Malta Travel Guide

  • Ta Pinu cathedral on Gozo
    Ta Pinu cathedral on Gozo
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    Malta September 2014
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Malta Things to Do

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  • Reliable inexpensive food.

    I would rarely write a tip about a "fast-food" chain as I generally dislike them. Operations like MacDonalds, Burger King and KFC are usually anathema to me and I prefer to find little local places to eat. In this case, however, I am going to make an exception and I am not even sure if eight takeaway outlets in a place as small as Malta constitutes...

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  • Valletta

    Valletta is the capital of Malta. We went here many times during our stay as we really liked it. It is easy to get around Malta by public bus though they are busy in the summer.Valletta is named after its founder, Jean Parisot de la Valette. He was a Grand Master of the Order of St. John. Valletta is a historical place located on Mount Sceberras...

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  • Mdina and Rabat.

    Mdina, also known as the Silent City, dates back more than 4000 years. At one time it was the capital of Malta. It is believed that the Apostle St. Paul lived here around 60 AD after being shipwrecked on the island.Mdina is a walled city. We entered it via its main gate. Mdina has a fine cathedral and narrow streets. It has several palaces and was...

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  • Marsaxlokk

    Marsaxlokk is a village in the south east of Malta. It has always traditionally been a fishing village and has many colourful boats. It is also known for the Marsaxlokk Market which is held every Sunday. There are also tourist markets here on week days.

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  • Golden Bay

    Most places to swim on Malta involve swimming off the rocks which is great if you are not fond of sand, but there are also several beaches. Golden Bay is one of these - a beautiful sandy beach next to the clear blue sea.

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  • St Julian's and Saint George's

    We lived in St Julian's and worked in nearby St George's. St Julian's is a very touristic area situated on the coast. Our school was not too far from St George's Bay where we liked to swim off the sandy beach until my poor husband got badly stung by a jelly fish. Ouch! These can be a problem in Malta.St Julian's has lots of hotels and restaurants....

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Malta Hotels

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Malta Restaurants

  • Marsaxlokk: Fresh Fish/Mediterranean

    They say that in Marsaxlokk the fisherman go out to sea and make their catch, while their wives stay behind to cook in the restaurants. Along the sea town's arching harbour front you will see plenty of restaurants, many of them with women outside enticing you inside with special offers and plates of fresh fish. And it is really fresh - it comes...

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  • Rabat: Maltese

    This is reviewed as one of the best restaurants in Rabat, but it's only a small town (and this is Malta) so don't expect too much. I enjoyed my meal a lot: A Maltese dish of ricotta and pea pie. The only downside was the potato chips served with it turned out to be exactly that: potato chips from a packet. Nice ones, though. My wife thought her...

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  • Sliema: New Zealand Cafe

    It's hard to describe the kind of food you will get in MINT, but it's very tasty. They describe it as fresh, seasonal and homemade. What you get is a cozy self-service cafe with a range of tasty dishes that you can pick and choose from the glass cabinet. They will then heat, mix it or whatever is required and bring it to your table. I had a savoury...

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Malta Nightlife

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  • Clubbing in Qawra

    There are two night clubs called Fuego in Malta, there is one in Qawra and one in Paceville. The one in Qawra is really good as they play good music. The only bad thing about it is that early in the evening they rent the club out to students so it opens to tourist from about 10pm but it it doesnt start to get busy till about 12pm. It normally holds...

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  • MALTESE PUBS.......ARE ALWAYS A STONE...

    MALTA is transformed into another scenario at night time....the night life is abandant and there is always a pub or a place of entertainment wherever you are staying around the Island.....The most popular places for a good active night out are Paceville,Bugibba,Sliema seafront & ST Julians....Valletta is another place to visit in the evening but is...

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Malta Transportation

  • A bit of a parsons egg.

    If you are wondering about the title of this tip, perhaps if English is not your first language, please allow me to explain. There is an expression in English referring to the parsons egg. When asked how his egg was, the mythical parson is supposed to have replied replied that it was good in parts and bad in parts and it was thus with my...

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  • Not only Air Malta

    Recently Turkish Airlines opened the new route to Malta via Istanbul.I've found it is very convenient and cheaper.I used to fly this way.Recommend.

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  • Small and efficient airport.

    I know there are a number of the low-cost carriers now flying from UK and other parts of Europe to Malta but I really have given up on them. By the time you add on all the extras etc., it is usually feasible, with a little research, to fly on a proper carrier for not a lot more and without all the attendant hassles of the cheapos. I had decided,...

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Malta Shopping

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  • Cashback Shopping

    Get rewards or cash back, when buying from a selection of the most renowned online shopping portals. These bonuses are only available for users who visit a cashback site before actually making an online purchase.Explaining in more details how this system works:Let’s say, Shop A is a popular online shop that delivers items worldwide, even to Malta;...

