Discover Malta’s Coastline: A Map of the Spectacular Hike from Għajn Tuffieħa to Gnejna Bay

Malta's Coastline

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If you want to explore Malta’s coastline, hike from Għajn Tuffieħa Beach to Gnejna Bay. In winter, the scenery is stunning with green hills and blue skies. In summer, discover hidden beaches, quiet coves, and breathtaking views.

Having lived in Malta since 2011, I have become quite familiar with this lovely island. I’ve trekked from Għajn Tuffieħa Beach to Gnejna Bay countless times throughout the year. I am excited to share with you the best routes and tips, ensuring your trek will be both safe and enjoyable.

This hike from Għajn Tuffieħa Beach is short, with a few steep parts to climb or descend. Anyone with average fitness can handle it. Just remember to wear sturdy shoes. Flip-flops are not a good choice for this hike.

In this post, I included a map showing the path direction, added images, and listed all the sights along the hike, including secluded coves.

A Map of the Hike from Għajn Tuffieħa to Gnejna Bay

What to Know Before Starting the Hike

This short hike spans a few kilometres and is known as one of the most picturesque trails in Malta and Gozo. It offers a fantastic chance to discover the beautiful Mediterranean coastline. The view is truly breathtaking.

While the hike from Għajn Tuffieħa Beach is short, it can be challenging. You must climb a few hills and navigate slippery rocks and loose gravel. It is crucial to wear proper shoes; flip-flops are not an option! 

A scenic landscape on a hike from Għajn Tuffieħa Beach to Gnejna Bay with rolling green hills, rocky cliffs, and a sea in the distance. A narrow path winds through the grassy hillside in the foreground. In the background, there is a limestone watchtower on top of a cliff overlooking the bay.
Hiking Trail from Għajn Tuffieħa in Winter

Also, take plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. You can buy food at either end of the hike, but it’s always wise to pack snacks. 

There are many options to get from Għajn Tuffieħa to Gnejna Bay. On the map, I marked my favourite path. It goes through the top part of the rocks to get the best views.

There are also lower paths that cross the clay cliffs. Those paths are picturesque but slippery. I once walked there and ended up on the slippery clay. Moving up or down was scary. 

  • Distance: 3.95 km
  • Walking Time: 1 h 19 mins
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Uphill: 130 m
  • Downhill: 120 m
  • Highest Point: 80 m

The midday heat in June and September should be avoided.

Hike through Malta’s Coastline: The Starting Point

Għajn Tuffieħa Beach, also known as Riviera, is a beautiful sandy beach. It has a long flight of stairs leading to the beach, so it doesn’t get as busy as Golden Bay, a beach nearby.

It’s a pretty beach with golden sand and crystal-clear water, perfect for swimming, snorkelling, relaxing on the beach, and of course, visiting it on a hike. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even learn paddle boarding or surfing.

Starting point of the hike is the car park of Riviera Beach.

Getting There:

  • Location: link to Google Maps
  • Nearest bus stop: Riviera
  • Walking distance from the bus stop: 50 meters
  • Frequency of the buses: every 30 minutes or less
  • Parking available: in the car park or along the road here

Do not walk down the stairs from the parking area. Instead, go up the small path. If you use the map above, you will easily find the path.

It will take approximately five to ten minutes to reach the top of the hill. You will get a beautiful view of the Għajn Tuffieħa Bay. This place is ideal for sunsets or picnics. There are some abandoned buildings nearby. I don’t know what they used to be.

The image shows a scenic coastal area with a sandy Għajn Tuffieħa Beach, rocky cliffs, and a calm blue sea in the background. The foreground features grassy hills with a path running through them, providing a vantage point over the bay and sea scenery.
The View of Għajn Tuffieħa Beach Along the Hike

Beaches, il-Qarraba and Clay Cliffs

Shortly after, you’ll walk downhill into a valley. There are trees around, and it’s usually very green. I’ve seen people camping there a couple of times.

The image depicts a scenic hiking trail from Għajn Tuffieħa winding through grassy hills and vegetation. In the foreground, there is a dirt path with a dog walking along it. The surrounding area features trees, shrubs, and rocky outcroppings. In the distance, a cliff face can be seen against the blue sky with scattered clouds.
The Green Valley Along the Hike 

On your left, walk uphill until you reach a rocky plateau called Wardija Ridge. Turn right and walk to the cliff’s edge.

