The Majjistral Nature and History Park, Malta’s first National Park, is located in the North-West of the Island of Malta and includes a coastal stretch of about 6 km in length covering the area from Anchor Bay (Il-Prajjet) to Golden Bay (Il-Bajja tal-Mixquqa) and inland toward ix- Xagħra l-Ħamra. The Park includes elements of natural and cultural interest and is, thereby, a valuable tourism product. Within this area it is possible to find both areas of rural and military heritage, unique habitats for flora, natural caves and outstanding coastal cliffs. These create a landscape which attracts many visitors, both local and foreign. The coastal zone hosts a number of important habitats and represents an area of ecological importance, which now form part of the list of Natura 2000 sites of international importance. The rural, vernacular and military heritage of the area are intimately linked to the geographical landscape in which they are situated and form an important cultural landscape. These features include cart-ruts, long rubble walls (dry stone walls), farmhouses, small beehives, tombs dating to the Classical period, natural caves and numerous corbelled stone huts. The Park is named for the North western region or wind (Maltese: Majjistral).

 

The management of the Majjistral Nature and History Park has been entrusted to 3 non-governmental and non-profit organisations that have been involved in the management of cultural, natural and coastal resources for a number of years. These 3 organisations are:

  1. Din l-Art Ħelwa, which has restored and is managing around twenty-three heritage buildings ranging from coastal towers, chapels and lighthouses, as well as the Foresta 2000 afforestation site in Mellieħa.
    Mission statement: To safeguard Malta’s cultural heritage and the natural environment for future generations, which includes the hands-on conservation and restoration of our built and natural heritage.
  2. The Gaia Foundation, which works in the field of integrated coastal zone management, and has been managing the Natura 2000 sites at Għajn Tuffieħa in Malta and Ramla Bay in Gozo.
    Mission statement: Taking its name from Mother Earth in Greek Mythology, The Gaia Foundation’s mission centres around the interconnection of all things and life on earth, and around working towards harmony and social and environmental justice for all creatures. We humanoids are thus included in the equation. Gaia is therefore not just an ecology organisation, but a “Whole Earth” organisation.
  3. Nature Trust (Malta), are currently managing five nature parks on the Maltese Islands as well as being pioneers in setting up a wildlife rescue team and environmental education aspect such as Eko-skola and Young reports for the environment. Nature Trust Malta is also the local representatives of Blue Flag International.
    Mission Statement: Committed to the conservation of Maltese nature by promoting environmental awareness, managing areas of natural and scientific interest, and lobbying for effective environmental legislation.

The 3 organisations have set up an association called the ‘Heritage Parks Federation’ to facilitate the integrated management of the Majjistral Park. This was registered by public deed in the acts of Notary Dr. Hugh Grima on the 6th of February 2008.

The Federation has a distinct legal personality, and is run by an executive committee made up of persons appointed from amongst its 3 founder members, and chaired by a rotating presidency. The members of the committee are:

The heritage parks federation mission statement is:

i.  To manage and supervise the management of heritage parks in the Maltese islands;

ii.   To develop policies and practices for the management and supervision of heritage parks;

iii.  To liaise with other NGOs, organisations and government, on matters related to the management and designation of     heritage parks;

iv.  To lobby on relevant issues that affect heritage parks,

v.   To promote the representation of NGOs in the management of heritage parks in Malta;

vi.  To do anything ancillary and deemed necessary to achieve the above, including the raising of funds, the taking out of loans, the purchase, sale and hypothecation of property and the opening of bank accounts.

Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park is a member of the European Rangers Federation (ERF) and the Europarc Federation. For more information on ERF check out their websites European rangers and Europarc.

Majjistral Nature and History Park Visitor Centre

Majjistral Nature and History Park Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre has been officially opened on the 13th of April 2014 by the then Minister of the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Hon. Dr. Leo Brincat.

The Centre is housed in a structure that was formerly part of military barracks. It houses information boards and leaflets, and a small exhibition on features that can be observed along the area. Since its opening, thousands of visitors, both locals and foreigners, have visited the centre including many guided walks that are organised for school children and the general public. Activities carried out at the centre include workshops on environmental subjects, such as nature photography, tree propagation and environment-friendly agriculture.

The Visitor Centre is open weekdays from 09:00 hrs to 15:00 hrs, and open on weekends depending on volunteer availability.

We care about our coastal heritage

The Park’s area includes a stretch of 6km of protected coast designated as part of a larger
Special Area of Conservation of International Importance with in the Natura 2000 network of sites as per the European Habitats Directive.

