Weekend Getaway To Malta

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07 Feb Weekend Getaway To Malta

After putting up with the bitter cold weather in London, Poland and Berlin I knew it was time to go for a quick getaway to a milder climate. That’s when a quick search on Sky Scanner led me to choose Malta as my first weekend getaway for 2017. Having previously visited Malta about 6 years ago, I figured it was  time to go back. For those of you who have never been to Malta I figured I would break this post up into the basics. Getting to, getting around, where to stay, where to eat and what to do with just 72 hours in Malta.

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Getting to the island

I booked my flight a few months ahead of time. Believe it or not the total cost to and from Malta was just 50GBP with Ryanair, with a flight time of just over 3 hours.

Of course, if RyanAir is not for you there are many different airlines that fly into Malta such as Air Malta, British Airways and on occasion even Emirates.

The Malta airport is small and everything moves smoothly.  It is very easy to find your gate and get in and out of the airport without wasting too much time. The airport is located in the middle of the island so it takes roughly 45 min to get anywhere by taxi.

A helpful tip when you are leaving Malta: do not get to the airport too early unless you just want to sit around.  There is not much to do after you clear security.  Make sure you grab some food before you go through security. There are plenty of restaurants and fast food to choose from in the main entrance but once your through, if it’s after 5pm, all the kitchens will be closed and you are limited to sandwiches or drinks.

If flying is not your thing, you can also get to Malta by ferry from Sicily or by a cruise.

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Getting around

  •  Buses

It was disappointing since the last time I was there classic old colorful buses roamed the street. They have since been replaced with normal city buses. But I heard they might bring back the old type at some point, which would be fantastic.  The bus stops are easy to figure out and you can buy your ticket as you board the bus.  All bus numbers under 100 go to Valetta and those starting with X go to the airport. They also have night buses.  As with most city buses, make sure you press a button on your stop otherwise the driver won’t stop.

 

  • Taxi

The original taxis called white taxi are available at the airport with a fixed price to any place you want to go. If you catch them on the street, make sure you agree on a fare, otherwise you may get ripped off. The better and cheaper option are private taxi companies which you can book online or on the phone. I personally used Hicabs which I was very happy with.

 

  • Renting a car

You can easily rent a car right at the airport.  People in Malta drive like crazy so you must be very careful.  I would also recommend insurance as the roads are narrow and there is always the chance of a scratch.

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Where to stay

The island is very small and with the great connection services you can stay wherever you like. My favorite area to stay is in St Julian’s.  That’s where I stayed during both of my visits to Malta. It’s not the quietest part of the island but its very pretty and has the best nightlife. You could stay in the capital, Valetta, to experience great cultural events and history, Mellieha if you want to spend time on the sandy beach or Silema which is a modern tourist area with many hotels and restaurants.  The place I stayed this time was called Instyle apartments, located in St Julians/Paceville. It was very close to all nightlife streets but you couldn’t hear any noise from outside. It was a very lovely place and I would definitely go back.

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Where to eat

There is plenty of great restaurants around. I didn’t have enough time to explore all of them.

The best place I tried this time was called New York Best it’s a kind of fast food chain, with burgers, pizza, sandwiches and salads but the quality of food is amazing. I ate there twice during the weekend because I liked it that much. The other place we went to was an Irish pub in St Julians called Dublier. I am not normally a big fan of pub food but I must admit my cheesesteak was delicious.

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What to see in 3 days

Malta is a beautiful island with so much to explore, so 3 days is not enough time to see everything. Of course, I could have seen more than I did but my trip was pretty relaxed. On the first day, I was a little bit tired because of waking up early for the flight the night before so I didn’t have too much energy to go out and start sightseeing. That day I was walking around St Julian’s, where I was staying. It’s a tiny town so it was perfect. There are a few casinos, a marina with fancy boats and a nightclub which makes this part of the city pretty popular.

On the second day, we decided walk to Valetta. It was supposed to be a 45 min walk which turned out to be 2 hours because the coast is so pretty, you just want to stop every 5 minutes. To make it quicker we did catch a ferry from Silema. It was 5 min journey and it cost 1,5euros. We got to Valetta quite late, so I didn’t get a chance to explore a lot. It’s a very beautiful city with many historical buildings, cute cafes and shops. I heard St. John’s Cathedral is a must.

For the last day, I planned to visit Mdina Old City.  Unfortunately, I had to change my plans .  I just stayed in St Julian’s to keep exploring.  I would have definitely gone there if I had more energy and the weather was better as it was raining.

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The next time I go to Malta I will definitely visit the Blue Lagoon. The photos of the crystal clear water looks fabulous.  I did get to see it from the plane. The other place I would go is Gozo, which is a separate island nearby.  I would also take a boat tour in Xlendi Beach which goes to cliffs and caves.

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30 Comments
  • Andrea Broom
    Posted at 05:48h, 08 February Reply

    Malta looks like such a gorgeous place to visit. You seemed to have a blast and your pictures are beautiful;. Sad to hear that the buses are now not the colorful ones that you saw before.

  • Author Brandi Kennedy
    Posted at 09:13h, 08 February Reply

    Looks like you had a wonderful trip! Your photos are beautiful too!

  • Milton Goh
    Posted at 12:55h, 08 February Reply

    Malta sounds like a relaxing place to travel to!
    How’s the prices of food and groceries there? Expensive or affordable?

  • Kenzie
    Posted at 13:37h, 08 February Reply

    That shot of the street is out of this world! Loved this post!

