A Mediterranean island life.
Valletta, chosen the European capital of culture of 2018, it is one of the most unexpectedly beautiful cities we have ever encountered. We were told it was the place where you go shopping and that it was less interesting to go and visit it than to see from afar. In my opinion the city describes the perfect old Paris, where you would see carriages going up and down in busy streets and people enjoying a coffee at the outside tables of a cafe.
VALLETA FROM SLIEMA
But what if you want the all time known landscape of Valletta in the distance? It's nearly the most iconic picture to imagine when talking about this little Mediterranean island. The best place to enjoy the view is right next to the harbor, where you can also directly take a boat to the capital. A path takes you from the busy harbor to a quite spot by the coast, where Valletta can be spectacularly seen and we even got to fly the drone.
This village is quite special, as it is now an entertainment park, but began its history as the Film Set of the musical production 'Popeye' in 1980. Although during the winter it's mostly empty, it has many water slides and pools for the summertime.
POPEYE VILLAGE TO RED TOWER
As we would discover during our trip through the island, public transport in Malta is not such a good idea during winter time. After our short visit to see Popeye Village (we preferred the views from a nearby cliff), the bus timetable showed that we had an hour ahead of us until the next bus arrival. If you want to save time, a walking route to The Red Tower was what took us to the nearest bus station (this one with actual buses stopping frequently). We could not be happier about that decision: the hike was absolutely breathtaking. Just ask Google Maps the shortest route on foot to the Red Tower and that's it!
THE RED TOWER
Also known as the Saint Agatha's Tower, it is a watchtower in Mellieha, in the north of the island. It is a perfect place to watch the sunset, as it has spectacular views all around the building.
This is Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, also called Riviera, and it is located on the west side of Malta. It belongs to a chain of bays of golden sand very popular among the locals. As this bay is pretty small compared to its sisters, it is known to be the less crowded one, even in the summer. You can even go hiking along the different bays, as they are connected by a sandy path.
This one isn't actually in Malta, as we found it along the coast of one of the little islands that you can travel to by Ferry: Gozo. This is Ramla Bay, an orange-reddish sandy beach laying in its northern coast. The landscapes in this island are everywhere to be seen, as its population is quite low and only little villages can be seen as you go around, while large extentions of green fields rule the place.
Mdina is commonly called The silent city. Is one of your musts if you want to see the historical side of Malta. It's high walls will make you feel as if you were lost in a labrinth city, and if you drop by our 'Where to eat' section you'll see it's a great place to have a Mediterranean lunch or dinner. Just beware of the guided tours! They come in large numbers and it makes the city pretty crowded during the day, but not so during the evening.