Hot and sunny. Great shops. Clubbing is fantastic! Hard Rock Cafe had great food! Prices! The blue lagoon = heaven on earth!
It's one of the touristy areas, so you may have to deal with crowds.
More than just a chaotic place can be relaxing too !
OK, this is certainly not the most exciting tip I will ever write on VT but it is designed to give some practical advice on a subject that may well be of use to the traveller especially if they are staying here for a long period of time, that of laundry.I had looked all over nearby Sliema for a self service laundry without success and had been...more
I have noticed, in my br4ief time on the island, the Maltese love of public statuary. You can hardly turn a corner or walk a hundred yards without bumping into one or another pieces of public art. This is not just an historic thing, there are many more modern pieces as well, it must just be part of the local identity. Actually, I quite like it as...more
Our hotel told us about Spinola Bay when we asked about a place to take a walk and find something to eat. They highly recommended the area not only for the number of restaurants, but for the beauty of the bay and the wide paved promenade that goes along the edge of the bay and provides walkers, joggers, and visitors alike with a safe place to move...more
We didn´t see anything else to do in St. Julians than eat well, shop and if you like party, then you could party party and little party again.. Not our thing, but people around twenties seemed to like it. Maybe if the music and bars were different and there would be maybe some brewery-pubs or something, we might have tried it, but one night staying...more
From Spinola Bay we walked past the Balluta Bay. Now in November we saw lots of Maltese on a Sunday as well as retired British and other nationalities that enjoyed walking along the promenade of the coastline. Coming from the Scotsman Pub down to the Spinola Bay, you will see the Spinola Palace (photo no. 1) which was built under the order of...more
A day out away from the built up Valletta area. I had planned on taking the seaplane service, but the wind was wrong for landing at Mġarr so it was cancelled. I took the “express” 645 bus (€1.16 each way) from Sliema to the ferry at Ċirkewwa at the north west corner of the island. Took about 40 minutes from St Julian’s. The ferry cost...more
I travelled to Malta with Mi Malta's fam trip. I arrived late at night and first thing was having...more
This small and compact hotel is situated in one of the side roads of Paceville just opposite...more
In Malta on business and after a week's stay at the run down Crowne Plaza - expensive, unmaintained...more
I very rarely would write a review about a place I had never been as I generally find it to be unfair but I am going to make an exception here. As I have mentioned in many other restaurant reviews here on VT, I am a great believer in local knowledge and this is indeed the reason for my not visiting. Allow me to explain.As I mentioned in another...more
I am in the unlikely position of writing this tip in the place I am writing it about which is a thing that certainly would not have happened when I started on VT but is becoming more common as I travel with my netbook and wifi acess is becoming ever more available. However, one perennial VT problem has not, as yet, been solved and that is where to...more
It is difficult, as so often on VT, to properly define this place. It is a great little bar that only opens at night, at least in the off-season, and occasionally has live music, mostly on a Friday night. I personally did not see any of the bands here but I had the great privelege of being here a couple of late nights when they play rock music at...more
I have written elsewhere on my pages about Dick's Bar / eating house in San Giljan which turned out to be one of my favourite places on Malta. This is very mush a football (soccer) bar and crowds of people come to watch English, Italian, Spanish, German or whatever else teams, it just depends who is playing that night.However, on some weekend...more
San Giljan (St. Julian) is a very tourist place with nightlife centred round "Bar Street" or "Pub Street" as it is locally known. Music policy here is mostly of the pounding modern dance music at huge volume type which is not really my thing but younger readers may appreciate. Well, if it is not your thing and you think you can do better, for a...more
If you come here to eat out or party out, you should check the bus timetables. The nightbuses go only at friday and saturday at winter. I think they might go more often at summer, but see the info from the ATP- web page. The taxis are quite expensive, even if many other things aren´t at Malta.more
The boat goes round teh colourful and unique surroundings of the St.Julian's coastline. The boat will take you to Portomaso complex where you can admire the luxurious apartments, cafeterias restaurants and yatchts. Then it will corss over to the Sliema coastline and to the little Balluta Bay. Then it will return back to boarding point - at the side...more
A huge shopping complex in Paceville. Paceville is located on the hill between Spinola Bay and St. George's Bay. There are lots of fashion stores like for instance Naf Naf, Mexx, Calliope and Terranova and on ground floor you'll find a big Adidas Brand store. In the cpmplex there are also several restaurants and bars, incl. Hard Rock Cafe. Open...more
