October News & Annual Trekking Itinerary [Updated]

We’re in the last quarter of 2022 and looking forward to a fresh annual itinerary of local and overseas walks.

Current News

As I type this some of us are walking the 3-day Round Gozo trek (1st – 3rd October 2022) on behalf of Hospice Gozo. We are grateful that the Hospice foundation have asked us to lead this them and also grateful for Don Pace and John Darmanin who agreed to lead this trek. We’re grateful also for XirCammini members who have participated in this and other Hospice events this weekend. Let us keep supporting them in their very worthy cause.

We are also overwhelmed by the support that we have received by Regjun Punent, the regional association of local councils of the western region in Malta when walking the western region of the Universal Peace Walk on 16th September 2022. We will be walking the full Universal Peace walk in November 2022. In the meantime work on the signs continues. I also wish to thank Fr. Walter Vassallo ofm who is working on an app of the Universal Pleace Walk 1543AD. We hope to release this before the end of the year.

A special thanks also to Mark Mifsud for helping with finalising the accounts of XirCammini.

Oct 2022 – Sept 2023 Annual Itinerary

We are pleased to present you with the annual calendar of trekking. This has over 60 trekking activities, 9 of which overseas. More information on the overseas trekking events will follow in due course. We may also add a few more overseas treks or caminos as we further gauge members’ interest. With a few exceptions, we are streamlining our local walks to our customary Wednesday evening (19:00) walk and to Saturday afternoon (14:00). We have also included a few social events since these have gone down well in the past.

The overseas activites are:

  1. Trekking Fra le Vigne – Tenuta Regaliali & Palermo, Sicily (February, 2023)
  2. Camino Portungues (Mar/April 2023) from Porto to Santiago de Compostela
  3. Camino Portugues (April 2023) from Tui to Santiago de Compostela
  4. Pantelleria, (Early to mid-May 2023)
  5. Cammino di San Francesco from La Verna to Assisi (May/June 2023)
  6. Pollino and Sila, Italy – Trekking, Kayaking and Rafting (Jun/Jul 2023)
  7. Tochar Phadraig (St. Patrick’s Camino) and other Irish Walks, (Aug 2023), Ireland.
  8. Transumanza, Abbruzzo, Italy (Sept 2023)
  9. Camino de San Salvador from Leon to Oviedo, Spain (Sept 2023).

In Malta, in addition to the Official Launch of the Universal Peace Walk 1543AD (on its 480th anniversary) we will also walk the Victoria Lines again and also introduce a “Round Malta” over 3 Days. These local trekking events will be subject to prior booking since we would need to cater for transport and/or accommodation.

This is the updated full itinerary on pdf for you to download:

Onward and Upward

In the few years since registering XirCammini as a Voluntary Organisation we have come a relatively long way … and the road ahead is even longer and more exciting!

Introduction

From the original group (of less than 20) that walked the Camino Primitivo in May of 2018, XirCammini has grown to over 200 registered and paid-up members and a wider social media network of the XirCammini Community on Facebook of over 1,200.

We immediately started forging relations with like-minded, mainly, Camino and hiking organisations in Europe and also rolled out a robust itinerary of local and overseas trekking activities. In time we also became recognised as the local organisation representing the International Federation of Associations of the Way (of St James). As representatives of the Friends of the Way, XirCammini also provides Credencials and practical advice on various Caminos to all who request assistance prior to embarking on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. We do not profess to know it all. We are pilgrims helping fellow pilgrims on the journey.

In addition to pursuing Caminos in Spain, XirCammini was also the first international organisation to field groups walking all five Celtic Irish Caminos (61 Maltese walked the irish Caminos in 2019) and also the first international group to walk the Cammino di San Giacomo in Sicilia in 2021. Since founding the organisation we have walked, scouted or led trekking teams in Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Sri Lanka. Close to 200 people have joined us overseas on trekking experiences since 2019.

Committed to also putting Malta on the European map of faith-based heritage walks we started working on re-launching the pilgrimage of St. Gregory fromCitta Notabile ( Mdina) to “le terre di Santa Caterina (Zejtun) as mandated by Bishop Cubelles in 1543. Pro Pace Universali, or the Universal Peace walk 1543AD was again walked by XirCammini members on its anniversary date in March 2022 and shortly be available with waymarks as a self guided walk.

On the social well-being and charity front, it has become a Christmas tradition of ours to help inner-harbour families by collecting and donating shopping hampers during December. We have also assited other causes by leading charity / fund raising walks. We are grateful that our members participate whole-heartedly i nthese endeavours.

End of 2021-22 Itinerary: Hospice Walk

With only one overseas trek (Isole Eiolie) and two local ones (Selmun Sunset Walk and Universal Peace Walk Western Segment) to go, we will be concluding this trekking itinerary by leading a 3-day Round Gozo Walk in aid of Hospice Malta (money raised by Hospice Malta will go towards building much needed palliative care capabilities in Gozo).

We urge you to join at least one of the 3 events organised by Hospice Malta and to donate.