Both beaches are visible, as is the peninsula separating them. This peninsula is called il-Qarraba. It’s possible to walk around it. And you can reach it from Għajn Tuffieħa Beach.

The image shows a rugged and dramatic coastal landscape. In the foreground, there are jagged rocky cliffs and formations surrounding a small, emerald green il-Qarraba Peninsula. The cliffs rise up sharply with patches of vegetation growing on them. In the background is the deep blue of the open sea stretching out to the horizon under a clear blue sky.
il-Qarraba Peninsula Along the Hike from Għajn Tuffieħa

In addition, you’ll see clay cliffs reaching 50 meters. I like the way they look – like a dried lake bottom. Also, the greenery and blue sky contrast nicely with the grey clay. 

Overhead view of a coastal landscape, showing a cracked, dry clay cliffs that leads down to a rocky cliffside and a serene blue sea. A small beach cove with clear water is among the rocks below.
Clay Cliffs of left from Għajn Tuffieħa Beach towards Gnejna Bay

There are lower paths visible too, and people might be walking there. It’s okay there too, but on the clay cliffs, it might be slippery. Also, the cliffs are steep, so it’s not for the faint-hearted.

Ta’ Babu Cove along the Hike

From above, you can also see Ta’ Babu Cove. It is a rocky plate in a crystal clear sea. I took some photos by drone there, and it looks incredible.

Wondering how to get there? You have to go down the clay cliffs. It is challenging, but it is doable if you have good shoes. You can also swim there or use a paddle board or kayak to reach it. 

Aerial view of Ta' Babu Cove, isolated rock formation surrounded by the clear turquoise waters of a calm sea. The rock's textured surface contrasts with the sea's natural patterns, creating a tranquil escape for a small group enjoying the sun.
Drone View of the Ta’ Babu Cove

The greatest thing about this swimming area is that usually there is no one. So, it can be your private paradise. All you need is an umbrella because there is no shade.

Lippija Tower

The Lippija Tower will be visible to your left in the distance. It was built in 1637 by the Knights of St. John on the Wardija Ridge overlooking Gnejna Bay. In the early 2000s, the tower was danger of collapsing. However, in 2003, the government restored it.

Ancient limestone watchtower called Lippija Tower standing sentinel on a rugged coastline, with a footpath leading to its entrance. The clear blue sky and distant horizon where sea meets sky provide a serene backdrop to this historical structure amidst the wild, green landscape.
Lippija Tower, on the Way from Għajn Tuffieħa Hike

You will see a narrow path leading down from the cliff edge after passing through the tower. The map above can help you to find the exact location.

It is difficult to descend from here because the path is sometimes unclear, and the rocks are unstable. Be extra careful. Go down and get on the road that leads to Gnejna Bay.

Gnejna Bay – Ideal Spot for a Break

Malta’s Gnejna Bay is a quiet and natural beach. Since it isn’t well-known to tourists, locals are more likely to visit it. It has old boathouses all around it.

The water is clean, and the scenery is beautiful. Getting to it is convenient because of the large parking lot nearby. 

Scenic view of a lush, terraced hillside descending into a beautiful Gnejna Bay with clear, azure waters. The natural cove is framed by greenery and rugged terrain. On the shore there are small boat houses.
Gnejna Bay from Seen from Above on a Hike from Għajn Tuffieħa

Gnejna Bay makes a great stop during the hike. There are food vans, so you can get some food and drink.

Returning to the Starting Point

Return to the road and climb up using the same route. You can take the same trail back or an alternative way. I chose the path on the left side of the Lippija tower (opposite side to going down). 

After passing Ta’ Babu Cove, I stayed closer to the cliff edge and found a path that led down to the clay cliffs. I reached Għajn Tuffieħa Beach directly from there. 

It’s worth visiting Għajn Tuffieħa Bay during your hike. I love taking off my shoes and walking in the water. Even in winter, it’s not cold. The water rarely reaches below 16°C.

Malta's Coastline - Ghajn Tuffieha Beach
Għajn Tuffieħa Beach

Hopefully, this hike from Għajn Tuffieħa inspired you to take on an adventure. So, get your hiking shoes on and explore Malta’s coastline.

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