Summer adventures have just begun, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about them! One of the reasons why we moved to Vienna almost 3 years ago is to be able to travel more and get to know countries we’ve never been to before. Today we are celebrating our 3 year wedding anniversary and wanted to treat us to something special. What better than travelling right? 😉
This July surprised us with a Malta vacation ! If you are now wondering: “Where is Malta?” It’s just a 2 hour flight from Vienna, right between Sicily and Africa. Often named as the pearl of the Mediterranean, trust me on this, Malta is a little paradise on earth. With its relaxed tropical vibe, rich history and picture perfect beaches, nothing could have gone wrong on our Malta holidays. We enjoyed every bit of it and have put together a little guide packed with Malta tips for inspiration on your next visit.
MALTA, HERE WE GO!
How to get there
We flew for the first time with the low-cost airline WizzAir and we were overall satisfied with it since the flight was non-stop and punctual.
Tip: If you sign up for the Wizz Air Club you (and your partner) get a fare discount every time you fly during a whole year!
General Information about Malta
+ The local currency is the Euro.
+ The official language is Maltese, which most surely you won’t be able to understand but don’t worry about it because the Maltese – besides from being extra friendly and helpful – speak many languages. Especially English and Italian.
+ Being a mediterranean island, the weather in Malta is nice and warm. We visited in summer and the temperature went as high as 34 Degrees ! I’ve heard winters are very mild, so probably it’s also a great option in the colder months.
+ There are 3 islands that make up the country of Malta: the main island, Gozo and Comino. All of them are easily interconnected by ferries and 30 Minutes is the longest trip.
+ To get around we highly recommend the public transportation. Traffic in Malta can be heavy and some roads are narrow! Besides, the buses take you almost everywhere, even to the airport. We got the 12-trip card for 15 Eur.
Where to stay in Malta
Valletta, the capital city, is one of the most popular areas in the island, and there is a reason why. It’s full of charm and history: we never got bored in Valletta! The narrow picture perfect streets, its colorful balconies and the bay are just delightful.
What truly made our trip memorable though, was our stay at the beautiful boutique hotel Palazzo Jean Parisot. Conveniently located a stone’s throw away from St Paul’s Church, it was perfect for being in the center of it all. We particularly enjoyed the roof-terrace with romantic views over the city of Valletta, which we visited often for breakfast and for amazing sunset views overlooking the harbour. Palazzo Jean Parisot puts great attention to detail during their guests’ stay. To mention a few: their staff is super friendly, the check-in code is sent a few days before arrival, a delicious breakfast is served with local delicacies, as they are eco-friendly tablets are included in their rooms with useful Malta information (and music! ) and last but not least, there’s Maltese wine waiting upon arrival! 🙂
For photographers like us, the location is vital. This was the view a few steps away from our hotel door:
Our room had a typical cute Maltese balcony, and on our last day we got to stay at the penthouse, which was a dream: Imagine watching the sunset from your own jacuzzi on the balcony with a view over Malta’s bay!
Our favourite things to do in Malta -in 3 days-
+ Swimming at St Thomas Bay
+ Walking along the Munxar Cliffs
+ Cliff diving and swimming at St Peter’s pool
+ Sunset and dinner at Marsaxlokk, a colorful fisherman’s village
+ Sight-seing through Valletta’s old narrow streets
+ Visiting the Upper Barraka Gardens and taking in the wonderful view of the Grand Harbour.
+ Going to the Golden Bay and Paradise Beach for amazing turquoise water and white sand.
+ The Blue Lagoon in Comino, and the island of Gozo, Mdina, and St Julians are also recommended. However having little time we decided to choose some spots and truly enjoy our time in Malta without stressing out trying to cover everything. Also, that gives us the excuse to come back soon to explore what we still haven’t 😉
Where to Eat
+ In Valletta we found a hidden gem called Ortygia Food experience, run by Sicilians. Being a pasta fan, I was looking forward to trying tasty italian spaghetti with mushrooms and fresh tuna. Since the place itself looks like a cave, dinning here is an exotic experience.
+ In Marsaxlokk we had a walk and stopped at Carrubia for dinner. Since it’s a fisherman’s village, it’s the perfect place to try fish. The fried calamari are a must!
A special thanks to Palazzo Jean Parisot for hosting us so warmly. Our stay was delightful. Even though we collaborated with PJP Valleta, this post is not sponsored and all opinions are entirely my own. You can see more details of our Malta boutique hotel here.