More information about registration and donating is available here. XirCammini is endeavouring to organise pre and post event transport as well as accommodation in Gozo for those interested in joining the 3-day Round Gozo walk that we are leading for Hospice. By completing our form you will be helping us. We cannot guarantee transport or accommodation for those who do not fill in the form. Please also note that to participate in the actual events you would need to separately register via the Hospice form.

I want to thank John Darmanin and Donald Pace who have offered to lead the walk.

The new 2022/23 Itinerary

I would like to share with you the upcoming local trekking itinerary for October and November 2022. The rest of the itinerary for Dec 2022 – Sept 2023 will follow shortly.

For October and November 2022 the itinerary is as follows. We will stick to the Wed evening and Saturday afternoon formula which worked well for us in the past:

DateCodeMeeting TimeNameLevel(*)Meeting Place
Saturday, 15th OctP16214:00Siggiewi / Tal Providenza Chapel / across valley towards Salib tal Gholja / across the ridge to Gebel Ciantar and the Bronze Age Grain Silos / down to Fawwara / back to SiggiewiModSiggiewi Parish Church
Wednesday, 19th OctP16319:00Birzebbugia /  Dar ta’ Pultu trail / Ta’ Kaccatura water reserovoir/ on towards football ground in Ghaxaq /Triq Telleritu / and back to starting point.EasySt George’s Bay, Birzebbugia (small parking place where boats are kept on land)
Saturday, 22nd OctP16414:00Bahrija / Bingemma/ Dwejra / Wied il-Qleghja /BahrijaModBahrija swings
Wednesday, 26th OctP16519:00Qrendi /Hagar Qim / towards Triq il-Wied / return to Qrendi.Mod.Qrendi Parish church
Saturday, 29th OctP16614:00L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha loopMod.Ghadira parking place, near the public toilets
Wednesday 2nd NovP16719:00Telgha t’Alla u Ommu, Naxxar/Birguma Victoria Lines towards Madliena looping back via GharghurModRoundabout at top of it-Telgha t’Alla u Ommu, Naxxar/Birguma.
Saturday, 5th  NovP16814:00Mgarr / Fomm ir-Rih / Round headland towards Gnejna / up to il-Lippija Tower looping back to Mgarr and Zebbiegh.Mod to hardZebbiegh Parish Church
Wednesday, 9th NovP16919:00Mdina ditch | Mtarfa | Qolla l-Bajda LoopModDomus Romana, Rabat
Saturday, 12th NovP17014:00Manikata Church Carpark / Pwales /Pilgrim Trail / Mizieb Valley / Majjistral / ManikataModManikata Church Carpark
Wednesday, 16th NovP17119:00Siggiewi loopModLimestone Heritage on the Siggiewi By-Pass
Saturday, 19th NovP17214:00Paradise Bay | Fomm Qammiegh LoopModParadise Bay Carpark
Wednesday 23rd NovP17319:00Gnien l-Gharusa tal-Mosta | Wied l-Ghasel, Burmarrad, Salini looping back to MostaModIn front of MCAST, Mosta  (opposite LIDL)
Sunday 27th NovP17408:30Universal Peace Walk 1543AD (28km walk (Registration required)ModCathedral Square, Mdina
Wednesday 30th NovP17519:00Rabat /Wied l-Isqof / Girgenti / Wied Hesri / Zebbug / RabatMod /hardDomus Romana, outside Mdina
Oct | Nov 2022 Local Trekking Itinerary

In respect of our overseas trekking itinerary for 2023, we still have to firm up the dates but can state that we will be having 2 Caminos in Spain over the Lenten and Easter season (March | April 2023) One of these will be the Camino Portugues from Porto (2 weeks), providing also a 1-week option from Tui. In May / June 2023 are endeavouring to run the Camino di San Francesco in Italy. We are actively working on putting in place routing, accommodation and transport requirements. There is already a strong demand for the Tochar Phadraig (Ireland) so we do not rule out walking this again. In September we are actively looking at walking the Camino San Salvador in Spain. We have had requests for other walks but we are still studying them both from an economic viability perspective as well as from a resources perspective since more walks would also require more persons to lead such walks and more resources to plan, organise and manage them.

Conclusion?

I trust the above provides you with a flavour of what lies ahead and we look forward to sharing this wonderful journey with you.

Members’ News Update (Aug 2022)

Introduction

We are in the midst of our summer overseas trekking experiences with Amalfi, Via Jacobi and the Camino Primitivo behind us and the Tochar Phadriag and Isole Eiolie ahead of us.

Overall it has been a very rewarding experience in terms of friendships and social interaction and well-being, in addition to the obvious benefits of physical exercise.

We also continue to see growth in paid/registered members. This will help support our initiatives, particularly the Universal Peace Walk. We are also experiencing growth in our social media membership which means XirCammini continues to get noticed even internationally.

Local and Overseas Walks (Upcoming)

This is the link to upcoming events locally and overseas.

I wish to reiterate that – unless specifically listed as such – XirCammini events are only open to XirCammini members.

