48 hours in Malta : What you can´t miss? And how not to love Malta? Unbelievable how such a touristic island could have peaceful and quiet places like Mdina. Malta´s multicultural history is impressive. I would definitely come back…
48 hours in Malta : What you can´t miss?
Need to know:
The republic of Malta consists of 3 islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. Valetta is the capital. The official languages are Maltese and English. The official currency is euro.You might also need a power plug adapter (in Malta the sockets are 3-pin, British style).
Malta has traces of Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, French, British and was influenced by multiple cultures. From 1530 to 1798 Malta was ruled by Knights of St.John (Sovereign Military Order of St.John of Jerusalem). During that time the Islands were under constant threat from the Ottoman Empire, before the famous The Great Siege battle took place. From 18oo till 1974 Malta was ruled by the British. So the Maltese adopted their legislation and education.
Malta has a lot of nice hotels. I stayed in Grand Hotel Excelsior, big hotel with great service, pools, access to the sea (though, the swimming area is small), SPA, personal taxi service, tasty breakfasts etc.. So if it´s your first time on the island and you don´t have the whole week ahead, I guess somewhere close to Valetta it a good location. However, next time I would definitely go for a nice local hotel, somewhere in the northern part of an island or even head to Gozo.
- take a bus tour around the Island
- discover Valetta and have a coffee on the streets of an old city
- visit Mdina and have a romantic dinner in its magical and peaceful atmosphere (my choice was De Mondion with its amazing views, definitely unforgettable experience)
- try some local wines, fish soup or just fresh fish (depending on the season), traditional desserts and pastries
- beach&sea, outdoor activities, nightlife – Malta has it all
- visit Gozo