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Location: Malta

Day 1 - 21 Aug 2021

Malta International Airport

Malta , Malta International Airport

Content: Our trip started at 9:15 am at Frankfurt International Airport. Flight from Frankfurt to Malta takes about 2 and a half hours. We arrived at Malta International Airport around 12 pm. Because of the Covid restrictions, it took around an hour to pass the security (make sure to check current Covid restrictions and submit Malta's passenger locator form, if necessary, before your trip to shorten your waiting time). The best way to travel around the island is by car, so we rented a car online before our trip and we collected it right at the airport.

Location: St. Julian's

Day 1 - 21 Aug 2021

Hotel Valentina

St. Julian's, Hotel Valentina

Content: We arrived at our hotel around 1:30 pm. The staff was very friendly, they gave us all important information and even show us must see locations.

ImPasta

St. Julian's, ImPasta
St. Julian's, ImPasta

Content: After checking in we decided to go eat something. Just around the corner, we found this ImPasta place. As you can guess from the name of this place, they serve delicious pasta dishes. It was really delicious and I definitely recommend this place.

Location: Sliema

Day 1 - 21 Aug 2021

Sliema beach

Sliema, Sliema beach
Sliema, Sliema beach
Sliema, Sliema beach

Content: After lunch, we decided to go for a walk and explore Sliema, a lively neighborhood, which used to be the main leisure place for the Maltese upper classes. Make sure to go for a swim in Baths of Sliema, it's a unique experience.

Pjazza Tigné

Sliema, Pjazza Tigné
Sliema, Pjazza Tigné

Content: We finished our walking tour at Tigné Point. Here you can find some of the swankiest apartments, shopping mall, The Point, and Tigné Fort. This was a really long walking tour (more than 5km from our hotel to Tigné Point, one way), and we were really exhausted at the end. So, we decided to grab some food on our way to the hotel at call it a night.

Location: Blue Grotto

Day 2 - 22 Aug 2021

Blue Grotto

Blue Grotto, Blue Grotto
Blue Grotto, Blue Grotto
Blue Grotto, Blue Grotto
Blue Grotto, Blue Grotto

Content: After breakfast we made our way to Blue Grotto, an absolute must-see location. It's a half-hour ride from St. Julian's. Around 10 o'clock we were there. We were extremely surprised that there was no queue at all. So, we immediately bought tickets (8€ p. p.) for the boat trip. It was a nice half-hour trip with a small boat around the caves. After we came back to the land, there were at least 50 people waiting to buy tickets. So, my advice to you is to come as early as possible to avoid waiting. And prepare some change for the tour guide (it's not a must, but I think it's a nice gesture).

Sciutu Tower

Blue Grotto, Sciutu Tower
Blue Grotto, Sciutu Tower

Content: We've also visited the Sciutu tower nearby. It's one of many towers, bastions, and forts you'll find on the island. Considering Malta's turbulent history, there is no need to wonder there are so many of them all over the island. As the entrance was free, we didn't think long about it and we decided to explore it.

Panorama Bus Stop 1393

Blue Grotto, Panorama Bus Stop 1393
Blue Grotto, Panorama Bus Stop 1393

Content: On your way back, make sure to stop at this viewpoint. I'm definitely sure you are going to love it!

Location: Il-Qrendi

Day 2 - 22 Aug 2021

Ħaġar Qim

Il-Qrendi, Ħaġar Qim
Il-Qrendi, Ħaġar Qim

Content: Just a few minutes' ride from Blue Grotto, you will find the best-preserved prehistoric site in Malta, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples. I was and still am amazed by this place. It's incredible how capable people were. Admission tickets for temples are 10€. If you are planning to visit more historical places in Malta, I would advise you to buy Heritage Malta Multisite Pass. Currently, the price is 30€, and you can buy it directly at any of the sites or online. It includes more than 20 museums and sites all over the country. We definitely saved some money with it.

