Magic moments all in one Malta blog!

Magic moments all in one Malta blog!

posted in: BEACH BUM, CITY LIGHTS, Europe, Malta, Summer | 3

This rocky little island, and neighbouring Gozo and Comino, packs a lot of punch. Read this Malta blog post for my best things to do over a weekend short break.

3 THINGS YOU REALLY CANNOT MISS:

BLUE LAGOON | an aerial picture of this little gem bustling with sun-seekers is what put Malta on my radar, and it’s easy to see why the crystal clear waters draw the crowds. A beautiful spot.

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Check. Out. That. Water! Blue Lagoon really was the tourist trump card it promised to be.
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Go on then – one more. Don’t let this photo deceive you too much. It is pretty crowded.
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You’ll run out of camera battery at the delight that is Blue Lagoon | Comino Island

VALETTA | is Malta’s capital, full of baroque architecture and charm. It’s tiny with some great photo spots across the bays, and easy to explore on foot in half a day. Also check out: great local menu at Angelica or Ambrosia (which was shut at the time).

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Entering in to Valetta to admire the beautiful buildings and soak up the atmosphere
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Teetering side streets in Valetta: the protruding window bays give the illusion that everything is leaning in
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St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valetta surrounded by street cafes. Check opening hours if you want to look inside (Saturday last entry noon)

VICTORIA | didn’t stay on Gozo – Malta’s smaller and much less developed neighbour – but so glad we visited its gorgeous streets and old Citadella which offers panoramic views of the island.

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Far reaching views from atop the Citadella (ignore the obligatory European cranes and building work….)
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Calm and peace in Victoria’s walled Citadella

3 THINGS WORTH A SNOOP:

BOAT TRIP | spent our second of 2.5 days on a highly recommended tour (went with Seahorse) which meant a few hours on Gozo to check out stunning Azure Window, Ta’ Pinu church and Victoria, a loop of Comino plus the Lagoon.

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Waves smashing out of the hidden plunge holes and caves at The Azure Window | Gozo
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The National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu. Closed on Sundays, so didn’t actually visit.

GORDON’S BAY | one hugely redeeming draw card of Paceville (see below) is it’s strip of beach and perfect water. No doubt this wouldn’t be so attractive in the height of summer chavy-ness.

Roof top pool view which we discovered en route to the airport!
Roof top pool view which we discovered en route to the airport!

RABBIT | and all of Malta’s delicious cuisine, clearly heavily influenced by Italy and also North Africa creating tasty options on every corner – and not pricey either. Also check out: Scruples and Maltese Mama in St. Julians.

3 THINGS TO STEER CLEAR:

PACEVILLE | this small area has more than it’s fair share of trashy holiday island vibe. Luckily it’s all pretty contained, and also quite funny to stroll through feeling out of place sans mega heels and body con boob tube. Also check out: Be Hotel if you want a roof pool.

JULY & AUGUST | May was beautiful with clear skies and a regular 26 degrees; supposedly September and October have perfect water temperature. It’s not a big island so avoid the summer chaos.

BUILT UP AREAS | Parts of Malta have suffered from concrete-jungle over-development. Another time I would stay further out and hire a car / get the reliable buses.

1 THING I WISH I’D DONE:

MDINA | or Malta’s Silent City, was the capital until 1530 and is reportedly beautiful but we prioritised beaches and boats so just ran out of time!

AND KNOW THIS: 16th century Verdala Palace is the official summer residence of the President and only open to the public for the August Moon party – get your tickets!

3 Responses

  1. You’ve shared some really pretty photos! The Blue Lagoon has to be one of the best post card perfect places I’ve seen around Malta. Got to get my butt to the The Azure Window soon. 🙂 Much love xx

    • Thanks so much Carmen. Malta really is an incredibly beautiful island. I was very impressed! x

  2. Niczego sobie 🙂

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