It’s decided. I adore Malta and would gladly go back. The hubby and I spent a week there in October for our 5th anniversary and it has been added to my favourite holidays’ list. I truly did not want to come back to the UK. The weather was fabulous – in the low 20s every day, which is my kind of temperature – and the people were friendly. We stayed at the 4-star all inclusive Db Seabank Resort and Spa in Mellieha.
Our first day in Malta was full. We had pre-booked a boat trip around Gozo, Comino, Blue Lagoon and the Caves with Hornblower Cruises via TripAdvisor. The trip was seven hours but so worth it. If you follow me on Instagram, you will find videos on my Malta highlights.
On our way to the first stop of our tour – Blue Lagoon and Comino – we passed by the island where the Apostle Paul was shipwrecked and many caves. We had the opportunity to take a quick speed boat tour to further explore the caves and natural structures for €3 per person. It was fascinating and my first time on a speed boat.
We were given one hour and 30 minutes to tour Comino or snorkel in the Blue Lagoon, which the majority chose. I didn’t think to bring my swimming costume, so we explored instead. There wasn’t too much to see, so I took off my trainers and immersed my feet in the clear water. The view was just incredible!
Our second stop was at Gozo for three hours. In that time, we went on a bus tour of the entire island (we had to pay for this but I can’t remember how much it was). We wandered around the Citadel, including Gozo’s capital Victoria, briefly went inside the Ta’ Pinu National Shrine and around Dwejra Bay.
After our cruise, we were exhausted but I would recommend it to anyone visiting Malta. The country and its surrounding islands are so small that you can’t not see everything if all it takes is seven hours. It was one of my favourite parts of our holiday. Extra costs were for the speed boat tour, bus tour and food available on the boat.
The next day was spent at Mellieha Bay beach, which is across the road from the hotel. It’s a small beach but the sand and water are perfection. Malta is the only other European country I’ve been to (so far) where the water is crystal clear and where I can see my feet underneath me. That’s the only kind of sea I would swim in 😅. In my books, that means it’s safe. I definitely have to become confident enough to get my hair wet and not retreat closer to the shore when I see a tiny silver fish. I’ll get there 😂.
The hubby and I visited the capital Valleta. The bus journey took just over an hour as Mellieha is north of the island and Valletta is in the east. Tickets cost €1.70 and are valid for three hours, so you can get on another bus within that time.
Valletta is one of Malta’s main tourist spots and there are a few places to see, such as Grandmaster’s Palace (which you could take a tour of for a fee, but the hubby and I didn’t do) and Upper Baraka Gardens.
The capital is not short of restaurants with outdoor seating and gift shops. It’s easy to get lost in its paved streets and same brown stone buildings, but with the good weather and as long as you don’t have anywhere urgent to be, it’s not a problem.
Apart from more beach days and relaxation, we visited Sliema Point Shopping Mall. It was no Westfield but it had some well-known retailers such as Bershka, River Island and Debenhams. Wherever we go, the hubby and I usually make a habit of going to one of the shopping malls to look around.
Have you ever been to Malta?