[Travel Advice] Malta

Random Observation/Comment #800: Don’t be ashamed to take personal time to appreciate the beauties of life and nature.

What did GPT4 suggest?

I’m glad to help you plan your trip to Malta! Here are 10 suggested activities and specific restaurants for your 4-day stay, each taking around 4 hours:

Day 1:
1. Morning: Valletta
– Explore St. John’s Co-Cathedral
– Visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens
– Walk around the historic city center
– Eat at Nenu the Artisan Baker for traditional Maltese ftira and pastizzi
2. Afternoon: Mdina & Rabat
– Visit the Silent City of Mdina
– Explore the Catacombs of St. Paul in Rabat
– Wander around the charming streets of Rabat
– Dine at Ta’ Marija Restaurant for traditional Maltese cuisine
Day 2:
3. Morning: The Three Cities
– Discover the rich history of Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua
– Take a dghajsa (traditional Maltese boat) ride
– Enjoy a meal at Tal-Petut Restaurant for a cozy dining experience
4. Afternoon: Marsaxlokk & St. Peter’s Pool
– Visit the Marsaxlokk fishing village and market
– Relax at St. Peter’s Pool beach
– Dine at La Nostra Padrona for fresh seafood
Day 3:
5. Morning: Blue Grotto & Hagar Qim Temples
– Take a boat trip to the Blue Grotto
– Explore the Hagar Qim Temples
– Grab a bite at Il-Maqluba for Maltese and Mediterranean cuisine
6. Afternoon: Golden Bay & Għajn Tuffieħa
– Relax at Golden Bay and Għajn Tuffieħa beaches
– Hike the nearby scenic cliffs

– Dine at Singita Miracle Beach for a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian dishes
Day 4:
7. Morning: Gozo Island (Victoria & Dwejra Bay)
– Visit the Citadella in Victoria
– Explore Dwejra Bay and the Inland Sea
– Eat at Ta’ Mena Estate for farm-to-table Mediterranean cuisine
8. Afternoon: Gozo Island (Ramla Bay & Xlendi)
– Relax at Ramla Bay beach
– Stroll around the picturesque Xlendi Bay
– Dine at Ta’ Karolina Restaurant for Mediterranean and Maltese dishes
9. Evening: Paceville Nightlife
– Experience Malta’s nightlife in Paceville
– Dance at popular clubs like Havana or TwentyTwo
– Grab late-night snacks at local eateries
10. Late Night: Sliema & St. Julian’s
– Take a night walk along the Sliema promenade
– Explore St. Julian’s and its vibrant atmosphere
– Savor a late dinner at Guze Bistro for a mix of Maltese and European flavors

These activities will allow you to experience Malta’s diverse culture, history, and natural beauty, while indulging in local flavors at recommended restaurants. Enjoy your trip!

What about travel advice?

Of course! Here are 30 tips for an experienced traveler like yourself to make the most out of your trip to Malta:

1. Use Malta’s public transportation system, especially buses, which are affordable and well-connected.
2. Consider getting a Tallinja card for discounted bus fares.
3. When possible, opt for ferries between Valletta and the Three Cities or Sliema for a scenic trip.
4. Renting a car can be helpful for flexibility, but be prepared for narrow streets and left-hand driving.
5. Malta is a popular destination for English speakers, as it’s one of the official languages, so communication should be easy.
6. Be mindful of local customs and dress respectfully when visiting religious sites.
7. Bring sunscreen and stay hydrated, as Malta can be quite sunny and warm, even in April.
8. Wear comfortable shoes for walking on uneven and hilly terrain, especially in historic cities like Valletta and Mdina.

