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 !