Here’s a unique running experience: run on an old Roman Road, passing by numerous well-marked ancient archaeological sites. This is part of a longer trail run that if you do the full route, is an 11.5 km loop across the island that passes numerous additional historical spots. Notes: varying types of surfaces, especially the ‘Roman Road’. Also, very open and exposed — be cautious in hot weather.
Start at the Xemxija Hill Heritage Trail and follow the signs for the ‘Roman Road’, also known as the ‘Pilgrim’s Trail’. There are also maps available. The surface is on large, 2000 year-old stones that were taken from a local quarry. Then, take the paths headed to the western part of the island through the Public Nature Preserve (there are some choices, but use our map as a guideline). There are varied surfaces and some tougher footing, plus ~100m of climbing over ~5 km. A highlight is the Mellieha Viewpoint at the 3.5 km mark. At 5.4 km, reach the Rock Cut, with great views out to Mit Anele Bay. Here, loop back on another similar trail just south. This trail includes a lovely wooded section in the Miżieb Woodland Public Reserve.
Add-Ons: At the western end, additional trails in Il-Majjistral Nature & History Park, headed south of the Radisson Blu. At the eastern end, can connect to our coastal route that heads south from Xemxija Bay toward Qawra & Pembroke.
- Up to 11.5 km (7.1 miles) loop
- 193m (635 feet) over full route
- Start point of Xemxija Hill Heritage Walk
- Good bus access