach the Madonna statue and a small chapel by following the main road east across the Marfa Peninsula.