Paradise Bay to the Red Tower – Circular Hike in Malta + Map 

Paradise Bay Hike in Malta

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Are you looking for a hike in Malta with stunning views? Let me guide you through one of my favourite trails: the circular walk between Paradise Bay and Red Tower. ⁤⁤This hike is in northern Malta. ⁤⁤It will take you through some of the island’s most stunning landscapes. ⁤

⁤I have been living in Malta since 2011. ⁤⁤I love history, hiking, and nature. ⁤⁤I’ve explored every hiking trail in the Maltese islands. ⁤⁤And, I’m excited to share this gem with you. ⁤

⁤So, if you’re wondering what to do in Malta, especially if you love nature, this hike is a must. ⁤⁤The trail takes you to Paradise Bay’s clear waters and the historic Red Tower. ⁤⁤You will be surrounded by beautiful landscapes and will have an opportunity to swim. ⁤

⁤In this post, I’ll take you through the entire journey. ⁤⁤I’ll share tips and insights to make your hike as enjoyable as possible. ⁤⁤So, let’s start exploring this beautiful Malta hiking trail together! ⁤

  • Distance: 8 km
  • Walking Time: 2 h 18 mins
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Uphill: 180 m
  • Downhill: 170 m
  • Highest Point: 120 m

The best time to go: anytime, but from June to September, avoid the midday heat.

Here’s a table of contents to jump to different sections.

Paradise Bay Hike in Malta: Trekking Guide Map

Here is a Paradise Bay circular hike map. It can be difficult to find the correct path. To avoid getting lost, you can download the Komoot app and use it to guide you. The app is user-friendly and easy to use.

Paradise Bay – a Starting Point of the Hike

The northern region of Malta has a stunning Paradise Bay Beach. Cliffs and rocky outcrops surround this beach, making it a beautiful natural setting. Swimmers, sunbathers, and snorkelers love its clear waters and sandy beach. A restaurant and bar are open during the summer months. There are umbrellas and chairs available for rent.

Paradise Bay Hike in Malta - Paradise Beach
Paradise Beach

In summer, it gets crowded at Paradise Beach. But this place is empty from December to April. Even in winter, you can enjoy a true paradise. Sea temperatures rarely drop below 16C. So it’s okay to take a dip. Plus, most of the days are sunny. Find out how Malta’s weather changes throughout the year in this post.

The North of Malta offers some excellent hiking trails and Paradise Bay hike is one of the best.

Hiking is incredible from November to March because Malta’s winter is like spring. It rains more often, and the temperature drops, so the landscape becomes green and full of blossoms.

During the summer, you can hike too, but don’t go mid-day. Bring a hat and lots of water. The good thing about summer hiking in Malta is that you can jump into the sea along the way.

Getting to Paradise Bay:

  • Location: link to Google Maps
  • Nearest bus stop: Paradise, but buses are infrequent. I suggest Musa, a bus stop for all buses headed to Cirkewwa. It’s 15 minutes walk from Paradise Bay.
  • Frequency of the buses: only one connection from the stop Paradise, but many buses pass through Musa.

Need advice on renting a car in Malta? Here’s my guide with insider tips on everything you need to know.

Paradise Bay to the Cave

This circular Malta’s hike from Paradise Bay to the Red Tower starts at the parking of Paradise Bay. There are broad steps down from the parking area.

After a minute, you’ll see small steps on your right that lead to the beach. Only go there if you want to see the beach or swim. Keep walking straight.

When you hike from Paradise Bay, the path could be more visible. But don’t worry, walk along the cliff edge. Use the Paradise trekking map above to guide you. You’ll see a cave on your left about 20 minutes from the start.

This cave is a natural limestone sinkhole that looks like a hole in the ground. It’s pretty deep, maybe 8-10 meters.

On the left side are small stairs. Don’t rush; the rocks aren’t stable. It’s cool and fresh in the cave, and you’ll even see water dropping off the walls in the winter. A few almond trees bloom in white in the spring, contrasting the cave’s darkness.

Paradise Bay Hike in Malta - Cave
Cave close to Paradise Bay, Malta

This cave is suitable for training to climb. You can see a few carabiners left by climbers. There are also times when Scouts camp in the cave. It even has a fireplace.

