Malta Travel Guide
If you’re traveling on a budget or love exploring islands, then Malta is the best choice for you. The island is located in the Mediterranian sea, south of Sicily. Over the past few years, Malta has become a popular holiday vacation. From ancient cities to beautiful dreamy beaches, Malta has it all. Because of its size, exploring the island won’t be that hard.
How to get there?
The easiest way to get to the island is by flight, which can be booked from most European cities. Once you arrive at the airport you can either use public transport to get to your final destination or airport shuttle, which you need to book beforehand.
How to get around?
The easiest and most affordable way to get around the island is by public transport. The schedule and prices might vary depending on the season. If you’re planning to use buses regularly, then buying a 12-trip ticket for 15 euros, is the best deal for you. If you're not planning to buy several day tickets, make sure to have some cash with you for purchasing tickets on the bus.
If you feel more comfortable you can also rent a car, but be aware that people drive on the left side of the road there. You won’t find an Uber there, but you can find a cab to take you around.
Some cities are also connected with coastal walks, a great way to explore the island a little bit differently.
The official currency is the Euro. Always have with you a mix of cash and cards. Most restaurants and big shops usually accept cards, but not always American Express. Cash can come in handy on the bus, some restaurants or cafes.
How can I save up money on this trip?
Malta is a relatively affordable destination. Airplane tickets and accommodations can be bought at a reasonable price, especially if you are buying them in spring or autumn.
The best thing about Malta is that you don’t have to visit it during the high season, from June to August. Because of the Mediterranean climate, which is characterized by dry summers and wet, mild winters, you can visit this beautiful destination even in spring or autumn. Avoiding visiting the island in the high season has also its perks, especially when it comes to busy beaches and towns crowded with tourists. I visited Malta at the beginning of November. The weather was still suitable for a t-shirt and some light sweater and umbrella.
What to eat?
Here you will find a mixture of the Islanders and civilizations that occupied Malta over the centuries. From different dishes of fish, cheese, rabbit, baked pasta to soups. For sure you have to try Pastizzi, warm savory pastries, usually filled with ricotta or mushy peas.
Things to do in Malta
Whether you love exploring cities or finding the perfect beaches, here are some ideas of what to do during your visit to Malta.
Blue Grotto was named by the British soldier that visited this place and compared it to the Capri’s Grotta Azzurra, which means Blue Grotto. The place consists of seven caves that can be found along the coast. You can explore it by boat or diving tours.
Get there early to avoid the crowd, the first tour usually starts at 9 am, but make sure to check at the tourist information. Being there early will get you some extra time to explore the coast.
The village is a purpose- built movie set, that was used for musical production of Popeye in 1980 and became one of popular tourist attractions in Malta. It can be a little more expensive than other cities, because of the entrance fee.
Mdina, the old capital and the silent city of Malta, has had different names depending on its rulers. For example, its medieval name was a noble city. It’s a great mixture of medieval and baroque architecture. If you plan on going to Malta, make sure this town is on your list.
Marsaxlokk: Malta’s fishing village
Popular for its open air market and good restaurants with fish specialities and walks around the coast and harbour. Don’t forget to take your camera with you, to capture the scenery of the traditional luzzo and large vessels.
Near the Marsaxlokk is also St. Paul’s pool.
Gozo and Comino
Get there by ferry, or book a private charter boat to take you there. Camino is mostly known for its beautiful Blue Lagoon beach. During the summer, Camino is a paradise for windsurfers, divers, snorkelers, and hiking. And in the wintertime, it is the perfect opportunity for photography and hiking.
Even though Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular attractions in Malta, and therefore usually busy with tourists, it is worth visiting. If you want to avoid the crowd, you can visit Santa Maria Bay, which is around 20 minutes' walk away.
It will take you around 30 minutes to get from Malta to Gozo. Gozo was said to be a home of the mythological Calypso, the nymph from Homer's Odyssey. The atmosphere is more serene than in Malta. Perfect place for exploring the beautiful coastline, diving, visiting well-preserved temples. One of them is also Ġgantija Temples, which according to the legend, were built by the giants.
They were built around 3600 B.C and 3200 B.C. and were discovered again in the nineteenth century. Whether you are planning to have a day trip to Gozo or to stay there for a few days, Gozo is a place to add to your list.
Whether you decide to visit Gozo or Camino, make sure to bring your sun protection, towel, and appropriate footwear with you.
Malta is also known for beautiful beaches, so make sure to visit at least one. The most famous are definitely St. Paul's pool, Blue Lagoon, Ramla l-Ħamra Mellieħa Bay, Għajn Tuffieħa and Golden Bay.