Sun worshipers should head straight for the gorgeous Mediterranean island of Malta. Here you will find more than 300 sunny days of the year, as well as rich culture and 7,000 years of history. I’ve teamed up with travel comparison website dealchecker to bring you 10 ways to have an amazing adventure in Malta, to inspire your wanderlust!
The country consists of five islands, Malta, the largest of the islands, Gozo, Comino and the uninhabited islets of Kemmunett and Filfla. The landscape on each of these islands is quite diverse, Malta has your typical Mediterranean landscape of rock, dry vegetation, and urbanisation whilst Comino and Gozo are very green with little development.
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Wander the Fortress City of Valletta
Malta’s stunning capital has lots of historic sights, cultural events, restaurants, parks and museums to explore. The Valletta peninsula is very small and is best explored by foot, wander down alleyways, seek out hidden courtyards and hunt down the most Instagrammable spots!
Make sure you visit St. John’s Co-Cathedral, this intricate 15th-century church is one of the best examples of Baroque architecture and is beautifully photogenic. You should also spend some time exploring the Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens, these relaxing and pretty green spaces provide a fantastic view of the grand harbour.
Other worthwhile sites in Valetta are the Grand Master’s Palace, an impressive 16th-century building located in Palace Square. The Grand Harbour is also a brilliant place to explore, with its towers, fortifications and bastions. It has a rich history and now caters to cruise ships, ocean liners, as well as having quieter spots for yachts and boats.
Dive in crystal clear waters
Malta has some of the finest diving spots in the Mediterranean, with gorgeous, aqua blue waters and incredible clarity. Take a trip to popular diving sites like Comino and Gozo to see amazing underwater landscapes, colourful marine life and shipwrecks.
Each dive spot in Malta has its own unique features and interesting finds. Some of the top dive sites in Malta include the MV Karwela Wreck in Gozo, Comino Santa Maria Caves, the Blue Hole in Gozo and the Blenheim bomber wreck.
You can dive unaccompanied if you are a certified diver and have a buddy to dive with, or you can learn to dive with one of the many dive centres in Malta. Make sure you do your research and ensure the dive centre you choose is licensed. Try highly recommended centres such as Dive Systems and Maltaqua.
If diving isn’t quite your bag, you can still experience the underwater seascapes of Malta by snorkelling at many of the pretty sun-kissed spots around the island. Make sure you visit the Blue Lagoon off of the tiny island Comino, the water is unbelievably clear and gorgeously blue. It is wildly popular with visitors though, despite the island being car-free and virtually uninhabited, so try and visit in off-peak months.
Feast on fresh fish dishes
Malta is a seafood lovers paradise! The island has a delicious selection of fresh seafood dishes served in gorgeous restaurants and sea facing cafes. In Malta, you can expect to find Tuna, Grouper, Snapper and Lampuki, a delicately flavoured white fish found off the coast of Malta. We had some amazing fish dishes during our time exploring Malta.
Some of my favourite fish restaurants in Malta are Barracuda, a gorgeous, restored 18th-century villa turned restaurant, Ocean Basket a modern chain serving sushi and sharing platters and Scoglitti Restaurant, a seafood establishment with incredible views.
Visit the Malta National Aquarium
Lean a little about local marine life as well as gaze upon all manner of tropical fish at the Malta National Aquarium in St. Paul’s Bay. It’s not a large aquarium by most standards but you can definitely spend an hour or two gazing at the range of fish and corals.
There is a glass tunnel you can walk through with shark and rays swimming above you as well as seahorses, tropical fish and Sea anemones, as well as local fish including grouper and sea bream. You will definitely get some colourful snaps for your Instagram account, just remember not to use your camera or device’s flash!
It’s a very modern aquarium but we felt there could have been a little bit more information provided on the various fish species housed there and on the aquarium’s research projects. The big upside is that cafe is stupendous for an aquarium, there is a gorgeous view of the water as well as terrace seating options with a lush sea view. You can have lovely coffee, ice cream, as well as choosing from a full menu including pasta, fish and salad options.
