TOP 10 BEST THINGS TO DO IN MALTA
By Gerald Grech
1. Spend a morning strolling around the streets of the baroque capital city - Valletta - European Capital of Culture 2018. Visit the majestic Grandmasters Palace, the St.John’s Cathedral and the Upper Barrakka Gardens. Try the local sweet from the date kiosk – Mqaret, deep fried date filled pastry just outside the city walls.
2. Indulge in local gastronomic delights – try home slow cooked stewed rabbit in garlic red sauce or snails in alioli sauce and fresh fish & seafood accompanied by delicious crusty freshly baked bread drizzled with cold pressed olive oil. Enjoy quality local wines made from indigenous grape varieties. Wine tasting, olive oil tasting group tours, home cooked dinners & lessons with www.maltabookers.com
3. Take a gondola ride before sunset from Valletta to the Three Cities - Cospicua, Senglea, Vittoriosa, relive maritime history visiting the stylish Marina set against a unique backdrop with views to the Grand Harbour, stroll around the narrow roads & medieval buildings of the Collacchio quarter in Vittoriosa and unwind at one of the quaint wine taverns. http://www.maltabookers.com/birgu.asp
4. Take guided mountain bike tours along Malta’s rugged coastline & cliffs on off-the beaten tracks to discover the Islands’ hidden scenic spots. All-inclusive gastronomy/cultural themed cycling holidays with www.maltacycylingholidays.com.
5. Take the ferry for an overnight stay in Gozo – Malta’s sister island – try a range of adventure activities countryside walks, trekking, abseiling, climbing, kayakking, quad-biking, mountain biking. Visit the fortified Citadel overlooking all the island, the Ta’ Pinu religious shrine. Make sure not to leave the island before you taste fresh Gozo sheep cheeslets (drizzled with Gozo wild thyme honey for added zest) or the dried black pepper crusted version with water biscuits (galletti). http://www.islandofgozo.org/gta/home.aspx
6. Go scuba diving in the Maltese islands’ crystal clear waters. Not to be missed is the spectacular dive at the Blue Hole in Dwejra Gozo with views of the imposing natural wonder – the Azure Window.
7. Join the locals on one of the many religious feasts – festas – celebrating the local patron saint throughout the summer months - ground and air fireworks, amongst the most popular - Saint Lawrenz in Birgu on the 10th August and Santa Marija on the 15th August - spectacular pyrotechnics air show by world record holders – Mqabba, and for those with a sweet tooth try traditional honey nougat. For full calendar of festas in Malta - http://visitmalta.com/village-festas
8. Follow the pre-history trail -- visit Malta’s unique Unesco Heritage Neolithic and Megalithic temple sites – mystical Hypogeum underground temple in Paola (pre-booking necessary), Tarxien Temples and Hagar Qim & Mnajdra temples in Zurrieq and Ggantija in Xaghra, Gozo. www.heritagemalta.com
9. Discover Malta’s early Catholic roots, starting from Rabat visiting St. Paul’s Grotto (St. Paul’s shipwreck 60 AD), the Catacombs and the Roman Villa. Then enter the elegant Mdina – the silent city and old capital. Visit the Palazzo Falzon house dating from the 14th century and the Cathedral & museum. Not to be missed is the 180° view from the bastions. On the way out, ask the locals direction to the tiny village tea bar for the best ‘pastizzi’ on the island – puff pastry envelopes filled with ricotta or peas – a delicious local savoury.
10. Charter a skippered yacht and sail along the archipelago’s scenic coastline. Discover hidden secluded coves for swimming and snorkeling – our favourite are the Blue Lagoon on Comino island, St. Peter’s Pool, off Marsaxlokk and the Blue Grotto in Zurrieq.
For a detailed review of all the beaches in the Maltese archipelago - http://www.maltabookers.com/maltasandybeaches.asp
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About the Blogger:
Gerald Grech - Director
Education: Hotel school & Tourism Management Graduate
Profession: Marketing Lecturer
Passion: Athletics Running – Malta national team member for the last 16 years
Hobbies: Languages, gastronomy, travel
Interests: Nutrition/ Healthy lifestyle, Intercultural communication and education psychology Languages spoken: Fluent in English, Italian and Spanish, conversant in German, French and Russian