Treasure hunting on the Maltese Islands


“Malta Treasure Hunts is the new, fun way to discover and tour the islands and see what they have to offer,” said Terence Mirabelli, managing director of Island Publications, a Mosta-based travel industry publisher. Devised and written by Mirabelli, the first edition of this 48-page booklet contains a series of themed hunts that will take tourists and residents alike on a self-guided voyage of discovery around the Maltese islands.

For instance, Temples trail is a 50-kilometer long treasure hunt that takes in ancient temples and the more noteworthy churches. Gardens of Malta, as its name suggests, leads hunters on a tour of the most notable – and some little known – gardens on the island. Gozitan odyssey is an exciting tour of Gozo. Other, shorter, pedestrian, hunts let one discover Victoria, Valletta, Mdina, and Birgu, as well as the popular resorts of Sliema and St. Julian’s and Bugibba and Qawra.

All treasure hunts are color coded, denoting levels of difficulty. Green hunts are easy, yellow ones are slightly harder, and red ones require a bit of thinking and deduction.

Each hunt has a set of questions that sometimes lead to a landmark or require an answer to find a hidden password. Hunts are either circular or linear, meaning they either end where they start or not. A map is recommended for car hunts, otherwise one is not necessary for the pedestrian treasure hunts.

No treasure hunt requires the payment of any entrance fees. Some hunts do go past sites, museums, and landmarks that may require payment to visit, but entering these sites is at the discretion of the hunter.

“The booklet is not intended solely for tourists, but also for residents of the islands. And hunts can be enjoyed singly, with friends, as a family, or as a team-building exercise at whatever time of year,” Mirabelli, originator of the hunts, added. “Producing Malta Treasure Hunts has been so much fun and educational, that I’m already working on a second edition.”