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I fulfilled a lifelong dream and finally visited Malta for my 25th birthday this year. Even in the middle of January, the weather was around 65 F (18.5 C) and so sunny! While you could easily spend weeks exploring Malta, I’ve listed below the top 4 MUST SEE places in Malta on your next trip!
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1 // OLD TOWN VALLETTA
I wanted a quieter, more peaceful vacation so I opted to stay in old town Valletta. Full of history, charming streets, and an old historic fort (popular during WWII), this city gave me easy access to the more lively town of St. Julian’s and Sliema as well as other locations around the island.
Walk down the side streets, explore local restaurants, climb to the fort (or, be like me, and take the elevator), and relive one of Winston Churchill’s favorite cities :)
2 // THE BLUE GROTTO
Definitely invest in a boat ride through the Blue Grotto. Less than a hour long, the tour guide will take you through various caves and inlets, exposing you to blue and green water that you can only imagine! If you’re like me and worried about getting seasick, don’t be! Even though you’re in small boats, I didn’t get seasick at all!
3 // MDINA, THE NOBLE CITY
As I’ve previously mentioned in an earlier blog post, Mdina was one of the most charming cities I’ve ever visited. Due to its low population (think: a few hundred people) and lack of motorized vehicles, the city was empty when I visited. Definitely plan on spending an afternoon wandering the hidden streets and taking in the beautiful light reflecting off the buildings.
4 // THE ISLAND OF GOZO
You could easily spend a few days exploring the island of Gozo. The only way to reach this island is via a ferry! You might end up recognizing places on the island from “Game of Thrones” (like the above picture) :) A mixture of history, religion, and beauty, I was in awe around every corner. Make sure to explore the old town of Victoria, definitely not a place to be missed!
Pope John Paul II celebrated mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu in 1990. This basilica reminds me of one of my favorite places in the United States, Chimayo. Along the walls of the basilica are crutches, wheelchairs, and notes talking about the miracles that have occurred there. An absolutely tear-jerking and moving experience.
Hints + Tips:
+ Public transportation is very well-established. Don’t rent a car! Instead, take the bus (21 Euros for a 7-day pass on all public transporation) or take a taxi (really cheap and you can haggle the price).
+ Spend at least 5 days in Malta. I only spent 3.5 days and didn’t have enough time to see nearly everything on my list.
+ Visit in the winter months. Flights are cheap (thanks Ryanair!), accommodations are a fraction of the price, and the weather is still really nice!
+ This post highlights other not-to-miss places in Malta!
Any questions on Malta? Feel free to leave them in the comment section!