About

The park offers free access to visitors on foot and is a perfect place for walking especially during the cooler months between October and April. Sunset walks are a good alternative for the hotter period between May and September.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to maintain and to regenerate of degraded habitats through sound management actions, this coupled with educating the general public on the need of open spaces and well managed habitats.

Our Vision

Our vision is to have sound management structures and an increase in protected and managed areas on the Maltese Islands.

Our Philosophy

“We should preserve biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it mean to humanity”

Meet Our Fantastic Team

Our team is made up of a mixture of professionals with a clear sense of purpose and measurable objectives but most importantly they have the environment at heart.

Darren Saliba

Site Manager

Graduated in Geography in 2008 and currently tasked with the conservation aspect of the Park, Darren has a soft spot for the outdoors and likes to spend as much time as possible in nature carrying our field work or simply trekking or taking photos of landscapes and flora species. Other interest includes speleology and has developed a keen interest in geomorphology and geology.

Alex Casha

Naturalist and Ranger

Alex started working with the Park in 2014.
Previously worked for 12 years in protected areas, and has also been involved in volunteering work, from wardening to planting and growing trees. He is the author of a self-published book Flora of the Maltese Islands. Currently holds a University diploma in Environmental Science.

Anthony Spiteri

Chief Ranger

Loves nature and works very hard to help protect it.

Tamsin Caruana

Events Officer

Tamsin starting working at Majjistral Park in 2019 after spending a number of years working and studying in London. She is passionate about the protection of nature and has volunteered for various environmental organisations in the UK and in Malta.
She is dedicated to her role at the Park which involves engaging adults and children with the wonders of nature. She holds a postgraduate degree in Countryside and Protected Area Management.

William Saliba

Ranger

William is ranger at Majjistral Park more than 10 years.
Hi has former warden at The Gaia Foundation. 
He served in Royal Navy, worked as construction diver at the Free Port for many years as well as on oil rings.
A volunteer LifeCycle participant for the past 13 years. Willies hobbies are Tracking, Cycling and Sailing.

Dragana M. Cachia

Online Media, Gr. and Web Design

Dragana joined our fantastic team in January 2020.
She is a prof. Engineer of Graphic and Web Design and very passionate about design and Online Marketing Campaigns for more than 15 years.
As she grow up in the city near a National Park, her love for nature grew with her first steps and continues with this thirst for knowledge which brought her to Majjistral park .
Holds a huge place in her heart for nature and dogs, constantly active in several organisations. Philanthropist.

Stephen Buhagiar - Bobby

Ranger

After years of traveling in National Parks overseas this is glad to have opportunity to be in the Majjistral Park team.
Where the opportunity exists to help to improve environment in Malta.

Gilbert Vancell

Ranger

Gilbert has a background in visual communication, specialising in landscape photography. Passionate about the outdoors, he travels abroad on hiking trips to experience and capture untouched landscape and night sky.
He wants to give back and help safeguard the natural environment b
y creating awareness with his photography, volunteering and cleanups. Rangering at the Park helps him spend more time outdoors while learning about habitat conservation and restoration.

What our visitors say

It is beautiful, most of it yet untouched by humans. If you have a chance to visit on a weekday when nobody is around, it is just you, the wind, the waves and the sound of the occasional seagull.- Ian Scicluna
A beautiful area with significant agricultural and natural history- Jeffrey Sciberras
I have really enjoyed walking in the park the past two days, thanks for the pics you post and the work you do, so important! I called into the info centre, which was really interesting and helpful to plan my walks. Walked to Anchor Bay and back, along the coast using the brochure, about 3 1/2 hours. Next day walked more inland to the edge of the park and back up through Manikata, loved seeing all the wild flowers, and Mediterranean thyme, wonderful scent. I had forgotten how lovely it is here in spring. Well worth exploring. Good walking shoes/boots needed, quite rough underfoot.- Lynda Hurrell
Hiking along the breathtakingly beautiful coastline is awesome! I enjoyed tremendously the unique scenery and tranquility of the park. I recommend going in the fall or in the spring.- Marjaana Keskitalo

Impressed? We’d love to work with you!

We have gained a good level of experience at the Majjistral Park in organising Corporate Social Responsibility programmes for companies and large groups. Get in touch with us and let us organise your activity for your team or group of friends.

Awards and Recognitions

Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor

Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor 2014
Certificate of Excellence, Winner 2015
Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor 2016
Majjistral Park Tripadvisor
Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor 2018
Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor 2019