Location: Marsaxlokk

Day 2 - 22 Aug 2021

St. Peter's Pool

Marsaxlokk, St. Peter's Pool
Marsaxlokk, St. Peter's Pool

Content: Our next stop was St. Peter's Pool. It would be a really nice place if there weren't thousands of people. I would definitely recommend visiting this place early in the morning if you can. We almost couldn't find a place to leave our stuff. If you want to find some quiet place there, you should probably walk a little further away to Il-Kalanka Bay. On our way back, we stop for a cold Cisk (Maltese beer) at a small bar near the parking lot. That was the only bar there, so consider taking some drinks and food with you, if you are planning to stay for a longer time. You have to pay for parking almost everywhere on the island, but it's not that expensive (mostly 2 or 3€ for unlimited time). And one important note for those who are planning to rent a car, streets can be very, very narrow (and no, they are not one-way streets), so please be careful!

Roots Restaurant

Marsaxlokk, Roots Restaurant
Marsaxlokk, Roots Restaurant

Content: After a whole day of exploring, we decided to treat ourselves to some delicious seafood. This place is located at Marsaxlokk, an ancient fishing village. This place is packed with cute small restaurants that serve fresh seafood, so I really think you can't go wrong when you choose where you want to eat.

Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk, Marsaxlokk
Marsaxlokk, Marsaxlokk
Marsaxlokk, Marsaxlokk

Content: After dinner, we stroll around Marsaxlokk and just enjoyed the view. If you can, visit this place on Sunday morning when the fishing market finds a place, to experience the real Maltese life.

Location: Valletta

Day 3 - 23 Aug 2021

City Gate

Valletta, City Gate
Valletta, City Gate

Content: Day 3 was reserved for exploring the capital city of Malta, beautiful Valletta. We parked our car outside the city walls (3€ for the whole day) and started our journey. While strolling around, don't forget to look up. All around Valletta (and the whole country) you will see traditional Maltese balconies.

National War Museum - Fort St Elmo

Valletta, National War Museum - Fort St Elmo
Valletta, National War Museum - Fort St Elmo
Valletta, National War Museum - Fort St Elmo

Content: Our first stop was Fort St Elmo and National War Museum. This place is a real treasure for all history buffs out there. Because of its position in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta has always been sought after. From ancient times to modern history, Malta attracted many masters, such as Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. So, as you may assume, there are traces of these cultures all over the island. Food, architecture, language, it was all shaped under the influence of many different cultures. The entrance to the Fort and Museum is 10€. If you bought Malta Multisite Pass, entrance is free.

Lower Barrakka Gardens

Valletta, Lower Barrakka Gardens
Valletta, Lower Barrakka Gardens
Valletta, Lower Barrakka Gardens
Valletta, Lower Barrakka Gardens

Content: Lower Barrakka Gardens are the perfect place to hide from the sun and take a break. It is a really lovely place, definitely worth visiting. While resting you can enjoy the view over the Grand Harbour and The Three Cities.

Caffe Cordina

Valletta, Caffe Cordina
Valletta, Caffe Cordina
Valletta, Caffe Cordina
Valletta, Caffe Cordina

Content: Caffe Coridina was established in 1837, and it became a local institution. We make a coffee break there and we tried some delicious Maltese pastry and sweets. While here make sure to try cannoli, crispy fried pastry filled with ricotta, pastizzi (there are a few different fillings, I tried the one with ricotta cheese) and Qagħaq tal-għasel, honey rings filled with nougat and almonds (I didn't find it so delicious, but as it is a traditional food, so it's worth trying it).

St. John's Co-Cathedral

Valletta, St. John's Co-Cathedral
Valletta, St. John's Co-Cathedral

Content: Next stop: St. John's Co-Cathedral. I have mixed feelings about this place. I mean it definitely is one of the most impressive churches I have ever seen, but I think the 15€ fee is just a little too much (it's also not included in Malta Multisite Pass).

