I will not bore you with the usual summer holiday story, about how I went away this summer and had the best trip ever. Well, I did… but I’m actually here to give you some tips in order to fully enjoy your holiday. Not going to lie, Malta was not our first choice. Everything was planned last minute: flights, apartment, everything. But the moment we arrived we were so thankful Skyscanner basically choose for us and sent us to such a beautiful and unique place. The country is a perfect combination of everything: you have the fancy City side, full of shops and bars, and on the other side, the adventurous messy part, where you can explore every beach on the island, hike and discover hidden caves.
1. Settle yourself in a city with good transport connections.
We had the luck to find an amazing Airbnb apartment (pics below) in Sliema. I would personally advise you to settle yourself here, because the city is a place you want to explore in itself, and you have all the busses, ferries and organised trip connections that you need. From the promenade you have an amazing view to Valletta, and a ferry to the capital will take you approximately 5 minutes. Sliema is also a good place to discover the real Maltese feeling, as most people in the area are locals.
2. Prepare a schedule! Don’t try fit too much in one day!
If you don’t plan a day before the exact map area and points you want to cover, you will fail into seeing everything you wanted to. Keep a full day for the Blue Lagoon and the Gozo Island!
Also, restrict yourself at one zone a day and explore all the important points around it. You can easily just go from one attraction to the other by bus or car. If you try fit too much into one day, you will find yourself mostly sitting in the bus, travelling between places, then actually enjoying the places. Enjoy each place to its fullest!
3. Rent a car or buy a 20 Euro transport pass (this will cover every buss\tram in the whole of Malta – worth it! )
Note: you can either wait 5 minutes for your bus, or 1 hour. Yes… 1h, we’ve been there.
4. IT’S HOT! YOU’LL BURN! JUST BUY SUNCREAM! CARRY WATER WITH YOU!
5. Always be prepared in your backpack with your swimsuit and a towel.
Malta it’s such an unexpected place, you can always discover a hidden beach, so it’s worth being prepared for a good adventure.
6. Don’t get fooled by all the people trying to sell you boat trips to different Islands or attractions.
If you make a bit of research on your own you’ll realise everything is a rip off.
7. Some places you should visit:
- Mdina: also called the Silent City. This place was also used as a film set for Game of Thrones, so all the true fans should gather here. While here, make sure you take lunch at the Fontanella Tea Garden: breathtaking view!
- The Blue Lagoon – Comino
- Valletta City: while here you should see the panoramic view at Upper Barrakka Gardens. For best dinning places go to Valletta Waterfront.
- Golden Bay Beach
- The Ghajn Tuffieha Beach
- The Sliema natural beach pools
- Marsaxlokk Village – Fishing village
- Popeye Village: we skipped this one because we found it a bit too childish but it can be a good experience for a family holiday
- Gozo Island
- The Three Cities of Cottonera: Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua.
- Birgu City: best place for late night dinner in the port
- Crafting Village: if you want to wonder hours through gold and silver jewellery shops, this is the place for you! The items are truly special and the prices quite low compared with other gold shops in Europe.
- The Blue Grotto
The Ghajn Tuffieha Beach
Our Airbnb xx