We found a bargain flight of 40 € per person (round trip) with Ryanair during the month of May. We rented a car with the company Budget for three days to explore the island.
Our route was as follows:
Previous day: arrival at 23:55pm to Luqa airport in Malta, we picked up the rental car and headed to the aparthotel.
Day #1 Valletta: We had breakfast in Sliema, shopping area with cafés along the coast. Then we head to the historical city centre of the capital and visit the three towns of Senglea, Vittoriosa and Cospicua that are within walking distance between them. Here you can go for a walk along the bay, visit the Maritime Museum and the Fortress of San Angelo.
Day #2 Comino Island: We took the ferry from Cirkewwa which leaves us directly at the Blue Lagoon in Comino Island in about 25 min. There we spent the whole day taking a swim in its turquoise waters and snorkeling, from the distance you can see the Gozo Island.
Return to the Island of Malta through the caves in about 35min. On our way back, we visited Popeye Village, St. Paul’s Bay and relax at Golden Bay Beach.
Day #3 Mdina, Rabat and Mosta: We visit the historical towns of Mdina, Rabat and Mosta. Mdina is the largest of them with a walled historic quarter, there you can visit the Falcon Palace and its cathedral and you will have beautiful panoramic views from the top over the Maltese villages.
Then we head to have lunch in Marsaxlokk, a small fishing village in the south known for its colorful boats and fresh fish. Here we have a set menu for two for about € 25 that includes swordfish and grouper, salad and potatoes. End of our trip and sadly return back home.
We stayed at Sprachcaffe International, a large aparthotel where mostly are staying young people and students and that also offers languages courses packages. It is in the town of Pembroke and as the island is small, it only has 316sqm, it is easy to explore from wherever you are.
In Malta they drive like crazy, the yields the step is a “I’ll do it myself” and the indicators are not used, also driving on the left as in England for the rest of Europeans is an added difficulty.
Still it is one of the best options to visit the island in less time and with more comfort. The highways have a maximum speed of 70-80km per hour and roads on villages are between 30-50km per hour.
We rent a car with the company Budget for about 31 € for three days (with a € 25 pick up after 00:00h) as we landed at mighnight.
Another good option is to use the frequent bus service on the island, it has bus stops at all tourist points to visit.
Visit Blue Lagoon and do Snorkeling. Do not forget to put your goggles and dive tube in your suitcase. In good weather, you will see a great variety of fish in its almost transparent waters and corals at the foot of its coast.
Tip: If you book the ferry to Blue Lagoon online it is cheaper than directly there.
Eat in Marsaxlokk. It has a fresh fish market on Sunday mornings which is interesting to see. Eating there is one of the most economical options and with the best fresh fish of the whole island, it is recommended to try swordfish, grouper and seafood.
Also, you can visit the Church of Our Lady of Pompeii that is located in the central square.
- Bring with you a British-European adapter. In Malta they use the three-prong plug. This island has a english influence because in the past it was a former british colony and while you are there it gives the impression that you are in a “little England”, you will find the typical red telephone booths and the same rubbins bins that you will usually see in London.