Malta holidays, weather, transport, things to do

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Malta is a small island that offers more than the average traveller would think. Spending a holiday in Malta in Valletta or lounging on a sun lounger in a resort would be reprehensible. It offers culture, nature, adrenaline and unusual experiences. If you can plan wisely, a holiday in Malta can be adventurous, exploratory and inexpensive. I have summarised the basic information for active travellers. Malta holidays, weather, transport, and things to do:

Malta holidays

Does it depend on what you prefer?

Blue Grotto Malta
Blue Grotto Malta

Malta Beaches

Malta Beaches

If you want to enjoy the sea and swimming, the beaches around BuggibaIl Quawra and Mellieha are ideal. The Blue Lagoon on Gozo is the most crowded beach, but it’s so crowded and overcrowded with tourists that I’ve only swum there once. On the other hand, on the island’s south side, I discovered Gnejma and Quarraba Bay beaches, which are an extra treat and a feast for the eyes. However, getting to them takes a lot of work. If you live near Valletta, stay on the beaches southeast of Marsaxxlokk.

Culture, art and history

Centres of history can be found when visiting the cities of Valletta, Mdina and Rabat. Also, the one on the island of Gozo. 🙂 Today, the centre of Malta is Valletta and its three cities, but it was not always so. Like Lanzarote Teguise, Malta’s original capital was the medieval citadel of Mdina. Today it is home to old aristocratic families and has an atmosphere all its own.

St. Pauls Catacombs
St. Pauls Catacombs

Nearby Rabat hides the old Christian St. Paul’s Catacombs with the Grotto of St. Peter. Valletta is full of temples, fortifications, gardens and historical monuments. But if you like modern art, visit Spazju Kreattiv, a gallery full of inspiration and ideas.

Hiking Malta

Malta may not have mountains but try exploring the coastal reefs and cliffs, and you’ll fall on your butt. The southwestern part of the island charmed me the most. The Blue Grotto, Dingli Cliffs, Qarraba trails, or the national park Il Majistral are a must-ride. If you want to sacrifice and visit Gozo, take the trail across the island. You’ll discover some beautiful nooks and crannies.

Qarraba Bay Malta
Qarraba Bay Malta

Malta Weather

When to discover Malta

Between May and November the sea temperature reaches above 20°C. Summers are hot and dry, but very pleasant thanks to the winds. However, Malta is full of tourists in the summer holidays.

The best times to go hiking, exploring and sightseeing are late spring (May, June) and early autumn (September, October and early November). Malta is at its most beautiful in spring, when everything is in bloom and full of greenery.

Transport Malta

A car is more of a liability in Malta. If, then a scooter. The island is small, and parking spaces are minimal. Moreover, Malta has a perfectly sorted out bus and ferry transport system.

Transport from the airport

Express buses X1 to X4 connect you quickly with the airport, Valletta, Rabat and all the island’s centres. Local buses go everywhere. In the summer, punctuality and overcrowding can be an issue. Still, in the low season, I recommend this as the most efficient mode of transport. By the way, that transport is one of the reasons why I keep coming back to Malta.

The single fare is paid by the driver. Off-season €1,50 in high season €2. The ticket is valid for 90 minutes and is transferable. Always have cash ready. A prepaid card can also be arranged, but you don’t need it. Watch out for the names in the timetables. The Maltese often refer to stops by their Maltese equivalent, so it takes a while to find your way around.

Gozo

A network of ferries from Cirkewwa will also take you quickly to the neighbouring islands of Comino, Gozo and the Blue Lagoon. Enjoy the Malta holidays and the nice weather.

Discover Malta, things to do

Dingli Cliffs trail

Dingli Cliffs trail

Away from the crowds in Malta, climb the cliffs of Hat Dingli. You'll discover the photo-nirvana hat the locals call the Dingli Cliffs trail.
Mdina Silent City foto restartnisa Deposit photos

Mdina the silent city of Malta

Mdina the silent city of Malta. Once the capital of Malta, it breathes history. It is made up of quiet, and the stone houses of aristocrats.
Malta National Aquarium

Malta National Aquarium

If you will be in Malta in bad weather, visit to the Malta National Aquarium with the Mosta Rotunda and have a walk along the Bugibba cliffs.
Spazju Kreattiv

Spazju Kreattiv Malta

Spazju Kreattiv Malta is where one can find peace and space for new ideas, inspiration and thoughts sorting. Valletta Modern Art.
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Pavel Trevor
Pavel Trevor

Active traveling, exploring and discovering new worlds totally fulfills me. The feeling of being thrown into the water. When you don't know what's coming next and it's all up to you.

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