It was my second time in Malta, but I have a strange feeling every time I visit it. I do not want to live in this country, but also I do not want to leave it. This time my visit was a bit different because I less explored the country and more experienced the culture and the local life. I decided to stress some pluses and minuses of visiting Malta and what to expect before your travel.
Advantages of Malta
Malta has more than 7000 years, colorful history. The country has been conquered over and over again and you will find evidence of it wherever you go on this sunny island. I dropped my jaw more than once seeing ancient temples, fortresses, castles one more beautiful and larger than the other.
To understand the Maltese history I recommend to visit the war museum. It is interactive and you will see so many amazing weapons.
Read my blog post: “Once in Malta” for more ideas what to do in Malta.
In Malta climate is pleasant all year round and it is one of most sun safe destinations in Europe. It is rarely below 10ºC. I visited Malta in January and as an Eastern European girl, it was possible for me to have a swim in the sea. It is so amazing to be able to walk in a dress or just T-shirts with a light jacket.
On summer time it is boiling hot, but the great thing is that you are on the island and there is water everywhere. Malta offers a large variety of wonderful beaches, from the long sandy beach to natural pool. Do not forget to bring a snorkel because the water here is crystal clear and underwater life is just extraordinary. Check the best beaches here.
The best time to enjoy Malta is from October till April. You will have the whole beach to yourself and it is not too crowded. Winter and early spring are perfect for traveling around the island, and you can get everywhere by public transport. I recommend buying at the airport a 12 journey public transport card for 15€. It will be enough to visit all the island and way easier than to buy a ticket every time you enter a bus.
This island was part of the British Empire that’s why both English and Maltese are official languages. You will not have any trouble making yourself understood, because most of the locals are fluent in English.
If you like to party it is a place for you. St Julian’s have plenty of nightclubs and bars and you will definitely find what you like. I had so much fun in a Russian karaoke bar, it was unbelievable.
Also, I met one British girl who said that she had so much fun in Paceville that for the whole week she didn’t even have a chance to explore Malta. Fun fact, there are way more guys in Malta than girls so if you are a girl then be prepared for some attention.
Seafood, wine, fruits, and vegetables are so yummy in Malta, it is so fresh and not too expensive. If you are a foodie then be prepared for some pleasure. Especially, visit Marsaxlokk colorful food Market on Sunday.
Disadvantages of Malta
The traffic in Malta is crazy if you need to catch a flight doesn’t even consider public transport and just take a taxi. I personally almost missed my flight and I was running to the closing gates and no I am not an irresponsible person I had 2,5 hours until my flight and only 40 minutes drive by public transport.
Expect crowded buses, long delays, slow traffic when traveling in and out major cities. Buses run better during the off-peak season, but on summertime expect a nightmare and being late.
So many people
Malta can be a bit crowded. A population nearing a half million with an area around 100 square miles and all the tourists during Summer. Be prepared for crowded cafes, beaches, historical places and just waiting in lines.
While people in Malta are generally welcoming and helpful, I’ve seen numerous restaurant staff, bus drivers, and shop owners being tired of tourists and all their questions. Do not take it too personally if the person serving you is rude, avoids eye contact or is too busy having a break.
If you ever consider living in Malta I highly recommend reading a Jean Galea blog ”Why I left Malta”.
I still in love with Malta and I am already planning my next trip. While I was on the bus to the airport I met a guy who spends his whole week scuba diving and his stories about sank airplanes and ships which he saw inspired me to plan scuba diving for my next trip to Malta.
Just watch this amazing video of scuba diving in Malta: