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Malta

Malta is a small, island nation located in the Mediterranean Sea, known for its rich history spanning over several millennia and its vibrant mix of cultures, including influences from the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, French, and British. The archipelago is renowned for its stunning landscapes, featuring ancient architecture, fortified cities, and breathtaking coastal views, making it a popular tourist destination.

Despite its small size, Malta boasts a lively cultural scene, with numerous festivals, a thriving nightlife, and a warm, welcoming populace, alongside being recognized for its strategic importance and as a hub for international business and education.

Places to visit

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring Valletta

morning:Start your day with a visit to St. John's Co-Cathedral, with its stunning art and architecture. Afterward, take a stroll through Upper Barrakka Gardens for breathtaking views of the Grand Harbor. For a delicious breakfast, head to Caffe Cordina.

afternoon:In the afternoon, explore the historic streets of Valletta, including Republic Street and Merchant Street. Don't miss a visit to the National Museum of Archaeology to learn about Malta's ancient history. For lunch, try local dishes at Melita Restaurant.

evening:For a memorable evening, wander through Strait Street, known for its lively atmosphere and great bars. End your night with live music and cocktails at The Bridge Bar. 🌃

day 2

Relaxing in Mdina

morning:Spend your morning exploring the ancient streets of Mdina, also known as the 'Silent City.' Visit the Mdina Gate and the Cathedral of Saint Paul. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Fontanella Tea Garden with panoramic views.

afternoon:In the afternoon, wander through Mdina's alleyways and visit the Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum to see its unique collection. Take a break and enjoy a light lunch at Grotto Tavern Restaurant.

evening:As night falls, experience the charm of Mdina under the moonlight. Unwind with a glass of wine at Bacchus Restaurant while enjoying the serene atmosphere. 🌃

day 3

Beach Day in Golden Bay

morning:Start your day with a refreshing swim or sunbathing at Golden Bay, one of Malta's most beautiful beaches. Enjoy the golden sands and clear waters. Afterward, recharge with a beachside breakfast at Munchies Kiosk.

afternoon:Spend the afternoon taking part in water sports such as jet skiing or paddle boarding. Relax and soak up the sun on the beach. For a light lunch, try the seafood platter at Golden Bay Restaurant.

evening:As the day winds down, experience the stunning sunset over the sea at Golden Bay. Head to Twigs Bar for a beachside cocktail and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. 🌃

day 4

Exploring the Blue Grotto

morning:Embark on a boat trip to explore the renowned Blue Grotto and its beautiful sea caves. Take in the stunning coastal scenery and crystal-clear waters. Have a delightful brunch at The Cliffs Interpretation Centre.

afternoon:In the afternoon, take a walk along the rugged cliffs surrounding the Blue Grotto. Embrace the picturesque views of the Mediterranean. For lunch, savor the seafood pasta at La Sfoglia Restaurant.

evening:Indulge in a memorable evening with a sunset boat tour around the Blue Grotto. Experience the magical colors of the sunset reflecting on the water. Head to Café del Mar for an unforgettable night-out by the sea. 🌃

Malta Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Pastizzi

A must-try savory pastry filled with either ricotta cheese or mushy peas. You can find the best pastizzi at small local bakeries and street food stalls, with some of the most renowned ones in Valletta and Rabat.

Must-Try!

Fenek (Rabbit Stew)

This traditional Maltese dish consists of rabbit stewed in red wine, herbs, and spices, resulting in a hearty and flavorful meal. Look for fenek at local family-run restaurants called 'kazini,' particularly in the village of Mgarr.

Maltese Ftira

A unique type of sandwich made with crusty Maltese bread, filled with various local ingredients like tuna, capers, olives, and sun-ripened tomatoes. Visit local bakeries or street food markets to savor this delicious treat.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Marsaxlokk Fish Market

Head to the Marsaxlokk fishing village to experience one of Malta's most vibrant open-air markets, where you can buy freshly caught seafood and enjoy a variety of traditional street food dishes.

Valletta Food Market (Is-Suq Tal-Belt)

This renovated market in Valletta offers a wide array of fresh produce, local delicacies, and street food stalls serving everything from Maltese snacks like pastizzi to international cuisines.

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

Most restaurants and cafes in Malta offer vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes, with an increasing number of dedicated eateries focusing on plant-based cuisine, particularly in the urban areas.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Options

While traditional Maltese cuisine heavily features bread and pastries, many establishments now provide gluten-free alternatives, and it's advisable to communicate your dietary needs to chefs who are usually accommodating.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Malta

Ta' Kris Restaurant

Located in the heart of Sliema, Ta' Kris is renowned for its warm ambiance and authentic Maltese cuisine, including delicious rabbit dishes and hearty stews.

Café Cordina

Established in 1837, this iconic café in Valletta is perfect for indulging in traditional Maltese pastries, cakes, and coffee while immersing yourself in the city's historic charm.

Rubino Restaurant

Nestled in the quaint streets of Valletta, Rubino is a family-run restaurant serving classic Maltese dishes with a modern twist, using locally sourced ingredients.

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