The following table is a summary of the events between now and October. More information will be provided shortly in respect of the Round Gozo where XirCammini has been requested to assist the Hospice Movement. XirCammini members are encouraged to participate and to donate:

Aug – Oct 2022 Itinerary

For those joining us on the Tochar Phadraig (from next weekend) or in the Eiolie Treks (Sept) and who have not yet collected their XirCammini teeshirts (and shells in the case of the Tochar) during the ‘Blessing of the Shells’ event, you still have a chance to do so during the walk of Wednesday 10th August. We hope to see you “Taht it-Tinda” in Buskett from where the walk will start at 19:00. I’ll be there early to distribute the teeshirts and shells. Thanks.

Camino Primitivo

For Tucc and I, the Camino Primitivo holds a special place in our heart.

It was during this Camino in 2018 that we became grandparents for the first time. It is also the Camino in which XirCammini was conceived. This time, 2022, a return to the Camino Primitivo has also provided a new “lamp to our feet and light to our path” in more ways than one. We hope to be able to share more exciting news shortly with members from initiatives started during this Camino.

A Camino is a microcosm of life and therefore not without its challenges, frustrations and heartaches. However this Camino has, above all, blessed us with several, very positive, experiences as we shared the Way with like-minded brothers and sisters.

We were particularly blessed with the often personal, emotionally or spitirually uplifting experiences that hikers shared along the walk.

It also helped reinforce the seminal believe that challenges make the journey more remarkable.

We also want to thank the group for the beautiful gift which, along with the titular icon of St. James painted by Tiziana last year, will be a valuable addition to the XirCammini chapel project when it materialises later on this year.

Tochar Phadraig

A return to County Clare and County Mayo is also one that has been on the books for a while.

We will be blessed with the addition of Irish Pilgrims who will join us on some of our walks.

The Cliffs of Moher, the Abbey, the Reek, the Chapel on Croagh Phadriag, Lough Carra … await us.

Teeshirts and XirCammini branded Outdoor Clothing

We have distributed teeshirts and caps for persons who have joined our overseas walks this year.

Many members have asked whether they can order more teeshirts, caps, gillets, etc. We will be organising a walk and a stop at the store for members to order (and pay in store) so that we submit a bulk order for printing.

More details on this to follow. It is likely to be on a Saturday afternoon in mid-October. We’ll provide a date shortly after confirming with the store an afternoon when they can make themselves available exclusively for us.

Universal Peace Walk Update

Work on the Universal Peace Walk continues. We will shortly be printing emblems and signs that need to be fixed to the waymarks. I will also shortly be contacting those who offered to donate some of their time.

We also had very productive meetings with the local councils at regional level and we will shortly be holding a pilot walk (Mdina to Zurrieq) with representatives of the local councils. The pilot walk will be open to members and non-members in order to further publicise this project. More information about the Universal Peace Walk is available here.

Once launched, we hope that this will be the first of many that brings in more faith tourism to the island and that puts Malta on the cultural hiking map of Europe.

Membership

As stated earlier, all existing memberships have been extended until December, when we will be issuing a renewal notice to all members. Therefore, we ask members not to send in membership fees until we tell you to. Those who have, we will adjust when we issue the notices. Between now and Dec we only expect fees from newly registered members.

Paid up/ registered members are approaching the 250 mark whereas social media members on the XirCammini Facebook community now exceed 1,200. Thank you.

Thank you

I conclude my thanking you all for your continued support. It’s your positive energy that sustains XirCammini. Thank you.

Pasta Night

As mentioned in the latest newspiece we are having a Pasta Night on the 15th July after the Blessing of the Shells for the Camino Primitivo and the Tochar Phadraig. Evening mass is generally at 18:30; so the Pasta Night can start by 19:30. The event is open to all XirCammini members, their spouses, partners, friends etc (not just for those embarking on the Caminos). It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other better and to enjoy each others company.

We will also be distributing the Universal Peace Walk certficates on that evening.

Cost is 15 Euros for Pasta and water. Feel free to bring own wine, beer or soft drinks.

To help us manage logisitics and food requirements can you please fill in the form below:

All sauces will be lactose/dairy free.

Trek | Swim | |Travel

Valle delle Ferriere, Amalfi

Updated Itinerary

We are updating the itinerary to include our Q3-2022 events.

These are the upcoming events between the end of June and the end of August 2022 in the run up of the last overseas trek for this summer – Isole Eiolie from the 7th to the 14th of September 2022:

For the trek and swim of the 25th June 2022, we can all bring some fruit, nibbles, wine or soft drinks to share after the trek. We can leave these in the car next to Selmun Palace and – those who wish to hang around afterwards – we can spend some time together after enjoying the trek and swim. Those intending to swim, please bring a drybag so that we attempt to cross to the Gzejjer ta San Pawl jelly fish permitting.

In addition to the above calendar of events, we will still be adding other mid-week evening walks like the ones led by Don and John recently. These will be uploaded by them on the XirCammini Group on Facebook. The next one should be on Thursday 30th June since Wednesday is a feast-day. Check the XirCammini Group on Facebook for more information.

