Malta On A 3-Day Short Trip
For many foreign travellers, the stunning Maltese landscape and Mediterranean cuisine develops the love at first sight. But it’s really the people and culture that create a lasting impression on any person who walks on Maltese ground for the first time. It would be perfect to spend a week or a month here. But if all you have is a three-day vacation, be sure to make the most out of your stay.
To help you plan out your holiday effectively, we’ve prepared a guide for you. This will allow you to experience the basics in just 4 nights and 3 days in Malta.
Where to Stay
Malta has several five-star hotels, as well as vacation homes and apartments to boast. But if you are on a low budget, in Malta there are decent amount of good quality five star hotels to choose from. You can choose to stay in one of these hostels to stretch your travel money:
- Hostel Jones – Located in Sliema, this hotel is a trendy place with artwork displays in its interior. It has all the facilities you need for a comfortable stay. Although the price varies depending on the season, the rate is usually €45 per night per person.
- Granny’s Inn Hostel – This is your best bet if you like accommodation that affords you easy access to public transportation. The rate starts at €49 per night, and the price may have seasonal variations.
- Boho Hostel – Located in St. Julian’s, this hostel boasts of its brightly coloured interiors and close proximity to the Paceville, the nightlife centre. You can stay here for a modest cost of €45 per night.
- Hostel Malti – This hostel is probably the cheapest in Malta, considering its initial cost of €36 per night. You can enjoy a comfortable room, and ask help from the amiable staff easily.
Be sure to grab a good rest the night before your planned trip. Ideally, start your day early so that you can visit all destinations on your list.
What to Do
Located about 50 miles south of Sicily, the Maltese archipelago is truly a gem of the Mediterranean. It has everything a traveller can ask for, including caves, museums, diving sites, beaches, vineyards, heritage sites, and farms. It has modern cafes, shared spaces, and restaurants where you can relax and go online to get in touch with your loved ones at home.
Day 1: Valletta and Comino
Maltese cuisine is healthy. To get your first taste of Malta’s traditional foods, have your breakfast at Il-Kapitali, an artisan cafeteria that serves streaky bacon and scrambled eggs on Maltese bread. Or you can also dine at Piadina Caffe if you feel like eating an Italian breakfast.
After breakfast, ride a bus from Valletta bus terminal to Cirkewwa where you can take a ferry to Comino. The ride costs €1.50 to €2.00.
What to Do in Comino
Comino is a tiny island, which you can probably explore in less than a day. Although taking a swim at the Blue Lagoon is a must, the following activities are also worth a try:
- Bring your snorkel and watch shallow water marine life at the Crystal Lagoon.
- Explore the old Santa Maria Tower. If you can see the Knight’s flag displayed, it’s your cue that you can visit the tower for free. Otherwise, you can just explore the nearby landscape.
- Explore the Santa Marija Caves.
After spending a day in Comino, be sure to take another ferry ride to Gozo. Ferries to Gozo departs from the Blue Lagoon every hour.
Day 2: Gozo
Gozo offers a perfect mix of secluded beaches and bustling heritage sites. To make the most out of your day, it would be wise to go on a 3-hour tuk-tuk tour in the morning. Aboard a motorized rickshaw, you will be taken to Gozo’s wayward destinations, such as the Sanap Cliffs, Ta’ Pinu Shrine, San Lawrenz, Wash House at Fontana, Dwejra, and Victoria Centre. This tour starts at Mgarr Harbour and ends in the same site just before lunch. The morning tuk-tuk tour costs €29.50 for adults and children 3-12 years old. It is free for children below 3 years old.
After lunch, head to Victoria, the capital of Gozo. Here you’ll see some of the world’s oldest and most elaborate architecture. You can join a hop-on hop-off bus tour that will take you around the city. The tour covers the main attractions such as the Ggantija Temples, Xerri’s Grotto, St. George’s Basilica, Heart of Gozo Museum, Folklore Museum, St. John’s Demi-Bastion, and Gozo Museum of Archaeology. The city sightseeing tour costs around €15. Be sure to get back to Mgarr Harbour to catch a ferry going back to Cirkewwa, Malta.
Day 3: The Three Cities
On your third day, join a Three Cities Tour that will take you to Malta’s historic cities—Senglea, Vittoriosa, and Cospicua. This tri-city tour takes more or less three hours, and allows you to visit places of worship, old battlements, and museums. The price starts at €30 and can vary depending on the season.
A 3-day short trip in Malta is certainly enough to revive your weary sprit due to stress at work. With the itinerary outlined above, rest assured that you’ll have all the fun you need to get back to your normal routine with enthusiasm.