Malta is an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and the North African coast. The island packs a punch with prehistoric temples and (depending upon the weather) fantastic beaches, coves and cliffs.
Having previously visited Copenhagen and Madrid in January, I had been really looking forward to my winter break to Malta.
I couldn’t wait to enjoy a few late mornings, sightseeing, good food and of course, clear skies and sunshine.
Read on for details of my suggestions for a getaway to the island of Malta.
Where to stay in Malta
I spent one week in Malta and had prearranged my start at the Cavalieri Art Hotel. Upon arrival, I unfortunately received poor service and was allocated a room that literally overlooked a building site and was incredibly noisy to boot – the photo below doesn’t really do this justice.
After some complaint to the hotel and intervention by Hotels.com, my friend and I upgraded our hotel and rearranged our stay to Corinthia St. George’s Hotel – a wonderful contrast that exemplified luxury accommodation.
With friendly and courteous staff, fantastic facilities and a convenient location overlooking Spinola Bay, the hotel is a good option for anybody seeking a relaxing stay in Malta.
Things to do in Malta
With 360 degree views of the Mediterranean Sea and mild weather even during winter months, the island is a good, year-round option for those seeking warmer climates in Europe.
During my trip, I purchased two day tickets with the Malta Sightseeing tour company.
The tours cover the main sites across the island including the capital city of Valetta, Silema, Mdina, Golden Sands and many of the stunning coastal sites.
There’s plenty of opportunity to hop on or off the bus as you choose and it’s a very affordable way to get around the sights of the island. We chose to do a two-day tour to give us plenty of time to take one route per day and become acquainted with the island.
Unfortunately the weather wasn’t so good throughout the week. This impacted the ferry service and crossings between Malta and the neighbouring islands of Gozo and Comino – I’m already planning a return to visit these islands during the summer months.
What to eat in Malta
Malta offers some excellent food options to cater for any budget.
For those seeking cheap eats, there’s a range of pastizzi (small, filled pastries) available on just about any main street in Malta. I enjoyed the chicken-filled pastizzi, but the peas and vegetable options are pretty good too.
Rabbit is also a readily available option on most menus, usually in the form of a pie or grilled/fried as part of a main dish. It’s worth sampling to really get to the heart of Maltese culture and to enjoy local cuisine.
I really enjoyed the range of sweet treats that were also available, from ice cream to delicious frangipane, there’s just about something for everyone.
Overall, Malta offered a wonderful place to getaway. I really enjoyed the range of activities on the island, all within a relatively short flying time from the UK. I’m already planning my return to the island, hopefully with a chance to hop over to Gozo, and to experience more of the beautiful sunset below.
Have you visited Malta? With a wealth of history, it’s a real treasure trove for exploration.