• Fawwara
  • Mgarr ix-Xini
  • Ramla l-Hamra
  • Ta' Ghammar & Ta' Pinu shrine
  • Dingli Cliffs
  • Dingli village and parish church
  • Tal-Kus, Xewkija
  • Xlendi
  • Thyme garigue
  • Mgarr harbour
  • Honoq bay
  • Maltese cliffs
  • Imgiebah area
  • Mgarr ix-Xini
  • Hondoq ir-Rummien
  • Clay slopes
  • Ta Riefnu
  • San Blas
  • Xewkija
  • The flora
  • Chadwick Lakes
  • Ghar Lapsi
  • Zebbug
  • Mistra rocks

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INTRODUCTION: Backed with 10 years of experience, MaltaNatureTours.com specializes in organising guided nature walks in Malta and Gozo. Identification and information about the biodiversity encountered is supplied in all tours. Small groups guarantee personal attention and a unique experience of the fantastic Maltese natural habitats. During these years, experience made these tours having the right balance of fun, education, non-exhaustive exercise, site seeing, plenty of magnificent views and with a touch of history in the safest and best countryside areas in the Maltese islands.

MISSION: During the last decades the environment became endangered due to lack of awareness, growing urbanisation and land development. Our mission is to promote education, awareness and encourage protection by exposing the richness and serenity of these natural habitats. Major profits from these tours are directed to financially support non funded environmental activities and websites needed to raise such awareness about the importance of our environment. Nevertheless, our satisfaction is to tour you around some remote natural places away from touristic traffic to explore and enjoy the rich biodiversity and beautiful natural habitats of the Maltese islands

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Mgarr ix-Xini and Xewkija Tour (Gozo)

Mgarr ix-Xini Nature Tour

This full day nature-guided walking tour is based on small groups to ensure a high quality tour, dedicated personal attention and accustomed to your pace and likes. This tour takes you to one of the most beautiful sites in the island of Gozo, Mgarr ix-Xini imposed by a natural deep rock valley and shingle beach. The first part of the tour is based on the rich and untouched biodiversity residing in this large gorge-like valley. Plant communities are based to pre-desert scrub and garigue habitats. The National bird (The Maltese Rock Trush) can be spotted here, and also a number of endemic species of fauna and flora.

The 10km walk - which can be adjusted to 7.5km - offers several beautiful natural sites such as a shingle beach, beacon tower of the 18th century, Fort Chambray, fossilised Globigerina limestone, clay slopes, coastal cliffs, a large and old Olive grove; all adorned by sunshine, fresh air, and several hundreds of species typical of the Mediterranean region. Difficulty level easy-moderate (2/5).

Mgarr ix-Xini Nature Tour The tour is aimed for a duration of 7 hours with at least 3 small breaks and takes place between mid October to end of May. It's an ideal tour if you are residing in Gozo for few days and want something different from urban touring. Bus transport is not available here and the street is too narrow for coaches, so you have to depend on our transport or alternatively a hired car or taxi (much more expensive). Being experts on local biodiversity, the guides will identify the species encountered and fill you with all related information you would need to know. The tour is usually performed any day between Sat to Tue, depending combined requests and weather forecast. It is suitable for all ages so far one can walk 7-10km. Most of the track is countryside footpaths and there is no tough off-roading or rock climbing. However wear a walking or trecking shoes since you would walk over rocky plains. An optional picnic style lunch can be order from us too.

Send us an email for further details, reservations, bookings or special arrangements.

Photo Gallery of this tour:

Photo Gallery of this tour:

Overview of Mgarr ix-Xini and its imposing gorge-like valley.

An 18th centuary defence tower by Grand Master De Redin serving as a beacon.

The parish church of Xewkija, also known as the the rotunda of Gozo. Built in early 20th century on the same spot where the previous old chapel was situated.

Picturesque views of Mgarr ix-Xini Valley.

Another photo of Mgarr ix-Xini Valley.

The spectacular mirror orchid, native to the Mediterranean and frequent in rocky areas during this tour.

