Words: @oliverinstead • Photo: David & Myself • Location: Various places in Malta
As I mentioned at the end of my previous post in the series, I was going to spend a (long) weekend in Malta, and I did. It was a brilliant change of scenery in the sun and sea, and I learned quite a bit about the archipelago that no blogs, tourists info sites, or Tripadvisor tips had prepared me for…
one Malta is NOT a place for veggies / vegans
I really hate to be the one who moans constantly about cities and countries not being accommodating enough to veggies and vegans, but Malta’s got to be one of the least veggie- or vegan-friendly places I’ve ever visited. I’ve been quizzed plenty of times since my return if I would go back to Malta in the near future, and I’m always hesitant to say yes just because of the limited dining-out options there… for me personally.
two You’ll pretty much survive on carbs
The Maltese cuisine is very much Mediterranean – think pizzas and pasta, and more pizzas, and more pasta… It’s very carb-heavy, so those who are on a low-carb diet… Beware!! Also, if you don’t have a taste for Italian cuisine, you should probably look elsewhere in Europe for your next food adventure.
three A car is essential
Ok, Malta is not a big country by any stretch of the imagination and it does boast a very well-connected transport system… (Notes : Buses do stop running very early in the evening though!) However, there are some secret spots that are more off-the-beaten-path and not as easy to reach unless you have a car, including the very tranquil Armier Bay, and Għajn Tuffieħa Bay, where you can catch the best sunset in the entire island-state – which leads us to the next thing I learned…
four The beach… THE BEEEACHES!! ❤
I mean, I’m from the tropics, and we have some pretty darn good beaches there, but I’ve never seen anything that could quite compare to the Maltese beaches! Neither have I ever seen seawater so clear and free of pollution in my life.
Quick tip : If you’re after a quiet beach where you can really chill. Find a way to get to Armier Bay. While you’re there, make sure you opt for the ‘deal’ at Victoria Bar & Restaurant; for less than €10, you get a beach lounge chair, beach parasol, and lunch (a main meal and a cold / hot drink).
five It really is that stunning
Few places on earth are as pretty in real life as they are in picture-perfect postcards, and Malta is definitely one of them!
Whether you’re the type that wanders around villages and photographs the local life, or the type that’s after a secluded seaside town where you can relax and unwind – Malta is breathetakingly beautiful.
Comment below, have you ever been to Malta? If you have, do you agree with my points? If not, I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post and that these little tips will come in handy if / when you travel there in the future!
*** This feels like a slippery slope where Suede & Symphony is slowly transitioning into a travel blog… and as much as I love travelling, the next post will deffo have to be a style-related one… so keep your eyes peeled! ***