Have a whimsical day at Pop Eve Village
Only in Malta would you find an attraction made from a bizarre and universally panned 1980’s musical. Pop Eye Village in Anchor Bay has been constructed around the rustic and ramshackle film set from Popeye the Musical, which was filmed in Malta with the set constructed at the end of 1979. It’s a fun yet ever so slightly surreal day out in all honesty.
At Popeye Village, you will find a range of Popeye-themed buildings including Popeye’s Cabin where you can meet the man himself. Definitely make sure you bag a ‘Popeye selfie’, you want to be the utter envy of Facebook right? There are also various Popeye exhibitions and a Film information room.
Possibly the best part of the day is when Popeye and friends come out and have a sort of dance off in the middle of the village. It’s bizarre and wonderfully charming all at the same time. You sort of think to yourself, “is this really happening, maybe I had too much wine at lunch?’
If you aren’t perhaps a die-hard popeye fan there are other activities here, you can take a short boat ride, snorkel in the beautiful waters of the bay, or sunbathe on the Lido. There is also a snack bar, restaurant and a winery with spectacular views and the promise of a free wine punch. Without wishing to rain on your free punch parade, be aware that it is tantamount to a thimble full of rather sugary punch and you may wish to order a large wine to get any sort of booze hit.
Photograph stunning sunsets
There are some amazingly colourful sunsets to enjoy in Malta. If you are a fan of travel photography, make sure you bring a camera to get some awesome sunset snaps, for ‘the gram’. Some of the best sunset spots include Golden Bay Mellieħa, Mgarr ix-Xini in Gozo, Mdina and the Dingli Cliffs.
Pretty much anywhere near the coast is a good shout for a great sunset photo. Find a nice wine bar or cute cocktail joint, pull up a chair and watch the sun sink into the sea. Trust me, it’s a fabulously relaxing way to spend an evening.
View Malta by boat
One of the best ways to view the gorgeous coastline of Malta is starboard side of a vessel. Look out for the rocky coastline, forts, harbours, pretty bays and historic architecture as you cruise around on aqua blue waters.
There are many different boating options to choose from when you visit Malta. You could take an Island cruise, a trip around the harbour, a full day excursion to gorgeous Gozo that also includes time to explore the island. There are also evening boating options including party boats and sunset cruises, Get your Guide has a great range of boat tour options for you to choose from.
Sunday market at Marsaxlokk Fishing Village
The pretty village of Marsaxlokk is Malta’s largest fishing village and is popular with locals and foodies visiting the island. Fresh fish and seafood are available to buy from local fisherman and you can also sample stunning fish dishes in the local restaurants in this relaxing and pretty village.
Wander amongst the colourful fishing boats and browse through stalls of local products including jams, honey and a variety of souvenirs. Marsaxlokk also has a little rocky beach around 15 minutes walk away that is really lovely for swimming and snorkelling.
Explore Mdina, the silent city
Malta’s old capital has a long-ranging history and is full of beautiful and historic architecture. It is known as the silent city due to its calm atmosphere and its no car policy, except for a limited number of residents. It’s an extremely charming town with narrow, cobbled streets and a mix of mix of Norman and Baroque architecture.
There are a number of museums and historic buildings to visit here including the Natural History Museum, the Mdina dungeons, the Nunnery of St Benedict and the Chapel of St. Agatha. I would also recommend simply wandering the alleyways in search of hidden spots and interesting architecture.
Treat yourself to a fancy hotel
There is a full range of hotels in Malta, from budget options, apartments and luxury resorts. Why not treat yourself to a hotel with a pool or a fantastic seaside view, you are on your holidays after all! It’s worth thinking about where you want to base yourself whilst in Malta? Are you looking to stay in the Capital Valetta, or perhaps St-Julian’s or St-Paul’s Bay?
When planning your dream itinerary look at how you are going to reach your Malta bucket list destinations from your hotel, are you near a bus station? Will you be hiring a car? Or are you simply looking to stay in one place for your trip and soak up some sun? I personally love a hotel with a balcony so that you can watch the sun go down with a nice glass of wine at the end of the day. A nice swimming pool is also a great bonus. Use travel comparison sites to find the best deals on hotels and holiday packages.
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