Zara is an international clothing store with shops almost everywhere.. but if you're new to Zara you should definitely visit their store in Sliema. It is huge and spacey with lots of trendy clothes. The prices are not too bad either. If you have Zara in your home country the prices are probably similar and it's no need to try to make a bargain, but...more
Band clubs are a feature of almost every Maltese town and city (and probably villages too). They're affiliated to the church and they have a procession through the town on Festa night, as well as playing for a few hours somewhere in the town in the lead-up to the firework display. There's a lot of pride associated with the bands.The clubs are...more
Ballutta Square is a great meeting place, mainly for locals but tourists go there too (we were there most nights). By day mothers sit and chat while their kids play in the square and around the fountain; Students meet up for lunch, drinks and chats; old folk sit just to enjoy the day and have a chat. By night it's much the same! Mothers still chat...more
Well, this custom tip is a bit of a strange one but I had no idea where to place it ! When you come to Malta make sure you go to a 'pastizzi' shop ! You cannot miss them there are loads of outlets all around Malta and Gozo! 'Pastizzi' are made of filo pastry and usually are filled with either cottage cheese 'ricotta' or a consistency of mashed peas...more
I don't think we experienced this problem, but I've heard lots of stories about how some Maltese restaurant owners/car rentals..etc try to take advantage of tourists by charging higher fees, different menus with higher prices at restaurants..etc. Some take advantage of the fact that they know tourists have money and they don't know any better and...more
Beware recently in Malta speed cameras have been installed around the island however there are always signs around showing the speed limit in that area. For example coming out of the tunnels especially on the bridges on both sides the speed limit is 45km and it is very important not to go over the speed limit or over take in the tunnels and on the...more
1445 Reviews and Opinions
The Blue lagoon, situated near Comino, IS fantastic! But if you want to spend the whole day in this fantastic lagoon and are thinking of going there by your own you might be disappointed. The lagoon is packed with tourists, and there is no place to lie down and sunbathe. To get to the best part of the lagoon, you have to follow the path along the lagoon and climb down some narrow, stone steps ..tricky for the kids and the elderly. This brings you to a tiny sandy beach (approx. 10 people can place their towels on the beach) and apart from the small sandy area, there are sharp rocks.. No where to sit or lie down.. If you go here by boat, you can always go back to your boat to soak up some sun before taking another swim in the lovely clear water in the lagoon.
Unique Suggestions: Get there as early as possible..and I mean early as in before the boats get there; 8-9 AM. Or... go there by boat.
Fun Alternatives: There are some sunbeds located on a platform just outside the lagoon, very crowded, and no private space.. but at least you have somewhere to put your stuff.
I took this photo so that everyone out there can see the horrible huge buildings sites that are being built in Malta. Here once there was an old huge house called Villa Cassar Torregiani. When my dad was a kid he used to go to play tennis in the tennis courts of the house as he knew the son of the person who used to own the house. I always remember...more
This is the road coming from the Msida roundabout going towards the San Gwann/St.Julians and Gzira roundabout. On this road at about 7.30 a.m. and even at about 5.00 p.m. in Winter there is always traffic or some accident so beware if you are passing through these roads at this time. On this road coming from the St. Julians direction there are two...more
Going down the steps of Portomaso you will find the harbour of Portomaso where loads of boats are tied. This photo was taken on the way along the sea side of the harbour. I liked ir so I decided to post the photo. This is like a small pool of water enclosed but it is not used as a pool its just a decoration but I like it as the sea here is really...more
This is the water polo club at Ballutta. You can watch them train and play from the promenade that passes in front of it and there seems to be something going on there most evenings. Just across the bay back towards Slieme there is another water polo club and right back near Sliema point there's yet another. Well, with this weather and this...more
This pool is called Neptunes pool and is situated in Balluta which is between Sliema and St.Julians. The pool is used for water polo players to train and for swimming lessons however if you are a member you can also swim in the pool. Onlookers can watch the pool activities from the road. The complex is surrounded by the sea which forms Balluta Bay....more
As we walked along Spinola bay in St. Julian’s, I enjoyed looking at the brightly colored traditional Maltese fishing boats called luzzus. These little boats are painted in bright reds, yellows, greens, and blues. Most of them also have a pair of eyes on the bow of the vessel, considered to date back to the ancient Phoenicians and Greeks. Not only...more
These are very important especially if you need to change cash and the banks are closed. There are two of these in St Julians one in St Georges Road (see other tip on St Julians section) and this one which is situated in Paceville at the side of the Bank of Valletta and opposite 'Going Places' That you find everything here !more