A weekend in Malta is barely enough to call it a proper vacation, right?! Nevertheless, you know how some places click with us, while others never do. Well, in this case, 2 days was absolutely enough for me to fall in love with Malta…
It was one of the shortest international trips me and my husband took spontaneously over these years. We had a Monday off work, found last moment cheap tickets, booked a hotel, packed a small hand luggage suitcase and landed on the sunny island of Malta…
One weekend in Malta: Yes or no?!
Only for a weekend?! Most people would say it´s not worth
Although for me, when it comes to visiting new places and experiencing new cultures, – a day in a new place is for sure better than nothing!
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Looking back to this short weekend in Malta, I still can´t believe we made so many nice memories only in 48 hours. Malta definitely has some special vibes! It´s one of those unique Mediterranean islands people tend to revisit often. Now I completely understand why!
One weekend in Malta?! – Definitely yes. You’ll love it anyway. Plus you’ll end up having more reasons to come back…
Malta: Useful info
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. And of course, we didn´t bring any (who thinks of sockets while planning a spontaneous trip?!) – but luckily our hotel provided us with one.
A bit of history
One of the most interesting things about Malta is its rich history. An island 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. In some way, it reminded me of Cyprus
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The mixture of architectural styles and impressive buildings across the island clearly indicates Malta was of great strategical importance over the centuries. And even though you´re surrounded by all those Mediterranean landscapes most of the time, every once in a while you realize Malta is one of its kind place.
Weather in Malta
One of the coolest things about Malta is its sunny weather all year round. In the summer months, it´s definitely hot while the temperatures hit 30-35°C mark. The lowest temperatures from December to February rarely drop below 14°C. This mild climate allows exploring the island in a comfortable way, and also makes Malta one of the best places for winter sun in Europe.
I won´t lie! When you only have 48 hours – you secretly crave for a care-free luxury hotel getaway,
However, with Malta, my criteria
We ended up staying at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Valetta. Although the hotel was huge, each and every staff member was very nice. It was my husband´s
You can imagine breakfasts in this kind of hotel: with so much food and guests, it is normally a mess. So I didn´t expect the staff at Grand Hotel Excelsior to be so fast with seating you and cleaning the tables in between all these crowds of tourists rushing around to refill their plates. We are the same, by the way. So, at some point, we both went for something towards the
It´s funny how at home, in Spain, we normally have toasts with tomato and espresso, maybe tortilla on weekends. Big breakfasts are not typical for the Spanish. But when you see so many “delicatessens” you immediately feel like the only aim of your trip was to come here and try every single thing! [lol] Does this happen to you as well or do you manage to resist somehow?!
Even though our stay was really good, next time I would definitely go for a small nice local hotel, somewhere in the northern part of an island or even head to Gozo.
A weekend in Malta: What can you do in 48 hours?
A bus tour around the Island
Malta is so small that the same hop on/hop off buses you could find in every big city, here circulate around the whole island. I loved that we were able to see villages and landscapes outside
Discover Valetta / Lunch on the streets of an old city
Your Malta itinerary must definitely include the city of Valetta. All the charming little streets in the fortress of Valletta will be your ultimate source of historical and architectural inspiration on the island of Malta.
Valetta is small, but we somehow ended up walking a lot to explore its architecture, fortifications and waterfront views.
Mdina / Dinner with views
Mdina was the only place we were able to explore outside Valetta. Such a quiet and peaceful city – hard to believe it is actually still the same island! Besides, it was one of the filming locations in Game of Thrones. You´ll immediately recognize the Main Gate (also called the Vilhena Gate) if you´re a fan.
Our restaurant choice was De Mondion: quite pricey, although the views were simply stunning (especially during the sunset).
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And here comes my only regret – we didn´t get to visit any paradise beaches. A day trip to Comino or Gozo would be such a dream come true, although we´d need more than one weekend in Malta to make this happen. Nevertheless, our hotel had direct access to the sea (via stairs), as well as a pool with views, so we ended our brief sightseeing experience on the island with a relaxing bath. Not bad, right?!
More sightseeing ideas
- 3 fortified cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa, and Senglea
- Game of Thrones sightseeing tours
- Mnajdra Temples
- St. Paul´s Catacombs
- Blue Grotto sea caves
- Wine tasting
- Popeye Village Malta
- Lower Barrakka Gardens
Would you like to know more about Malta?! – Check this Expat Story about life in Malta.
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