Guest Post By: Cassie Jasso
Sitting just off of the tip of Italy’s boot, the island of Malta was waiting for us to arrive. It seemed like the perfect weekend getaway in between classes and studying for finals…and we couldn’t have been more right.
Malta is a compact island with a lot going on. The small country has 7, 000 years of history, stunningly beautiful architecture and picturesque beaches all within an island 288 km north of Tunisia. Thanks to its location, Malta really heats up in the spring and fall, making it the perfect vacation destination from colder places in Europe (but don’t worry; the refreshing sea breeze cools you down).
When we initially planned the trip, my three friends and I were expecting just to lie on the beach for the weekend. However, there’s so much more to see than the gorgeous beaches. Nevertheless, you are definitely going to want to enjoy some fun in the sun – so we compiled a list of the best beaches in Malta to get you started…
Rent a car and escape Malta’s touristy resorts. There are some lovely swimming spots and a beautiful natural lido called Peter’s Pool. After all that swimming you are bound to get hungry – check out the amazing seafood in the nearby village of Marsaxlokk.
Paradise Bay, Cirkewwa
The name says it all. The beach itself is a little on the small side but it’s a beautiful natural cove and as close to paradise as you can imagine.
Blue Lagoon, Comino
Snorkeling is a must! It’s not a sandy beach but you can enjoy the shallow crystal water in the boiling heat for free.
Sun bathing time! Super close to the town, there’s plenty of space to relax. It gets a little more crowded in the summer months. However, this beach comes with a warning: wear your sandals as it is seriously rocky!
If you want the beach to yourself, this is the place to go…it’s a little small and a good 20-minute steep trek but it’s completely worth it.
Walking down the streets of Malta’s capital city, Valletta, you can see the North African and Arabic influences on the architecture. Every once in a while, you’ll also see a Maltese cross within the building décor. It’s no wonder Valletta is renowned for its stunning architecture (not to mention the gorgeous views of the Grand Harbour).
While we were wandering the streets, we stumbled upon a restaurant called Ambrosia. They take food seriously there – the chef even came out to ask how our meals were faring. There are tons of great little restaurants just like this one where the menu changes every day and the ingredients are from fresh, local produce.
I would definitely recommend staying in Silema and St. Julian’s as well as Paceville, which is the center for eating, drinking, shopping and going out. Valletta is another good option though quieter and more chilled out.
For more information head to MyDestination Malta.
Post By: Cassie Jasso
Cassie is an eager American traveler writer with a passion for understanding new cultures. She loves not taking the beaten path and sharing her experiences with others.