For autumn holidays we decided to explore little island on South of Europe – Malta. Because the strongest family member worked hard and earned a few more days off (is there anyone else who is always short of days off? 🙂 ), we visited Malta for six days – five nights. Because the island is really small, we didn´t have any special plan and we decided to stay in one place for all five nights. My only request was to avoid parts of island that are very touristic, so we decided to stay in idyllic, photogenic, colorful fisherman village on SE of Malta – in Marsaxlokk. From this village to the opposite side of Malta on NW is only 33 km or one hour drive, so it really didn´t make any sense to stay overnight at different places.
We chose overnight stay with breakfast in Harbour Lodge Hotel and we were very pleased. Accommodation wasn´t the cheapest, but neither the most expensive one – we paid 60 € for four persons per night with abundant breakfast, which isn´t cheap on our scale, but is acceptable. We could found cheaper accommodation on North side of the island but I don´t recommend that to those who prefer beauty and authenticity to tourism. Marsaxlokk is really the best choice on the whole island. And I won´t even waste my words on very fresh and tasteful sea food, which is offered here.
Malta is interesting mixture of southern Italy, Arabic world and Africa. With English influence and traffic system and Christianity. Unusual mixture, but for us interesting to explore. Despite driving on left side of the road, is nice to explore with car as well, because locals are quite thoughtful and less chaotic as we experienced in Italy, Turkey and Asia… Here you can definitely feel English influence, so I recommend renting a car – even more if you have only a few days to explore the island.
Malta have unbelievably beautiful wild nature, cliffs, natural windows, ancient megaliths, mysterious towns and a few beautiful beaches. I don´t imagine to go on vacation on Malta in the summer – because of the heat, tourism, crowds and not enough beautiful beaches and not enough turquoise color of the sea if you compare to our beloved Greece. Yes, we became picky considering beaches and sea, I admit 🙂 .
Exception is blue lagoon on nearby island Como, which is crazy fool of tourists in the summer. But Malta is great choice for spring and autumn holidays.
What you shouldn´t live out when exploring Malta:
- Fisherman village Marsaxlokk and traditional market, which take place every sundy from early morning till 3-4 p.m.
- Nearby St. Peter´s pool (15 minute drive from Marsaxlokk), the road is in bad shape, but it is worth it.
- Hagar Qim and Mnajdra megalithic temple complex on south shore and trekking to wonderful coast with natural windows, pools, cliffs and views underneath.
- Dingli cliffs and quite town Mdina nearby.
- Exploring streets and squares of old part of capital Valleta.
- Ghajn Tuffieha bay on West and Anchor bay with Popeye village on North West.
- Ta Cenc cliffs on Gozo Island.
- The peak of our journey and the most beautiful spot for us was definitely Dwjera National Park on West side of Gozo Island with its Azur window, Dwjera bay, cliffs, wonderful peninsula and Fungus Rock nearby… very special place that charmed and enthuse us so much that we would almost leave out further exploring of Gozo Island.
Due to cheap plane tickets, Malta is definitely country that I would recommend to visit for spring or autumn holidays. You won´t regret it.