48 Hour Malta Travel Guide
Here we map out Joanie’s must-see Malta gems to pack into a 48-hour trip. Read on for our Malta Travel Guide.
The Southern European island of Malta lies 80 km south of Italy, 284 km east of Tunisia and 333 km north of Libya. Malta is one of the Worlds smallest and most densely populated countries, hard to imagine given the laid-back pace of life on the island.
Malta has two official languages Maltese and English, street signs and most people speak English so it’s very easy to get talking to locals and feel at home. Malta has proved itself as the ideal holiday destination boasting a warm climate, impressive architecture, historical monuments and diverse mix of culinary treats for all you foodies.
As Malta is such a small Island you’ll be able to travel around on the local buses with ease, once you’re off the bus walking is the simplest way to explore the smaller towns and villages OR you could opt to buy a Malta Pass which will grant you access to an open top bus that will let you hop on and hop off taking in the sights.
Valetta is the southern most capital of Europe, with its Grand Harbour Valetta has a striking skyline made up of buildings that date back to as early as the 16th century and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dotted around the Valetta you’ll discover Baroque palaces, gardens, churches and imposing government buildings. Valetta is small and easy to explore on foot, streets are lined with boutique shops, cafes, pretty squares, coffee shops and all the usual high-street fashion stores you’d expect to find in most cities.
*Must do: Lunch at Café Cordina one of Valetta’s finest coffee shops founded in 1837. Have a pint in “the pub” where legendary actor Oliver Reed drank his last pint. Dinner at Mdina- one of the oldest properties in Mdina and one of the top restaurants in Malta’s medieval capital.
About one hour by ferry from Valetta is the Island of Gozo. Gozo is pretty rural compared to the main island of Malta. Despite being less developed Gozo has several cafes and restaurants to enjoy a glass of wine or quiet coffee, there’s also shops selling locally produced goods including lovely knitwear.
One of Gozos most popular attractions is the Azure window, a remarkable geologic stone arch that was formed millions of years ago when a limestone cave collapsed.
Popeye Village is the film set from the 1980 musical 'Popeye', now a theme park village with boat rides & food outlets. You can while away an afternoon doing your best Olive Oyl impression, watching the actors entertaining the crowds. Popeye Village is a great place to take the children.
Malta has some stunning beaches from the more touristy to the unspoilt. Malta’s most popular beaches are Mellieħa Bay, Għajn Tuffieħa and Golden Bay. For smaller, quieter beaches, try those at the tip of Malta, overlooking Gozo - Paradise Bayand Armier.
Malta is the perfect place for a short break, lazy holiday or mini adventure packed with history, culture and delicious cuisine. If you love to explore and discover hidden restaurants, welcoming wine bars and sit in the sun enjoying incredible views, Malta is the place for you.
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