9. Always have some cash (Euros) on hand, as some smaller establishments may not accept cards.
10. If you’re a European Union citizen, bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for potential medical needs.
11. Be prepared for siesta time (afternoon closures) in smaller towns and villages.
12. Try local Maltese dishes like pastizzi, ftira, and rabbit stew.
13. Enjoy local beverages like Cisk beer, Kinnie soft drink, and Maltese wine.
14. Visit local markets like Marsaxlokk for fresh seafood and traditional Maltese crafts.
15. Explore Gozo’s rural charm and slower pace compared to mainland Malta.
16. Don’t miss the ancient temples, such as Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
17. Be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings secure, especially in crowded areas.
18. Book popular tours and activities in advance to secure your spot.
19. Carry a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated and reduce plastic waste.
20. Respect the environment and avoid littering or disturbing natural habitats.
21. Take the opportunity to snorkel or scuba dive in Malta’s clear waters, which are known for their rich marine life.
22. Capture the beauty of Malta through photography, but respect locals’ privacy and ask for permission when necessary.
23. Use a VPN for added security when connecting to public Wi-Fi networks.
24. Keep an offline map and translation app handy for navigation and language assistance.
25. Make sure your mobile plan includes international roaming or purchase a local SIM card upon arrival.
26. Familiarize yourself with Maltese emergency phone numbers: 112 for general emergencies and 191 for medical emergencies.
27. Be aware that Malta uses Type G power sockets, so bring an appropriate adapter if needed.
28. Malta is part of the Schengen Area, so check visa requirements before your trip.
29. Consider purchasing travel insurance for added peace of mind during your vacation.
30. Finally, immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy the unique blend of Maltese, Italian, and British influences.
Malta is an enchanting destination with a rich history, stunning landscapes, and a vibrant culture. By following these tips, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your trip and create unforgettable memories. Enjoy your time in Malta!

Why are you using ChatGPT?

If I don’t use tools, then I’m just being inefficient. Would I have come up with the same list? Nope. Do I agree with the list? For the most part, but it’s likely a summary across popular posts and I think I can do slightly better with creative thinking. I bolded the ones I liked.

Note that the reason I write has always been to remember. Photos and notes help me pay attention, so I welcome the AI intern. For now, I’ll still keep enjoying the travel for the journey and not the blogpost.

Advice from the Analog Brain

  • Malta’s main currency is the EURO – Have some cash on hand for the ferry rides
  • Use Bolt instead of ECABS app. Bolt is literally pickup within 3 minutes.
  • Tip around 10%
  • Definitely watch the Malta Experience in Valetta. The 40 minute video provides a rich history of Malta and the different cities
  • Travel to Malta in October – The water is still warm from the summer, but it’s not too hot
  • Definitely visit Ghajn beach and Sangita for lunch – The water is beautifully clear and it’s perfect for surfing
  • If it’s very busy, local recommend to stay away from Blue Lagoon unless you can get your own boat
  • Book extra time! 3 days was way too short and I should have spent 2 more and cut down my time in Amsterdam


Tuesday: Landing and Settling in

Dinner at Hammett’s Gastro Bar – The Gin and Tonic menu was pretty solid. Interesting Asian fusion mix. Surprisingly good fried mushrooms.

Wednesday: Exploring and Presentations

Morning walk around Valletta – Took the ferry from Sliema to Valetta and just walked around for hours.

Upper Barrakka Gardens – Classic spot to watch the 12pm cannons fire. I was here by 9AM and it was already pretty crowded

Wandering around the coast. Probably walked 5+ miles

Beautiful open botanical gardens

University of Malta – Great 2.5 hour presentation to the Masters of Business class there

Dinner with coworker and his family at his place. Super beautiful!

Thursday: Roadtrip, More Wandering, and Delicious Dinner

Mdina and Rabat – Mdina is surprisingly quick to walk through, but extremely beautiful

Quick look at Dingli cliffs – Literally 2 minutes to take a few photos and move on

Ghajn beach and hiking – I really loved the short little hike before grabbing lunch

Sangita lunch – Very peaceful place to stop and hang out. They just opened the week of April.

Dinner at Chophouse – I decided to treat myself to a beautiful dinner. It took almost 3 hours, but it was totally worth it.

~See Lemons Love Malta