WEEKEND GETAWAY ON AN ISLAND: MALTA
This summer, taking breaks from the hot city life should be at the top of your TO DO list. And there’s no better way to change scenery than a weekend getaway on an island.
For your next trip, we recommend veering right where others turn left and opting for a place that doesn’t come up often on the radar for potential vacation spots. It usually gets overlooked for other Mediterranean spots like Cinque Terre or Positano or Corfu. We’re talking about the beautiful, sun-soaked island of Malta.
Visiting Malta isn’t a “spend your time at the beach” kind of vacation. You’re going to want to explore the country and its many facets. Malta is made up of three islands. The largest is Malta, the medium one is Gozo, and Comino is so tiny you’ll visit it on a day trip. Here is our list of must-see places.
St. John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta. One of the most jaw-droppingly gilded cathedrals you’ll ever see, built during the Knights of Malta’s reign over the country. It holds two Caravaggio paintings.
The Megalithic Temples of Malta. UNESCO-certified wonders that go back to 3600 BC and 700 BC.
The “Silent City” of Mdina. Founded by the Phoenicians 4,000 years ago and being the oldest city in Malta, it is the perfect place to get lost walking around the narrow streets among the beautiful Baroque and medieval architecture. Very few cars are permitted inside Mdina’s monochromatic walls, making it the perfect place to slow down and catch your breath.
Malta offers an abundance of rocky beaches and natural swimming pools. Check out St. Peters Pool on Delimara promontory, arguably the most Instagram-worthy natural pool in Malta.
Go further and visit Malta’s sister islands of Comino and Gozo by renting a boat. Cruise over to Comino’s breathtaking Blue Lagoon. Half a mile from Blue Grotto, is Ghar Lapsi, a small secluded inlet untouched by tourists and one of the most idyllic spots in Malta.
Continue the adventure and anchor up in Gozo to check out the Marsalforn salt pans. They’ve been managed here by locals for roughly 350 years and, in the hottest summer months, you will see local families out tending their pans, collecting their salt and taking it off to be sold.
All this exploring made you hungry? Have lunch at Porticello, situated close to the water's edge and offering a breathtaking view of Malta's capital city Valletta. Enjoy a gourmet night out at Noni or at ION Harbor, in Valletta and if in Medina, don’t miss out on The Mondion, all three Michelin starred restaurants.
Us being in the game of fashion, we couldn’t end on a better note than sharing with you our beach bag essentials for an endless summer.
You’ve got your towel and two-piece ready to go, but your beach prep isn’t complete without a few necessary accessories. Here are the 5 essentials to bring for your day of fun in the sun, sand and sea: the SPF, the shades, the sun hat, the cover-up, the summer read.
There is no doubt, you will need sunwear–multiple pairs, and multiple styles. When packing for your next trip, make sure to add the season's hottest trend for shades: white frames, color-block shades or futuristic shaped glasses.
Bon voyage! And don’t forget your sunnies.
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