If you haven`t been in Malta this article will definitely made your mind to go there. I have been several times there. Due the beautiful scenery and lovely food Malta is one of my favorite places. Im coming always back to this wonderful island. Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. It’s a nation known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, French and British. It has numerous fortresses, megalithic temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, a subterranean complex of halls and burial chambers dating to circa 4000 B.C.
Things to do and see in Malta
Visit Valletta, Malta’s capital city: Valletta might be one of the smallest capital cities in the World, covering merely 0.8km2. But there are around 320 monuments, making it one of the densest historic and cultural areas in the World, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Taking a bus to Valletta is usually the most convenient option – all buses going to Valletta stop just in front of the main gate. In you’re coming up from the Valletta waterfront where cruise liners stop, you can walk up to the centre of the city or take a horse carriage for a more touristic feeling. Valletta can be fully explored on foot, so make sure to get comfortable shoes and a good camera!
The capital of Malta, Valletta, is attached to the military order and hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights of the Order of Malta. These were based here from 1530 until 1798 and left a large footprint as the network of spacious and neat streets and numerous monuments. Churches and palaces, museums and theaters, gardens and squares were almost completely preserved with their original features. The city has hardly changed since 1798 when the gentlemen left off.
We started the visit in the gardens of Upper Baraka from which we were offered magnificent views of the fortified cities against Valletta. The bad is that there was too much sun and it was difficult to get good pictures because they burned out. But I was delighted to have this good time. It was really beautiful to be there. We strolled through small town. I found it strange to see so many decorations but also very amusing.
A bus ride from Valletta to Marsaxlokk takes a little over 30 minutes, and trust us, it’ll definitely be worth your while. There’s this one road in MarsaxlokkWe visited the ‘three cities’ I mentioned above (whose size would suggest villages rather than cities), the third of which is actually our guide’s hometown, Cospicua. And I couldn’t quite believe how tourist-free the streets were. Indeed it was after the crowds of Istanbul, but I honestly felt like we’d stumbled across an as-yet-undiscovered beauty spot, and I probably should be writing about it publicly if it is to stay unscathed by tourism. I delved deeper with our guide Clive and made the link between the news that Valletta will be the European City of Culture in 2018 and all the improvement works, repaving, and the investment in tourism. In preparation for a flux of visitors in 2018, which in any case are a vital component of the Maltese economy, the entire country is being smartened up and renovated, and what they’ve achieved so far in the three cities looks stunning as far as I’m concerned. The good news is that small boutique hotels and guesthouses are popping up, providing some good accommodation options outside of the main Valletta peninsula. From the three cities, it is a quick €2.80 boat ride across the Grand Harbour and a lift up to Valletta. that has all the restaurants you could ever hope for, but we’d definitely recommend getting fish.
One of the most interesting tours for tourist is visit of the famous Popeye village . There you can meet some of the cartoon characters and to see in live how this fishing village looks like .
Gozo is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, one of 21 that make up the Maltese archipelago. Inhabited for thousands of years, it shows evidence of historic immigration and rule by the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Sicilians, French and British, among others. It’s known for its Neolithic Ġgantija Temple ruins, rural hiking paths, beaches and scuba-diving sites.
Accommodation in Malta
- Although it’s Malta’s capital city, Valletta is not as busy as you’d expect and apart from good quality accommodation and great restaurants, there’s plenty to explore in terms of culture and history. All bus routes start and terminate in Valletta, meaning it’s an easy place to get around from.
- Mellieha is a charming, quiet village in the North of Malta, with good options for hotels and restaurants and several smaller (sandy) beaches where it’s quieter to swim if Mellieha Bay (largest beach) is too busy for your liking. I recommend hiring a car if you’re considering staying here.
- Mdina (old bastion city full of history) and Marsaxlokk (a quiet fishing village on the East coast of Malta) are alternatives to consider as well, although you’ll definitely need to hire a car if you decide to stay there.
- Gozo (smaller island) is also an option to consider. Quiet, largely rural, yet offering several places to explore, it’s a charming place to stay. Although public transport is available, it’s recommended to hire a car here as well.
Most places listed recommend hiring a car. Since these areas are relatively quiet, driving won’t be nearly as challenging as in the busier parts of Malta.
Best places for families with kids
- Without a doubt, Bugibba and Qawra are your best bet. There’s a good choice of hotels around with pool facilities, a good selection of family-friendly restaurants and it’s a safe area. Bathing areas (artificial sandy beach of Bugibba and Ta`Fra Ben at Qawra) are child-friendly and you can board hop on hop off buses and boat excursions in the area. There are also a large playground, the national aquarium, a cinema and other places of entertainment around.
- If you’re looking for something a little quieter, there are a few all-inclusive resorts close to the beach at Mellieha you could also consider. Renting a car is recommended here, though.
Best place for nightlife and single people
If you’re looking for clubbing, pub crawls and nightlife, Paceville (St. Julian’s) is the place to be. If you feel adventurous or you’ve got your own transport, there are open air clubs located in the countryside (surroundings of Mdina and Rabat) that open during the summer months that are a must to party at.