Thursday 2 April 2020


My boyfriend and I recently visited Malta and so I thought I would share a few of the places that we visited and also some of the places we didn't and the reasons why.  I thought I would share these because prior to our trip I had tried to research some of the best spots to visit and I could't find many reviews/recommendations for a short holiday (I was only going for a week). 

I know many people may prefer not to plan a trip and just see what happens, however as we were going for such short time we wanted to have a few places in mind so that we didn't accidentally waste any time being unsure where to go.  Please also note that I'm also not an expert and there will have been countless locations and activities that I missed however this was my experience.

The first thing to note is that Malta is extremely small.  It is around 770 times smaller than the UK and is approximately 315 sq km. London alone is basically far bigger than Malta.  Therefore, no matter where you stay, it will be easy enough to visit all of the places you want to.  Staying far away shouldn't be a big concern. With that being said, it will make a difference if you want to save money on transport. 


We stayed in Mellieha (pronounced Malaya) (map below). We were certain that we wanted to be near a beach, rather than in a town centre, as we really wanted to relax in the sun.  When initially searching online, a place called Birzebbuga often came up.  This is the costal area at the very bottom of the island, below Luqa.  It looked beautiful online, however it it one of the main tourist areas and that is something we wanted to avoid.  It was also at the opposite end from the mini islands and we knew we wanted to visit those.  We found a beautiful Airbnb with a stunning balcony in a local area for an amazing price.  I've included some photos below.  

We explored Mellieha and it had a few sweet little local boho shops and food stalls. We learnt to use the public transport and everything was extremely local.  The beach was also un-crowded and had lovely bars. Google was really helpful for figuring out which bus to get and when to get off. 


Comino Island is the small island between Mellieha and the island of Gozo.  It is a short boat trip to get there, which is really fun.  There are various boats that leave from just beside Mellieha beach, just buy a ticket from one of the stands. We found that it wasn't worth following the boat timetable, as it will only leave once it is full.  Our boat on the way there was quite small and held around 20 people.  The boats for the way back at the end of the day were much larger. 
The reason we decided to go to Comino, rather than Gozo was because, for a day trip, Gozo was much further away and much larger.  It is apparently very similar to Comino as well.
Comino is also famous for its blue lagoon, which was beautiful but very busy.  This was definitely more of a tourist destination although it was definitely worth it.  There was also food and drinks on the island but I would definitely recommend taking your own, as everything was extremely over-priced. 

 Valletta and St. Julians 

Valletta is the capital of Malta and around 45 minutes on the bus from Mellieha, or 20 minutes in a taxi. eCABS is the Maltese version of Uber, so I would highly recommend downloading the app before going. I
Valletta is extremely beautiful and the perfect day trip. There are so many shops, cafes, restaurants and markets. The architecture is also stunning. 
The Valletta Waterfront / Harbour was also lovely and had so many food places too choose from.  The sushi there was amazing and you can sit outside in the sun / under umbrellas. 
A 15 minute drive from Valletta is St. Julian's, which is the strip with all of the clubs and bars.  In terms of nightlife, there is a bar called Sky Bar, which is a bit further out and is apparently very over-priced for what it is despite its ratings, so we didn't bother going there.  A lot of the bars on the strip are also just like clubs.  In terms of price however, I would say that prices were quite similar to the UK and other parts of Europe. 


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