Blessing of the Shells | Overseas Caminos

On Friday 15th July we will be celebrating mass and blessing of the shells for the Camino Primitivo, Spain and the Tochar Phadraig, Ireland. Followinig mass we will have a Pasta Night get-together (more information to follow), This event is open to all XirCammini members and their spouses, partners and friends. We will also be distributing the Universal Peace Walk Certificates during this social evening.

On 18th July some of us will embark on the Camino Primitivo and on the 14th August on the Tochar Phadraig,

Our last overseas trek for the Summer season will be the Isole Eiolie.

Photo Competition

Have you walked or are you walking the Camino de Santiago (any route) during the Jubilee Years 2021 or 2022?

XirCammini is running a photo competition to collect photos from pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago during the Jubilee Years 2021 or 2022 for a XirCammini Calendar 2023.

In addition to the pleasure of having a photo featured in a 2023 Calendar a Euros 50 voucher will be gifted to each winning entry selected for the Calendar.

The closing date of submissions is November 20th, 2022:

please add international prefix preceded by +
Please add a description (or location) of each photo
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 5 files.
Please upload a maximum of 2 photos (10 Euros) or 5 photos (20 Euros) from your Camino Experience. The closing date is the last Sunday of the Iiturgical year 2022 (i.e. 20th November 2022).

Please note that payments will only be accepted via electronic transfer to the XirCammini bank account. We are not accepting cheque or cash payments. When settling, please also add your name and write Photo Competition in the payment reference field.

Many are familiar with mobile and Revolut payments. These are still possible modes of payment to our bank account. For example, with Revolut one just has to follow these simple instructions: For Revolut users: tap ‘Payments’ → ‘Transfers’ → ‘Send’ → ‘+ New’ → ‘Add a bank recipient’. You’ll be asked to add the bank transfer details. In this case these are name: XirCammini Bank: APS Bank, Address: you can input just Malta if requested. The important thing to input is the IBAN number: MT43APSB77013000000042921110018

Still More May 2022 News (Updated 17th May)

I’m pleased to update you on membership news and activities.

Universal Peace Walk 1543AD | Volunteers

I want to thank all of those who put their names forward as volunteers to assist in the Universal Peace Walk 1543AD effort. We will be in touch with you later on in June to start working on the project together in July.

I’m pleased to inform you that the local councils have also, in the main, responded positively and we have meetings scheduled with most of them who are on the route.

I am conscious that we have missed the date to distribute the Universal Peace Walk  certificates since these were delivered after the social event. We’ll plan another event towards the end of June (or merge it with our end of season trek and swim event) to distribute the certificates as well.

Overseas Treks | Food Intolerance & Teeshirt Size Form

Amalfi (June 2022), Camino Primitivo (Jul / Aug 2022) and the Tochar Phadriag (Irish Camino, Aug 2022) are fully booked. All those who are coming are in the respective WhatsApp Group.

Those who have not yet settled their dues please do so by internet banking to XirCammini (IBAN: MT43APSB77013000000042921110018). For those who prefer to settle by mobile banking or Revolut, it is also possible to direct your payment to the said IBAN number (the process is explained under the Membership section below). Please quote your name and what you are paying (e.g. Joe Borg Amalfi) in the payment reference box so that we can allocate the payment. Thanks.

Can the participants of each of these event please fill in the attached forms?:

Amalfi:

Primitivo

Tochar Phadraig (Irish Camino)

By early June we will also be finalizing and reverting on the Isole Eiolie treks of September.

Local Treks Itinerary

This is the itinerary until the end of May:

Wed 18th MayP14619:00Rabat loop/ Rabat / Wied Hazrun/ Dingli Cliffs / RabatModDominican Priory in Rabat
Saturday 21st MayP14714:00Mellieha / Selmun Palace / down path to Mistra Bay/ along coast facing St Paul Island/clay slopes/Mgiebah Bay/ up to MelliehaModWellbees supermarket (ex-Bellevue), Mellieha
Wed 25th MayP14819:00Wied Qannotta loop/ into valley behind Scotts/ left up to small chapel/ on to ridge/ turn on to rd/ turn L/ then sharp L in from Castello dei Baroni/…Mod.Scotts supermarket /Burmarrad
Saturday 28 MayP14916:00Siggiewi / Salib tal Gholja / Gebel Ciantar / Bronze Age Silos/Fawwara/Mt Carmel Chapel/Tal Providenza Chapel /SiggiewiModSiggiewi Parish Church

In early June we do not have walks because some of us will be travelling to Amalfi. We will write to you again before we meet for our final Trek (and Swim) for the season.

Membership Dues

As you are aware membership is split between a June and a December tranche. The June tranche is coming up for renewal.

Regrettably Din L-Art Helwa are increasing their fees in 2022 and, as a result, we will not be contributing our membership towards din the l-Art Helwa Foundation since XirCammini will not be increasing its fees. We will maintain the Euros 20 per person per annum.