Coffee Circus Lisboa

Valletta, Coffee Circus Lisboa
Valletta, Coffee Circus Lisboa

Content: Another coffee break at a cute little corner coffee shop.

Upper Barrakka Gardens

Valletta, Upper Barrakka Gardens

Content: If you can make sure to visit Upper Barrakka Gardens at noon or at 4 pm, as we did, to see a ceremony of firing cannon. You can watch the ceremony from above (see photos) or you can pay a small fee (3€), do a little tour and be down there during the ceremony.

Valletta Waterfront

Valletta, Valletta Waterfront
Valletta, Valletta Waterfront
Valletta, Valletta Waterfront
Valletta, Valletta Waterfront

Content: After watching the show, we did a boat tour to the Three Cities (8€ p.p. round trip). We just set back, relaxed, and enjoy the views.

Location: Birgu

Day 3 - 23 Aug 2021

Birgu

Birgu, Birgu
Birgu, Birgu
Birgu, Birgu
Birgu, Birgu
Birgu, Birgu

Content: We decided to make one stop at Birgu, to walk around and explore the Three Cities before going back to Valletta. I just loved looking for cute colorful front doors, while strolling around.

Location: Senglea

Day 3 - 23 Aug 2021

Gardjola Gardens

Senglea, Gardjola Gardens
Senglea, Gardjola Gardens

Content: Last stop before going back were Gardjola Gardens.

Location: Valletta

Day 3 - 23 Aug 2021

Barrakka Lift

Valletta, Barrakka Lift

Content: We took a lift ride back to the Upper Barrakka Gardens and went back to our hotel.

Location: St Julian's

Day 3 - 23 Aug 2021

Bianco's

St Julian's, Bianco's
St Julian's, Bianco's
St Julian's, Bianco's

Content: The best way to end the day is with some delicious food at Bianco's and nice night views over the harbor.

Location: Mellieha

Day 4 - 24 Aug 2021

Popeye Village Viewpoint

Mellieha, Popeye Village Viewpoint
Mellieha, Popeye Village Viewpoint
Mellieha, Popeye Village Viewpoint

Content: After 3 days of exploring, the fourth day was reserved for some relaxing and fun time at Popeye Village. We first stop at the viewpoint to take some shots.

Popeye Village

Mellieha, Popeye Village
Mellieha, Popeye Village
Mellieha, Popeye Village
Mellieha, Popeye Village
Mellieha, Popeye Village

Content: A few tips for your visit to Popeye Village: buy your tickets online to avoid waiting in lines, make sure to come early to find sunbeds, because there is a limited number of them. The entrance to the Village is 15€ and all activities and shows, as well as sunbeds and umbrellas, free popcorn, and postcard, are included in the price. There is also a restaurant where you can grab some food.

Location: Paradise Bay

Day 4 - 24 Aug 2021

Paradise Bay

Paradise Bay, Paradise Bay
Paradise Bay, Paradise Bay

Content: We also stop at Paradies Bay for some drinks and a bite. We call it a day after that, because we wanted to get up early the next day.

Location: Ċirkewwa

Day 5 - 25 Aug 2021

Ċirkewwa Ferry Terminal

Ċirkewwa, Ċirkewwa Ferry Terminal

Content: Day 5 was reserved for exploring Gozo, a small island packed with attractions. So, after breakfast, we drove to Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal. The ferry leaves every half an hour (but it depends on the season, so make sure to check the schedule) and the trip duration is approx. 25 minutes. You don't have to worry about buying a ticket for now, because they have to be bought on your way back. If you are going with a car, the fee for a car + driver is 15.70€, for every other passenger in the car you have to pay 4.65€.

Location: Xewkija

Day 5 - 25 Aug 2021

Rotunda St. John Baptist Church

Xewkija, Rotunda St. John Baptist Church
Xewkija, Rotunda St. John Baptist Church

Content: It is a lovely place to explore, but it's definitely not a must-see location on the island. The entrance to the church is free, but if you want to go to the roof you will have to pay 3€ for a lift.