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  • Stone Sculpturing

    Ever stared in wonder at the beauty of a stone statue and wondered how they did it? Now you'll know! And no need to stop there either, at The Limestone Heritage you truly can get stuck in too as the opportunity to try stone sculpting yourself is right at your finger tips.Everything is available at a very reasonable price so that you truly can take...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Malta Local Customs

  • British Culture

    Malta has left-hand drive, Arriva buses, red post and telephone boxes, Marks and Spencers and British Home Stores, and shops filled with Bachelors Super Noodles, Walkers Crisps and Cadbury's Dairy Milk. Everyone speaks perfect English. Sometimes it feels more British than Britain, except for the weather.

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  • Traditional Maltese Boats

    These colourful Maltese boats are referred to as dghajjas were largely used to ferry passengers, especially sailors, from their ships to land, and vice versa. More recently, they are used for fishing. Like the Maltese cross, they are a symbol of Malta.The boats, painted in the traditional colors or blue, yellow and red have the eye of Osiris...

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  • Getting a visa for Malta, more...

    This might not be of help for some people, but it might help some!I think the Maltese government has signed agreements with the Austrian and Italian governments to allow people from outside the EU, USA, Canada, Aus, NZ etc to apply for visas at their embassies where Malta has no embassy or High Commission.This document explains where to...

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Malta Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of the sun

    We tried a bit of walking in Malta, too, but it was really too hot in summer. I would like to revisit out of the summer season - maybe in spring and then exploring would be easier. In summer ensure you have plenty of high factor sun screen on and drink lots of water.

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  • Hard Rock "Beaches"

    It's tough to find a sandy beach in Malta. The "beaches" near the tourist hotels in Sliema are solid rock with grooves and pathways cur or worn into the surface. The nicest beach I saw was in Birzebbuga near the container port.

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  • Smoking matters.

    I am a smoker and I make no apology for it. I realise it is not good for my health and so on and I also realise that my country's economy would be in an even more parlous state if it were not for the punitive taxes imposed upon us by the Government. Allow me to explain the situation regarding smoking in public places in Malta.I was interested to...

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Malta Tourist Traps

  • Public buses (Arriva Malta) - a Maltese...

    A small island like Malta should be able to run an efficient public transportation system. Be aware that no shows and long waiting times are the rule. A bus does not stop, if it is full, so it is advisable to start or return to central stations.The buses always come in threes: a full, a half-full, and an empty.... and not the line you need.

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  • Marsaxlokk..a delusion

    I’m not sure if consider Marsaxlokk a “tourist trap” or not. For sure I have seen the beautiful bay full of boats for fishing. I have seen some restaurants exactly on the bay too. I have seen also the market that is right on the bay. Everything can seem like in the postcards or like it’s written in the tourist guides but…The market sell just...

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  • The Blue Grotto trip

    You pay for a coach trip down to the south of the island. You wait in a long queue, get in a small boat for a short trip along the coast. Your boat then waits its turn for a rapid visit to the Grotto. It lasts about a minute, then it exits and takes you back. You then wait for your fellow coach travellers and thats it.As for the Grotto - pretty but...

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Malta What to Pack

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    by planxty Written May 28, 2013

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The main image on this page may give you the idea that I have gone mad but in February and March I really could have done with all these items as it was often cold, windy and raining unlike the high 30's temperatures of summer. The other images are of some of the weather I encountered so you know what to expect. Don't let this put you off, there was some pleasant weather as well but best to be prepared.

    Foul weather gear. A rainy night in Sliema! A rainy day in St. Julian. High winds in Sliema.

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Malta Off The Beaten Path

  • Xlendi - Gozo

    Xlendi is a village in south west Gozo. It is a beautiful place to swim. We sat on a rocky ledge with cliffs behind us and leapt into the clear blue seas. It was heavenly. I would rate here as one of the most beautiful places I have ever swum in my life.

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  • Gozo -Mgarr

    Gozo is a beautiful island and I strongly recommend a visit here. It is quieter, more peaceful and greener than Malta. You can get to Gozo by ferry from Ċirkewwa on the north-west coast of Malta. That will take you to the port of Mġarr on Gozo.Mgarr is a lovely port with beautiful churches and a fine harbour. The beautiful Church of Our...

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  • Gozo - Victoria

    Victoria is the capital of Gozo. It is also called Rabat. In the centre of Victoria, on top of its highest hill stands the Citadel. This is visible from almost anywhere on Gozo.The Citadel was strongly fortified. It was built as a place of safety from the attacks of the Barbary corsairs and Saracens. These raiders made frequent attacks on Gozo and...

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Malta Favorites

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  • Cats

    We discovered this little area devoted to housing stray cats while walking from St Julian's to Sliema.

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  • Mushy Pea Pastry.

    It may not sound appetizing but a mushy pea pastry or a pastizz is an absolutely delicious Maltese snack. Actually there are two kinds of Pastizzi. Some are filled with ricotta cheese - these are very good; and some are filled with mushy peas - these are totally delicious. Ricotta filled pastries are known as pastizzi tal-irkotta, or cheesecakes....

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  • It felt like home.

    There is a long association between Malta and the United Kingdom, based on the fact that the island was part of the British Empire for 150 years from 1814 to 1964. This association was probably best illustrated during the Second World War when the island withstood appalling aerial attacks from the Axis forces of Germany and Italy but was never...

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