Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park

Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park

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The area in the northwest of Malta, which includes the coastal area from Golden Bay to Il-Prajjet and ix- Xagħra l-Ħamra, was declared a national park by the Government of Malta by Legal Notice 251 of 2007 in September 2007. The Park has taken the name of the northwest wind/region: majjistral in the Maltese language.Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park is Malta's only natural National park and the largest managed protected site of the island. The Park’s area includes a stretch of 3km of protected coastal cliffs designated as part of a larger Special Area of Conservation of International Importance within the Natura 2000 network. Various outdoor educational activities are organised regularly such as guided walks and snorkelling.
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KrisD_pl
Warsaw, Poland7,725 contributions
May 2019
We did an easy trek from Golden Bay to Popeye village. It goes along the cliffs and offers nice views, including ones towards the cliffs of Gozo island. There's also a tower on the trail however it's closed. I recommend making a walk in the morning as the sunlight will provide nice photo opportunities.
Written February 23, 2020
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Leticia C
London, UK4 contributions
Oct 2021
We went this October 25th. I will advise to contact the Park Visitor Centre to get the most of the walk or cycling. Darren, the manager of the centre, helped us to contact locals to hire bicycles, showed us a route on the map and the best way to go through in order to explore the site.
Also by going to the centre, you will see in detail the geographic and fauna found iat the region.
Written November 10, 2021
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janetwojtkow
58 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
Although the visitor centre was closed when we went (a Sunday), this is one of the most interesting areas to go walking in Malta's mainland. The is, in effect, at the back of the Radisson hotel on golden Bay. There are several routes to follow but we took the coastal route leading to the edge of the cliffs, before dropping down through giant boulders, tiny patches of private farmland and wild flora and fauna to the sea and the most secluded of bays. There was hardly anyone on the path on this sunny January day, the little rocky beach was deserted and the scenery was at its best - I can't imagine doing this on a hot summer's day when the earth would be parched and the plantlike pretty much scorched.
Written January 21, 2017
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Jojie4584
Sunderland, UK159 contributions
Nov 2015
I was really looking forward to visiting here. We called at the information centre where we picked up a map so we could go for a walk before our planned horse ride later that afternoon.

We'd got the bus to Golden Bay and after a bit of wandering round looking for the Park, we stumbled across the entrance by chance. It needs to be better signposted - I think a signpost had fallen down but I didn't notice that until we returned to Golden Bay. The information centre is good though with informative displays.

Off we went with our map but with Malta being so small compared to England we kept forgetting the scale of things is smaller, so we found the map hard to follow and couldn't really tell where we were. It was an unseasonably warm day when we went there, it was over 20degrees in November with not a cloud in the sky. This made the views stunning however we ended up rather warm due to the lack of shade in the park.

As others have mentioned it is uneven underfoot so wear sturdy footwear. Make sure you take a drink with you esp when it's hot and sunny.

It was quite a barren landscape when we went, so totally different to what I'm used to. The coastal views are really nice, but I wouldn't say it's a must see on your Malta holiday.
Written March 15, 2016
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Charles W
Kitchener, Canada12 contributions
Apr 2015 • Business
This park located in the north-western part of the island is a gem for all walkers. Malta is a very populated country but when you walk in this national park you will hardly see another person for hours on end. Very accessible by public transportation.
Written May 3, 2015
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Simon M
Cambridge, UK181 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
This is an exposed walk along the cliff top. Stunning views across the ocean and lots of historical remains
Written December 10, 2014
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SuzanneMaas
Malta1 contribution
Jul 2013 • Friends
I have been to Majjistral on many occassions, such as for long walks in winter and spring, a beautiful kayak trip along the rocky coast which gives you a completely new perspective on the park and have attended some nice events organised by Majjistral park providing insight in the history and natural wonders, and including wonderful dinners at the cooperative farm located just at the edge of the park. Definitely recommend a visit!
Written August 6, 2013
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Peter H
Redhill, UK609 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
To get the best value, do go on a guided tour. Thereby gaining the benefit of local knowledge. At certain times of the year, it can look a little barren but the guide will point out what most of us will miss
Written June 23, 2013
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Ducks
Stoke-on-Trent, UK52 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
Start outside Popeye Village and walk down through the reserve, finishing in Golden Bay. Fantastic views. The ground was covered with wild flowers. Friendly visitor centre. Nice, not too strenuous walk.
Written February 22, 2017
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worldseeker2014
San Francisco, CA291 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
Great coastal walk and well worth the ocean views and country scenery. Popular park for locals and tourists. Great for family outings, walking the dogs and just enjoying the scenery. The visitor’s center was closed off season. Be prepared and print a map of the trails; also no signage on the trail but pretty easy to figure out. Getting to the park was a bit challenging with no signage. To find the park, head to Ghajn Tuffieha Bay Riviera, pass the Radisson Hotel and keep going until you come to a parking lot with a fruit / vegetable stand and the IL-Majjistral map on the left.
Written January 24, 2016
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