1. Strolling in the streets of Valetta is the best way to experience Malta’s charming atmosphere.
2. Walking up the hillside by Golden Bay and admiring the view of the other two sandy beaches, which is a remarkable sight even in cloudy weather.
3.From a distance, the view of Mdina is both monumental and mysterious. (though the spectacle is marred by a few tall, modern buildings rising a kilometer or two away :( )
Walking the empty streets of Mdina in the late evening
5. Looking down at the sea from the Dingli Cliffs.
6. The view of the Blue Grotto from above (it’s worth getting away from the crush of tourists – just 300 meters or so away there’s a quiet section).
7. In April the whole island is green (or at least the bits that still haven’t been ’developed’) and covered in flowers.
8. The churches, and the many buildings with a wonderfully archaic feel.
1. For me, Malta is the latest example of how to ruin a gorgeous Mediterranean island. Overcrowding and runaway development are rampant and increasing.
2. Everything is for tourists... The ubiquitous fast food restaurants, kebab shops, and pretty mediocre food. Eating out isn’t expensive, at least compared to somewhere like Greece (we generally paid about €30 for main courses and drinks for two) but there’s really nothing good to eat. The British influence can be felt in gastronomy, though they could have exploited the abundant potential of Mediterranean cuisine.
3. The bus network is excellent and cheap, and takes you everywhere on the island... if you can squeeze aboard.
4. About 400,000 people live on the island, and they have 350,000 cars. Easy to imagine the consequences... If I was in charge of Malta (still not the case, unfortunately) I’d rather develop public transport, and cut the number of cars on the island.
5. If you’re looking for a nice, relaxing summer vacation by the beach, with beautiful nature near at hand, you won’t find it in Malta
6. Marsaxlokk COULD be a charming, authentic little fishing village, if the view hadn’t been spoiled by the surrounding industrial complexes, and the smokestacks which rise right by the coast. :D Oh, and the market... The local handmade crafts section is charming, as are the fresh fish, pastries, vegetables and herbs, but all the tacky tourist stuff? Mm, not for me. The curse of globalization, I suppose.
7. It’s worth seeing Malta once, and many people will love it – I’m just not one of them. That’s not to say I’m not taking away some very pleasant memories, but I’ll stick with Greece, and with places less overrun by tourists.
8.Apart from one noisy, busy square (a real party spot) there’s nothing interesting in Bugibba.
9. The skyline everywhere is filled with cranes and scaffolding – construction seems to be a craze in every town and city on the island. But who and what for?
10. There are hardly any classic seaside promenades, with beachfront bars and restaurants. Coasts in Malta are generally functional (industry, fishing etc.) and heavily built upon.
All in all I had a good time, and obviously, as a fan of the Mediterranean, there was the usual sea and sun. All the same, Malta isn’t at the top of my travel list. It must have been beautiful in the Middle Ages... These days, however, the things which once made the island, in the days of romance, knights and chivalry, the pearl of the Mediterranean, have been lost... (C.R.G, 2019)
It is frustrating and infuriating how they do not care about their natural values. Even their most popular and beautiful beaches are full of garbage. Most beaches need the basic conditions for a family to have a good time. (toilet, place to change clothes, litter-free environment, standard ladders, steps into the water, trash cans, etc.) We were in Malta and the other two islands for ten days. We toured the island. We didn't see anyone picking up trash anywhere on the islands. I had the feeling of "The Matrix - Classification of the Human Race" during the entire vacation. (2023)