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Why Malta Should Be Your Holiday Destination This Summer

Why Malta Should Be Your Holiday Destination This Summer

Hellllooooo I’m back with another post and to be honest I was actually racking, what’s left of my brain after the long weekend, to find something interesting to write about. Then, a friend of mine messaged me and asked me about what Malta is like as a holiday spot because I lived there for a few months a couple of years ago when I was in college. That then reminded me about how unreal that place is and how highly I would rate it as a place to go on holidays or just visit in general. In my opinion, it’s so underrated as a holiday destination so I’m going to attempt to tell you why I like it so much and why you should consider going here over the usual typical holiday spots this summer.

First of all, I lived here because I was studying there for a semester as part of the Erasmus program (student exchange) in the University Of Limerick. It was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve had so far in my life and all my friends from there would say the same. It was so much fun and I made so many great friends that were also studying there so if anyone has the opportunity to study abroad and if Malta is an option I would 100% recommend it. Baring in mind if you really want or need to study and do well it might not be the best option but most people were there on a pass/fail basis so it was just like a 4/5 month long holiday living with loads of other students from all over the world. The Erasmus Student Network group in the University were so good to us and constantly organised events, nights out, hikes, experiences and made sure we saw the best and got the best of the island at all times. So, if studying there is an option for anyone reading this- definitely consider it! A few of the guys also stayed here for the summer teaching English so if anyone was looking for a summer job abroad that would definitely be a great experience.

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Okay, so back to it as a holiday destination. If you don’t know where it is, it’s a tiny, beautiful island country just south of Italy and they speak English and Maltese. Where to stay first of all I guess is where I will start off. You can kind of stay anywhere you want really because the Island is so small you can get to everywhere in such a short amount of time so you’re never too far from one part to the next. Valetta is the capital and it is so nice but you could stay somewhere like St Julian’s instead of there because every single bus goes to Valetta so you will get there no problem and see it regardless. St Julian’s is a really pretty area by the water with lots of really nice restaurants and bars and it’s also just a short walk from the night club strip.

St Julian’s

St Julian’s

St Julian’s

St Julian’s

Below are some of the pictures of the capital, Valletta, that you can see from Sliema. Sliema is another really nice place that you could stay as there are a lot of shops, a shopping center as well as a huge variety of restaurants and bars. From here you can get the ferry across to Valletta for just €2 which takes just a couple of minutes and will save you a longer trip on the bus. You will also be able to find boat parties and cruise tours that will leave from the port at Sliema.

The view of the capital, Valletta, from Sliema

The view of the capital, Valletta, from Sliema

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There are so many gorgeous places to see but the main attraction is probably the Island of Comino/Blue Lagoon. It’s a small beautiful island just off Malta and you get a boat there very easily that takes maybe 15 minutes. You can get a slower ferry boat or a speed boat but I would recommend the speed boat. It’s so much more fun with music and the guys driving them are such good craic that it’s an experience in itself just on the trip over there. They drop you off and come back and collect you later in the day and on the trip back they give you a really cool tour of the caves on the island. There’s food and alcohol stands over there will lots of water sport activities to do as well so there’s no chance you’ll be bored. As you can tell by the name, Blue Lagoon, the water is so unbelievably blue and clear!

Comino/ Blue Lagoon

Comino/ Blue Lagoon

Comino/ Blue Lagoon

Comino/ Blue Lagoon

The girls from home when they visited me on our trip to Comino

The girls from home when they visited me on our trip to Comino

There are so many nice beaches and different water activities to do but another really nice place to see is St. Peters Pool. It’s a little bit off the beaten track but definitely worth the visit. You get the bus to Marsaxslokk, which is a nice area in itself, and you walk for 10 minutes or get a taxi from there to bring you straight there off the bus. If you love diving of jumping off cliffs it’s so much fun but even if you don’t it’s so scenic and you can go in for a normal dip too.

St Peter’s Pool

St Peter’s Pool

Joanne and I at St Peter’s Pool

Joanne and I at St Peter’s Pool

St Peter’s Pool

St Peter’s Pool

Mdina is another place that has to be on your list when you are there. It’s referred to as the silent city and Game of Thrones has been filmed there. It’s so historical looking it’s like you’re in a different century altogether! The view from there in unbelievable as well you can see so much of the island and there are quite a few really good restaurants there too that you can eat at while looking out at it. The pictures below don’t even do it justice.

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There are so many other nice places to see and visit but those are probably my top three. As for night life, there’s a nightclub/bar strip that we spent 70% of the semester there called Paceville (pronounced Pach Ville). The drinks are really cheap and the craic is good but if you are there over the summer there are other special bigger events on that are probably a bit better. I was only there for the start of summer and it would be different every season so better to look that up yourself. One place that was so good though was Gianpula Village - it’s like an outdoor nightclub with Ibiza vibes.

 
Gianpula Village

Gianpula Village

 

There are also free pool parties every Sunday in Cafe Del Mar which are a bit of craic and the view at sunset is unreal! They have an infinity pool just beside the ocean and you just have to pay for your drinks in there. The price of drink over there is very reasonable especially in Paceville because they sell jugs and shots for nothing.

Cafe Del Mar, Pool Party

Cafe Del Mar, Pool Party

Cafe Del Mar, Pool Party

Cafe Del Mar, Pool Party

Cafe Del Mar, Pool Party

Cafe Del Mar, Pool Party

There are so many things I could talk about because everything and everywhere is so nice but since being there I would and have recommended this place to everyone. It’s so beautiful and the price of food and drink is similar of not cheaper than Ireland, especially drink. It’s a place that caters so well for tourists but it’s not one bit tacky (except for Paceville but that just clubs). To finish off I’m just going to post a few more pictures of other places in Malta.

Pop Eye Village- Film set from the 1980 musical 'Popeye', now a theme park village with boat rides & food outlets

Pop Eye Village- Film set from the 1980 musical 'Popeye', now a theme park village with boat rides & food outlets

Boat Party from Sliema to Comino

Boat Party from Sliema to Comino

One of the many hikes

One of the many hikes

I hope I was of some help and if you have any more questions or if there is anything you’d like to know a bit more about then don’t hesitate to send me a message!

Ash xx

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