Malta Travel Guide

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Malta Highlights

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    ROCKARIA says…

     Got lots of sunshine ,hospitable people and cheap transport 

  • Con
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    ROCKARIA says…

     Can not bring your ski"s with ya 

  • In a nutshell
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    Christine_D says…

     Very nice place to stay for one week! 

Malta Things to Do

  • Rabat

    Rabat is the bigger than its Siamese twin town of Mdina. Its name derives from the word "suburb" in Arabic, a name it shares with the capital of Morocco, and once upon a time it was exactly that: the suburb of Mdina. There's not a huge deal to see in Rabat, but if you are visiting Mdina (and you should) it's a shame not to make Rabat a little...

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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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  • Look out for the icons.

    Malta is an extremely Christian country and this is reflected in quite an unusual and appealing way.A huge number of Maltese homes will have some sort of Christian icon at the side of the front door and, whilst not of that faith myself, I did find them rather appealing. You will see various Bible figures represented although I would suggest that...

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  • Join the club!

    I do not know how it works in other countries but certainly in the UK anything calling itself a club is generally members only, partially to do with the wishes of the members and partially to do with the UK licensing laws. In Malta things are much different and there seem to be almost as many places calling themselves clubs as there are bars....

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  • Sliema: Two Harbour Cruise

    A cruise around the Grand Harbour is a must for any visit to Malta, and trips are easy to arrange from the Strand in Sliema where the water taxis go from. In fact you'll have salespeople falling over themselves to sell you tickets. In the off season you can even bargain the prices down a little if you have patience. A typical cruise of the two...

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  • Birgu

    Birgu is the original city of Malta's urban sprawl, and its second capital after Mdina. It's older than Valletta. In fact the reason Valletta was built was to protect Birgu from attack: The Ottoman Turks laid siege to Birgu from the peninsula that Valletta now occupies. Birgu takes its other official name, Vittoriosa from Malta's victory in that...

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Malta Restaurants

  • Rabat: Maltese

    This is reviewed as one of the best restaurants in Rabat, but it's only a small place (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: Food Kitchen

    Check out the picture. That's the view from the terrace (in December too). With a view like that you might think it was an expensive restaurant, but it's just the Food Kitchen on the top floor of Marks and Spencer's. With a store canteen I was expecting middle-aged women tucking into soup and sandwiches on plastic tables decorated with plastic...

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  • 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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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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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

  • 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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  • The sun.

    Malta is situated in the Mediterrean and here it is a lot of sun during the high season, so be really careful when you walk for a long time on the beach or boardwalk, or just go down and lay down on the rocks. Be protected by sun Cream and have a hat, maybe an umbrella with you if you have kids. Everything which keeps away the sun is a good thing!

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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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    Foul weather gear. 3 more images

    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.

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Malta Off The Beaten Path

  • Dingli Cliffs - wow

    To get to the cliffs you have to catch a bus to Rabat, then follow a 2km pathway through lovely Buskett Gardens to reach Dingli cliffs - the highest point on the island. Walk along the cliff so high above the sea and feel the wind as it sweeps over. The cliffs are probaby caused by Africa scrunching up to Europe. It has been suggested that this is...

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  • front garden in Valletta

    If you lived somewhere with large, verdant, spacious gardens, you might understand the smile on my face and my feelings when I saw that front garden in Valletta.Plants need a lot of water to grow but Malta has little. Ground in Valetta is rare. However, you can always find enough inspiration to make your imaginations come true. To be so creative...

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  • crucifix - tree

    Going up the hill for Mdina there are trees on both sides of the street. One of these trees is very special. If you look close it turns into a crucifix.The tree is on the right side when you travel up the hill and it is after about 3 quaters of the way up.

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  • Protect your car.

    When iy is hot and the sun is so strong, it gets very hot in the car. So protect it with something in the windows, and dont forget your animals in the car!!!!

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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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  • The wonderful old shopfronts.

    As well as the famous Maltese balconies, I noticed another thing as I wandered the streets of Malta and that was the old-fashioned style shopfronts. They are absolutely enchanting although, like the baclonies, many of them are now in a sad state of repair. I hope they manage to preserve them one way or another. This tip is really designed to...

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