There are three main access points to the park, from Zonqor Point, from the San Niklaw chapel area and from Ta’ Barkat in Xghajra. Should one be arriving by car, it is advisrable to park just outside the perimeter and walk at leisure within the park. If one is arriving by bus, the closest either board the Marsaskala or Xghajra buses. Malta Transport connects Xgħajra with bus number 94 from Valletta main station (alight at Church Street) and Marsaskala with bus numbers 92 (Żonqor) and 91 (alight at Marsaskala Dun Tarċis Agius Square). Be advised that there are no catering outlets or toilet facilities.
Unlike the UK and continental Europe, fields under cultivation in Malta are almost exclusively sown for vegetable crops and not used for grazing purposes due to the lack of grasses. Most of the fields in the upper tiers of the Inwadar National Park are tilled produce broad beans, onions, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, clover and wheat. Visitors are to respect the farming community and refrain from opening gates or enter fields without the owner’s permission. One can however walk through any public passageways that are sectored by continious dry stone walls on their both sides and indicate a thoroughfare.
The entrance to the park is without payment. There are no visitor information kiosks at any entrance.
Given that the Inwadar National Park has just been established in October 2016 and is on the same site that was used as an unofficial dumping ground for decades, it is advisable to have adults accompanying children at all times. Although some parts of the coastline are exposed low lying areas, there are a number of inlets several storeys high and which have no physical fences or barriers. There are also areas were glass or ceramic chards, and other streams of domestic waste, including the remains of household appliances can be seen. These are gradually being cleaned up methodically in accordance to the national park management brief.
This is subject to one own interests. There are parts of the park that offer a rich diversity of flora, and areas that have not been altered by human occupation or exploitation. The inlets Il-Ġolf l-Iswed and Il-Ġolf tat-Tafal offer areas of scenic natural beauty in the rock formations and turqoiuse waters. The numerous series of hundreds of salt pan complexes alongst the coastline also offer a close insight to our industrial heritage related to salt harvesting.
We are fortunate that, despite the substantial amount of dumping throughout the years, no trunking works for infrastructual services were ever made. However, please note that there is no electric power supply within the park so make sure that your mobile phone is well charged before going for a ramble.
Check the weather forecast beforehand. If it is going to be rainy, please note that there is minimal tree cover within the park and one is pretty much exposed to the natural elements. Make sure that you take a raincoat or anorak with you, as well as good walking shoes and are stocked with enough mineral water and food if spending the day. Take a walking guide to the area with you.
It is highly recommendable to refrain from foraging for wild plants within the park. Other than being given legal protection, they are largely inedible and may constitute an adverse effect if consumed. Malta’s largest mammal, the weasel (Mustela nivalis), has not as yet been sighted within the park.