Travel diary | 4 days on photogenic Malta

Arab names, Mediterranean climate, English buildings, Italian food, beautiful landscapes and picturesque streets … Welcome to Malta!

A couple of months ago my boyfriend and I decided to visit our Spanish friend Fran, who was recently relocated to Malta because of his work. Reuniting with an old friend while exploring a new country is something we really love to do.

Malta charmed us within seconds after stepping out of the airplane. It was so warm and sunny, even though it was almost winter already! As Malta is located only 80 km away from Italy and 284 km away from Tunisia it means that the island enjoys a warm climate all year round.

With the Meditteranean climate the island enjoys hot summers and mild winters.

Day 1:

Once we landed on Malta we firstly picked up a rental car and went exploring straight away. If you decide to visit Malta I would strongly suggest renting a car as it will give you the freedom to explore the sights you want to see on your own pace and you won’t have to depend on public transport. Just be a bit careful as driving in Malta can be a bit crazy sometimes, especially because they drive on the left side of the road which I really had to get used to.

First we decided to drive down south to the departure point of the Blue Grotto (blue cave) boat tours. As the season was low the tours weren’t operating at that moment, but seeing the beautiful landscape was already worth the drive. Not to mention that we had the place almost to ourselves, which I’m guessing is quite impossible during summer months.

Stunning blue water at the departure point of the Blue grotto boat tours.
My boys enjoying the views.

After that, we drove to Mdina (also known as Città Vecchia or Città Notabile), which is a fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta that once served as the island’s capital. Walking around the narrow streets of Mdina, with its typical architecture and name signs definitely felt like we were in a more Arabic place.

Mdina – you can walk around the whole area in less than an hour and you’ll have the feeling you are somewhere in the Middle East instead of in Europe.

After some sightseeing it was time for a little rest and dinner. And then the fun part started – experiencing Malta’s famous nightlife! Fran took us to Paceville which is a neighbourhood full of bars and clubs. Something for everyone’s choosing. :)

Malta is also famous for its vibrant nightlife – I recommend Paceville if you want to dance your night away.

Day 2:

The next morning we slowly checked out Sliema (the area our friend lives in), which is a very cute coastal town. After a nice breakfast we grabbed our bags and drove to the ferry terminal in Cirkewwa – it was time to take a ferry to Gozo! After reading so much about the island, this was definitely the part I was looking forward to the most. :)

Sliema – a popular coastal town, only 20 min away from Valletta by ferry.
Arriving into Gozo with a ferry.

Malta is an archipelago which consists of 3 islands (Malta, Comino and Gozo), and Gozo is without a doubt most beautiful one in my opinion. You might have heard about it as it was home to the famous azure window (it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra) which sadly collapsed in March 2017. The landscape there is still beyond beautiful and I can only wish I would have seen the actual window with my own eyes.

The place where the famous Azure Window once stood. The landscape there still looks breathtaking!
Amazing Gozo.

We rented a room in a very cute bed & breakfast called Rummiena, which was decorated in the Game of Thrones style. The building is actually a 200 year old farmhouse which is located in Xewkija, the first established village of Gozo. And we had it completely to ourselves. My boyfriend was even brave enough to jump in the pool with freezing water!

We rented a room in this awesome complex and since the season was low we had it completely to ourselves.
Game of Thrones vibes in our room.
This place is perfect for all the GOT fans.

Day 3:

After a good night sleep it was time to explore the island a bit more! We started off by going to the Cittadella which offers amazing views over the whole island.

Views from Cittadella – a complex rich in buildings of architectural, military and historical value.
Strolling around Cittadella.

Then we continued to Marsalforn salt pans, which is an awesome place for taking photos if you want to spice up your Instagram game (you’re very welcome).

Marsalforn salt pans.

After our little photo shoot we continued to the Ghasri Valley (Wied l-Għasri), a beautiful valley popular among divers. We took a short walk around the place trying to take in all the beautiful views.

Ghasri Valley – popular place among divers on Malta.
Stunning views everywhere you turn.

In the evening we drove back to Malta and grabbed a typical Maltese dinner at Ta’ Kris restaurant in Sliema. Some of the typical dishes include pastizzi, pies, rabbit stew, seafood dishes and Maltese pasta with their traditional sausage, sun-dried tomatoes and cream. I recommend to top your dish off with their traditional Bajtra liquor (we chose the one with cactus flavor and it was yummy)!

Typical Maltese dinner with Maltese- and seafood pasta and a rabbit stew.

Day 4:

On our last day we firstly visited Marsaxlokk, a small fishing village in the south-east corner of the island. It is known for its colorful boats, some of them have so called “Osiris eyes” painted on them which are believed to protect boats from sinking.

A small finishing village Marsaxlokk and its colorful boats.

Also on our last we finally visited the island’s capital city, Valletta. With its cute narrow streets, little shops and restaurants it can easily be listed as one of the most charming capitals I’ve seen in Europe (besides Lisbon and Ljubljana). We wandered around for a couple of hours, taking lots of pictures, eating pastizzi and drinking delicious Maltese wine. Oh, I simply love the southern lifestyle!

Valletta is one of the most charming little European capitals I have seen.
Cute narrow streets and photogenic corners can be found all over Valletta.
Only a couple minutes walk from the center we found this little shipyard with amazing views. And we (again) had the place completely to ourselves.

I’m super happy we got to visit Malta. Even though the islands are very small we still didn’t get to visit all the places we wanted to (we didn’t see the actual blue cave, Camino or Popeye village for example). Nonetheless, Malta is an amazing place, it’s a place full of contrasts and we are now recommending it to all of our friends as their next travel destination.

Now it’s your turn! Have you ever been to Malta? And more importantly, have you had a chance to see the famous Azure window? Let me know in the comments below. :)

Streets of Valletta.

Fun facts and things that are good to know before travelling to Malta:

  • Best time to visit would be during Spring and Autumn as it does get very hot and crowded during Summer;
  • The best way to travel is to rent a car. But beware that they drive on the left side of the road and that driving can sometimes be a bit chaotic;
  • The plugs they use are 3-pin 240 volt type (as used in Great Britain);
  • Even though the local language is Maltese everybody speaks English perfectly fine. The majority of the locals even speak a third language, usually Italian;
  • Malta was under different rules for most of its history (Arab, French, English, Italian) which greatly influenced in language, culture, cuisine and architecture;
  • Malta is 5th smallest country in the world but one of the richest with natural beauties and historical monuments on each corner;
  • For more information, check out Visit Malta official website.

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4 Comments

  1. Wow, this place is stunning!!! I love visiting places in low season, it’s amazing having places all to yourself 😊

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