Malta

Malta has always been on my list of places to visit as that’s where my family descend from, which is probably why I get the odd ‘you look kind of Italian’ comment, as Malta is a short boat ride from southern Italy.

This post is being written about a trip I took in 2013, but I feel it’s worth having on here due to how underrated Malta is as a country and a holiday destination.

I took the trip with my ex-girlfriend and we had a great time and I’m pretty sure I’ll find myself back there at some point in the next few years.

The island is so small, and you can pretty much do the whole place in one day if you get one of the hop-on-hop-off bus tours that are for sale pretty much everywhere on the island, but, take your time as it’s such a beautiful country, that you should relax, get some sun, eat some nice food and enjoy the amazing views.

Malta has a lot of British influence due to World War 2. So much so that you won’t need to take your European socket with you as they use British sockets. Pretty much everybody in Malta speaks English, and Maltese, and I’m not really sure whether they would admit it, but I’m certain English is the first language of the majority of the residents. I didn’t hear much Maltese being spoken. Maltese is an odd language, because it sounds like a mix between Italian and Arabic, and when you look at the letters, they kind of look like our letters, but they have some slightly different. However, the language is pretty much incomprehensible to non-Maltese speakers, and you’ll see why.

Below, I took a photo of the Azure Window, which sadly fell down a while back during a storm, and what a shame. We call it the Azure Window, and if you were to read this in French, Spanish or Italian, it’d say something very similar. For example, Fenêtre Azure, Ventana Azul or Finestra Azzurra. All pretty similar, right? Well in Maltese, the Azure Window is written: ‘it-Tieqa Żerqa’ and is sometimes referred to as ‘it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra.’ Now you can see what I mean.

The people in Malta look like Italians, but slightly more tanned, due to the weather conditions in Malta – it’s very hot there!

Everybody is friendly, and I know most people say that about most places they go, which is usually true, but this is what I thought. You don’t feel like you’re in a foreign place, like when you go to tourist parts of Spain, it’s a hot Britain, with a different language, but in Malta, they’re speaking English generally too.

The architecture in Malta is amazing. The buildings are bright, well-built and clean – they aren’t full of graffiti like a lot of the buildings in Italy, just over the water.

I was speaking to a lady who organises excursions, and this was just after Gaddafi died. She said that she used to send so many people out to Libya on a boat each year, because it’s such a beautiful country and not far away, but since Gaddafi died, it’s just too dangerous and has completely changed the country. I’m not too sure what caused the change, nor am I really interested in northern African politics so I didn’t ask much more.

Whilst in Malta, you need to go to Gozo, which is a tiny island to the north on a very short ferry ride. You simply jump on a bus which drives onto the ferry, then you’re there in like 10 minutes or so.

Although Malta is tiny, you should use the hop-on-hop-off buses because not only are they cheap, but it’s so hot and dry that you’ll just end up ill if you wander around the island all day. Also, I did try to walk to certain parts, but some of the roads and overpasses don’t have pavements, so I couldn’t actually figure out how to get to places without a bus taking me there.

I actually stayed in a hotel that was really cheap, and it was all-inclusive, but it wasn’t very good, or nice, so we spent most of our time out. The hotel was littered with arguing families who had maxed their budget for this cheap hotel, and were just constantly arguing with staff to try to get free things. I’m not being overly harsh here, I overheard more than one family talking about doing this to get a refund, even though there was nothing wrong – hopefully they didn’t get one – just my opinion.

The hotel was called The St. George’s Park Hotel, but I wouldn’t recommend going there.

Make sure Malta is on your list, and visit it in summer, get a tan, see the beauty of the island and recommend it to your friends.

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