How To Spend Time On Malta & Gozo ~ Including Golden Tips!
Malta, a small island filled with big surprises!
The Maltese Islands (three in total) are located at the center of the Mediterranean sea and are known for their intriguing culture and rich history due to a succession of rulers, including the Romans, Moors, the Knights of Saint John and the British. They are also known for their beautiful beaches which are perfect for snorkeling or diving, and the superb sunny weather.
Malta is the biggest of the three islands, there are lots to see and to do here, the good thing is it’s very easy to get around.
Before we get started, additional tips for you to spend less and see more of this beautiful island:
Get the ‘Malta Pass’: Depending on how long you choose to stay and how many of the museums and attractions you would like to visit, you can choose a 1, 2 or 3- day pass. This pass gives free entry to almost 40 different attractions as well as a free sightseeing bus ride. For more details and applying for one: https://maltapass.com.mt/en/home.htm Also, aim to visit during the off-season, much better rates not to mention space to enjoy Malta.
There is not just one place on the island considered to be the best to stay at, it depends on what you’re looking for personally, good spots to consider are Sliema, St Paul's Bay, Mellieha Bay, and Qawra.
Valletta aka The fortress city is the capital. Following the siege of 1565 the Knights of St. John, a Roman Catholic order set out to build Valletta. It was called the 'city built by gentlemen for gentlemen'. Pope Pius IV vision was to build the city both as a fortress defending Christendom and as a cultural masterpiece. Valletta has been designated a World Heritage City and when you visit you’ll see why! It’s known for the many museums, palaces, and grand churches.
Top 5 spots to explore in Valletta:
Visit The Malta Experience: A 20-minute footage in 3D takes you on a fast-paced journey, bringing some of Malta’s finest history to life. After that cross over to visit La Sacra Infermeria, the Knights Hospital, it was the most revolutionary in Europe. A number of groundbreaking treatments were first done here, such as the use of honey to treat wounds,
Explore the stunning promenade of Valletta’s Waterfront.
Visit St John’s Co-Cathedral. The interior shows what the definition of wealth is. The ceilings paintings donated by grandmasters.
Visit the 16th-century Grand Master's Palace, once the residence of the Grand Masters of the Knights of St John.
Take the two-hour Grand Harbour cruise. You can take in the sights and cross over to neighboring Sliema.
Sliema, an easy breezy type city. It has a big commercial district and is very popular for its leading designer shopping outlets and restaurants. Walk down the seaside promenade, perfect for dinner with a side of sunset.
Taking the bus in Malta is easy & cheap with great connections to all cities. One way ticket costs 1.5 euros during the off season, and 2 euros during the summer season.
Take the bus to Mosta, home to the biggest cathedral in Europe! This church is 150 years old and was visited by the Pope.
From there it's a short ride to Mdina, the former capital of Malta.
Mdina is a lovely little town and it was one of my favorite day trips while on Malta. The true magic of it is the fact that you enter a world where it feels as if time stood still. This picturesque medievel town holds within its walls courtyards, hidden chapels, magnificent palaces, and beautiful architecture, it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage city. Start by visiting Mdina’s Cittadella, ancient ramparts and bastions. Walk through the labyrinthine of streets showcasing characteristics of Islam. From there continue to the Cathedral of Saint Paul in baroque style, it’s stunning! The second oldest building in Mdina is Palazzo Falson, it now serves as the Museum of Fine Art and Antiquities. It was the residence of Maltese nobles and displays the original decor of oriental rugs, antique furniture, and fine paintings. Take in the views from the Bastion Square and stop for drinks and bites at Fontanella; A lovely little tea garden & terras from where you can enjoy the views surrounding this old city.
Two MUST SEE additional places:
Visit the magnificent Blue Grotto: This a complex of seven caves easily accessible by local boat. The magic happens when the blue sky reflects off the white sandy sea bed under the caves, resulting in many shades of spectacular blue waters while the cave walls mirror the orange, purple and green colors of the underwater flora…Stunning!
Visit the local salt baths in Mellieha to check out how salt is made, the traditional old way that is.
Gozo is next on the agenda!
Gozo is just a ferry ride away from Malta and the best way to explore the island is by jeep. We booked a tour which was super awesome!
Gozo is a small and green island, Victoria is the capital. Visit the Citadella fort, the Ta Pinu church where miracles are believed to have taken place, don’t miss Ġgantija, a megalithic temple complex and of course, take a boat ride to see the ‘Blue Window’- a natural arch in Dwejra bay & the Blue Lagoon. Stop by San Blas Bay for some sun & fun.
Rent a boat and explore Malta from the water, it’s a different look and vibe you don’t want to miss! Take the ferry and spend a day in Italy ~ You can cross over to Sicily and Sardinia. A one way ticket will cost you 74 euros for an adult and 54 euros for a child.
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