My third international trip since the P**** was in July to the lovely island of Malta. I have to admit, it was never really on my radar beforehand but I had some annual leave to use up and the UK Travel green list at the time had no other contenders for me! If you do plan to go after reading this blog, please remember to check the latest entry requirements for both Malta and your home country!
I spent 6 days here, 4 of them in Paceville/St Julian’s area and the last 2 in the Capital Valletta. This was to try and cut down travelling around too much and based on how long I was told you needed in each place…my itinerary is perfect for all types of travellers so let’s get to it!
I stayed in Hotel Valentina which is mid range but looks expensive! Make sure you ask for a room as high up as possible as it’s surrounded by restaurants and bars so will get noisy at night. The hotel had a small rooftop pool with bar and chill area to enjoy plus private balcony for each room.
St Julian’s is known for its rocky beaches, waterfront restaurants and nightlife. This is the place to visit for some action whilst you’re in Malta. Paceville is just next to it and also a party area but less aesthetically pleasing.
The main daytime things I did here were to visit a couple local beaches, St George’s Bay where you can hire beach umbrella and chairs and Paceville Rock Beach which is more of a walk here to view the sunset only as it’s very rocky!
Portomaso Marina has a few restaurants to enjoy or simply nice to just stroll around.
I also wandered along the waterfront during the late afternoon/sunset to chill onto Sliema which is basically an extension of St Julian’s.
There are so many places to eat and drink in this area, you’ll be truly spoilt for choice!
For breakfast/brunch, Shoreditch Kitchen for an extensive pancake menu, Oakberry Açai Bowls for the Brazilian fave and Cafe Juliani for delicious brunch in a gorgeous setting.
Seed was the most bougie place I ate in..came here for seafood lunch which was so good!
Hammetts Mestizo is a great Latin restaurant for dinner and drinks.
Malta has a big Italian influence all areas including in its cuisine so theres many Italian restaurants to choose from. A couple of my faves for dinner in this area were I Monelli and Peperoncino.
For evening drinks/bars and even clubs, this area is the one! Keep it moving until you find your vibe, theres so much choice! Clubs opened until 2am at the time.
Chalice Bar Lounge was opposite my hotel and is small but chic for after dinner drinks.
Thirsty Barber was really cool – they custom design all cocktails , no menu just your preferences and vibes!
The Capital of Malta. It’s beautiful and very easy to see and do everything in a day or 2!
I stayed at Guest House De la Valette in the heart of the city (basically everything is) in one of their penthouse suites with a private hot tub on the terrace.
Here’s a summary of what I got up to in the city:
Muza Art Museum – opened in 2018, the year Valletta was named the European City of Culture, it’s a great art museum with many exhibitions on Europe, the Mediterranean, and art history.
St John’s Co-Cathedral – what an impressive cathedral! It has so many parts to explore which you can do at your own pace on a self guided audio tour.
Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens – gorgeous gardens in the heart of the city. I visited Upper Barrakka Gardens during golden hour which I think Is when it’s at its most stunning.
Tritons’ fountain just outside of the City Gate – to throw a couple of coins in for good luck. When you walk back into the city, immediately on your left are some stairs up to Hastings Garden which has amazing views past Valletta.
The whole city is pretty enough to just wander about and admire the cute side streets!
Eat and drink – there is plenty of choice in Valletta! Below are a few of my highlights..
For breakfast/coffee, I checked out Kir Royale (one of the smallest cafes I’ve been to with great bagels) and the popular Cafe Cordina (for the classic Maltese pastry pastizzi).
IM Pasta – for freshly made pasta however you choose! There is also a branch in St Julian’s area.
Leglegin – a tasting menu restaurant which changes their menu quite often depending on what fresh ingredients are available. This was definitely my fave meal in Valletta.
Cafe Society for happy hours drinks with a view!
Other parts of the island to check out:
Mdina – perfect for a half day trip – it can done alone by walking around reading the guides and then visiting Rabat or as part of a proper tour. It’s an old fortified city and used to be the capital of Malta. In more recent times, it was used for filming of Game of Thrones! In its day to day, its home to some of Malta’s elite and has a lot of its history and culture on display as well as being the 2nd highest viewpoint of Malta.
Victoria lines hike – a 12km long trail from East to West and is reported to be the best hiking trail of Malta. I took a taxi to the Dwerja lines section which has an uncanny resemblance to the Great Wall of China. As it is the middle of a super hot day and I was weirdly alone on that section, I made it quick..would be great to hike more of it with a group!
I also did a day boat trip with Hornblowers cruise where we checked out the Blue Lagoon, Comino and Gozo islands. A must do tourist activity when in Malta as these destinations are simply stunning!
Other places to visit which I didn’t make it to – Marsaxlokk for Sunday fisher’s market and to North of the island for more sandy beaches.
How did it feel travelling solo here? Absolutely fine! I felt really safe as a lone young woman and it was so easy to get around with public transport or Bolt taxis so I had plenty of options. I made a few friends as well which was nice to have company as well. So I recommend Malta as a solo trip but it has potential to please all sorts of travellers!
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