The highest point of Malta Ta’ Dmejrek is the furthest away from any other high points of other countries as it lies far in the Mediterranean Sea. The peak itself isn’t very high but it’s very interesting as you can find it on a top of a cliff. Don’t expect any exciting climbs on the way to the highest peak of Malta since it’s only 253 m high but I liked it anyway! It was a very interesting cultural visit. The cities of Valletta and Mdina on the way to Ta’ Dmejrek at the Dingli cliffs have an interesting history and offer wonderful architecture. Follow this article to find out all you need before your visit of the highest peak of Malta including my personal experience.
Important information for visiting the highest point of Malta – Ta’ Dmejrek
Short description of the ascent: Short easy walk Essential equipment: Nothing special, it's a short walk Best time to visit: All year round Fees or restrictions: No Camping allowed: No Nearest accommodation/food supply: Food and drinks at chapel Santa Marija Maddalena, accommodation at Dingli Height of the peak: 253 m Walk between both of the highest points: 1.6 km Time of the walk between both of the highest points: 30 min Water availability on the mountain: Shop at chapel Santa Marija Maddalena Difficulty level: * (6 stars maximum) Personal rating of the mountain: ** (6 stars maximum) Beer on the peak: Cisk Lager ** (6 stars maximum)
Where is the highest peak of Malta – Ta’ Dmejrek?
Unfortunately, the highest point of Malta isn’t marked and various sources on the internet mention two different options for the exact location. According to them, Ta’ Dmejrek is located either nearby the chapel da Santa Marija Maddalena close to radars or 1.6 km away nearby a mine. You can find both of these places at the Dingli cliffs and I also provide a map to reach both of these places below.
Map of the walk between two highest points of Malta
My story of reaching Ta’ Dmejrek with personal tips
I visited Ta’ Dmejrek as a part of my project European Peaks during which I climbed the highest peak of every European country. After sleeping on the highest mountain in Cyprus in a car I wanted to find some more comfortable accommodation and I got lucky. I managed to book amazing accommodation at the Lucente Guest House which I got in return for drone pictures and videos. The barter trade still works these days.
Valletta surprised by its amazing architecture and history
The host Charlie was probably the most funny and friendly guy I met on my trip. It was fun making drone movies with him. He showed me the nicest spots around Valletta so I could take some amazing pictures. Charlie showed that he is passionate about his business. Every room of his Guest House was devoted to one part of the Maltese history. I got a room which was associated to the time of the knights. Really cool decorations.
I spent the first day flying my drone around Valletta and it was great! I didn’t have to care much about rules because Malta is the most drone friendly country with only a few restrictions.
Reaching Ta’ Dmejrek by scooter
The next day I woke up pretty early so I would have enough time to conquer the highest point of Malta. Since the highest point of Malta is closest to the sea from all European highest points, I decided to visit it by scooter. It was not easy to find a scooter rental, but I found one shop online and I got the scooter delivered to my Guest House.
Malta isn’t a large island. Despite the mountain’s position on the other side of the island, Google Maps said I would reach it on my scooter in 30 minutes. The highest point of Malta Ta’ Dmejrek is situated at the Dingli Cliffs which has one certain advantage. You have a beautiful view over the Mediterranean Sea. The trip seemed to be pretty straightforward but I encountered an unexpected problem. It was very windy so I drove my scooter slowly not to end up below the cliffs.
Travelling in Malta during midday is stupid
Another problem showed up when I reached Ta’ Dmejrek. Since it was very hot I drove only in a T-Shirt and since it was windy I didn’t feel anything wrong. However, after stopping my scooter I realized: I am completely sunburned. Again? I am curious when my plan not to get sunburned over the following summer will work. Since it was 12 o’clock there was no natural shadow spot at all in a 10 km radius, so I found a shelter under the only umbrella in a local fast food shop close to the highest point.
I drank 1.5 liters of water in a while and I felt much better. Then I visited the local chapel and took the 200 m walk to the highest point. Later, I also visited another location of Ta’ Dmejrek which I found on the internet. It lies nearby a mine, 1.6 km away from the first highest point. See the map of my walk here. Yeah, I made it!
After this dramatic summit I felt like celebrating my victory on a beach so I googled and I found the nicest beach nearby. Not surprisingly. Malta is really a small island.
After the swim I visited one more city called Mdina with a great fortress recommended by Charlie and I saw basically the whole island.
Maltese style rabbit
I left the scooter and was ready to leave to the airport but when saying bye to Charlie he told me: “Did you taste the Maltese style rabbit? If you didn’t, it is like you haven’t been to Malta!” I didn’t have time to taste the rabbit but Charlie insisted. He also promised me to take me to the airport, so I ordered one rabbit at a local restaurant. It took them so much time to prepare and I got really nervous. When the rabbit got served, I ate it so quickly that I didn’t even have time to taste it and I still don’t know if I liked it or not. However, Charlie dropped me at the bag drop at the airport 3 minutes before closing time so I caught my flight. At least after eating the famous rabbit I can say I have been to Malta.
My tips for the mountain Ta’ Dmejrek:
- Take a scooter and visit the highest point of Malta at the Dingli Cliffs. But be careful in case of strong winds.
- The scooter will enable you to visit the whole island within a day.
- Don’t forget sun cream like I did.
- If you have time visit also the island of Malta called Gozo known for its amazing nature. I didn’t have time to visit it but it is a definitely good reason to come back.