A Girl's Weekend in Malta
I love to travel, so when my friend suggested a trip to Malta for a weekend I was all in.
We flew Ryan Air from Dublin which was, well… Look, Ryan Air is what it is. I think people who go in expecting a lot from super budget airlines are always disappointed. We got there safely, that’s all that matters.
We arrived late Thursday night and spent the morning on a Sun and Fun Watersports half day snorkeling tour.
It was definitely worth more than the €35 they charge per person. The boat took us through caves, and we got a quick look at Goza and Comino. We also snorkeled in the Blue Lagoon and the Crystal Lagoon. The snorkeling was fun- warm water fish are seriously gorgeous. It was all up a great way to spend a morning.
In terms of tours we also did the City Sightseeing tour to get to Mdina. I used to hate the hop on hop off tours but I did one in Dublin and now I’m sold. The Malta one unfortunately isn’t 24 hours- it’s only good for one calendar day so I wish we had got on it earlier, but I’d definitely do it again. Its great to get an overview of big attractions and figure out what you want to see.
Maltese food is divine! There’s incredible olive oil, lots of sourdough, honey that will blow your mind, and of course great local wine. They’re big on happy hours that tend to feature 2 for 1 cocktails.
We had amazing Maltese food at Gululu at St. Julians. It was definitely a great source of traditional food. I ordered a ricotta dip and a traditional pizza- they use a sourdough crust with a hole in the middle. It was so good and unlike any pizza I’ve ever had.
My most standout meal definitely had to be a salad I had for brunch at Crust Bistro in St. Julians. It had buffalo mozarella, peaches, parma ham and pickled blackberries. I’ve already tried to recreate it with some success.
I wish I had been more diligent about sunscreen. You’ll notice I’m very covered up in most of my photos. I got a really bad sunburn the first day.
We were going to rent a car but decided against it. If you’ve ever driven in Southern Italy then picture that vibe. Public bus tickets are €2 for any bus, anywhere. The wifi on the busses is surprisingly passable and they’re air conditioned.
The best thing to do in Malta is wander. Go somewhere and let the places come to you because they’re all seriously gorgeous. I particularly loved Valetta and Mdina.
Malta is an amazing place to let your hair down, Paceville is the party center and party we did. They played the Macarena in a club. It was amazing.
All up, if you’ve ever thought about going to Malta I can’t talk it up enough. There’s a chance I might be going back in the New Year and I can’t wait. If you’ve been to Malta, give me some tips!