With two beach vacations already done this year, one would think I’ve had enough and right in December, I decided to take off to Malta. Now, Malta has been on my mind for a long time but I had a lot of apprehensions about this place. I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least. So, here’s an article with all things to do in Malta right before we bid a banging goodbye to 2018!
Malta is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It is the 10th smallest and 5th most densely-populated country in the world. Its capital is Valletta, is the smallest national capital in the European Union. The country is spread over a group of two Islands- the main island of Malta and the sister island of Gozo.
In this article, I’ll be talking only about the things to do in Malta (main island) and will publish things to do in Gozo article separately.
Malta is an ideal location for the beach travelers as well those who travel to explore cultural & heritage sites. After all, Malta has been inhabited since approximately 5900 BC. It has been ruled over by 12 different foreign empires including, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Sicilians, Spanish, French, & British, who’ve all left their mark on its architecture & way of life. The Mediterranean gem also homes three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni, Valletta, and seven megalithic temples which are some of the oldest freestanding structures in the world.
How & When
Malta is an ideal vacation spot all-year-round. If you’re particularly looking for beach time, however, skip the time between November and February. The country is one of the cheapest in all of Europe with a lot to offer. You can reach here by a plane and access it by their extensive network of public transports (bus).
Things to do in Malta
Malta is a very small but very dense country. So, I found it impossible to cover everything in my short three-day trip. I, however, did come up with the perfect plan to explore most of what the main Island had to offer.
I’ve thus identified the following as the main cities/areas where you can catch most of the action:
The 1km long capital city of Malta was constructed by the famous Knight of Malta. This fortress-like city with a state-of-the-art military structure was built after the Great Siege of 1565. It is a beautiful, totally walkable city, that still holds itself in an impressive manner. There’s absolutely nothing to be missed out as every nook and corner of the city has a story to tell or a view to be captured!
Mdina & Rabat
Something of a living museum today, Malta’s first citadel capital, Mdina pays homage to the changing cultural orientation in Malta since the Bronze Age to Romans and the Arabs to medieval Christian period. It slowly declined in importance after the arrival of the Knights in the 16th century. Adjoining area of Rabat is an extension of the same and houses the catacombs of the country. The beautiful sights of Mdina are only good to be viewed during the day or for a perfect golden hour!
This region is world renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage site of The Hypogeum of Ħal Saflieni is in Malta (a large structure dug in the ground and having multiple rooms or rooms). The site has about fifty rooms on approximately 2 500 m.sq. spread over four levels. It is estimated that it once held some 7,000 bodies, deposited down here over a period of nearly 1000 years. For conservation reasons only ten people per hour can visit, so book as far in advance as possible. The most impressive room, the ‘Holy of Holies’, is a carved copy of the above-ground temples cut into the rock. Being underground, it has been far better preserved than the actual temples.
Qawra, Bugibba, & Cirkewwa
These sites are famous for their swimmable, sand beaches & smaller adjoining pre-historic sites. However, they’re not all as adjoining to each other. I just group them together for what they have to offer is kind of similar. For a relaxing time on the island, this is where you need to head to. My stay was, in fact, in the Qawra region, in one of the most famous resorts in Malta. I’ll be detailing my review of the same in my upcoming ERTSYCHIC LUXESCAPES!
Quirky Things to Add:
- ‘Popeye’ Village Amusement park trip
- Game of Thrones Shooting Location Tour in Mdina
- Swim with Dolphins at the National Aquarium
- Visit the War Museum for all World War II archives
- Visit Fine Arts’ Museums for the art history & archives of Europe
I’m wearing an amazing Mustard Dress With Knotted Sleeve With Button from my partner site- Shein. It’s a perfect outfit to suit the amazing cultural as well as travel in style vibe of Malta. I love that it’s comfortable and breathable for the long walks this place warrants. You can buy it here. (Shopping in India? Buy Here)
I didn’t discover much of extraordinary nightlife in Malta, however, I do recommend trying the Mediterranean and Maltese dishes, especially fresh fish. In fact, that should be one of the top things to do in Malta if you eat meat. Even as a vegetarian, I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience here.
That’s all for my list of things to do in Malta. Feel free to add more from your experiences as suggestions in the comment section below. Do tell me how you liked this travel diary, too. Watch out for the next part of my experience in Gozo, & of course, the ERTSYCHIC LUXESCAPES that goes live later this week.
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