A few weeks ago I was invited by Visit Malta to explore the island. Our trip was 2,5 days in which Malta managed to leave me speechless with its beauty. The history of malta goes back 7000 years and the country is a melting pot of cultures which makes Malta one of a kind. If you’re planning a trip to Malta, be sure to add these 5 places to your list.
Wander in the capital of Malta: Valletta
Valletta is a small city packed with a lot of history. It was made by the knights of St John in 1566. Get lost in the cute streets and be amazed of seeing one historical monument after the other. The city is adorned with baroque buildings and churches. Be sure to visit both the upper and lower Barrakka gardens and the St-John’s Cathedral. Valletta is a UNESCO world heritage city and is one of the most concentrated historic cities in the world.
Hop on a water taxi to Vittorioso (Birgu)
The water taxi’s are the best, and most fun, way to go from Valletta to Birgu. Explore this historical city and wind down for the day with dinner overlooking the marina. We went to ‘Don Berto’ to enjoy the Italian influences in the Maltese cuisine.
Take a boat tour to the Blue Grotto
For me the Blue Grotto was one of the highlights of our trip. We first stopped at a viewpoint to admire the view from above and then booked a boat trip to visit the Blue Grotto and other nearby caves. If you want to see the Blue Grotto by boat, just head to the harbour of Wied iż-Żurrieq.
Visit the old city Mdina
I’m a city girl by heart, so it’s no surprise must of my to-do’s are different cities with each their own charm. A must is Mdina, the old city of Malta, also referenced to as the silent city because it’s very peaceful in quiet. It’s a great example of an ancient walled city and showcases a mixture of medieval and baroque architecture. Walk through the gate and you’ll feel like you stepped into a time machine transferring you back in time.
Explore the island next door: Gozo
Unfortunately, since our trip was only 2,5 days, we didn’t make it to Gozo. I still wanted to include it in the list because if I’d book a trip to Malta again, I would make sure to be able to visit the island. Just in 25 minutes by ferry, you are already at Gozo. The island is greener and more rural than Malta and is home to the Ggantija Temples, another World Heritage Site in Malta. Gozo offers bays and sandy beaches, perfect for water sports or sunbathing.
These are my personal five favorite things to do in Malta, but the Maltese islands have a lot more to offer, such as water sports, a vibrant nightlife, mountain climbing, Michelin star restaurants, but mostly a mild climate to enjoy all year round.
If you are looking for a hotel to stay, I’ve stayed at the Phoenicia which is walking distance from Valletta. The hotel is a dream to stay thanks to the infinity pool, the new spa and great restaurant!
If you want to see more of my trip to Malta, check my my vlog below. If you have any questions, I’ll be more than happy to answer them in the comments.