To be honest, we didn’t know what to expect when we visited Malta. Hell, we barely even knew where it was on the map. (It’s a very tiny island below Sicily and above Africa, in case you’re wondering). But I am SO happy that we made the spontaneous decision to go there. It will go down as one of my favorite cities on the trip and it was the first time that I actually felt like we were on vacation.
We flew into Malta very late and took a taxi from the airport to our Airbnb which was located in the town of Zebbug, in the center of the island. What attracted us to this Airbnb was the description, “A 400 Year old house in the center of Malta”. Um, hello! Sign me up please!
And it didn’t disappoint. While listed as a “private room”, our host greeted us upon arrival and we never saw her again. I guess she stays at her boyfriend’s when she has guests? While I enjoy getting to know our hosts, it was nice to have our own place after living with a toddler in Barcelona for the last week.
The house itself was gorgeous and completely made out of stone. It literally felt like we were living in a castle for four days.
Only negatives were that the plumbing wasn’t great and the wifi only really worked in the bedroom. But I would absolutely stay here again and would recommend it to anyone thinking of visiting Malta.
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Mdina is the former capital city of Malta and well worth a visit if you are visiting the island. Most people probably come to Malta for the beautiful beaches and the Blue Lagoon (more on that in a second), but honestly if you have the time to explore the inner-island, it’s amazing.
I am so glad that we took the time to explore Mdina. The city itself is small and still completely surrounded by it’s original stone walls. It’s nickname is “the silent city” and on every street there are signs asking you to keep the noise down as not to disrupt the locals. It was so peaceful walking around the empty streets and not until we left did it start to feel crowded.
The same day that we did Mdina, we also took the bus down to the town of Dingli, which is on the southern coast of the island, to try a local Maltanese (?) restaurant that our Airbnb host recommended. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize that the restaurant was closed on Wednesdays (and guess what day it was!), so we were left hungry and a little upset. But we saw a sign for “Dingli Cliffs” and decided it might be cool to check out.
Best decision ever. The walk from town was a little long (about 20 minutes), but the views are so so worth it.
Going into the Malta trip, I knew I wanted to do a boat cruise around the island. In Valencia, the French couple who were also staying at our Airbnb recommended visiting the Blue Lagoon and the best way to see it, is to take a day and do a chartered boat cruise.
If you Google’d ‘Malta’, it’s highly likely that the Blue Lagoon is the first few pictures that show up. It’s beautiful, aqua blue waters are what have put Malta on the map as a tourist destination, which is why there are so many different options to chose from when it comes to a boat tour.
We went back and forth with which tour group to go with for our day to the Blue Lagoon, and I am so happy that we chose Hornblower. The boat is family owned and operated, and customer service is their #1 priority. Compared to the 20 other boats that we saw in the lagoon that day, our boat was by far the best choice. Other boats were packed to the gills whereas we had plenty of space, we had a sundeck to layout on with free sun chairs (other boats did not), and where other boats were parked like sardines in the lagoon, we had a huge open space to jump off the boat (yes, I jumped off the top deck… twice.) and swim around the lagoon.