Location: Xaghra

Day 5 - 25 Aug 2021

Ġgantija Temples

Xaghra, Ġgantija Temples

Content: Another historical place, Ggantija Temples. Ggantija Tempels is the home to the oldest vertical building in the world. The ticket is 10€ (with Malta Heritage Multisite Pass free)

Ta’ Kola Windmill

Xaghra, Ta’ Kola Windmill

Content: It's cute little windmill, just a 10-minute walk from the temples. It's also a museum, but we didn't go inside. If you decide to go, entrance is free with Malta Heritage Multisite Pass or with a ticket for Ggantija Temples. I saw a lot of pictures from this place, with beautiful pink flowers in the front, but we weren't there at the right time of the year to capture it in its full glory. Nevertheless, a lovely place.

Location: Ir-Rabat Għawdex

Day 5 - 25 Aug 2021

Citadel

Ir-Rabat Għawdex, Citadel
Ir-Rabat Għawdex, Citadel

Content: This small walled city is home to many museums. Just walk around the narrow streets and explore museums if you have time. Entrance to the muss museums is included in Malta Multisite Pass (except for Cathedral Museum)

Location: San Lawrenz

Day 5 - 25 Aug 2021

Dwejra Inland Sea

San Lawrenz, Dwejra Inland Sea
San Lawrenz, Dwejra Inland Sea

Content: The next stop is Dwejra Inland Sea, where we went for another boat ride to see where the famous Azur Window was. It's a 15 to 20 minutes ride, 4€ p.p. The sea was pretty rough that day, so we were lucky to even be able to go for a ride.

Azure Window (collapsed natural arch)

San Lawrenz, Azure Window (collapsed natural arch)
San Lawrenz, Azure Window (collapsed natural arch)

Content: If you don't want to go on a boat ride, you can also see the remains of the Azure Window and the Black hole from the shore.

Location: Gharb

Day 5 - 25 Aug 2021

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu

Gharb, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu
Gharb, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu

Content: This place has definitely left me speechless and it's probably one of my favorite places on the island. Basilica of Ta'Pinu is one of the most beautiful churches in Malta. Considering there are more than 350 of them, it is a pretty big deal. The entrance is free.

Location: Żebbuġ

Day 5 - 25 Aug 2021

Salt Pans

Żebbuġ, Salt Pans
Żebbuġ, Salt Pans

Content: We didn't stay too long at this place, not because it wasn't nice, but because it was too hot, and all we wanted to do was jump into the sea.

Location: Xaghra

Day 5 - 25 Aug 2021

Ramla Bay (Ir-Ramla il-Ħamra)

Xaghra, Ramla Bay (Ir-Ramla il-Ħamra)

Content: I really loved this beach, the only negative side of it is that there is no shadow. If you want some shadow, you have to buy an umbrella or go to the bar. If you have time, you should hike to Calypso Cave. Unfortunately, we didn't do it, it was so hot, and we were really exhausted. But I still regret not doing it.

Location: Sannat

Day 5 - 25 Aug 2021

Ta' Ċenċ Cliffs

Sannat, Ta' Ċenċ Cliffs

Content: The last place on our list was the Ta' Cenc Cliffs. Watching sunset there, was a perfect way to end our day. After that, we took a ferry back to the main island. And don't forget that you have to buy tickets for the ferry now.

Location: Mdina

Day 6 - 26 Aug 2021

Mdina

Mdina, Mdina
Mdina, Mdina
Mdina, Mdina
Mdina, Mdina
Mdina, Mdina

Content: If you are a Game of Thrones fan, then you should definitely put Mdina, the Silent City, on your bucket list. Personally, I'm not a fan of that show at all, I haven't watched even one episode (please don't judge 😂). Nevertheless, this place left a big impact on me. Golden-stone walls, hilltop position, narrow streets, and a lot of colorful doors and windows. I really enjoyed roaming around this place. No room for wondering why it gets so crowded over the day. There is also a lot of history hidden within Mdina's walls for those who are thirsty for knowledge. The entrance to Mdina is free, but of course, if you decide to visit some of the museums you will have to pay for it. It gets really crowded over the day, so try to go there as early as possible.

