Oh Malta, where do I begin. Maybe by stating that I head over heels fell in love with you and your astonishing beauty? Or by promising you that I’ll be back very soon. We only had about 5 days on Malta and I think it wasn’t quite enough. So we’re already talking about going back in spring/summer to take a dip in the gorgeous turquoise water, explore Comino and see all the parts of Malta that we weren’t able to visit this time. Still, here’s a little Malta Travel Guide including everything we did see ;)
Malta Travel Guide | Malta in Autumn
Once we arrived in Malta and the worst part of the storm had gone, we decided to explore the island a bit. We got tickets for the hop-on-hop-off bus and spend all of Sunday travelling all over Malta. The bus cost around 20€ per person and is an absolute must when on Malta. This was my very first time on a sightseeing bus and while I’m not sure I’d do it in a big city, I found it to be perfect for Malta. Within a day we managed to see the whole Northern part of the island – jumping off when we wanted to stay longer and going on when we felt like we didn’t want to walk.
My favourite part of the island definitely was Mdina, the Silent City. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful place on earth and am sure that it must be some kind of magical place. Malta, in general, is absolutely beautiful but Mdina is an entire chapter on itself. SO gorgeous.
The next day, when the sea had almost completely calmed down from the storm on Saturday, we decided to take a harbour tour on a boat. This was so much fun and extremely informative. We learned a lot about Malta’s history and saw the island from an entirely different perspective.
Malta Travel Guide | My favourite Food Spots
I already talked about two restaurants in my Hotel Review because we decided to dine at the hotel restaurant twice. However, there are other awesome food spots on Malta too. For example, did we love “Jar” at The Point mall. They offer salads, traditional ftira and heavenly milkshakes. If you ever find yourself in Sliema do go there!!
- Frida Mexicana (Sliema)
- Pure (Sliema)
- Rock Salt (Sliema)
- Dr. Juice (Basically everywhere)
- Umami (Mdina)
- Mo’s Diner (Gozo)
Malta Travel Guide | Day trip to Gozo
I honestly have to admit that this time we didn’t have much of a plan of what we wanted to see on the Maltese Islands. The only thing I was sure I needed to see was Gozo and the world-famous Azure Window. So on Tuesday we set off to take the ferry from Malta to Gozo. This took us about 2 hours (bus from Sliema to the ferry station + 30min ferry to Gozo) and cost about 5€ per person. On Gozo, we explored most of Victoria, the “capital”, by foot and then took the public transport out to the Azure Window.
Gozo was absolutely fabulous. I was amazed and astonished by the incredible beauty of the rocks and the ocean surrounding the islands. The sea was wild and piercing blue. People were snorkeling, jumping into the water and simply enjoying the sun while marveling at the spectacular Azure Window. Only drawback: loads and loads of tourists. In Victoria, you absolutely need to see the Cittadella. It’s a very old and extremely well-preserved old town in the middle of Victoria and so much fun to explore and walk around.
Malta Travel Guide | Accommodation and Getting Around the Island
First things first. From Vienna, you’ll be in Malta in about 2 hours if you travel with AirMalta. We loved the fact that travelling from cold and windy Austria to beautiful sunny Malta was so quick and effortless. This especially comes in handy in autumn, when you want to escape the cold as soon as possible. In general, isn’t it crazy how quick aviation enables us to travel to a completely different place – culture and climate wise. LOVE IT!
The Hotel we stayed in was located in Sliema. From there we either took the public transport to get around on the island or any of the ferries. The public transport system is REALLY good in Malta. There are so many buses going basically to every location on the island. If you do not fancy travelling by bus, you can also opt to go by ferry or rent a car. I wouldn’t recommend the later, though, as on the Maltese islands they are driving on the left side of the road. Also, there are sometimes very narrow streets and I honestly wouldn’t bother wasting your nerves when you’re on vacation. Especially when public transport is so cheap and efficient – a 2-hour bus ticket costs only 1,50€, by the way.
I seriously have no idea why Malta wasn’t on my radar sooner. I really did enjoy my time there and was loving it from day one. Sometimes you travel somewhere and you’re like “yes, nice” but other times you’re like “oh my god, why wasn’t I here sooner“. And with Malta it certainly was the latter. A lot of you already told me that you’re planning to go there because of my pictures on Instagram and Snapchat. And let me give you one advice, DO IT! Seriously, I can assure you, you won’t regret it. And if you need more info, simply browse through their website!
Have you ever been to Malta? Do you have any other questions? Feel free to ask them in the comments below.