Is-Salvatur (Our Saviour Statue)

A fun little mini-hike to a local landmark

Hiking Difficult

Distance
1.7 km
Ascent
83 m
Descent
83 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
11 m
High Point
84 m
Gradient
Is-Salvatur (Our Saviour Statue) Map

Anytime you drive from Victoria down into Marsalforn, you can't help but notice the Is-Salvatur (Our Saviour Statue) on the left as you approach the coast. The statue looks like it would have a fabulous views, and looks are not deceiving!

Description

The hike to the statue is short and steep, but the final 2 metres of it are the crux - you can't reach the madonna without doing a couple of very easy scrambling moves. If you stopped just below the madonna then the FATMAP grade of this hike drops to "moderate".

Drive out of Victoria (or catch the bus) and park up at a large, dusty parking area opposite the Ivory Suite wedding venue. Hike north up the road towards Marsalforn and then turn off left onto a concrete track with a no entry sign which has "farmers only" written on it. There's a photo of the sign attached to this adventure. Despite going into seemingly private land, this hike appears to be perfectly legal, so don't worry too much about passing the sign.

Once off the road the concrete track climbs and quickly turns into a rocky path. The rocky path is pretty steep and, under the hot sun, the ascent can feel tough despite its short length. The views reveal themselves gradually and before you know it you're beneath the madonna with Marsalforn bay and much of Gozo's interior laid out below you. Scramble easily up to the madonna and soak it all in.

Head back down the same way and toast one of the easiest summit hikes in Malta with a drink in Marsalforn!

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Family friendly

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