In February I was lucky enough to visit the gorgeous island of Malta for a second time after holidaying there with my boyfriend last August. I’m a big fan of getting some winter sun and escaping the British weather (I definitely chose the best week to go away as I avoided the Beast from the East!) so I was happy to have that opportunity again. I fell in love with Malta last year and it didn’t disappoint a second time around.
I travelled there to run in the Malta Marathon, you can read about that here, but I had almost a week afterwards to explore the island. For being so small, Malta has loads going on. If you love beach holidays then you need to visit the north of the island but I’ve now stayed in the town of Sliema twice and love it for it’s beautiful views, busy atmosphere, and fab selection of shops, bars, and restaurants. While it’s definitely not a quiet place to visit there’s always something to see. My favourite thing to do in Sliema is walk along the promenade and admire gorgeous Valetta from across the bay.
When I visited in August the temperatures were late twenties to early thirties which, for me, was sometimes too hot. I really loved visiting in February because, while it felt a lot warmer than England, it was comfortable for getting out to explore. A five minute ferry ride from Sliema takes you to the city of Valletta. The city is only small and narrow streets of high buildings, each decorated with traditional balconies, surround incredible cathedrals and gorgeous, open plazas perfect for eating lunch and sipping cocktails in. This time I went to Valletta’s Barakka Gardens, a stunning space filled with plants and fountains, in contrast to the city just metres away.
I also visited Mdina for the second time. The ancient city is high up on the island with gorgeous views right out to the coast and is surrounded by countryside dotted by small towns. Mdina is surrounded by the city walls and has barely changed for hundreds of years so you really feel like you’ve gone back in time when you enter it.
I really think Malta is worth a visit all year round as there is so much to see and do in such a beautiful country. Everyone I met there was really friendly and it’s so easy to get around the island by public transport, also, they mostly speak English which is really handy.
If you want to read my post from when I visited in August, you can do that here.