Bahrija

The countryside around Bahrija on the west coast is some of the wildest in Malta and superb for walking.

Fomm Ir_Rij Bay Bahrija to Ghajn Tuffieha. We took the 201 bus from Rabat, alighting just before Bahrija. We turned back a short way to take the right fork leading past Kuncizzjoni chapel. After about 3 kilometres we reached a viewpoint where we continued on along a rough path. After a few hundred metres we spotted a derelict gun battery, shortly after which we took a very narrow path to the left that led past the battery and then turned sharply downhill. This was a very rough path indeed and we navigated it with great care. At the bottom we turned right and then followed the coast, skirting the beautiful bay of Fomm Ir-Rih, eventually climbing to the headland known as Il-Pellegrin. We skirted the peninsula looking out on the left for a narrow path that we followed, first of all gradually downhill and then turning right to take us sharply downhill to Gnejna Bay. We followed the road out of the bay for a few yards until we turned onto a very steep path on the left, just after the bus stop. This path, very rough and steep in places, took us up the cliff, eventually arriving at Lippija Tower. We followed the clifftop path, ignoring the steep descent to Ghajn Tuffieha beach this time, instead looking out for a path further on that took us steeply downhill and then along a narrow path leading to the bus stop where we caught our bus back.
Total time: 3 hours steady walking

Kuncizzjoni chapel, near Bahrija Il-Pellegrin peninsula Gnejna Bay Lippija Tower Qarraba peninsula