If youâ€™re looking for a relaxing holiday which wonâ€™t break the bank, Malta is the place to be.
Dealing with the winter blues I was in search of an affordable holiday when I stumbled across Malta. To my pleasant surprise, the more I looked into this destination, the more excited I became about the trip. Malta, located in between Sicily and North Africa has umpteen options for relaxation, exploration and culture. And boyâ€¦ was I glad I went.
Malta is known for underground temples, walled cities, beautiful old towns with cobbled streets, coastal walks, islands a short ferry ride away, as well as food reflecting its Italian and north African influences. Need I say more?
Now letâ€™s get straight to the meat â€“ here are the top 5 things to do in Malta
See 5000yrs old underground temples
Whether youâ€™re a history buff or simply intrigued by mankindâ€™s many creations, these should not be missed. To see the most popular of them all, head to the Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni – an underground temple and burial chamber built 5000 years ago. Due to its archaeological significance, it is very popular so you must pre-book and reserve tickets well in advance which you can do so here: Heritage Malta
The Grand Harbour and the city of Valetta
Valetta, the capital of Malta is a pleasure to explore on foot. Its cobbled and narrow streets make every corner picture perfect with many restaurants along the way to satisfy your taste buds. One of the highlights of Valetta are the pastel coloured buildings. You can explore this part of town in a few hours and enjoy great views of the sea along the Grand Harbour.Â Â Make sure to stop by the fort and take a brief tour of the Upper Baraka Gardens.
Mdina & Rabat
This ancient walled city will take you back in time as you get lost in streets that have kept their medieval charm. Behind the tall walls protecting the heart of this town you will find churches, palaces and restaurants, making it the perfect spot for exploration and reflection. You will also be graced with spectacular views of the town.
The ideal place for some retail therapy whether it be fashion, supermarket stores or restaurants you are after. It is also lined with a promenade making it perfect for a leisurely stroll.
The island of Gozo
Your trip to Malta is not complete without stopping in Gozo which is worth you saving a full day for. You can get a ferry from Cirkewwa in Malta which will get you there in only 20 minutes.
Once you get there you will have multiple options whether it be to see the beach, countryside, museums or Azureâ€™s Window. I opted for the latter and had a total sense of serenity walking around and relaxing by the natural rock formations. Whilst on the hop on and off tour you can also get great views of Ramlaâ€™s Bay beach and also stop at Xlendiâ€™s Bay with the tiniest beach ever but still worth wondering around the rocks and the sea.
Another popular day trip is the Comino Island and Blue grotto where you can stop by the blue lagoon and caves. The beautiful turquoise sea makes it look like heaven on earth. I sadly couldnâ€™t go as it rained on the day Iâ€™d reserved for it but should you have the time, it should probably be on your list.
Other hint & tips
Food: La Cucina Del Sole was my favourite by far as I went there 3 times. The walk there was scenic and they serve delicious oven baked pizzas, with fresh ingredients and affordable prices.
Accommodation:Â Â I stayed at a really spacious self-catered apartment with lots of shops nearby called Rocca Netunno Suites
Transport: Public transport is extremely cheap at 2â‚¬ a trip so this was my main mode of transport. Alternative as there is a lot to see in Malta, if you do want to explore you can also get taxis or hire a car
Gozo trip: You can get a ferry to Gozo for 5â‚¬ from Cirkewwa and once there, opt for a hop on hop off day pass around the whole island of Gozo for 20â‚¬