Mnajdra Tempel / Hagar Qim CLOSED!
Don't go to the Mnajdra Tempel and Hagar Qim if you want to visit them inside. You can just have a view at those tempels from outside because they are closed for several weeks/month (I was there in February 2008). No one really knows for how long they are closed. If you want to go there ask at your hotel if they are open again (but at many hotels the staff even doesn't know that they are closed). Very close to the tempels is the Blue Grotto. Maybe you can combine those two sights and try your luck.
Malta beaches have plenty of jellyfish, far too many for comfort. We got stung on a beach that was netted, and was said to be safe, yet it only took us 1 minute to get a sting. Comino island, the west coast, Mellieha was no different. Have some vinegar in your beach bag if you go to swim, that helps, we did not know this, so the sting got really bad.
Valletta - Horse Rides
Not that much of a problem, but in Valletta they have a lot of taxi/tour horse buggies, and you can't look at the horses from afar, much less step closer to them without being shouted at by all the various men who want you to take a tour in their buggy.
Not sure if it's good value or what, but the horses looked fairly worn out and overworked, so we didn't take them up on it.
Timeshare at Golden Bay
We'd ended up at Golden Bay by mistake, having misunderstood the buses. However, after having stayed and enjoyed the beach/water, we were wandering back to the bus-stop when we were accosted by a British man who handed us free competition vouchers.
After (surprisingly) having won a free trip to stay in the Radisson Hotel, we ended up being herded into the aforementioned hotel and staying there for 3 hours whilst they tried to tempt us into buying an apartment. Worked out alright in the end, as we were given a free mini-bus ride directly back to our hotel (fantastic, as we still weren't sure where we'd end up on the buses) and 2 bottles of wine (which we gave to our hotel staff), but a wasted 3 hours of our precious holiday none the less!
Just be aware of what they're after, which unfortunately we weren't at the time. A polite no and walking on would suffice, they aren't that pushy, but if you fancy having a laugh and getting some free wine out of it then go right ahead. Note - they do seem to avoid the 'T-word' and get quite upset when you suggest that it is, infact, timeshare that they are trying to sell to you.
time share scams
you will most definatley approached asking you if you want 200 cigarettes or free champagneor some kind of offer for 10 minutes of your time.politley say no as they take you to hotels trying to sell you time shares.one couple we met were took 20 minutes drive away to look at a hotel and were there all day.so please be aware.
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If you decide to hire a car and drive in malta you really need to be sensible and confident on the road as many other drivers feel the need to overtake and speed. The amount of crashes that happen over there are unbelieveable this could also be because of the amount of holes in the road but the roads are getting better.
Just stick to the speed limit and dont overtake other drivers and you should be fine.
This is not just a danger in Malta but can happen in most places. I was waiting for a taxi outside an office complex when a car approached with 3 young female occupants who stopped and asked if I have a mobile phone that they could use to make a call. Luckily I was aware of this and said no, as I am sure that once handed over the car would have sped away.
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THE SUN CAN BE YOUR FRIEND OR YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE
Mostly in summer some Visitors to our island tend to take it for granted and do not protect adequetly against the harmfull rays of the sun.
This could lead to a severe sun burn and other skin illness if the right precautions are not taken.....so in the summer months get a hat....grease yourself well with suncream ....wear sunglasses....drink a lot of liquids....wear light clothing....and stay as much as possible in the shade or under an umbrella....if you do not want to feel and look like a roasted chicken that is!!
Drive a car only when you are a bit crazy
Driving in Malta is dangerous, crossing a street too.
When you drive in Malta it might help when you are a bit crazy. Malta drivers have a bad habit: they don't care about driving on the left side of the street. They drive where there might be a shade or where the holes in the streets are not so big - and they know each hole in the streets!
So take care and consider that you can get to the most places very comfortable with a bus.
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