In my previous blog I mentioned that that I would be suggesting ways of how to spend your holidays in Malta during the summer months.
If staying in the popular tourist places such as St. Julian’s or Sliema you might enjoy taking a 10-minute ferry from Sliema to Valletta and to spend the day walking around the Capital City built by the Knights of St. John in 1565. Visit the Upper and the Lower barraccas and feel awed by the magnificence of Grand Harbour steeped in history. From there marvel as you look at the old Three Cities from such a vantage point. Whether you are the museum-going type or not, do not miss a visit to St John’s Co-Cathedral – it is reputed to have the most beautiful floor in the World. Have lunch and perhaps dinner as well in one of the many fantastic restaurants in the Capital. My favourite restaurants there are Michael’s and Palazzo Preca but the choice is truly endless.
On another day, you might like to go up North and visit the old town of Rabat and the old city of Mdina. Both are indeed very quaint with their time-honoured characteristics still intact. Have some pastizzi whilst there or take lunch at the Xara Bottegin for some authentic Maltese food. Their beef olives – bragioli are to die for. In Rabat you can visit the Roman Villa and in Mdina you might fancy a visit to the Natural History Museum and the Cathedral Museum amongst other things. If a sweet lover, visit Fontanella the coffee shop overlooking Mdina and capture some breathtaking views from the top. The famous Mosta domed Church which is popular with tourists can be seen from there.
At the southern end of the island you might like to take a trip to Marsaxlokk, a village which is popular for the open air market on Sundays. Marsaxlokk is a quaint fishing village where you can find quite a few good fish restaurants or perhaps sit al fresco at Ta Victor for some awesome Maltese food. His ravioli are simply exquisite. Down South you might also wish to visit the Hagar Qim Temples which date back to 3600 BC, Mnajdra Temples built in the 4th Millennium BC and the Tarxien Temples which is a UNESCO World heritage archaeological Complex that dates back to approximately 3150 BC.
You might also fancy a trip to the sister island Gozo. Many exciting things to do such as visiting the Cittadella in Victoria or going to see the Calypso Cave which is located on a cliff just off Xaghra and whilst the cave where Homer is thought to have written ‘The Odyssey’ is nothing much to see, the views from it of the sandy beach, Ramla Bay, are awesome.
Back in Malta, I do suggest that you take a trip to The Blue Grotto which consists of a number of sea caverns on the south coast of Malta. If you are there between sunrise until about 1 pm you can marvel at an awesome sight as sunlight leads to the water reflecting different shades of blue. Take a boat trip to visit the caves, or for the adventurous types one go go scuba diving, snorkeling or rock climbing. The local restaurants there offer food with a sensational view.
You might also enjoy visiting a Maltese village festa which is the quintessence of all that is traditional Mediterranean folklore in one event. These feasts are noisy and colourful with lights and spectacular fireworks, band music and street parties. Village feasts celebrating a particular Saint or another, are an experience that you might find quite unique.
In the evening if you like the vibrant nighlife scene, than Paceville in St Julians is the place for you. Teeming with bars and restaurants and all sort of clubs. You can also do some shopping from Bay Street Complex where shops open 7 days a week from 10am until 10pm. You might like to have a meal at our very own Fornelli restaurant which serves mouth-watering Italian dishes with a modern twist.
Whatever you plan on doing, make sure that if staying in the sun especially at one of Malta’s fantastic beaches with turquoise waters wear sun block – the Maltese sun can be unforgiving even to the climatised Maltese.
Watch out for the next blog about Diving in Malta