Malta is an unbelievable island to discover. Nestled proper within the Med, it’s is crammed with hundreds of years of historical past, beautiful bays and essentially the most unbelievable cities which might be simply too stunning to overlook. So, that can assist you get essentially the most out of your journey, we needed to share our bumper itinerary to go to Malta in your subsequent vacation.
Now, you is perhaps questioning if Malta is for you?
Effectively, let me offer you a bit of snippet of why it needs to be on each traveller hit record!
First up, Malta (and neighbouring Gozo) is basked in that unbelievable Mediterranean sunshine that’s simply so good. Not solely that, Malta is completely chilled and an amazing place to go to when you fancy a bout of downtime in your journey.
That being stated, Malta can be a jewel within the Mediterranean when you fancy a gander round historic cities and historical sights. It’s an island that may (and completely does) match with the type of journey you’d like. For this reason we preserve going again, over and over!
So, because the island begins to soundly open up, we needed to share some locations in Malta you can’t miss.
And, as all the time, remember to journey safely. Verify your authorities’s steering on journey and official data from the Maltese Authorities on any restrictions that is perhaps relaxed or in place.
Have a look, beneath, at our bumper itinerary to go to Malta on vacation. Oh, and with all our itineraries, be at liberty so as to add, take out or comply with precisely the locations we’ve talked about – it’s your vacation in spite of everything!
Have a tremendous time.
Day one: Valletta
So far as Mediterranean cities go, Valletta is a gem to go to!
Not like different giant capital cities in Europe, Valletta shouldn’t be too large to get overwhelmed and never sufficiently small to get bored. In reality, I’d say it’s good for a couple of days exploring.
After arriving, remember to take a wander to see the Grandmaster’s Palace and the attractive Higher (and Decrease) Barrakka Gardens. These are beautiful very first thing within the morning and an effective way to stretch your legs earlier than a day head.
For a sugary pick-me-up, head to Amorino (on Republic Road). Right here, you’ll get to pattern a few of the greatest gelatos in all of Malta. Belief me, you’ll return for seconds.
Within the afternoon, take a gander across the centuries-old Casa Rocca Piccola within the coronary heart of Valletta. All through the day, you possibly can be part of a information and take a peek right into a traditional (and prosperous) palace that’s too attractive to overlook.
Earlier than sunset, pop into St. John’s Co-Cathedral which’s stood delight of place in Valletta because the 1500s. It’s so stunning and an effective way to see a few of Girolamo Cassar works. In any case, he’s one of many islands most famed architects.
Feeling peckish? Head into the attractive cobbled streets and pop into Noni (on Republic Road) that fuses Maltese dishes with a contemporary flare. Their tasting menu is so scrumptious for a night deal with.
Day two: Valletta
One factor I might say is that you need to give Valletta not less than one full day to discover (although, we favor a extra chilled two-day journey). That being stated, when you’re brief on time, you possibly can simply pack in the principle sights in Valletta in in the future; particularly if there are different spots on our itinerary to go to Malta that you simply simply don’t need to miss.
For a morning galavant, head for a stroll across the Grand Harbour space the place you’ll get some improbable views throughout the bay. Plus, you’ll be simply in a position to companion up a visit to Fort St. Angelo that has traditionally protected the town. You’ll must consider round 2-hours to totally discover the fort; so plan forward and arrive good and early.
For dinner, ebook a desk at Rampila; you received’t be disillusioned, particularly on their terrace. We had the standard Maltese Aljotta broth for the primary course and beloved it!
Day three: Mdina
Nowhere is ever actually that far in Malta, which implies it’s an amazing island to traverse and keep in any respect the Maltese gems. That being stated, don’t really feel the strain to maintain transferring resorts or lodging every night time, you possibly can simply do day journeys to all of the spots in Malta and keep anchored in a single resort for the entire journey. It’s solely as much as you.
Anyway, the place was I… Mdina!
Okay, so Mdina might be my favorite metropolis in all of Malta and one spot you possibly can’t miss for a day journey. It’s round a 25-minute drive from Valletta and completely simple to go to by automotive, taxi or tour relying on what you’d like.
When you’ve headed by way of the long-lasting Mdina Gate, remember to go to the long-lasting cathedral that overlooks the entire metropolis. It’s beautiful and the Baroque structure dates again years!
That being stated, when you fancy going again additional in historical past, get your self over to Domus Romana; a Roman home that was constructed round two thousand years in the past! It’s a comparatively small museum which implies it’s an ideal 30-minute go to.
