So you’ve just arrived at EC Malta, completed your registration process and finished your very first class. And now it’s time to explore the island! But where to visit first?
Worry not – we carefully selected our favourite places to visit, just for you to have that local touch to your experience.
Disclaimer: If you run a quick Google search of the places mentioned in this blog post, you will find lists of popular tourist attractions. This blog post aims to highlight places that you might miss – places that are popular amongst locals and which you might like to visit after you’ve seen the sights.
1. Visit Mdina
Mdina, also known as the glorious Silent City, is a beautiful place to visit. It goes without saying that it’s definitely one of the most picturesque places on the island – and did you know that it used to be the old capital city of Malta? Its streets have something magical about them, especially in the evening! Here you will also have some of the most stunning views of the island, so don’t forget to take a couple of shots to take back with you.
If you go to Mdina and you have a sweet tooth, (well, even if you don’t!) we highly recommend paying a visit to one of the most popular cafes on the island – Fontanella. From delicious cakes to one of a kind milkshakes, you certainly shouldn’t give this gem a miss!
2. Visit Valletta
Visiting Valletta is a no-brainer. Being the capital city of Malta, it’s surely not to be missed. It’s a hub for awesome local cafes, bars and restaurants. Here are our recommendations:
- Suq tal-Belt: a food market with various restaurants
- Pastaus: for fresh, incredible pasta
- Kapitali: for delicious drinks and snacks
- Ġugar: for vegan eats and an overall lovely, comforting vibe
- Zero Sei: for delicious homemade pasta
- The Pub: a bar with a load of history
- The Beer Cave: the home of over two hundred beers
Valletta is also home to two art spaces: MUŻA and Spazju Kreattiv at St. James Cavalier. Make sure to pay these places a visit too!
3. Free sunsets at the beach
I think we can all agree that sunsets are one of the most spectacular sights – and they’re free! Below are some of our recommendations for places where you can see some beautiful sunsets:
- Għajn Tuffieħa
- Dingli Cliffs
- It-Torri l-Aħmar
- Fomm ir-Riħ
4. Green escapes
Unfortunately, there aren’t many green spaces in Malta. However, we’ve listed some breath-taking ones below:
- Chadwick Lakes
- Victoria Lines
- Dingli Cliffs
- Wied iz-Żurrieq
- San Anton Gardens
- Ta’ Qali
5. Visit Gozo
Gozo is Malta’s sister island. It offers a lot more greenery than Malta does, mostly because the population is still very small. As an island, Gozo still feels a lot more authentic because urbanisation, though it has started, has not yet taken over. You really need to visit this island and appreciate its beauty, best if in good company! You can book an excursion with EC Malta, which will take you to the main attractions: Dwejra, Ċitadella, Ta’ Pinu Church, Xlendi, Fontana and Qala.
Below are our local picks for you to explore – you’ll definitely want to check them out!
- Mġarr ix-Xini: a beautiful place to eat some deliciously fresh fish and take a dip in the sea
- Xlendi: one of the best sunset spots in Gozo
- Wied il-Għasri: for a green getaway
- Marsalforn: the Gozitan restaurant and entertainment hub