Long a favorite of British travelers, Malta is one of Europe’s smallest countries. Although small in size the country offers boundless beauty. Even if you only have two days in Malta, you will end up seeing quite a lot. The beautiful blue waters resembling those of Greece and marvelous ancient ruins. Two days in Malta isn’t nearly enough, but it’s enough time to taste the best of what the island has to offer, and with a focused itinerary, you can end up seeing many sights.
Tip – If you want to make the most of a short visit to Malta we recommend renting a car. Be aware that, all cars on the island drive on the left side of the road, and the steering wheel is located on the right-hand side of the car. If driving is not an option we recommend a hop-on, hop-off bus. It works well for Malta as the attractions are spread out on the island. We highly recommend visiting Visit Malta to view the best public transportation options in Malta.
The exhilarated city of Valletta is one of the most stunning sites in the Mediterranean. Valletta is one of the many well conserved cities in Malta, and has undergone no substantial modifications since 1798. The city is one of Malta’s three UNESCO World Heritage sites. The moment you pass through its city walls, you’ll understand why Valletta is so essential to Malta’s history and uniqueness. The main site we recommend in Valletta is the St. John’s Co-Cathedral.
The original film set of the 1980 Popeye musical. Popeye Village Malta is now a lasting attraction complete with Popeye and Olive Oil. The brightly colored Popeye’s village, makes for a beautiful picture. The iconic character, Popeye the sailor, his beloved Olive Oil and Popeye’s nemesis Captain Bluto welcome guests with song and dance as you approach the village from the cliffs.
Mdina Old City
Today Mdina is a major tourist attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This medieval town is located on a large hill in the center of Malta. The town was also previously the capital of Malta. Mdina is referred to as the “Silent City” by the Maltese and visitors. Very few cars have permission to enter Mdina and the town provides a calming atmosphere among visitors walking its narrow streets and alleyways. The beautiful views over the island make it a truly magical town.
Place to Stay in Malta: – We highly recommend staying at Salini Resort. The beautiful open views of Salini Bay and the Mediterranean Sea make Salini Resort an unforgettable hotel. The chic hotel is designed with much attention to detail. Our favorite feature about the hotel was the breathtaking infinity pool. The Salini Resort captures the spirit of the Mediterranean and you will leave feeling revitalized and invigorated.
Take the ferry and cross over to the island of Gozo.
The 350-year-old salt pans, which stretch about 3km along the coast, are more than just a beautiful view. They are part of the Gozitan tradition of sea-salt production that has been handed down within certain families for many generations. Locals can still be seen scraping up the crystals of salt during the summer months. Once collected, the salt is processed in the hollows that have been carved into the coastal rock.
Built at a perfect point, a visit to the Citadel should not be missed. The Citadel has been at the center of activity in Gozo since possibly Neolithic times.
Tip – If you have time we recommend stopping for a light lunch at Ta’ Rikardu Restaurant. Rikardu produces his own wine and cheese from his vineyard and farm. They have the best rabbit stew and traditional Maltese desserts we had on the island.
Experience the oldest freestanding structure in the world. The complex comprises of two Neolithic temples from the third millennium BC. The Ggantija Temples are a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Place to Stay in Gozo: We highly recommend staying at Hotel Ta’Cenc.This amazing five star hotel is surrounded by nature and embraced by total relaxation. At Hotel Ta’Cenc we experienced the perfect escape to nature where we felt right at home. We were encouraged to explore the surrounding nature sites. One of our favorite features at the hotel was the picturesque rocky beach and medieval palazzo on its grounds. This is the perfect venue for those planning a romantic island getaway. All of the rooms are on ground level and merge perfectly with the surrounding area. The staff is top notch and will go above and beyond to ensure that all the details are taken care of, allowing you to relax and enjoy your vacation. From the amazing three course cuisines, nature-packed grounds, beautiful beach and pools your stay will prove to be everything you had hoped for at Hotel Ta’Cenc.
We would like to thank Visit Malta for an enjoyable experience while in Malta. For more resources and tips on Malta please visit the website www.visitmalta.com.
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