Example of lush Mediterranean biodiversity.

Patterns of erosion in Globigerina Limestone.

Picnic style lunch in a warm sunny day.

Away from the busy urban life.

The path leading to Fort Chambray.

The clay slopes below Chambray.

The tree spurge with its characteristic spherical shape.

The Spotted Milky Orchid, attractive species found in this site in February.

Intriguing patterns of nature.

Looks as if it was taken from the film of Lord of the Rings but this is an olding rock-hewn pumping station.

We tell you what is this during the tour :-).

More colourful wild plants (Fedia) during our guided walk.

Another picturesque view during this walk.

A large Olive grove.

Pathway in the Olive grove.

The Rocky valley of Mgarr ix-Xini.

More pathways cutting through the green countryside.

Sulla, Crown Daisy, Cape Sorrel and hundreds of different wild flowers all way along the tour.

Breath-taking views always guaranteed.

The green countryside in Winter.

Coastal area makes part of this walk.

Globigerina Limestone.

The Tower of De Redin.

An amazing view.

Stalactites of natural caves.

Marine fossils embedded in the Globigerina Limestone.

Xatt l-Ahmar, a rocky beach at Ghajnsielem.

The majestic and imposing Fort Chambray - an unfinished project by the Knights of Saint John, further modified by the British.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How can I book this tour?

You make your reservation from the contacts page [click here] either by writing an email or by filling the online form. We correspond back with you. If you are in Malta and do not have an internet access, you can phone (20c/min) or sms (2c/sms) on our helpdesk mobile phone and tell us your name/hotel room and hotel accommodation, then we phone you back. There is no obligation upon making a reservation, unless you order coach transport from us (in that case there is a deposit fee)

Q: If I take the bus option and I get late or lost?

The bus routes in Malta are far more simple than rest of Europe/US and the [bus guide] provided on the website makes life so easy that it is impossible to get lost (unless you fall asleep in the bus!) In case of delays of few couple of minutes, please phone the excursion leader from the Xemxija Fire Brigade Department (just at the meeting spot) for a feasible solution.

Q: What if it rains in the middle of the excursion?

It's still nice :-) unless you forget a light waterproof jacket and/or boots. Please have a look in the morning at the local weather forecast. (also on TV teletext of your hotel). The forecast of the day is quite accurate. If it gets impossible during the tour, we stop till the restaurant (half way) and you get half the money back.

Q: Can the tour be cancelled?

Yes in very difficult weather conditions (storms, ice hail or extreme wind) the tour is cancelled, or better to say postponed to the next date. In such rare cases, you will be informed at your hotel or own phone number early morning.

Q: I am old and not physically active, shall I come?

Although it is mostly plain walking, there are some elevated slopes that one should consider, and perhaps it is safer not to risk if you know that you have such fatigue trouble. Please bear in mind that we cannot nurse people who get too much tired quickly, as it will ruin the fun and value of the others. Despite this, the walk has several mini breaks and discussions stops about Maltese nature, so it is not a marathon sort of thing.

Q: What are the prices of the tour

Please contact us as soon as possible since from last year, the prices vary according group size, transport conditions and season of the year, making it overall cheaper from the previous years! Typically Prices are 24Euro per adult but can vary slightly. For example large groups tend to have discounted prices and an extra guide from MTA.

Q: Is there any lunch included

During these type of nature walks, it is not always possible to find a restaurant on the track, so lunch is always taken outdoors (picnic-style). You can bring your own food with you or else for an extra 5 Euro you will be served our maltese-style lunch.

Tourist Feedback

Silvana and Ron Evans, Manchester (UK)

A fantastic tour with many awesome views and wild flowers. The blue-torquise sea and the sound of its waves in a so quite place was so relaxing. We were also surprised how warm it was in the first week of November. My wife, who is much more green-fingered than me was delighted by practically all the identifications of wild plants by the guide, which might have been more than 200 species just during one day. We definitely recommend this touring service.

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