Thinking of where to go for your next summer vacation?
Well ruminate this… think of a cool breeze hitting your face, after a warm (or rather, scorching) day out and about, the sunset in front of you as your toes dig deep into the sand
Getting ready for a big night out, partying at the coolest clubs after a light, sumptuous dinner
Sounds great doesn’t it? Malta, the teeny weeny island located in the middle of the Mediterranean, has all this and much more to offer. Whether you’re looking to visit for a week, longer or just have enough time to get a taster if you’re stopping off in an excursion from your cruise.
Here are a few reasons why you should visit the Maltese Islands…
Such a little island and you won’t believe how richly packed it is with tradition, culture, history, gorgeous scenery, shopping and most importantly – life. There is a certain zest for life, a certain buzz in the air; palpable as you walk through the bustling streets.
There are so many events going on during the summer months, from activities at the beachside (sandy or rocky, take your pick) to the wild nightlife and the traditional Maltese religious feasts which are a treat if you’ve never experienced them before.
There is space for everyone – if you want to wind-down, have a fun time – in Malta or the other islands of Gozo and Comino.
Rather than following all those guides, turning a vacation into a ticking-boxes exercise of spots and highlights seen, take the time to simply walk around and explore the islands for what they have to offer. Meet and get to know where the locals, find the spots hidden from sight…Malta offers the difference.
Make this holiday one that you won’t forget.
Things to know before vising the beautiful island of Malta
- Renting a car will make the experience more personal, but if you’re not in a rush there are various bus routes, hop-on hop-off or taxi services to get you where you need to be.
- Maltese drive on the left-side of the road and right-side of the car.
- Tickets for bus trips may be bought from the bus driver.
- Maltese and English are the official languages, yet you will also find people who will be able to speak fluent Italian, French or German.
- Many places accept (if not prefer) cash to cards.
- The ferry is the best way to travel between Sliema & Valletta, Malta & Gozo.
- It is good to note that in some localities the shops still close in the afternoons – the infamous siesta
- The best time to visit would be during the Spring and Autumn periods to beat the heat and accommodation would be more reasonable
Things to see and do in malta
If you’re interested in making the most out of your holiday and tapping into the cultural elements Malta has to offer.
The capital city of Valletta is always a safe bet, as it has a little bit of everything.
From megalithic temples to fortification and so much left by the Knights during their stay on the island.
There are various museums too.
This is a list of what you can find depending on which area you’re in:
- Valletta – National Museum of Archeology, The Palace Armoury and Fort St. Elmo, St. John’s Co-Cathedral (which homes Caravaggio’s ‘The Beheading of St. John the Baptist)
- Harbour Area – The Inquisitor’s Palace, Tarxien Temples, Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
- South – Ghar Dalam, Hagar Qim, Mnajdra
- Rabat & Mdina – St. Paul’s Catacombs, National Museum of Natural History, St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Gozo – Ggantija, Folklore Museum
Making your trip fun in Malta is easy. There are various outdoor activities you can involve yourself in. During the summer months, though hikes and tracks are popular the heat does restrict one. But there’s loads more to do. At the beach you can just relax and work on your tan, and if you’re looking to spice up your dip into the ocean how about going scuba diving, snorkeling, taking a yacht trip around the archipelago, or a session of stand-up-paddling (SUP).
There are various companies offering 3-day excursions on a sailing boat which will take you around the three islands.
Golden Sands, Riviera and Mellieha are the most popular sandy beaches in Malta. You can also walk from Golden Bay to Ghajn Tuffieha and to the next beach called Gnejna which is lovely and secluded. But if you prefer the rockier side of things then there is Sliema, Valletta and Bugibba, and various spots throughout Gozo. Dwejra and Ramla l-Hamra are very beautiful beaches you can find in Gozo. Comino (which has become a nature reserve) and its Blue Lagoon are idyllic spots to spend the day swimming in the crystal waters, exploring the coves and inlets.