Oh, and don’t neglect to seize a few of the world-renowned Mdina Glass. It’s so stunning and also you’ll discover it all around the metropolis.
Getting hungry? Get your self over to Grotto Tavern, their gnocchi is so scrumptious and the restaurant is so distinctive inside a grotto itself.
Day 4: Western shoreline and seashores
After three days of city-living, it’s time to absorb some extra of that attractive shoreline of Malta. So, pack your swimming wear, slap on that sunblock and prepare for a nap on the sand.
However first, head over to the Blue Grotto, which’s round a 25-minute drive from Valletta (and 15-minutes from Mdina). As soon as right here, you’ll must get your self on one of many small boats that’ll whisk you proper inside the Blue Grotto itself. That being stated, when you’re not fancying the boat journey, head to the ‘panorama’ viewing space that’s good at sundown.
The views are beautiful.
Afterwards, for a bit of time within the surf, head over to Golden Bay that’s north of the Blue Grotto. It’s a preferred spot for sun-seekers and the type of place that’s nice for a morning dip (or night stroll).
If it’s a dip you’re after, pop over to St. Peter’s Pool that’s on the shoreline close to Marsaxlokk. Right here, you’ll get to have a bit of paddle within the attractive Mediterranean waters and take pleasure in these views throughout southern Malta. Simply remember to be careful for uneven waters and solely go for a swim if it’s protected to take action.
Now, we discovered it greatest to lease a automotive for coastal days. Although, when you don’t drive, fret not; there are oodles of various touring corporations you can ebook and embrace in your itinerary to go to Malta.
Day 5: Mountaineering round close to Popeye Village
It’s not daily you can say you’ve rambled throughout an island, but it surely’s fairly achievable in Malta, particularly from Għadira Bay to Popeye Village.
After a morning dip at Għadira, pop in your climbing sneakers and head off for a ramble across the space.
The stroll itself received’t take you lengthy in any respect (although, you possibly can soak up some detours). We checked out the Pink Tower that’s simply shy of the bay itself (round a 40-minute hike). It dates again to 1649 and is gorgeous to see, particularly for views.
After heading to the west coast, get your self over to the completely quaint and picturesque Popeye Village. It’s the historic movie set for Popeye’s movie that was shot again within the Nineteen Eighties.
It’s properly price a gander for an hour or so and completely price together with in your itinerary to go to Malta; even when you haven’t seen the movie.
Lastly, for an amazing view of Popeye Village, head alongside the shoreline street reverse the bay. The views throughout the cove is attractive from right here and also you’ll get an amazing view of Popeye Village itself.
Day 6: Gozo
Simply shy of the northern shores of Malta, Gozo is a smaller island that’s completely well worth the brief ferry journey to discover! In reality, it’s an ideal day journey when visiting Malta.
Departing from Cirkewwa, you’ll get throughout to Mgarr Harbour very quickly in any respect. From right here, you’ll get to discover all throughout Gozo and soak up some key spots alongside the way in which.
One spot it’s important to go to is Il-Madonna ta’ Pinu, a basilica and shrine that’s as stunning as they arrive. Though the basilica isn’t as previous as another websites throughout Malta and Gozo, it’s nonetheless simply as iconic.
Afterwards, pull out your swimming wear and drive over to the Blue Gap for a dip! It’s a pure swimming pool that sits simply shy of the collapsed Azure Window and is properly price seeing as you comply with our itinerary to go to Malta.
Oh, and don’t neglect to seize a chew at The Boathouse in Xlendi Bay.
That is the kinda spot that’ll fulfill any seafood craving; particularly with their mouth-watering recent lobster.
Day 7: Mosta
Earlier than departing Malta, there’s one ultimate (and completely pretty) spot to go to. Mosta!
Solely round 20-minutes from central Valletta, Mosta is ideal to see in your ultimate day alongside your itinerary to go to Malta. Even when you’ve solely obtained a couple of hours earlier than your flight, remember to take a gander.
Now, one of many issues that make this metropolis so particular is the Rotunda of Mosta; an enormous basilica that’s truly primarily based on the Pantheon in Italy.
When you arrive, you’ll quickly see why it’s such a particular spot, particularly with it housing one of many largest, unsupported domes in the entire world!
If you happen to’ve nonetheless obtained time, take a wander over to the Ta’ Bistra Catacombs that’s simply shy of the town centre. You’ll get to see a heap of historic catacombs which might be fairly distinctive to go to.
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