The following are the changes with respect to membership:

  • All memberships due in June will be automatically extended to December 2022 at no extra fee. All memberships will expire/ be due in December.
  • The annual fee will remain Euros 20 per person.
  • It will no longer be tied to Din L-Art Helwa membership. The cards you have are valid until expiry, New cards will be issued for all members in December 2022.

Another very important change is that we will no longer be accepting cash or cheques whether for membership or for any activities that we have. All payments must be submitted via internet banking.

Many are familiar with mobile and Revolut payments. These are still possible modes of payment to our bank account. For example, with Revolut one just has to follow these simple instructions: For Revolut users: tap ‘Payments’ → ‘Transfers’ → ‘Send’ → ‘+ New’ → ‘Add a bank recipient’. You’ll be asked to add the bank transfer details. In this case these are name: XirCammini Bank: APS Bank, Address: you can input just Malta if requested. The important thing to input is the IBAN number: MT43APSB77013000000042921110018

Similar instructions apply for other mobile banking devices such as APS Bank.

The reason why we are adopting this approach is because it reduces the risk of human error and delays in processing payment. Above all, payments processed through a single electronic source also greatly improve governance. As an NGO we are audited and this improves our diligence processes without imposing a strain on our volunteer resources.

Photo Competition

As advised earlier we are running a photo competition to collect photos from pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago during the Jubilee Years 2021 or 2022 for a XirCammini Calendar 2023. In addition to the pleasure of having a photo featured in a 2023 Calendar a Euros 50 voucher will be gifted to each winning entry selected for the Calendar.

The closing date of submissions is November 20th, 2022:

please add international prefix preceded by +
Please add a description (or location) of each photo
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 5 files.
Please upload a maximum of 2 photos (10 Euros) or 5 photos (20 Euros) from your Camino Experience. The closing date is the last Sunday of the Iiturgical year 2022 (i.e. 20th November 2022).

More May 2022 News (Updated)

I’m pleased to update you on membership news and activities.

Universal Peace Walk 1543AD

I’m pleased to inform you that work on the walk continues unabated. The waymarks have been delivered and shortly we will be adding signs and emblems to the waymarks.

If anyone can spare a few hours this summer to help us with fixing emblems and other tasks around assembling the Unversal Peace Walk waymarks please reach out on information@XirCammini.org.

The certificates for the first group Camino (12th March 2022) have been received from the Archbishop’s Curia, signed by H.E. Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna. Discussions continue with the Archbishop’s Curia to work closely together on the Universal Peace Walk 1543 AD.

We will also pursue discussions with the local councils to consolidate their involvement in this endeavour.

Overseas Treks

Amalfi (June 2022) and Camino Primitivo (Jul / Aug 2022) are fully booked. There are still some spaces available on the Celtic Camino – Tochar Padraig (Aug 2022) and Isole Eiolie (Sept 2022). We will shortly (before the end of May ) be writing to those who have expressed interest (and or have booked the flights/paid deposits) for the Tochar Padraig (Ireland) as we are finalising the program this week with Ballintuber Abbey. Thank you for your patience.

By early June we will also be finalizing and reverting on the Isole Eiolie treks of September.

Local Treks Itinerary

This is the itinerary of local treks until the end of June 2022. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, 7th May 2022.

This week we have the following two walks. Please note that the Gozo walk has been changed from the 7 hills to a slightly more moderate walk from Mgarr Quay to Dahlet Qorrot in view of the fact that the weather is expected to be relatively warm. We will then either loop back to Mgarr or to Rabat and take public transport to the Quay.

ed 11th MayP14419:00Xemxija/out to Majjistral Park and straight out to Cliffs (structure on 4 columns)/ Znuber Tower/rd down and path on Left/ straight back / cross valley/ on to rd tp oldest carob tree and bee hives/ XemxijaModXemxija  (near kiosk)
Saturday 14th MayP1458:30Mgarr – Dahlet Qorrot Coastal LoopModMgarr quay, Gozo

Tucc and I will be waiting for you in Mgarr, Gozo, terminal for a 08:30 a.m. start. We suggest that you take either the 07:30 a.m. or 08:00 a.m. ferry crossing. Regrettably we would not be able to wait for anyone who misses either ferry and comes up with a later one. We endeavour to be back in the Mgarr port 16:00ish.

Membership Dues

As you are aware membership is split between a June and a December tranche. The June tranche is coming up for renewal.

Regrettably Din L-Art Helwa are increasing their fees in 2022 and, as a result, we will not be contributing our membership towards din the l-Art Helwa Foundation since XirCammini will not be increasing its fees. We will maintain the Euros 20 per person per annum.

The following are the changes with respect to membership:

  • All memberships due in June will be automatically extended to December 2022 at no extra fee. All memberships will expire/ be due in December.
  • The annual fee will remain Euros 20 per person.
  • It will no longer be tied to Din L-Art Helwa membership. The cards you have are valid until expiry, New cards will be issued for all members in December 2022.

