Here are some of the points I consider to be a must when visiting Malta.
- Invest a day of your trip to walk without hurry through the beautiful capital of Malta, Valletta. Go around with the tourist train that is fun and gives you an overview of the city. Must do: wear comfortable shoes, have a ice cream at Amorino, see the museums and save some time to be amused by the St John’s Co-Cathedral, is stunning!
- Attend one of the many religious parties that happens on the streets of all cities of Malta and marvel yourself with the fireworks, listen to the bands playing fanfares, be delighted by the typical food, buy some crafts, drink the delicious Maltese wine while become familiar with the rich and ancient Maltese culture.
- Go to the temples in the south of the island: Hagar Qim, Mnajdra and Tarxien (this is in Paola City) and feel part of the history!
- Go to Popeye Village, which is the original set movie starring Robin Williams and became a theme park. Admission includes a drink and a lovely boat ride. Tip: they have discount for students!
- Enjoy the night in Paceville in St Julians. It’s worthy to get to know the places, have some drinks and get to know the diversity of clubs on this trendy place.
- Go to Mosta, see the replica of the bomb that didn’t explode during the war.
- Beach, beach and more beach: yes, most beaches in Malta are with stones instead of sand and it asks you 2 basic cares: a towel to sit more comfortably and I also recommend you to buy one rubber slipper so you do not hurt or burn your feet. You can find it everywhere and the average price is € 8. But, in Malta there are also delicious sandy beaches such as St George’s Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha (also known as Riviera), Golden Bay, Paradise Bay and Little Armier Bay (my favorite).
- See the sunset at Dingli Cliffs: gather some friends and go for a picnic while you watch the sun resting. The tip here is to bring a towel to sit on and a sweater because the place is loud and usually quite windy.
- Visit Marsaxlokk village on Sunday, which is when there is a flea market where you can find articles of Maltese culture, honey and freshly baked fish, very good restaurants and crafts. I recommend you to take the boat in Sliema for the ride gets even more interesting and you can take amazing pictures of Malta, while sailing in the Mediterranean!
- For those who likes to walk, Malta has many great paths for trekking and one of the nicest in my opinion, is the Watch Towers Walk! You will walk about 15 km and will see places like the Red Tower and the Immaculate Conception Chapel, a chapel that was built in 1961 to replace the previous, built in the late 19th century in deep end.
- Blue Grotto for swimming (it has a beautiful canal where you can float in delicious ripples from the stone walls), diving (one of the most recommended places to practice) and also to see some rare birds like Bonny (a shy and fluffy owl) and Nina, an African owl who loves to take pictures while flying from your arm to his caregiver arm. He does not charge anything for you “fly” with the owl but if you want to donate a few coins, they will be thankful!
- Go to Mdina, the silent city, at least 2 times: one during the day and one at night. Eat the chocolate cake from Fontanella’s Restaurant, enjoy the view on their balcony and if you are lucky to witness any event in Palazzo de Piro, do not miss for anything!
- Early in the morning, take the ferry and go to the island of Gozo to enjoy the day. Get there in about 30 minutes, take a tour bus (sightseeing) in front of the terminal exit and enjoy the beauty and charm of Malta’s sister. Mandatory stops here are: Azure Window, amazing rock formation that has even been films scenario, the capital of Victoria and Cittadella and the cinnamon sandy beach, Ramla Bay, beautiful!
- In Gozo, go see the Salt Pans in Xwejni, Zebbug. It is fascinating to see the formation of the numerous salt pools!
- The Blue Lagoon in Comino is one of the most amazing places that you cannot miss! Take a boat in Sliema and spend a whole day there. Tips: go there with a Speed Boat – besides going faster is funnier, take some snacks with you, but buy water there, to avoid carrying the weight of hot water!
Take the cell phone, camera, comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, towel, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen because the summer is already knocking at your door. Enjoy Malta with our tips!
Written by Daniela Kitz Aurala