Over the long Easter weekend, myself and a friend headed to Malta for four days of hopeful sunshine, exploration and relaxation. In all honesty I wasn’t expecting all that much as I knew it was a relatively small island and that my grandparents loved it so I wasn’t expecting there to be much to do, but I was wrong.
To maximize our time we flew from Luton into Malta airport and back to Stanstead through Ryanair and in all honesty Ryanair really weren’t that bad other than a slightly untimely departure home. We had no idea how we were going to get from the airport to our accommodation and thought we’d end up with a (probably expensive) taxi, but no Malta have their own airport shuttles and we paid just 24 euros to get us both to our apartments, and for them to pick us up again.
We had almost four full days on the island and there was plenty to do during our trip. We decided to stay in St Julians which is deemed as the party capital of the Island, just a 15-minute bus ride from the island’s capital Valletta. During the day, we barely spotted anyone and most of the bars/ clubs looked like they’d shut down but by 10pm the streets were lined with people dressed up for a night out and the music was pumping. We heard a little noise from our apartments but we were pretty much on the strip, definitely worth a visit if you want drinks or a night out.
We had one full day trip out to Comino and the Blue Lagoon. Comino is a tiny island off the coast of Malta with seemingly no inhabitants but it has the most gorgeous beachfront and cliffs. We ended up going on the coldest out of four days and couldn’t manage a proper swim but my god in the summer it must be amazing. There are some caves just a small swim off the beach and it’s manageable (i.e. not too deep!) as we saw several people swimming across. We spent our day climbing to the highest point of the island, lounging on the beach and eating ice cream (aka heaven!) The day trip cost us just 20 euros which not only included the trip but also a free lunch and free bar on the boat (beer, wine, water and soft drinks) so it was pretty much a free day out for us!
You can do a day trip to the other small island called Gozo but we didn’t have time to do this. Alternatively, you can do both Comino and Gozo in one day but I don’t feel you’d get long enough on either island. As Malta is so close to Scilly (40 miles) you can do a day trip there as well which would have been lovely if we’d had the time.
We spent another day doing the hop-on-hop-off bus around the whole island which again only cost us 20 euros. We stopped at a fishing village called Marsaxlokk Bay which was so picturesque with it’s brightly colored moored boats and busy market. We had some really nice seafood here which was all fresh with some of the best calamari I’ve ever had. Later in the day we stopped at the Blue Grotto which is another coastal area (although with no beach) where you can get a little speedboat into the sea to go into some caves which are full of clear waters and pretty quartz under the sea-line. A definite must have if you’re in Malta.
Finally, we spent time in Medina which is a walled city within Malta and used to be their capital. There are some breathtaking views across the island and the option for various tours throughout the city. We opted for a little train which took us through the streets pointing out some of the best things to see.
Malta definitely surprised me in regards to how much there was to do and I’d definitely recommend it as somewhere to go even if it’s just to enjoy the crystal clear water and the sunshine.