Here’s my recommendations on where to eat in Sliema, St Julian’s and Gzira, Malta – featuring restaurants, cafés and bars serving traditional and modern food. Also, craft beer, because what holiday would be complete without drinking slightly too much every single day?
On our trip to Malta, we spent one day in Gozo, Malta’s smaller and quieter neighbour to the north. It’s much more rural and green than Malta and has some beautiful scenery. We had hideous weather on our day there, which didn’t help, but we made the most of it.
Here are a few things to do in Gozo, including craft beer and the Citadel…
We decided to explore the coastline with a day trip to two sandy beaches in Malta: Golden Bay and Ghaj Tuffieha. For some reason, there’s a myth that Malta only has rocky beaches. It does, but it has a fair few sandy ones too. We’re not fussy about what terrain beaches are – we don’t sunbathe or swim. But it’s always good to see a bit of variation. This area has a lovely walk/hike you can do and we were frustrated with how busy Valletta was, so it was ideal to get off the beaten track. And after a chilly few days in Valletta and Mdina, we got lucky with the weather this day: an added bonus that made for some pretty photographs… if I do say so myself.
Our day trip to Mdina, Malta was a highlight of our time there. A tiny walled city and former capital, Mdina is often known as ‘the silent city’. It really lives up to this name if you return to it at night when it’s eerily quiet and the streetlamps are your only company in the deserted streets.
We spent our first day in Malta exploring Valletta and Birgu, one of the Three Cities, just wandering round to get a taste for the place and taking a ridiculous amount of photos. Valletta – a honey-coloured fortress city full of Baroque architecture – is the capital of Malta. The Three Cities is an area of, unsurprisingly, three cities built in very close proximity to each other around the Grand Harbour. The Three Cities is just over the water from Valletta so it’s ideal to see both in a day – we only went to Birgu, but you could easily do the other two as well.