Malta, is a beautiful Southern European country consisting of archipelago in Mediterranean sea. Beautiful and affordable to visit at any time. But the best season to go is during summer, so you can fully enjoy swimming in the Mediterranean waters.
where to stay
Malta is a small country, you can travel from town to town using bus or taxi or car rental. If you visit Malta for less than a week, make sure you choose strategic location to stay, otherwise you will spend too many hours in traffic.
if you like to stay at the very touristy area, then you better stay at Violetta. This town has main landmarks, attractions, shopping center, restaurants and beautiful port to visit.
My second best town is Sliema, located at the opposite of Violetta, Sliema is way cheaper than Valetta in term of accommodation. It is quite trendy area, with many bars, cafes, restaurants and shopping centers.
WHERE TO VISIT
Valetta is the capital city of Malta. It is also know as the European Union’s smallest capital city. The architecture of Valetta’s buildings ranges from mid-16th century Baroque to Modernism era. What I love the most about this town is the panoramic view of the Grand Harbour from the Upper Barrakka Garderns.
Sliema is a perfect town to stay when you are in Malta, if you’re searching for an affordable accommodation. The city is a major residential area and commercial area. You can enjoy shopping, hanging out from bar to bar, cafés, dining at the restaurants or simply walking at the promenade. Unlike Valetta, Sliema’s architecture is a mixture between old Victorian houses and apartment buildings built in modern architectural style.
A city in the Northern region of Malta, Mdina is surrounded by a fortress and one of a major tourist attraction in Malta. It is also known as the silent city because no car is allowed inside the city. You can get there by bus which take you to the bus station not far from Mdina gate. There are a lot of beautiful landmarks in Mdina, including Mdina gate, Greeks gate, Torre dello Standardo, St-Paul’s Cathedral and catacombs, Norman house and Pallazo Vilhena or known as the Museum of Natural History. Besides the Norman and Baroque architectures, you will be amaze by panoramic view from the top of the fortress of the city. My favorite place to see the panoramic view is from the tea-shop patio at Fontanella Tea Garden. Even the food was not that good, but the view from their patio is beyond amazing.
Saint Paul’s Bay in Bugibba
If you’re visiting Malta with your kids, you can get to Saint Paul’s bay, It’s a quite residential area with some of big hotels and access to the nearest beaches. You can also bring your kids to Malta National’s aquarium. The entrance fee is quite expensive for a very short visit. But, it would be a good option to take a look.
San Anton Palace in Attard
It was originally built in the 17th century as a country villa of Antoine de Paule, the 59th Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller of Malta. Today, the palace serves as official presidential residence. Even though you cannot visit the palace, you can access the main garden and Presidential’s Kitchen garden, The San Anton garden is part of the main attraction in Malta. It contains, beautiful walkways, a number of fontaines, exotic plants, swans, family of ducks and birds.
WHERE TO EAT
As I mentioned on my food guide page , Malta is clearly not a perfect place for foodie traveler. They have lots of Brit’s food, Italian food, and some Asian food. On a third day in Malta, I finally gave up hunting good address to try, even with some helps of google reviews or trip advisor, I could not find any good food that could astonish me. However, Malta has so many good address for drinks, and they are surprisingly very affordable compare to other European countries. The only place to eat that for me is quite remarkable is the Valetta Food Market, you can enjoy international culinary specialties from around the globe. All under one roof!