Postcards from Malta

People swimming and sun bathing on the rocks at Sliema.

People swimming and sun bathing on the rocks at Sliema.

Malta is ideally located just below the Italian island of Sicily, within close proximity to the north-east tip of Africa. The island has an abundance of World Heritage Sites, modest stilled beaches and a satisfying culture revolving around food. Some of our favourite times on the island included losing ourselves in timeworn backstreets in chronicled old cities and eating at some of the best restaurants the island has to offer. Through this experience, we mingled with the locals, tasted some goodies for ourselves and got a genuine feel for the island's lifestyle.

Despite the fact that there are pockets of tiny islands around Malta, only the other two largest islands – Gozo (Għawdex) and Comino (Kemmuna) are inhabited. Visit the northern part of Malta for its coastal beach resorts and family fun parks, and the south for some of Malta’s best-kept secrets; St Thomas’ Bay in Marsascala, Marsaxlokk, Għar Lapsi, and the preceding Wied iż-Żurrieq. All of these locally favourite rock-bound beaches have stunning sky blue waters and unforgettable views.

For the culture geeks, we found the old capital and ancient city of Mdina worth a day trip. We dined at the luxurious The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux hotel, had the best gelato at Fior di Latte, and visited the mesmerising Roman Catholic St. Paul's Cathedral. Walking distance from the old city you can visit the neighbouring city of Rabat. With its ancient city walls and World Heritage St Paul’s Catacombs, you will find plenty to see and do. The St.Paul's Catacombs are a typical complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries that were in use up to the 4th century AD.

We would recommend staying at the 16th century Maltese home Indulgence Divine and using it as your base to get to know the island better. This house is run by Gattaldo and his partner, both professionals with keen eyes to details that use the UK as their home base. Indulgence Divine is in the city (more like a town) Birgu, one of The Three Cities of Malta. The location is strategic as you are walking distance to Cospicua, Senglea and Kalkara. With a ferry, you can make your way to the touristy Valletta and enjoy some of the things the 2018 European Capital of Culture has to offer. 

For more information on Malta, visit the official Malta tourism website.

Here is a visual digest of our favourite places to experience whilst in Malta. 

Parruccan sells traditional Maltese cakes, nougat and confectionery.

Parruccan sells traditional Maltese cakes, nougat and confectionery.

Republic Square next to famous coffee house Cafe Cordina in Valletta city center. 

Republic Square next to famous coffee house Cafe Cordina in Valletta city center. 

Balluta Bay by way of Sliema.

Balluta Bay by way of Sliema.

Visit the historical Mdina, the Silent City.

Visit the historical Mdina, the Silent City.

Rock Pools of Sliema.

Rock Pools of Sliema.

The traditional 'Karozzin', horse drawn carriage can be seen in the old city Mdina. 

The traditional 'Karozzin', horse drawn carriage can be seen in the old city Mdina. 

Cute door and windows in the south-eastern village of Kalkara.

Cute door and windows in the south-eastern village of Kalkara.

MaltaJeremy J.