Exploring the Wild Beauty of Il-Blata tal-Melh

Il-Blata tal-Melh

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Il-Blata tal-Melh is a stunning place with views from another planet. Even though the trail is steep and slippery, you’ll love this hike. You can enjoy untouched and wild landscapes, stunning rock formations and majestic cliffs.

I’ve been living in Malta since 2011, and I enjoy nature and hiking. I’ve had the chance to explore all the beautiful natural spots in Malta and Gozo. While Il-Blata tal-Melh may not be well-known, even among locals, it’s rugged and stunning.

In this post, I’ll share more details about Il-Blata tal-Melh, including a hiking map, some images, and tips on how to get there.

Why Visit Il-Blata tal-Melh?

Il-Blata tal-Melh has a unique atmosphere. The scenery here is wild and beautiful, with rocky cliffs and moon-like landscapes.

Trust yourself and your legs to navigate the steep and slippery trails. There are fantastic rock formations and stunning views around every bend. From its salt pans to its cliffs to its deep blue sea, Il-Blata tal-Melh has something magical.

This image shows Il-Blata tal-Melh, a rugged landscape with rocky cliffs and a dry limestone plateau. Two people are visible in the distance, highlighting the scale of the terrain.
Il-Blata tal-Melh Coastline, Malta’s West

Things to Know Before Your Hike

Before you set out on a hike, here are some helpful tips:

  • Avoid trespassing on private land.
  • Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes with good grip to avoid slipping and tripping.
  • Make sure you have plenty of water and snacks with you.
  • Protect your skin with sunscreen.
  • Stay away from cliffs, and use caution on steep and slippery slopes.
  • Finally, if it’s raining or windy, don’t go hiking.

Il-Blata tal-Melh Hiking Map

The Komoot hiking map below includes a hike to Il-Blata tal-Melh and back, plus a walk to Fomm ir-Rih Bay viewpoint.

The hike to Il-Blata tal-Melh is very short. I suggest you also walk to the Fomm ir-Rih Bay viewpoint if you want a medium-length hike of 1-2 hrs. Otherwise, the Il-Blata tal-Melh hike alone might be too short.

After you hike Il-Blata tal-Melh, you will return to the car park where you started. You can continue your walk towards Fomm ir-Rih Bay.

Here are the details of both hiking options:

Il-Blata tal-Melh onlyAn option with Fomm ir-Rih Beach viewpoint
Distance: 1,75 km
Walking Time: 0 h 27 mins
Level: Intermediate
Uphill: 50 m
Downhill: 50 m
Highest Point: 100 m
Distance: 4,24 km
Walking Time: 1 h 13 mins
Uphill: 140 m
Downhill: 130 m
Highest Point: 120 m

The Views During Il-Blata tal-Melh Hike

To get to this hike by public transport, you need to take a bus to Bahrija village and walk for around 30 minutes to the starting point. The hike down the road is beautiful. On the way back, it’s more challenging because you must climb the road.  

Getting by car is faster and easier. The hike actually starts at the parking lot.

In Malta, public transportation is okay but can be very slow if you want to see more remote areas. If you plan to stay longer than a few days, it is best to rent a car. Check out my guide to car rentals in Malta.

Getting There:

  • Location: link to Google Maps
  • Nearest bus stop: Bahrija, 30 mins away
  • Frequency of the buses: every hour, via Rabat
  • Parking available: average size car park

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You should find a path from the car park that goes down and follow it. It is steep and slippery down there. I saw some people walking on a parallel path above, but it looked more challenging.

This image captures the stunning cliffs of Il-Blata tal-Melh, overlooking the deep blue sea. The rugged coastline is adorned with lush greenery and wildflowers, creating a picturesque scene.
Cliffs at the Start of the Hike

Five to ten minutes later, you’ll reach a rocky plateau. It looks incredible and is one of the few wild spots on the island.

From this point, you can also see the salt pans. It is mesmerising, and the peace and tranquillity of this place are difficult to describe.

A rocky landscape of Il-Blata tal-Melh in front of the vast expanse of the ocean. The rugged terrain is lined with large boulders and patches of greenery, creating a striking contrast against the deep blue sea.
Rugged Coastline of Il-Blata tal-Melh, Malta

Take the path that leads through the rocks on your left. The hike continues there to the south towards Migra l-Ferha (check out this blog about a hike there).

The path will lead you to large boulders on a light-coloured rock plateau. This area was wet in spring due to fresh water dripping from the cliffs.

A person is walking along the rocky cliffs of Il-Blata tal-Melh, with the vast blue ocean stretching out in the distance.
High Contrast of Blue Sky and Sea with the White Cliffs

A few minutes later, you will encounter a vast area of smooth white rocks. The white cliffs may appear surreal, with wavy lunar-like surfaces. Also, on a bright day, they are strikingly contrasted with the blue sky and sea.

A rocky plateau with wavy surfaces overlooking the sea at Il-Blata tal-Melh.
Rocky Plateau with Wavy Surfaces

You can descend from the cliffs and explore more of the area using the rope. Once you have finished exploring, return the same way you came.

A Walk to Fomm ir-Rih Bay Viewpoint

From the car park, follow the road up to a small parking area and then turn left. You will enjoy the views on the way down the road. It was a quiet road, and no cars passed as I walked there. After 5 minutes, you will see the Fomm ir-Rih Bay.

Wwo people are walking along the road from Il-Blata tal-Melh to Fomm ir-Rih Bay, enjoying the scenic view of the sea and blooming spring flowers along the road.
Il-Blata tal-Melh to Fomm ir-Rih Bay Road

Fomm ir-Rih is a magnificent bay, which in Maltese means “mouth of the wind”. It is located north of Il-Blata tal-Melh. The landscape here includes vertical cliffs and a pebble beach.

To reach the beach, you should walk down a cliff via a narrow path. Unfortunately, clay fell on the beach during the recent storm. As a result, all the pebbles are covered with clay. I didn’t walk down to the beach, and I wonder if it’s still possible.

Lush green foliage and bright yellow flowers frame the breathtaking Fomm ir-Rih Bay coastline. The azure blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea gently caress the rugged cliffs.
Fomm ir-Rih Bay

It’s still a nice walk from Il-Blata tal-Melh. There are panoramic views along the way. You can stop at the beach and enjoy the view before going back.

The Il-Blata tal-Melh area has breathtaking views and an atmosphere that takes you to another world. Be careful with your surroundings, and don’t fall on steep and slippery slopes

It’s worth the courage, and you’ll have an unforgettable experience with gorgeous rock formations, lunar-like landscapes, and amazing views from the top. 

If you liked this post, check out my other trekking guides in Malta and Gozo.

Discover a stunning coastline hike from Ghajn Tuffieha to Gnejna Bay. In addition, explore the picturesque journey from St Thomas Bay to St Peter’s Pool.

Learn about the historic Victoria Lines, lush Wied Babu, the majestic cliffs from Ras id-Dawwara to Miġra l-Ferħa, and the coastal walk from Paradise Bay to the Red Tower.

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