Travel guide to visiting Malta

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.

St. Julian's Bay, 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.
View from Cavalieri Art Hotel, Malta
After some complaint to the hotel and intervention by, my friend and I upgraded our hotel and rearranged our stay to Corinthia St. George’s Hotel – a wonderful contrast that exemplified luxury accommodation.
Corinthia, twin room, Malta

Corinthia, Malta

Corinthia, Malta

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.
St, Julian's Bay, 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.
Grand Harbour, MaltaTemples, Malta

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.
St. Julian's Bay, Malta

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.

Bay, Malta

Dome, Malta

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.
Pastizzi, Malta

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.

Risotto, Malta

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.
Ad-lib Traveller in Malta

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.

Sunset, Malta

Have you visited Malta? With a wealth of history, it’s a real treasure trove for exploration.

7 thoughts on “Travel guide to visiting Malta”

  1. I have been hearing more and more good things about Malta! Might be a bit far to head all the way to Europe, but looks like it would make a great stop in a multi-country hop!


    1. Thanks for the comment Christina. I’d definitely recommend adding it to a multi-stop itinerary if you’re heading to Europe. A few days is sufficient to see the island and hop over to Gozo if you’re able to.


  2. Hi Colleen, Sounds like you had great fun. For a more authentic experience, swop the hotel for a townhouse next time you’re there, perhaps in one of the villages away from the main tourist areas. Malta is so small that it’s all easily accessible anyway. I see from one of your photos you did visit Vittoriosa (a.k.a Birgu), the medieval town where the Knights settled before building Valletta. 2018 will be a great opportunity to visit the islands because Valletta will be the European City of Culture – plenty of things to do and see. Thanks for sharing.

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