My mum asked me this morning to write her friend an email giving her tips about what to do in Malta! So just to put you in context, when I first started working after Business School, I invited my mother to spend 4 days in Malta, just the two of us! And the thing is my mother, usually a very discreet and phenomenal woman, went around telling all her friends about my gift, Malta, its people and interests. So now everyone thinks I’m a Malta expert even though I’ve just been there for 4 days and 4 nights.
So for all those that believe I am a Malta connoisseur I suggest you book your stay in a boutique hotel. We stayed at the Xara Palace which is a small hotel of 18 rooms, situated on top of a hill, in the center of Mdina, a medieval and pedestrian part of the country. Out of its rooftop you can see the whole Island.
The country is an archipelago but only 3 islands are inhabited (Malta, Gozo and Comino). It looks like a big fortress full of watchtowers and many movie directors choose Malta’s port and more specifically Valletta, the capital, to shoot many of their movies/scenes (such as Alexander, Troy, Gladiator, Casino Royal (1967), Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre, The Da Vinci Code, The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) and much more). Malta has been ruled by so many different cultures that today you would feel a special mix of all the Mediterranean cultures and architectures.
I don’t want to be too long so I’ll just write bullet points about what I would have done if I were to go there again:
- Take a walk in Gozo’s country side
- For the divers, you could take an underwater tour to explore a magnificent hidden world
- Grab a drink in St.Julians/Silema area and in Bugibba
- Visit St. John’s Cathedral
- Buy glass stuff in Mdina after having grabbed a cold ice cream while strolling down its streets
- Take pictures swimming in Comino’s Blue Lagoon and enjoy its turquoise water
- Appreciate prehistoric monuments, Megalithic temples.
- If you’re lucky enough to be there during a “festa” – a local fest – don’t miss on the pleasure of eating traditional delicacies from street stalls
- As for where to eat? I can’t find the cards I took. So I cannot recommend anything special right now. And also, I was lucky enough to have a friend living there. With my charming Italian friend we went on a pizza tasting day for his friend’s restaurant. I’m sure it’s doing super good right now! We spent an arty party in an old palace on the sea front and I spent one after party with Italians joking about this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1TnzCiUSI0 , choosing Miss Italy, playing some Italian card game and eating 3 types of special pastas. A big Kiss to you Vincenzo!
I know this post has been a bit long, but I hope it gave you all and my mum’s friend a brief idea about this charming little country. Don’t worry if you don’t speak Maltese, it’s close to Arabic, similar to Italian, and they all speak English.
Please let me know how you trip goes,