Another very important change is that we will no longer be accepting cash or cheques whether for membership or for any activities that we have. All payments must be submitted via internet banking.

Many are familiar with mobile and Revolut payments. These are still possible modes of payment to our bank account. For example, with Revolut one just has to follow these simple instructions: For Revolut users: tap ‘Payments’ → ‘Transfers’ → ‘Send’ → ‘+ New’ → ‘Add a bank recipient’. You’ll be asked to add the bank transfer details. In this case these are name: XirCammini Bank: APS Bank, Address: you can input just Malta if requested. The important thing to input is the IBAN number: MT43APSB77013000000042921110018

Similar instructions apply for other mobile banking devices such as APS Bank.

The reason why we are adopting this approach is because it reduces the risk of human error and delays in processing payment. Above all, payments processed through a single electronic source also greatly improve governance. As an NGO we are audited and this improves our diligence processes without imposing a strain on our volunteer resources.

Photo Competition

As advised earlier we are running a photo competition to collect photos from pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago during the Jubilee Years 2021 or 2022 for a XirCammini Calendar 2023. In addition to the pleasure of having a photo featured in a 2023 Calendar a Euros 50 voucher will be gifted to each winning entry selected for the Calendar.

The closing date of submissions is November 20th, 2022.

Interested persons are requested to complete the following form and submit their photos by or before the 20th November 2022:

please add international prefix preceded by +
Please add a description (or location) of each photo

Camino Photos

Please upload a maximum of 2 photos (10 Euros) or 5 photos (20 Euros) from your Camino Experience. The closing date is the last Sunday of the Iiturgical year 2022 (i.e. 20th November 2022).

Good Friday Walk | Smiling with Jerome

Our Christmas Initiative – where we collect goodie baskets for inner harbour areas – has gained ground and helps many families every year, thanks to your generosity.

We have also always had (except for the Covid-19 lockdown period) a Good Friday walk that served as a morning of quiet recollection while still connecting with our circle of friends and trekking buddies. This year we intend to walk again on Good Friday – and also add a touch of generosity and positivity to it.

We will be teaming up with Smiling for Jerome and on the day of the walk members from the foundation will be collecting your donations. These go towards the work that they do with true heroes that walk with us in our everyday life.

Jerome’s mission is to put a smile on everyone’s face. The Foundation takes care of a closed group called TRUE HEROES across Malta and Gozo. This currently consists of around 425 members. The majority are parents whose children have serious illness (including cancer), acute disabilities, or special needs. Many of these children have life threatening conditions which have no cure available.

Smiling with Jerome Foundation volunteers undertake this work with a lot of love and without any salary, proving to the world that from thorns grow roses. And, we are all enriched by it. More information about Smiling With Jerome can be found here.

On 15th April, Good Friday, we will be meeting next to the Xarolla Windmill for an 08:30 a.m. departure. Please have your donations ready to hand to Smiling with Jerome volunteers then. We’ll walk through Carmel Street to the Zurrieq Parish Church where we allow 5 minutes for those who wish to visit the church. From there we’ll proceed through St. Catherine Street to Blue Grotto Avenue and cross over heading towards the Hal Millieri chapels of St. John the Evangelist and the Annunciation. From the Hal Millieri Chapels we’ll walk past ic_cimiterju ta’ l-Ars (a plague cemetary that has been lovingly restored by the Qrendi Local Council), Chapel of St. Katerina tat-Torba, Il-Gnien tal-Kmand (the Luitenant’s Garden given by King George III), Kappella tas-Salvatur (Redeemer Chapel), it-Torri tal-Kaptan, the Parish Church of St. Mary, Chapel of St. Anne, Chapel of St. Matthew of Maqluba and then we loop back to Zurrieq via the Sanctuary of Madonna tal-Hniena. The Mayor of Qrendi, Mr. David Schembri will be accompanying us on this walk

We should reach our cars by 13:30.

This event is open to members and non-members. Join us and donate for a great cause. However, we kindly ask people who will be joining us to register, using this link:

We require registration for the wlak to be able to manage numbers in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation.
You can either donate in cash on the day. Members of the Foundation will be joining us. Or you can send your donations directly to the foundation,Smiling with Jerome, via Revolut or BOV Mobile Banking on 99872002 or IBAN IBAN MT30 VALL 2201 3000 0000 4002 5276 992

Q1 to Q3-2022 Itinerary (Updated June 2022)

2020 and 2021 have been have been unlike no others. Covid-19 has taught us to adapt and move on. It has also taught us to focus on who and what is most important.

While respecting health directives, XirCammini continued with its local walks, providing an avenue for people to meet socially and to exercise in the outdoors. In 2021 it also resumed its overseas trekking activities, walking the 850 km Camino Portugues, followed by Matera e Sassi and the Cammino di San Giacomo in Sicila. In between we also enjoyed the Gozo weekend, the Comino perimeter and the Victoria Lines. All in all 2021 has been a busy year.

