Delimara Peninsula

The countryside between the two harbour towns of Marsaskala and Marsaxlokk, particularly the Delimara peninsula, provides some of the most spectacular walking country in the south of Malta.

Marsaxlokk to Marsaskala via St. Peter's Pool. After taking the 81 bus from Valletta, we alighted near to the new statues in Marsaxlokk, overlooking the harbour. We turned left and followed the road out of town, turned left again, then right at the island, We found the Tas-Silg archaeoloigal site to our left and over te road. This extensive temple site is not open to visitors except by appointment but we were able to get a good look at it over the wall. We then turned back taking the road to the left of the Tas-Silg church and villa. We took a right fork signposted to St. Peter's Pool. After passing the power station with its tall chimneys, we took a footpath to the left, again signposted for St. Peter's Pool. We followed a rough path and steps and were rewarded with a refreshing dip in the clear waters of the 'pool', actually a superb lagoon, one of Malta's many geological marvels. Returning up the first flight of steps, we took a path to te right that led to the top of the cliffs. On this occasion, after rounding the headland and taking in the natural rock arch, we headed inland to complete a loop. We turned right and then took a path to the left that skirted the Victorian Tas-Silg Fort, now a dogs' home and inaccessible to the public. We took a look round the moat and crumbling walls before carrying on to take a right turn towards St. Paul's Battery. Here, we were able to make out where the large guns had once been placed to protect the bay. We continued on our way, being careful to turn left past the Ta' Bettina Tower and chapel. We followed the path down to St. Thomas' Bay and its tiny sandy beach before following the road round to the Marsaskala bus terminus.
Total time: about 5 hours, a lot of it spent swimming and exploring.

Marsaxlokk statues Tas-Silg archaeological site Tas-Silg church Tas-Silg villa St Peter's Pool L-Hohz-Zghira natural arch
Tas-Silg Fort St Paul's Battery Ta' Bettina Tower St Thomas' Bay