THE BEST THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MALTA
HISTORY OF MALTA
The first evidence of the presence of man on the island dates back to the Neolithic era. Temples built with megalithic blocks of inestimable value for the study of prehistoric populations. But the history of Malta passes through all the most important stages of the formation of our civilization, as Malta is often the main theater, as in the case of the Christianization of Europe, both in the early Christian phase and during the struggle for the Mediterranean dominance of the creed. Christian or Muslim, and, in contemporary times, the role of the protagonist of the archipelago as a military base and main front of the international clash.
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN MALTA
Malta is one of the safest destinations in the Mediterranean. There are many features that make the archipelago a peaceful place to enjoy a holiday without problems. High-quality life and a crime rate that is one of the lowest in the European Union. When I was there I felt so secure, you can walk alone day and night on the streets.
BUDGET TRAVEL IN MALTA PER DAY
Malta accommodation comes at a very reasonable price, you can choose to stay in a hostel that is available for 20-25 euros or you can go for some mid-range hotels that will cost you around 70-100 euros per day.
For lunch and dinner that is inexpensive, you have to spend around 10-15 euros. If you are looking to eat some fish in a restaurant you spend a little bit more (around 30-40 euros).
For transportation, you can get a small car for 30 euros per day or you have a bus ticket for 15 euros and 12 rides.
So is Malta expensive? The answer is “no” if you try to save money. Let’s say that the daily average cost of Malta is around 50 euros.
BEST HOTELS IN MALTA
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BEST RESTAURANTS IN MALTA
This place is perfect to eat and drink, whenever you want, whatever the mood you are in, alone or with friends. There you will enjoy a cornucopia of sights, sounds, and tastes designed to delight the eyes, ears, and palate. They make a difference with carefully prepared dishes served with flair.
SOTTO PIZZERIA ITALIANA
This restaurant is actually the best choice if you want a real italian Pizza. They are the best pizza makers in Malta.
A small family run restaurant located in the heart of Balluta Bay, the food served at Wigi’s is based on the traditional Mediterranean kitchen. However, they adopt a progressive interpretation of this style without following food trends. Service is simple and unassuming, dishes uncomplicated but full of generosity and delightful.
CAVIAR & BULL
This restaurant is located in St. Julian’s with a beautiful view across St. Georges Bay, Caviar & Bull is the perfect venue for dining out in Malta. A gastronomic menu of mouthwatering dishes of locally sourced ingredients await.
TOP SIGHTS OF MALTA
THE MEDIEVAL HILLTOP TOWN OF MDINA
Mdina is a beautiful fairy-tale city of Malta. You have to pass through a majestic gate to enter the city, giving you the impression of walking back in time. The most important site is the Cathedral of Saint Paul, a Baroque style building designed by the architect Lorenzo Gafa. The cathedral has a unique 12th-century icon of Madonna and some works of art by painter Mattia Preti. You should visit also Grandiose historic palaces. The Palazzo Santa Sofia, Mdina’s best preserved medieval building. The Palazzo Vilhena, a gorgeous monument that houses Malta’s superb Natural History Museum. The museum has an outstanding collection of geological exhibits as well as insect, fossils and animal displays.
MALTA’S ELEGANT CAPITAL CITY VALLETTA
A seaport that is strategically important, this fortified city is the elegant capital of the Republic of Malta. The entire city of Valletta is a testimony to the grandeur of the Knights of Malta. The Knights created a capital worthy of their aristocratic stature, on par with other great European capitals. Valletta’s regular grid plan and orderly public squares reveal the knights’ logical 16th-century urban planning. Tourists can easily navigate this small city that is bounded by two harbors, the Grand Harbor and Marsamxett Harbor.
BLUE LAGOON ISLAND OF CAMINO
Blue Lagoon is an awesome beach with crystal-clear turquoise sea. It has a South Pacific quality waters with a white sand seabed. This beautiful lagoon gives the impression of being a giant swimming pool because its waters are so calm, and the shallow end is safe enough for children. Wonderful for swimming or lounging on inflatable cabanas, the core of the lagoon is roped off to boats. You can rent umbrellas and chairs for a more relaxing experience. It’s best for you if you arrive before 10:30 am because, during high season, this beach is often full. The other option is sunbathing on the scorching hot rocky hillside. At least, tourists can count on refreshment stands set up around the lagoon.
This is for families traveling with kids, Mellieha, where the Popeye Village is located, offers an entertaining place to spend the day. This cool tourist attraction was a film set in the 1980s for the movie Popeye starring Robin Williams and now is one of the top tourist attractions of Malta. The film set is a seaside village made of 20 wooden structures. Here you can meet Popeye in his cabin and take a tour of the village to find the bakery, post office, firehouse, and other buildings. In the main square, you have a show where is explained more about the site. This colorful Village has other attractions including a beach, sunbathing decks, and souvenir shop. Kids love a lot the boat rides and trampolines. There is even Santa’s toy town where Santa’s elves prepare toys for Christmas.
If you are a person who appreciates beautiful coastal scenery, you have to visit the Blue Grotto of the Dingli Cliffs. The panorama view from a 250-meter Dingli Cliffs dropping off into the Mediterranean Sea is just breathtaking. Keep in your mind that here besides short walking trails is nothing, no restrooms or pubs or restaurants. Another thing that you have to know is that Dingli Cliffs does not have a visible bus stop. You have to ask the bus driver for a plan also because here buses run infrequently, but the spectacular view makes it worth.