The Victoria Lines (also fondly called Malta’s Great Wall) are lines of fortification left over from British occupation. The lines, which are some 12 km long, stretch from Madeline to Mosta, essentially dividing the north and south of the Island.
The lines were finished during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and so derive their name from the British monarch.
The fortifications built during the 19th and 20th century are reinforced with four prominent forts, batteries, entrenchments and so on.
Much of the Victoria Lines are broken but you can still follow along across the island’s natural fault line. The view is amazing and a must see for anyone interested in hiking.
I would so advise taking a map with you, because the Victoria Lines are quite remote and difficult to even find. We started our journey near fort Madeline (beside the entrance to the Melita building), and had to pick through bushes and trees before finally setting upon the correct path.
The scenery is picturesque and it’s easy to get carried away taking pictures and forget that there are some quite dangerous parts of the wall. You definitely need to keep your wits about you.
Bring snacks, water and wear proper walking gear because you’ll need a good grip on some parts of the wall.
There’s a section of the wall that is interrupted by Mosta’s large quarry. We ended up trying to pick up the trail on the other side and ended up scaling a very steep hill to do so. Once at the top (and a bit scared to go back down), we realised that we’d ended up at another fort with guard dogs salivating and lots of barbed wire!.
Needless to say we don’t recommend emulating that particular route…
For more information on the spectacular Victoria Lines visit www.victorialinesmalta.com.