From the Cave to Il-Minzel l-Abjad

Turn left after you have visited the cave and walk till you read a little road. Soon, you will have to climb a rocky trail. But don’t worry. You won’t have to climb all the way up.

Instead, walk for a few minutes until you see a small path heading down on your right. Follow it, but be careful since it’s slippery. This area is greener, and you can a variety of wildflowers growing on the rocky terrain.

Paradise Bay Hike in Malta
A Path along the Paradise Bay Circular Hike in Malta

After walking for around 15 minutes, you will see a rocky plate full of huge stones. This area on Google maps is called Il-Minzel l-Abjad. There’s nothing else like it in Malta. The rocks are dark and sharp and have a lot of holes filled with water.

What a sight! I can’t stop wondering how those vast stones got there.

Paradise Bay Hike in Malta - Il-Minzel l-Abjad
Il-Minzel l-Abjad from Above

This site looks fantastic from above. Yet, if you want to visit this place, you’ll have to take a right turn here. Climbing over rocks is the only way to get there. It’s doable, but be careful. The walk over the stones will take around 5 minutes.

Paradise Bay Hike in Malta - Il-Minzel l-Abjad
On the Way to Il-Minzel l-Abjad
Paradise Bay Hike in Malta - Il-Minzel l-Abjad
On the Il-Minzel l-Abjad

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Panoramic Walk with the Views of Malta’s Majjistral Park

Continue walking south along the path after visiting Il-Minzel l-Abjad. The clay cliffs are on your left, beautiful natural creations with rugged and uneven slopes.

The clay cliffs reach a height of 30 meters. It is fascinating to see how greenery and blue sky contrast with the blue-grey clay.

Paradise Bay Hike in Malta - Clay Cliffs
Clay Cliffs

The path will end soon, and you’ll have to walk down a clay slope. Don’t rush and take small steps. You’ll find yourself on a peninsula with some huge rocks. This landscape always amazes me with how wild and remote this place is.

Paradise Bay Hike in Malta
Rocks on the Way

There’s a beautiful panoramic view of Majjistral Park and the famous rocky bays of Golden Bay and Fomm ir-Riħ behind. There are also a few caves to be seen.

I usually take my lunch break here. Bring your food since there is no option to purchase anything along the way.

Paradise Bay Hike in Malta - Views of Majistral Park
Views of Majjistral Park

Uphill to the Red Tower

Walk along the coast after the break. Take a look at how the landscape has changed. There were dark grey rocks before, but now they’re golden limestone. You can find fossilised sea urchins and shells under your feet.

Paradise Bay Hike in Malta - Yellow Limestone Coast
Limestone Coast

Keep an eye on the map because you’ll soon have to climb up. There’s a steep stretch of around 7-10 minutes. After that, it’ll get easier. Walk until you reach a tiny road. Farmers use the road to get to the terraced fields around here. Enjoy the scenery as you walk along the route. 

You’ll reach the last steep segment in 10 minutes. It’s a steep path up the hill. Halfway there are the old stairs. No one maintains them, so they might wobble. Be extra careful. 

Paradise Bay Hike in Malta - Views
Views on the top of the Stairs

Take in the view from the top. You’ll see the Mediterranean Sea and pretty coastline all around you.

Then head right to get to the Red Tower. Keep an eye out for cars. There is little traffic here, but people come here to enjoy the views and take pictures.

Red Tower, the Next Stop on the Paradise Bay Hike in Malta

The Red Tower is a fortification from the 17th century. With its bright red colours and breathtaking views, it’s one of the most prominent towers in Malta.

Views of Ghadira Bay, Majjistral Park, and the sea between Comino and Gozo are fantastic. You can go up to the tower’s roof for even better views.

Paradise Bay Hike in Malta - Red Tower
Red Tower

The tower is open from 10 am to 4 pm. The only day with shorter hours is Thursday – from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Back to Paradise Bay

You should walk back the same way you went to the Red Tower. But instead of going down the stairs, you should walk on the road. After about 20 minutes of walking, you should see a path on your right leading north. Follow this path back to Paradise Bay.

I’m sure you’ll love this hike in Malta’s North. It’s one of the prettiest in Malta. Along the way, you’ll see wild natural areas, terraced farmers’ fields, and clay cliffs. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the whole island – north, south, east, and west.

On this site, you can also find guides to other hikes in Malta:

Enjoy hiking in Malta!

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