Malta – the tiny country in the Mediterranean
Malta is actually not one island, but six, the populated islands being Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta is situated in the Mediterranean, not far from Sicily, where it’s possible to go on a day trip. The tiny country has a lovely climate all year round, although it’s usually really hot in summer. It might not be the place to bring young children, as surprisingly enough there are (almost) no beaches, only cliffs all around the islands. Their main languages are English and Maltese, the last one being influenced by Arabic.
Where to stay? I stayed in a hotel in St. Paul’s Bay. St. Paul’s Bay is nice enough, but a bit out of the way. There are local buses which routes take you to this area, and the hop on hop of bus passes through. But if you prefer a wide selection of restaurants and nightlife right outside your door, I’d recommend St Julian’s or Valletta. If, however, you’re looking for a quite place to stay, and you don’t mind a little hassle to get into the cities, St. Paul’s Bay is beautiful, with friendly people and a lovely boardwalk which is perfect for an evening stroll.
Malta has more towers and forts than I’ve seen anywhere else in the world. Several are beautiful and well kept, and I would definitely recommend that you make visiting them a priority. Forts and towers can be found almost everywhere on the main island.
Marsaxlokk is a fishing village where it’s still possible to see the colorful boats in which Malta is known for in use. There’s also a well known market every weekend, where you’ll find mostly fresh fish and souvenirs. Both locals and tourists usually visit this market.
Valletta is the capital of Malta, and a Unesco World Heritage Site. There’s a boardwalk by the ocean, but the rest of the city is situated high above the boardwalk. I was walking on the boardwalk wondering how to get up to the city, when I met a local who told me a “secret”. Continue straight ahead away from the city until you find a sign to a car park, follow the sign, and enter. This car park has several floors, and a large elevator. Take the elevator to the top floor and you’re in the middle of Valletta!