Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea and super close to Sicily. Flying to Malta from here was the shortest flight I’ve ever been on. 40 minutes, tops. The stewardess does not walk around with drinks, that’s how short the flight is.
Now, I don’t know if I can give a fair review or honest opinion on Malta. We had fun in the island, but I think we went to close to the time we returned from Greece. We couldn’t help ourselves and were always comparing the two. And well, nothing compares to Greece in my book. So here is my take on Malta…
Going to Malta should be a short trip. A long weekend at best because the island is so small. We decided to go for 3 nights and that was plenty of time. We reserved a room at the Intercontinental Hotel. We arrived early and our room was not ready. The front desk clerk was very nice and gave us complimentary breakfast while we waited.
We went in July. It was our first summer in Europe so were not aware how crowded places get the months of July and August. Everywhere we went, we were surrounded by tons of people. And it was hot and humid too. I was not a fan of the weather. But, it’s hot here in Sicily as well. And we thought we were good, since there was a rooftop pool and the beach was nearby.
We decided to cool off at the pool and were highly disappointed. The water was so warm, almost hot. I think either they had the heater on in the pool or the scorching sun was making the water hot. It was difficult to get a bartender to our lounge area as there were tons of people. I think they were understaffed. Needless to say, we did not return to the pool the remainder of the time there.
The next day, we went to visit Mdina Old City also known as the Silent City. It is a medieval town that dates back 4000 years. The town itself is nice and full of history. You can pay for a tour and they will teach you on Malta’s history. It was very interesting to learn about the battles that Malta endured. The city has one of the best views in Malta.
We reserved a tour to visit the small islands of Gozo and Comino. This was a fun day. The tour was split into both islands and toured by boat and by jeep. In Gozo, we drove in a jeep and were taken to the salt pans. This is where they make salt in Malta.
They took us to see the Azure Window. The window is a scenic rock arch that is breathtaking. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, this is where Khaleesi marries Drogo in Season 1.
By boat, they take you to Comino and you can go for a swim in the middle of the ocean. The location is called Blue Lagoon and is one of the most beautiful waters I’ve swam in.
Nightlife in Malta is vibrant. We came across Fuego Salsa Bar and it was fun! They not only played salsa, they had a good variety of music including Pitbull. The song “Taxi” will always remind me of this fun night!
Herbie and I want to return to Malta to give it a fair chance. Maybe when it’s not so hot and the rest of the Europeans are not on vacation. 🙂