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.
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.
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.
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
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. :)
Malta is an archipelago which consists of 3 islands (Malta, Comino
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
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.
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).
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.
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
On our last
Also on our
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. :)
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 volttype (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.