An eventful and thrilling past has left Malta with a stirring story to tell. Now a treasure trove of heritage, charm and beauty, the islands offers something for everyone.
With a beautiful coastline, medieval cities, charming villages and picturesque beaches, a flight to Malta would be a wonderful treat for any traveler.
Malta for the culture lover
Malta is bursting at the seams with culture and heritage. Amongst many places of interest, Valletta and Mdina are the two must see cities as they hold the key to much of Malta’s history, customs and traditions.
Start off with a visit to the capital city of Malta, a unique UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a stroll down the pedestrian zones lined with attractive shops, colourful balconies, cafes, churches and museums. Valletta is home to the magnificent St. John’s Co Cathedral with its Baroque interior of frescoes and gilded sculptured walls. A visit to the oratory where Caravaggio’s most famous ‘Beheading of Saint John the Baptist’ hangs, is definitely a must.
Simply put, Mdina is a time capsule holding a world of heritage and culture within its fortified walls. The Medieval city takes you back into the past as the narrow streets and beautiful baroque architecture unravel a historical story. Simply ambling through the city will enable you to take in its charm and beauty.
Malta for the Beach Lover
A trip to the beach whilst in Malta is compulsory. Being an island, Malta is blessed with a long coastline and a wide range of beaches. With rocky, sandy, remote or popular beaches to choose from, red sand or golden sand – one is really spoilt for choice!
The vast deep shimmering sea of the Mediterranean always offers a refreshing escape from the high temperatures during the Summer. Beach lidos, open air swimming pools and colourful ice cream parlours line much of the islands coast line. After a day at the beach, take a stroll along the promenades overlooking the sea and enjoy a breathtaking view. You may be lucky enough to catch a heavenly sunset which fills the sky with beautiful pastel colours.
In order to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, head to a remote beach such as Paradise Bay, Ghadira Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha. These beaches are located away from the city centre and offer the most beautiful views and tranquil atmosphere – perfect for soaking up the sun.
Malta for the Foodie
One´s experience of the islands and its culture is not complete without tasting the Maltese cuisine. Hints of different cultures give flavour to the Maltese dish however it is the freshness of Maltese produce, the mix of colour and the blend of herbs which really makes Maltese cooking so appetizing and unique. With sunny weather nearly all year round and plenty of sea, Malta boasts of delicious produce, fresh fish as well as fine wines.
Be sure to take a trip to the fish market in Marsaxlokk on a Sunday morning. Here you will not only experience the taste of fresh fish drawn from Maltese waters but you will also get a taste of the Maltese culture. Visit one of the popular fish restaurants which line the coastline to really satisfy your taste buds.
If you’re not a fan of fish, do not fret. Malta boasts of delicious fresh produce as well as its renowned Maltese bread. Pop by a snack bar, kiosk or cafe and treat yourself to a typical Maltese snack known as ‘hobz biz-zejt’. This is fresh crunchy bread rubbed with Maltese tomatoes and olive oil and then topped with onions, tuna, capers and of course, more tomatoes.
Another traditional snack which will leave your mouth watering for more is ‘pastizzi’, a flaky pastry filled with ricotta or peas. These crunchy rich pastry parcels can be found at any pastizzerija sell at the very tempting price of 30 cents.
To truly experience the taste of Mediterranean lifestyle, take a seat at a snack bar, ask for pastizzi and te fit-tazza (tea in a glass) and you may be mistaken for a local.
After visiting numerous museums, churches and other places of interest, it’s time to put on your dancing shoes and experience what Maltese nightlife has to offer.
Visit Paceville, the heart of entertainment and the hub of social nightlife to get into the party mood. It is here where most young people gather to enjoy a night out. The town of entertainment is packed with nightclubs, cinemas, pubs, a bowling alley, as well as beaches to add to the feel of fun and entertainment.
Alternatively, a visit to the capital city at night is perfect for anyone looking to have a good time whilst avoiding the clubbing scene. Wining and dining in Valletta will take you to some of the most original, quaint and charming restaurants and wine bars on the island. Most of them are tucked away in Valletta’s narrow streets, taking you through bastion walls and old Maltese houses. The sounds of jazz bands, musicians singing, wine flowing, chitter chatter and crowds of people create a wonderful and unique atmosphere that is hard to find anywhere else.
A few days in Malta will leave you sun kissed, refreshed, inspired and definitely wanting to come back for more. Whether you’re in for a relaxed holiday by the sea or a trip full of parties and loads of fun, pack your bags and visit the island – You won’t be disappointed!