The best places to run on the island of Malta

Malta is an island country in the Mediterranean, located 80 km south of Italy. Inhabited since 5900 BC, Malta is a popular tourism site, owing to its warm climate, numerous recreational areas, and architectural and historical monuments, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The island is 27 km long and 14 km wide. There are terrific options for running on Malta, highlighted by seafront promenades and routes around historic sites.

Some of the best places to run on Malta are the 30+ km of waterfront paths, mainly on the east coast. We’ve also mapped several routes around Malta’s archaeological sites, including a ‘runseeing’ tour of the walled, capital city of Valetta, a unique run across the island on the Xemxija Heritage Walk, and the Blue Grotto area in south Malta. For parks, we love running in Ta’ Qali Park. See also our recommendations on some of the quiet country farm roads in Malta’s interior.

Note that Malta’s weather can very hot in summer and much of the island is open and exposed, so please take the proper precautions. For transport, there’s a good network of buses around the island.

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Valletta ‘Runseeing’ Tour


A 'Runseeing Tour' of Valletta, Malta's capital. Combine the ~5 km of waterfront running outside the old city walls with the largely pedestrianized streets of the old city inside the city walls.

Xemxija Hill Heritage Trail


A unique running experience: run on an old Roman Road, passing by numerous archaeological sites. Part of a longer trail run that's up an 11.5 km loop across the island, passing numerous additional historical spots.

South Malta Historical Sites Tour


A terrific 'runseeing' tour of several historical sites at the southern end of Malta, including the Blue Grotto and Haġar Qim. Also some great coastal views. It's nearly all on roads with good sidewalks.

Malta has a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot summers. And lots of sun!  It’s one of the warmest destinations for Europeans in winter, with average high temperatures in the 15-16C (60F) range, with coo nights. Summers are hot and dry, with daytim temperatures in the 29-31C (85-90F) range — warmer inland. Runners should be aware that much of Malta’s terrain is open and exposed, so use caution in summer!