Malta is situated in the Mediterranean sea just above Africa. With a population of almost 0.5 million and a territory of only 316 km2 (122 sq mi), this southern European country is one of the most densely populated in the world!
Malta makes a perfect winter destination with an average December temperature of around 19°C (66.2 F). This one of the reasons why we chose to spend New Year’s Eve here and welcome the new 2018. I am keen to share my experience with you and 10 useful tips to help you get the most out of your very own Malta visit.
1. Cars drive on the left – yes, they do! Like in the UK the steering wheels are situated on the right hand side. For someone living in continental Europe or the U.S. it can take a bit of time to get used to. Traffic in Malta is quite busy as you can expect from a densely populated country and this can add a bit more pressure. The best rule to follow is that you as the driver need to always stay on the inner side of the road.
2. Parking is tough – this is another reason to skip driving in Malta if you can help it. Finding a place to park can be a real hassle and a real test even to the most patient of all people.
3. Use the bus links instead – Malta’s bus lines are well connected and that was our preferred choice of transportation. The ticket prices are really cheap and fare around 1.5 euro. There are plenty of stops along the way so you can easily reach your destination.
4. Bring AC adapters – an AC adapter will make your stay in Malta fully charged! Good news is that if you travel from the UK you won’t need one. Luckily, our hotel provided us with one, but worse comes to worse you can easily buy one from a local store.
5. Try the local cuisine – one typical Maltese dish is roast rabbit. I can easily say this is one of the best dishes I’ve had in a while. Don’t skip the sea food selection too as Malta is situated in the Mediterranean, so do take advantage of this.
6. Enjoy a cup of coffee at the port of Birgu – Birgu is one of the biggest harbours on Malta Island and I thoroughly enjoyed a cup of coffee on this warm sunny day, just observing the sea and the yachts in front.
7. Take a tour bus – there are two main tour routes in Malta. One goes around the western part of the island and the other goes around the eastern part. There are plenty of things to see and many historical locations you can reach. Allocate a spare day to make the most out of your visit if possible.
8. Take a cruise ship from Sliema – a cruise ship can take you to Gozo and the very famous Blue Laguna on Comino Island. The cruise starts from 10:00 AM and returns to the port around 17:30 PM. This is a great option to spend a day out in open waters and preferably on a hot spring or summer day.
9. Take a walk in Valletta – Valletta, the capital city of Malta, is voted European Capital of Culture for 2018. This romantic old city offers great views and restaurants to help you indulge yourself. There will be plenty of opportunities to take some great photos and eat some ice cream.
10. Try Maltese ice cream! –A few scoops of gelato made our walk around Valletta even more enjoyable. Don’t believe our words blindly, but try it yourself!
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