As we continue to update this piece we can also mention the beautiful experiences we had

  • snow-shoeing in Nebrodi and Etna Nord (in lieu of Sila, Calabria due to a cancellation of flights). It was an amazing long-weekend break for the feast of St. Paul in February 2022;
  • on the Camino Ingles which we ran twice, in March and in April 2022;
  • on the Costiera Amalfitana in June 2022;
  • on the Camino Primitivo in Jul/Aug 2022; and
  • walking the Tochar Phadraig the Reek and Church Island (County Mayo) and the Cliffs of Moher (County Clare) in Ireland in Aug 2022.

The itinerary is a live document and we update it throughout the year. Local treks (other than whole weekend events or ones requiring transport or logistics planning) do not require booking. They are only open for XirCammini registered and paid-up members and all are asked to respect prevailing Covid-19 rules so as not to jeopardise the health of others.

Thanks Marie Louise Muscat Azzopardi for working on this itinerary of walks and for offering to leads some, Thanks John Darmanin for offering to lead the Wednesday Walks and thanks Don Pace for offering to lead the Saturday Walks. Thanks Tucc for the all round support in organisation and administration. Thanks also for those who stepped up to lead some of the overseas treks. This is our association and our collective involvement makes it richer, giving us all more value.

Amalfi June 2022

Q1 to Q3 2022 Itinerary:

