This year has been crazy! Last December (2018) I visited my boyfriend in Israel and since then the traveling didn’t stop. Me and my friend Lucka just returned from Malta, we spend 4 nights there, it was our first time exploring this beautiful country! I found us a really cheap deal, for the return flight and 4 nights in a hotel with breakfast we paid 60€ each. So off we went and here is our 4 days in Malta itinerary!
Malta was amazing! People are really nice, the food is delicious, lots of beautiful medieval cities and rich history, outstanding beaches. Plus bus rides are super convenient and cheap, it’s easy to travel!
We were a bit unlucky with the weather, it was rainy, windy and not a lot of Sun, but only those four days that we were there. On the day of our departure the sun came out, I think it was over 20 degrees, it really wasn’t meant to be. Otherwise, I think Malta is good to travel all around the year, the temperatures in December are still much higher than in our country for example.
Architecture sometimes takes you to the Middle East, sometimes to Europe, you can really feel different influences. It’s the same with the language, its mix of Italian and Arabic, most local people speak English as well.
If you plan to visit Malta, here are our 4 days in Malta itinerary.
Transport in Malta
If you plan to rent a car, you have to know that you will be driving on the left side of the road. But otherwise, the island is small and easy to travel. I don’t know the prices of car rentals abut I have heard that it’s quite cheap.
We didn’t rent a car cause we read that its really easy to explore the island by bus. They have really good connections and buses are reliable.
A single bus journey will cost you 1,5€ in the wintertime and 3€ in the summertime. If you are staying for longer and you plan to explore a lot I recommend the Tallinja card. You can pick the unlimited weekly pass for 21€.
Cause we weren’t staying for one week we bought 12 single journeys Tallinja card, it cost us 15€, I think its a good deal. You have free transfers for 2 hours, the island is quite small, so you can reach almost every place within 2 hours.
Food in Malta
I am a food lover and I can say I was happy with their cuisine. They have good food, we are in the Mediterranean after all! Maltese cuisine has Italian influence with the touch of North Africa (Arab) cuisine techniques. They also have delicious seafood.
If you visit Rabat you should check out a local place, it’s called Crystal Palace (Is-Serkin), they have the best pastizzi there and it cost 0,4€. Pastizzi is a traditional Maltese savory pastry, usually filled with ricotta cheese, peas or chicken. We tried one with ricotta and one with pees, I liked the ricotta more. They also serve other pastries, coffee, and delicious hot chocolate. When we were there the place was packed with locals, that’s always a good sign.
Most of the other time we ate in Marsaskala (where we stayed), which had several good restaurant options to choose from. We wanted to try a local rabbit stew but unfortunately, the most recommended place that supposedly makes the best one was closed two days in a row. I think that Malta has rich, good quality food, I enjoyed all my dishes there.
What we saw – 4 days in Malta itinerary
Malta is a small island but don’t let that mislead you, there is a lot of stuff to see and do there. I could easily stay for a couple of days more, then we could really see everything that this beautiful small country has to offer and also have more time to relax.
So, here is what we did in our 4 days in Malta.
The first day we spend in Valletta, which is the capital of Malta. Because it was our first day, we decided to take it easy, so we explored around and try some good local food. First, we headed to Upper Barakka Gardens (free) and enjoyed the breathtaking view of the harbor. If you can, be there at noon for the midday guy salute and get the best view.
Later we took a walk in the city, explored the streets, admired the wonderful balconies and the sandstone buildings. We also visited Lower Barakka Gardens (they are approx. 15 minutes walk from Upper Barakka Gardens), from there you can watch the city from another position. It was very enjoyable, we sat on the bench and just watch the view of the city and the Mediterranean Sea.
From there we took a walk to the Grand harbor, Port of Valetta (free). You have nice views there as well and a closer view of the harbor. There is an option to take a tour from the harbor and also places to have lunch there but for us, it was a bit too pricy and we were also still full from the pastizzi we had up in the city. From the harbor, you can take the lift back to the Upper Barakka Gardens, its also an experience, it will cost you 1€.
Dingli cliffs + Mdina&Rabat
The second day we said we will visit first the Dingli cliffs and then continue to Rabat and Mdina, everything is relatively close – on the west side of the island. Bus ride towards Dingli cliffs was really beautiful and the view from the Dingli cliffs was amazing, this is the highest point on the Maltese island. Except for the nice view and walking around, there is not much to do there so we decided to leave toward Rabat&Mdina.
We caught the bus nearby (Malta is really easy to travel on the bus) and in half an hour we were already at Rabat entrance. It was packed with people, there was also a Christmas fair going on, for me, it was a bit too crowdy. We read on the internet later that it was actually Republic day and everybody was on a day off work, that’s why it was so crowded.
Later we went to Mdina, which is just across the road, you should get lost in the beautiful alleys there. It’s an impressive city.
Gozo + The Popeye village
The third day was reserved for Gozo and the Popeye village. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it to Gozo because of the strong wind, people advised us not to go (it wasn’t safe), I’m still a bit sad about it. But we said we will visit the Popeye village anyway.
It was a long ride to the north of the island, it took us around 2 hours or even more to reach there. It’s still easy, don’t worry, you just need to change a bus or two in the process. It’s totally worth it, I loved The Popeye village!
The wind was so strong that we almost got blown away, it was crazy windy. We walked on the cliff and enjoyed the view and laughed because the strong wind was moving us around like feathers. You can also pay the entrance and walk around in the village, for us, the free view from the top was enough.
Marsaxlokk is a traditional fishing village in south Malta, it’s actually the largest fishing village in the country. We were staying at its neighbor Marsaskala so it was really easy for us to reach there, I think it was half an hour bus ride and we were there. It’s calm and laid back during the week, but every Sunday it gets filled with tourists and locals, the reason is the Sunday market.
If you go to Malta, you should go to check it out, buy some souvenirs, try some good local seafood or at least just walk around and absorb the culture. It is a day great spend!
Malta is one of those countries that are not on the radar of many people. But I can say that its a very popular destination among Europeans. If you are searching for a short vacation, charming Malta is definitely a winner!
Its size is perfect to explore, the food is good, it’s easy to travel, it has outstanding beaches and of course, the rich history and architecture. These are just some of the things that will make your vacation perfect. Oh, and let’s not forget that Malta has 275 of sunny days on average! 🙂