Destination Malta

Blue Sea from Cliffs Malta
Cliffs over the Mediterranean Sea

Malta is a popular tourist destination, staying busy all year due to lots of sun, fabulous sights, and secluded beaches. With a population of over 1/2 million people, and about 1/10th the size of the state of Rhode Island, it is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Carnival was in full swing for the first time in three years during our weekend visit, so the narrow streets in the old walled city of Valletta were especially crowded, loud, and fun.

Touring Malta

There is so much to see and do in Malta. The capital, Valletta, is a UNESCO Heritage Site. It sits on a hilly peninsula, with views on 3 sides through narrow streets down to a blue Mediterranean Sea. Looking over the massive city walls, you get the feeling that you have stepped back in time. These stone walls make for a great backdrop for local shops and restaurants. As they are literally “hole-in-the-walls,” cafés have the feel of a medieval tavern with modernized amenities.

Malta Valletta Cafe on Stairs
Café on the stairs

We booked a driving tour to visit top sights, as well as to get out to the countryside to see all the fabulous scenery which comes from being on a Mediterranean island. The old capital of Mdina is fascinating, with a labyrinth of narrow stone streets. We could have strolled through this old town for hours. Mosta Basilica, with its huge dome, is well worth the visit. For €5 apiece, we climbed stairs to the inner balcony of the dome, toured the Basilica, and then also toured the World War II shelter under the church, a rocky, damp, claustrophobic experience.

We ran out of time to explore the north part of Malta, or to visit the island of Gozo. We’ll save these as things to do on our return visit, as we would love to go back.

Foods of Malta

Rabbit Stew
Rabbit Stew

We highly recommend Malta for fun, sun, lots of sights, and fabulous food and drinks. We can’t wait to go back for another visit.

Rob and Barbara with Prosecco


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2 responses to “Destination Malta”
  1. Sonya Avatar

    I can’t wait to go! Love the pictures!

    1. Barbara Skinner Avatar

      Thanks Sonya!

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