Location: Rabat

Day 6 - 26 Aug 2021

Rabat

Rabat, Rabat
Rabat, Rabat
Rabat, Rabat

Content: If you have time, make sure to visit this charming town right next to Mdina. With its narrow streets and colorful doors and balconies, Rabat has definitely been worth it. It's also a great place to make a quick break after walking around Mdina.

Location: L-Imġarr

Day 6 - 26 Aug 2021

Għajn Tuffieħa bay

L-Imġarr, Għajn Tuffieħa bay
L-Imġarr, Għajn Tuffieħa bay
L-Imġarr, Għajn Tuffieħa bay
L-Imġarr, Għajn Tuffieħa bay
L-Imġarr, Għajn Tuffieħa bay

Content: Another beautiful beach in Malta. This can get really crowded so if you are not a fan of it, consider skipping this place. Although I recommend visiting it. I loved all of those quotes, they give this place a really nice vibe.

Location: Ħad-Dingli

Day 6 - 26 Aug 2021

Dingli Cliffs

Ħad-Dingli, Dingli Cliffs

Content: Watching a sunset here was a really nice experience. Make sure to put it on your list.

Location: St. Julian's

Day 6 - 26 Aug 2021

The Avenue Restaurant

St. Julian's, The Avenue Restaurant
St. Julian's, The Avenue Restaurant
St. Julian's, The Avenue Restaurant

Content: Delicious food and good wine, it doesn't get any better than that.

Location: Il-Mellieħa

Day 7 - 27 Aug 2021

Comino Ferries Co-Op Ltd.

Il-Mellieħa, Comino Ferries Co-Op Ltd.

Content: Day 7 was reserved for Comino Island. A small, beautiful but really crowded island. We took a boat ride from Marfa. Duration: approx. 15 minutes 13€ p.p. (round trip)

Location: Comino Island

Day 7 - 27 Aug 2021

Blue Lagoon

Comino Island, Blue Lagoon
Comino Island, Blue Lagoon
Comino Island, Blue Lagoon

Content: Blue Lagoon is definitely the most famous beach in Malta, and once you see it, you will understand why. But like I said, it can be really crowded. So if you are looking for some quiet time, just follow a small path (you have to pass all of those cocktail stands) and I'm sure you will find some corner just for you. When the sea currents are strong, you are not allowed to swim very far from shore, which makes it even more difficult to get some space. It happened to us, but luckily currents have changed fast, and we were able to swim to the other small island.

Location: Valletta

Day 7 - 27 Aug 2021

La Sfoglia

Valletta, La Sfoglia
Valletta, La Sfoglia
Valletta, La Sfoglia
Valletta, La Sfoglia

Content: On our last night in Malta, we decided to spend it in Valletta. We strolled around the city for a little bit and then went to La Sfoglia for dinner. It was delicious!

Amorino Valletta

Valletta, Amorino Valletta

Content: And we couldn't go home without trying Malta's best ice cream.

Bridge Bar

Valletta, Bridge Bar
Valletta, Bridge Bar

Content: We ended our day with some live music and cocktails.

Location: San Pawl il-Baħar

Day 8 - 28 Aug 2021

Malta National Aquarium

San Pawl il-Baħar, Malta National Aquarium
San Pawl il-Baħar, Malta National Aquarium

Content: After checking out we decided to visit Malta National Aquarium. It's a nice place to learn all about Malta's sea life. Entrance 13.90€ (free with Malta Heritage Multisite Pass) After that, it was time to return our car and catch our flight back to reality.