Instax photos at Il-Kantra, Ta’ Ċenċ, Gozo.
I’m Maltese. But I live in Luxembourg. A landlocked country. And I get homesick quite often. So today I thought I would put together a little guide for how to have a perfect day in Malta, which I’m hoping to recreate myself very soon.
Remember to practice your selfie game. This is one I made earlier outside Mdina/Rabat.
First, you need to realise that this endeavour is serious business. You need to ensure that you have all your bases covered. These are your sun, sea, culture and food.
You will also need:
- A camera/good smartphone
- Swimwear and a towel
- A companion or two (or three) (optional)
A beach bag, sunglasses, swimming goggles, a little backpack, towels, and a good book. Bliss.
If you’re embarking on this adventure in winter, check out this post about the essentials for your winter holidays in Malta (but add swimwear and a towel to that list as well – yes, I swim all year round, and encourage you to do too). ;)
Kinnie and pastizzi = <3.
Wake up at a leisurely time. If you’re up for a greasy, heavy, gloriously Maltese breakfast, head over to a pastizzeria for a couple of pastizzi (“wieħed u wieħed” for me, please).
That.salted.caramel.brownie. UGHHHHHHHHH, TOO GOOD.
Otherwise, if you want a very Instagrammable morning meal, go to the place-of-the-moment and have breakfast at Emma’s Kitchen (the hype is REAL, people). Please have a salted caramel brownie for me, because my mouth is watering for it as I type this.
Take a stroll through Mdina or Valletta. You’ve got to get that intense culture in. These two cities are so full to the brim with history that you’re close to being overwhelmed after a couple of hours. Mdina highlight: Bastion Square. Valletta highlight: St John’s Co-Cathedral.
Imġiebaħ Bay, Selmun.
After that, it’s the perfect time for a sneaky swim. My favourite spots are Wied iż-Żurrieq (rocky) or Imġiebaħ Bay (sandy). The latter is more difficult to get to, but oh so worth it.
Swimming at Għar Lapsi.
You have two options for lunch: you can either abandon the mainland for the afternoon, or else stay “on” Malta.
A ftira from Maxokk and a dip at San Blas, Gozo. Perfection.
If you decide to hop over to Gozo, you’re in for a treat. Malta’s sister island is a haven of hills, beaches, and some weird-but-wonderful people. A Maxokk ftira is the epitome of Gozitan food (especially one with ġbejniet), but also consider Il-Kantra (Ta’ Ċenċ) or cheap but cheerful Odyssey (Marsalforn).
If you stay on the main island, then (guess what?) you’re also in for a treat. My idea of a heavenly lunch option in Malta is Rising Sun in Marsaxlokk. Have the pasta octopus and a bottle of white wine and thank me later.
The view from Il-Kantra, Ta’ Ċenċ, Gozo. Paradise.
If you’re in Gozo, at some point, you need to go for a swim. I’d suggest Għar Qawqla in Marsalforn, Ta’ Ċenċ, or Ramla l-Ħamra. San Blas is also stunning. If the sea is rough, head to Mġarr ix-Xini.
Mġarr ix-Xini on a very windy day.
As an afternoon activity, I’d also suggest a stroll around the Citadella and/or a wine tasting. Tal-Massar Winery offer beautiful wine-tasting sessions which I’d highly recommend. So much wine, so little time.
Tal-Massar Winery. (That’s a wine called Garb that’s being poured. It’s heavenly.)
There’s so much to do in Gozo, so even spending the evening and the night there would be a great option.
Ramla l-Ħamra is great for a swim or just a place to consume an ice-cream and a book.
If you’ve stayed on the main island, unless you want to continue with the cultural/historical theme, the afternoon is great for a drive through the Maltese countryside – finding hidden gems and getting away from the crowds.
The chapel at Binġemma – amazing views behind it, too.
Find a wayside chapel in the countryside, and take lots of photos of your favourite views.
Fomm ir-Riħ. These parts are great for hikes and picnics.
Grab that sunset, whether it’s in Gozo (pictured) or at Dingli Cliffs (the classic).
Later, head to some event that’s on that evening – a play at the theatre, a music gig, some exhibition opening or a festa/festival (the Għanafest used to be my absolute favourite festival of the year, but I haven’t been in way too long).
Cacio e pepe at Zero Sei, Valletta. Drool.
Wrap up that glorious day with a delicious dinner. A top-notch suggestion would be Zero Sei in Valletta, on Old Theatre Street. IT’S SO GOOD. Have the cacio e pepe pasta and a tiramisù. And lots of wine.
Much merriment at The Pub.
Finally, head over to The Pub in Valletta for a well-deserved drink in the best and most friendly atmosphere in Malta. I’d recommend a nice, crisp Hendrick’s gin and tonic.
And that’s it. How to have the perfect day in my beloved Malta. Is there anything you think I left out?