As soon as I bumped into a pair in an airport coming residence from Malta they usually have been singing its praises and I’ve had the nation it on the highest of my listing each since. Every so often I’d examine flight costs and at some point Malta popped up as an reasonably priced vacation spot with a bonus stopover in Istanbul so I booked to go to in early April.
Malta is situated in the midst of the Mediterranean, north of Libya and south of Sicily, so wherever you go you’re surrounded by coastlines made from steep limestone cliffs indented by bays, inlets, and coves. I arrived on a heat spring day because the wet season was simply ending so I skilled lovely blue skies throughout my 4 days.
Malta has a wealthy historical past, the Maltese individuals are descended from the Phonecians and the language is a mix of Arabic and the Sicilian dialect of Italian. Britain occupied Malta for 150 years up till 1964 and Malta is a member of the Commonwealth so English can also be spoken. All through the nation you’ll see the influences of the Romans, Greeks, Arabs, French, and British.
I rented an exquisite Airbnb condominium with views of the harbor and inside strolling distance to every part within the capital metropolis of Valetta. Throughout Valetta, guests and residents get pleasure from beautiful panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea.
My first day I spent on foot exploring the capital, it’s small and a really walkable metropolis. What charmed me was all of the colourful doorways and door tits on each avenue!
Similar to different capital cities in Europe, Valetta has its share of spectacular structure and avenue cafes for sipping and folks watching.
One should have an Aperol Spritz when in Europe! For lunch I had the lightest pasta I’ve ever tasted, the ricotta ravioli was heaven to savor beneath the chiming bells of the previous cathedral.
My second day I took a tour of the sister island of Gozo. I booked a Jeep tour of the island by Viator and an area information took us round to see all of the highlights from the crimson sand seashore of Ramla Bay to the the salt flats to the prehistoric Gigantija temples that date again to 3600 BC. We squeezed in a sea caves boat tour, journeys to 2 cathedrals, and a sluggish boat cruise by the well-known Blue Lagoon. The turquoise colour of the waters have been beautiful to see, no surprise folks journey from all around the world to swim in its waters.
My third day I went to the Sunday Market in Marsaxlokk village with its well-known colourful fishing boats. I discovered a restaurant away from the vacationer part the place locals gathered and I ordered the contemporary fish and white wine and drank it down as I watched the folks passing forwards and backwards. For me there’s nothing higher than folks watching in a European cafe!
Within the afternoon I took a ship tour to the Blue Grotto the place our boat driver took us out on the ocean to marvel on the sea cliffs alongside the shoreline, so lovely!
Malta performed a strategic function for the Allies in WWII and consequently was closely bombed by the Germans and Italians. On my final day, I took a tour of Underground Valetta was really useful by my Airbnb host. The Maltese folks have been resilient and refused to surrender their nation, their story of surviving in hideouts underground was so fascinating!
My journey to Malta with a two day layover in Istanbul was a solo journey, so I used to be in a position to discover the nation by myself with none journey companions. Along with touring with household and mates, I additionally get pleasure from solo journey. I’m planning on writing a submit on solo feminine worldwide journey, so let me know when you have any questions!