DateCodeMeeting TimeNameLevel(*)Meeting Place
Saturday, 15th JanP11014:00Siggiewi / Tal Providenza Chapel / across valley towards Salib tal Gholja / across the ridge to Gebel Ciantar and the Bronze Age Grain Silos / down to Fawwara / back to SiggiewiModSiggiewi Parish Church
Wednesday, 19th JanP11119:00Birzebbugia /  Dar ta’ Pultu trail / Ta’ Kaccatura water reserovoir/ on towards football ground in Ghaxaq /Triq Telleritu / and back to starting point.EasySt George’s Bay, Birzebbugia (small parking place where boats are kept on land)
Saturday, 22nd JanP11214:00Bahrija / Bingemma/ Dwejra / Wied il-Qleghja /BahrijaModBahrija swings
Sunday, 23rd JanP1139:00Naxxar (at roundabout at the top of T’Alla u Ommu) / Sta. Katerina Chapel / down towards Ghallis tower/ back part of the trail and then turning towards Salini Hotel / crossing coast road to Salina salt pans and Salina Nature Reserve / towards Bird Park / back towards Naxxar.Mod.Naxxar  at roundabout a the top of T’Alla u Ommu)
Wed, 26th JanP11419:00Qrendi /Hagar Qim / towards Triq il-Wied / return to QrendiEasyQrendi Parish church
Saturday 29th JanP11514:00L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha loopModGhadira parking place, near the public toilets
Wednesday 2nd FebP11619:00Telgha t’Alla u Ommu, Naxxar…Wied Anglu…Wied Faham…Wied id-DiesMod to hardRoundabout at top of it-Telgha t’Alla u Ommu, Naxxar
Saturday, 5th FebP11714:00Mgarr / Fomm ir-Rih / Round headland towards Gnejna / up to il-Lippija Tower / towards Golden Bay but before reaching Golden Bay taking path back to Mgarr.ModMgarr Parish Church
9th – 13th FebP118n/aSila (Calabria) Ghiaccio e Neve3n/a
Wednesday 16 FebP11919:00Rabat loop with a starting warm-up in the Mdina moatModDomus Romana, Rabat, just outside Mdina
Saturday, 19th FebP12014:00Manikata Church Carpark / Pwales /Pilgrim Trail / Mizieb Valley / Majjistral / ManikataModManikata Car Park
Sunday, 20th FebP1219:00Gnien l-Gharusa tal-Mosta / Dwejra / Chadwick lakes / MostaModGnien l-Gharusa tal-Mosta, Mosta
Wednesday 23rd FebP12219:00Siggiewi loopModLimestone Heritage on the Siggiewi By-Pass
Saturday, 26th FebP12314:00Roman Villa / Mdina Ditch / Stazzjoni / Mtarfa / Wied l-Qlejja / Qolla l-Bajda / Dwejra Lines / Binhemma Lines / Wied l-Qlejja / Nigret / Rabat.ModRoman Villa
Sunday, 27th FebP1249:00Marsaskala / Xrobb l-Ghagin / il=Hofriet / St Peter’s Pool / Tas-Silg /  St Thomas Bay / MarsaskalaModMarsaskala Parish Church
Wed, 2nd MarchP12519:00Rabat /Wied l-Isqof / Girgenti / Wied Hesri / Zebbug / RabatMod /hardDomus Romana, outside Mdina
Saturday, 5th MarchP12614:00Bidnija loop / Dwejra /Bingemma Fort / Vivtoria Lines / is-Santi / past British Brewery(Strickland Hse)ModIn front of San Anton / San Andrea School at l’Imselliet
Wed, 9th MarchP12719:00West Victoria LinesMod il- Kuncizzjoni Chapel, limits of Bahrija
Saturday, 12th MarchP12808:30 – 16:00Universal Peace Walk 1543ADMod Cathedral Square, Mdina
Wednesday, 16th MarP12919:00Bahrija / Bingemma/ Dwejra / Wied il-Qleghja /BahrijaModBahrija swings
28th March – 4th AprilP130n/aCamino InglesModn/a
Tuesday 29th MarP13109.00Camino Ingles Trainign (open to all members) Rabat LoopModDomus Romana, Rabat
Thurs 31 MarchP132 09:00Fishtail: Ghadira, Ahrax, Armier, Marfa, Cirkewwa, Torri Ahmar Ghadira Mod
4hrs
 Ghadira Carpark
Sunday 3rd AprilP133 Round the coast of Comino Mtarfa or Cirkewwa quay
Wednesday 6th AprilP13419:00Marsaskala meeting at San Tumas Tower / St Thomas Bay / Xrobb l-Ghagin / Tas-Silg  / MarsaskalaModTorri ta’ San Tumas, Marsaskala
Sunday 10th AprilP1359:00Paradise Beyond Paradise Paradise Bay Car Park
Wednesday 13th AprilP13619:00Mgarr to Fomm ir-RihEasyCastello Zammitello on the road from Mgarr to Gnejna
Friday 15th AprilP13708:30 Good Fri Walk – Smiling with Jerome (Zurrieq – Qrendi Loop)EasyXarolla Windmill
16th – 23rd AprilP138n/aCamino InglesModn/a
24th AprilP139n/aRamblers Association Walk CANCELLED BY RAMBLERSn/an/a
Wed 27th AprilP14019:00Rabat /Wied l-Isqof / Girgenti / Wied Hesri / Zebbug / RabatMod /hardDomus Romana, outside Mdina
Saturday 30th AprilP14114:00Salina (ta’ Cassia Restaurant) towards Wied il- GhaselModTa’ Cassia Salina Restaurant / Chapel of the Annunciation ,Salina
Wed 4th MayP14219:00Birzebbugia / Dar ta’ Pultu trail / Ta’ Kaccatura water reserovoir/ on towards football ground in Ghaxaq /Triq Telleritu / and back to starting point.Easy about 2 hrsSt George’s Bay, Birzebbugia (small parking place where boats are kept on land)
Saturday 7th MayP14314:00L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha loopModGhadira parking place, near the public toilets
Wed 11th MayP14419:00Xemxija/out to Majjistral Park and straight out to Cliffs (structure on 4 columns)/ Znuber Tower/rd down and path on Left/ straight back / cross valley/ on to rd tp oldest carob tree and bee hives/ XemxijaModXemxija  (near kiosk)
Saturday 14th MayP1458:30Mgarr – Dahlet Qorrot Coastal LoopModMgarr quay, Gozo
Wed 18th MayP14619:00Rabat loop/ Rabat / Wied Hazrun/ Dingli Cliffs / RabatModDominican Priory in Rabat
Saturday 21st MayP14714:00Mellieha / Selmun Palace / down path to Mistra Bay/ along coast facing St Paul Island/clay slopes/Mgiebah Bay/ up to MelliehaModWellbees supermarket (ex-Bellevue), Mellieha
Wed 25th MayP14819:00Wied Qannotta loop/ into valley behind Scotts/ left up to small chapel/ on to ridge/ turn on to rd/ turn L/ then sharp L in from Castello dei Baroni/…Mod.Scotts supermarket /Burmarrad
Saturday 28 MayP14916:00Siggiewi / Salib tal Gholja / Gebel Ciantar / Bronze Age Silos/Fawwara/Mt Carmel Chapel/Tal Providenza Chapel /SiggiewiModSiggiewi Parish Church
7th – 12th JuneP150n/aCostiera Amalfitana e PositanoModn/a
Saturday 25th JuneP15114:00End of Season Trek, Picnic & Swim Selmun Palace
Wednesday 6th JulyP15319:00Hagar Qim !Wied Iz-Zurrieq | Temples Loop Sunset WalkHagar Qim Car Park
Friday 15th JulyP15418:30Mass | Blessing of the Camino Shells & Pasta NightTo be advised
18th Jul – 2nd AugP155naCamino PrimitivoOviedo to Santiago de Compostela
Wednesday 10th AugustP15619:00Dingli Laferla Cross Sunset WalkTinda Buskett
14th – 21st AugustP157naTochar Phadraig (Irish Camino)County Clare & County Mayo
Sunday 28th AugustP15807:30Ta Maria Caves Trek and SwimBahrija overlooking Fomm ir-Rih Bay 35.905757154203286, 14.339188562857379
Wednesday 31st AugustP15919:00Sunset Walk SelmunSelmun Palace
7th – 14th SeptemberP160naIsole Eiolie Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Alicudi, Filicudi & Stromboli
16th SeptemberP16116:30Universal Peace Walk (Western Segment) Mdina – ZurrieqMdina Cathedral Square
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1st – 3rd October P162naRound Gozo in Aid of Hospice (more info to follow)