My Grandad is Maltese and I have loads of family living in Malta so I have a really special connection with Malta , it’s part of my heritage. I have visited many times during my childhood and adult life. It’s such a beautiful island with so much to do and there really is something for everyone. Here is my guide to Malta , where to stay , to visit , what to eat and just generally enjoy what the island has to offer. I have included some photos from trips have taken over the years.
Where to stay ?
There are many different areas to stay on the island , here are three main areas that I have stayed at. There is something for every age and type of holiday.
I have stayed here many times over the years,even though is has changed a lot it is still such a fantastic place to stay. It has a beautiful promenade which you can walk along at night , sit on a bench and look out on to the beautiful harbour and see Valletta lit up at night. You can also get a boat over to Valletta in the day , such a lovely way to visit the capital city.
There is a good selection of bars and restaurants in Sliema. Loads of lovely restaurants to visit for dinner or lunch my personal favourite is a little traditional bistro Ta’Kris they have loads of authentic Maltese dishes but beware the portions are huge! A few British high street stores are located in Sliema and a new shopping centre. A variety of boat trips depart from the Harbour which are easy to book , the blue lagoon boat trip is a must. This area is great for families and couples , there’s plenty of family hotels and couple suited hotels and apartments to choose from.
St Julian’s Bay (San Giljan)
St Julian’s Bay is a buzzing hub for nightlife , clubs and bars. This is definitely for the younger or young at heart visitors. There are a variety of bars and restaurants to choose from and also an array of night clubs to dance the night away. St Julian’s also hosts MTV club nights and festivals in the summer months. Balluta Bay in St Julian’s offers boat trips from the harbour , which again are easy and reasonable to book. You can even go on a “Love boat” which is a romantic cruise. The Portomoso area of St Julian’s is very upmarket and there are high-class restaurants and beautiful yachts to be seen. There are many hotels and apartments to choose from here too.
This is a very popular resort again for families and couples. There is a huge choice of hotels and apartments here as well as bars and restaurants. It is a seaside resort with a long promenade which stretches all the way to St Paul’s Bay. The beach is not a sandy one but there are loads of spaces for sunbathing and it’s safe for swimming. There are many tourist facilities here for you to use and enjoy.
The best way to get around are the Maltese buses , they are so regular and also very low cost. You can get buses all over the island. There are many hubs which allow you to change buses if you have to. Have a look at one of the old style uses if you can they are full of character and how I will always remember getting around the island.
Many people hire a car in Malta it really is one of the best ways to see the beautiful island. The sandy beaches are around a 30/40 minute drive from the main tourist areas , but they can take around an hour or more by bus. It’s so much easier to throw all your beach stuff in the car and off you go.
Ferries and boats
There are many different boat trips to go on around Malta , I would highly recommend a few of these especially if you like swimming and snorkelling. There are Ferries to the two other Maltese islands Gozo and Comino. You can even get a ferry over to Sicily in Italy for the day.
There are taxis readily available wherever you are in Malta.
Open top buses
A lovely way to see the island and visit all the tourist spots and see the magic this island has to offer.
Places to visit
There are so many places to visit and see during your stay at Malta , here are three of my favourite things to do.
There are many beautiful beaches in and around Malta , you have the option of sandy and rocky beaches. The beaches are so clean and clear and the water warms up nicely in the summer sometimes to around 30 degrees. My favourite beaches are Mellieha Bay and Golden Bay. There is plenty of food available on the beaches ranging from cold to hot , their speciality Tuna rolls are just amazing and their ice creams are pretty spectacular.
The blue lagoon , Comino
This is one of the most stunning places I have ever visited. It’s easy to reach with one of the many boat trips on offer which are really reasonable and often include a meal on the boat. The water is crystal clear and you get to dip in and out of the caves in some of the boats. There are lots of opportunities to get off and swim and snorkel. You are surrounded by hundreds of beautiful fish and coral to explore.
The capital city of Malta is a beautiful city. Loads to see and do from bustling markets , boutique shops and amazing restaurants. The cake shops and stands are so yummy the smell hits you as you get off the bus. The narrow streets which lead down to the harbour are so picturesque and just stunning. Visiting Valletta is an absolute must.
Malta is steeped in culture and history. There are many ways to explore and embrace this including museums , galleries and architecture. The towns and villages allow you to wander and take in the culture.
What to eat
Malta’s cuisine includes a large Mediterranean selection.A large variety of pasta dishes , pizzas , fresh seafood and steaks. They do have their own specialities which include Rabbit stew which is just out of this world. The Maltese dishes are very rustic and also include fish pie and pastizzi which are Maltese pastries filled with ricotta or mushy peas. They do the most amazing Tuna roll with tomatoes and olives and this is a must try along with the rabbit stew.
Malta is very hot and dry in the summer with temperatures reaching 40 degrees or more. Autumn months are cooler but still reach late 20 degree. The winters can have some cold spells but are generally mild.
The Maltese currency is Euros.
Other useful information
The flight time is approximately three and a half hours. The time difference is plus one hour GMT and the language is Maltese and English.
No matter who you are a family , couple or single traveller I really do recommend Malta as it really does have something for everyone. Malta is such a friendly island and the locals will go out of there way to help and make you feel welcome. If you fancy looking browsing some Malta holidays you will be spoilt for choice.
All images are my own