PORTS TO ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LIST : MALTA

What to do in

an hour, a day and

a week in Malta

 

Hi All - This blog includes things to do and see as well as some of my VIP experiences thanks to Crew Privilege.

 

If you are ever lucky enough to find yourself on the ancient island of Malta, you are in for a mid summer night’s treat. Dating back to 5200BC you can imagine that its history is rich, the culture diverse and the archaeology incredibly fascinating. The island consists of Malta, where the capital city Valetta is, Comino and Gozo and there are a great deal of foreigners flocking to Malta, so rest assured English is spoken freely. The island has a wide diversity on offer including incredible beaches, architecture, restaurants, clubs and excursions. Getting around is fairly convenient too, but keep the times of ferries on hand or you could waste a lot of time, waiting. With places to see, your senses to be tantalised and selfies to take, let’s get into my wonderful must see.

 

 What to do in : AN HOUR

 

You have arrived at the Grand Harbour Marina and you finally have an hour free to spend as you wish and for the first time in

weeks, months, you don’t know, you aren’t at anchor.

 

For culture you can take a taxi boat to the upper Barracka Gardens to see the noon gun or ‘Saluting Battery’ as they call it, which is as old as the Valetta city itself - dating back to the 16th Century. After you have devoured the view of the Grand Harbour you walk through the cobble stone streets buzzing with people shopping, laughing and sipping champagne. You decide to join the festivities and head straight to Inglot (for the ladies) and enjoy our 50% discount when you show your fancy CP card.

 

Hop in next door to Charles Grech where you devour the free Crew Privilege platter you received with your bottle of Prosecco.

 

You smile all the way on the ferry back to the harbour.

 

 

 What to do in : A DAY

 

First things first, FOOD ! With a lot on offer you might feel out of your depth, but we went to Kantina and it was such a great spot

 right in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Incredible coffee and scrumptious breakfast options with friendly service, too. We were

feeling like a splash and ready to hit the beachside so we made our way to Pearl Beach in Sliema. On our way we were fascinated by a street clown making duck noises. It was hilarious as he made a great deal of fun of my boyfriend and then offered me a pink swan and heart balloon. 

 

We continued towards the ferry for Sliema while enjoying the rich architecture along the way. You can also enjoy a horse and carriage to complete your fairytale.

 

Upon our arrival at Pearl beach we were shown utmost courtesy and received our lounging beds right in front of the pool! Two complimentary welcome champagnes were had while taking in the smell of sunscreen and sea air. What makes Pearl beach unique is that they have also built around the natural rocks so you can take a dip in the sea. The day was great ! The staff never let our drinks go empty and we must have tried half of the cocktails on the menu, which were all exquisite. The tapas are great too.

Ready for dinner, because I am ! Take the ferry to Valetta and head straight to Loop Bar. This 1950’s bar was recently restored so you can enjoy tacky interior and Strait Street in all it’s glory. Afterward be sure to check out Yard 32 Gin. When I went they had a jazz band subtly strumming in the alley. They have 212 varieties of gin available and will match it with a tonic that suits it best. Add some fruit and you are good to go ! Remember to show your CP card to receive 20% off. Can I have the blueberry gin, please?!

 

 

If on the other hand the tapas were sufficient and your feet are itching for a dance, take a trip to the infamous, Saint Julians. Here there are bars on top of bars on top of clubs and other indiscretions. People from across the world, all ages and cultures travel here to pop champagne and flirt with the night until all hours of the morning. Be sure to check out The Thirsty Barber, Malta’s first prohibition style bar where the mixologists can tickle any of your cocktail desires and oh my are they exquisite !

 

What to do in: A WEEK

 

All of the following places are more than a ferry trip or a quick stop and it would be beneficial for an overnight stay.

 

If you are still lacking a tan, check out the Blue Lagoon at Comino. The crystal clear waters is breathtaking and perfect for snorkelling and underwater insta pics. Yes I know you were thinking it; how to get there: you can get there by taking the ferry from the Cirkewwa port. You can use the same ferry to get to Gozo. Some other beaches you can choose from are Paradise Bay (near Cirkewwa Ferry port), Golden Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha and Ghadira Bay. Most of these have hotel amenities and some lounging chairs. Can somebody say “Cocktail please” !

 

For an archaeological and history delight you should head straight to Mdina. Mdina is a fortified city and the history traces back more than 4000 years. At night it is lit by lamps and is also referred to the silent city, as no cars are driven here. Your eyes will find beautiful treasures around every shady corner and your soul will be moved by the humbleness of Malta’s beginning. Buy vibrant glass here as a souvenir and if you visit the restaurant ‘Baccas’, you will receive an upgrade of the wines bought. Thanks CP ! Also if you stumble upon Fontanella, a yummy cake shop, you will be blessed with a 180 degree few of Malta.

 

 

If on the other hand you love the smell of the catch of the day, head to Marsaxlokk, the biggest fishing village in Malta. Even better if you visit it on a Sunday morning to purchase the morning’s catch and to enjoy a Sunday lunch at one of the many delicious restaurants in the bay. The bright fishing boats are stacked in the bay and the locals refer to them as ‘Luzzu'. The area is also well known to be used for photoshoots so brace yourself for an explosion of colour!

 

In Malta there are also many megalithic sites and some are classified as World heritage sites. Be sure to visit them. They are some of the best preserved in the world! The list includes the Catacombs, Hypogeum, Ggantija Temples and Tarxien temples.

Last but not least make your way to Gozo. The people of Malta say that Gozo is what Malta was 30 years ago so expect a trip back in time. The island is rural, laid back and has a lot of openness to it. If you find yourself here and you are famished try any of the restaurants in Xlendi or Marsalforn.

 

 

That’s it. Malta at your fingertips. I hope you have added this historic island to your bucket list and if you have been there and have more recommendations, be sure to let us know. And remember to always have your Crew Privilege card with you, you never know where or what you could benefit because we all know you have FOMO. See you there !

 

 

 

About the Author : Amore Roux is currently a yacht stewardess that has an incessant desire for travelling, writing, learning and laughing. She spends her free time exploring her world through food and photography and aspires to share these experiences with the people who read her stories. She likes to draw and read and mostly falls on her face when doing yoga. Join as she travels and support her dreams of having a bloody Mary a day. More of her at Lifeofamore.com

Photo credit : Amore Roux

 

 

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