  • Janett at Lifestyle Inspire
    Posted at 13:38h, 08 February Reply

    Looks so nice here! Looks like you had so much fun 🙂 Thanks for sharing this awesome trip!

  • Ashvin Nankoo
    Posted at 13:47h, 08 February Reply

    Malta sounds like my next holiday destination. Your images are really well taken and gorgeous!

  • Joan Merrell
    Posted at 13:59h, 08 February Reply

    I had not thought about traveling to Malta before this. But I may have to add it to my list of places to visit. Very well written article, and very helpful. Well organized and easy to follow. Thanks again.

  • Sophie
    Posted at 14:32h, 08 February Reply

    All these photos really make me want to go visit Malta! And I hope they do bring back the colourful buses, those sound great.

    Sophie | MapleTreeBlog

  • Foirell
    Posted at 14:44h, 08 February Reply

    These pictures look amazing! I have never been to Malta but would love to go. Im in the UK so I dont think a trip would be too expensive. Glad you enjoyed shame about the weather towards the end though. Love your blog by the way.

    Foirell | http://www.citygirlrell.com

  • Ana De- Jesus
    Posted at 15:12h, 08 February Reply

    Malta is stunning although shame about the weather. Still the photography is beautiful and it still looks like you did have a wonderful time xx

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:04h, 08 February Reply

    This is a cool guide to Malta. You really show how fabulous the island is. It has some gorgeous architecture and gorgeous coastlines. What an amazing destination.

  • Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen
    Posted at 15:34h, 09 February Reply

    Malta looks beautiful and sounds very interesting. It would be great to be able to visit there someday. I’m surprised to see how tightly packed the residences appear. Looks like there are a lot of people on the island.

  • Robin Rue
    Posted at 17:13h, 09 February Reply

    This looks like an absolutely beautiful trip! I would love to go and experience this island and all that it has to offer.

  • Carol Cassara
    Posted at 23:00h, 09 February Reply

    I’ve never been to Malta! It would be so nice to go there and just enjoy the weather, the culture, the food, and the people! Thanks for sharing the things that you can do there and where you can stay. This is a great guide.

  • Anna nuttall
    Posted at 06:10h, 10 February Reply

    I would love to go back to Malta. It does look the perfect weekend getaway. xx

  • Meeta
    Posted at 10:00h, 10 February Reply

    I love Malta was there a few years ago! We were on the little island Gozo and made a couple of day trips to Malta – such a warm and inviting place with great food. I have a blog post on my blog about Gozo / Malta too.

  • Angela Zimsky
    Posted at 23:14h, 11 February Reply

    Looks like a fun weekend getaway to me. You captured some good pictures.

  • Eazynazy
    Posted at 00:42h, 12 February Reply

    woww beautiful picturs and beautiful you 🙂 . seems u had a great time during your stay 🙂

  • Katja
    Posted at 05:00h, 14 February Reply

    What gorgeous photos! I’ve always wanted to visit Malta and now I have even more reasons!
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

  • Nadine Cathleen
    Posted at 05:09h, 14 February Reply

    Beautiful photos! I have been to Malta a long time ago and found it super pretty. Thanks for a walk down memory lane! X

  • Sanne - Spend Life Traveling
    Posted at 11:18h, 14 February Reply

    Great post! I have been thinking about going to Malta for a while, mainly because it is so cheap to fly to from almost anywhere in Europe, so this really helps convincing me to go!

  • Reebex aka Recovering Hippie
    Posted at 15:34h, 14 February Reply

    I have such lovely memories of my trip to Malta, the main one being trying to get over my fear of the ocean with a two day diving course. It was a part success. After reading this post I´m thinking that I should go back to see if I can complete the job!

  • Reebex aka Recovering Hippie
    Posted at 15:35h, 14 February Reply

    I have such lovely memories of my trip to Malta, the main one being trying to get over my fear of the ocean with a two day diving course. It was a part success. After reading this post I´m thinking that I should go back to see if I can complete the job! another great read!

  • Mike Clegg - www.travelanddestinations.com
    Posted at 02:13h, 18 February Reply

    Malta looks fantastic. I haven’t been yet but definitely on my list. Love your photos too.

  • Wanderlust Vegans
    Posted at 09:41h, 18 February Reply

    Malta looks prettyeasy to get to and a 50GBP flight is not bad. It sounds like there is a lot to explore. Good tip on bringing food in the airport as that would be bad if you were hungry and the was nothing good to eat.

  • Bruce Schinkel
    Posted at 14:04h, 18 February Reply

    I’ve not yet been to Malta, but this overview really makes me want to get there soon. Thanks so much for the great tips in this post!

  • Sute
    Posted at 02:02h, 19 February Reply

    Malta looks like a place stucked in time,, i find the landscape beautiful in a nostalgic way, seems to be a nice destination for a peaceful weekend, great photos.

  • Claire Summers
    Posted at 11:40h, 19 February Reply

    Malta is one of those places I have heard of but never really considered for a trip. Your photography, especially the street images are stunning and making my change my mind. I’m going to have to keep my eyes out for cheep flights!

  • Munchkin Treks
    Posted at 14:48h, 20 February Reply

    Malta is definitely on my list of places to visit. I want to learn more about the history there. I love the details you provide about places to stay, transportation to get around, and things to do.

  • Tamason Gamble
    Posted at 03:28h, 24 February Reply

    Malta is a place we have thought about visiting for a while now. I like the idea that it has a slightly warmer climate than here in the UK and with that flight time it makes for a great short break. I have always wanted to visit Popeye Island because it looks so bright and colourful.

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