Malta Travel Guides for Backpackers

What to do in Cospicua

Cospicua, also known as Bormla, one of the famous Three Cities of Malta, is home to a number of monuments and churches full of Religious art in all shapes and forms enclosed within two sets of fortification walls. It has a rich history dating back centuries that shaped the city that it is today. Monuments in Cospicua There are a number of monuments commemorating different milestones in the city’s history. The most notable is the one remembering the fallen of World War II in which Cospicua had an important role due to the Dockyard that was built in the city. […]
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How to move around Malta?

Are you planning to visit Malta and travel around the whole island? If your answer is “yes”, then the most important thing to plan is the on-site transportation. I gathered here my tips on how to move around Malta without wasting time and money. Avoid stress and disappointments, and instead, live your trip to the fullest! Don't rent a car! Renting a car may seem the best mean to move around Malta, which is a rather small island. It allows you to stop anywhere you want and gives you independence from timetables and fixed roads. However, in my opinion, doing […]
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Marsascala – The Hidden Fishing Village

Malta is a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, just under Sicily. Even though it is a small country, it is filled with many activities to fit everyone's tastes. One can find historic sites, beaches, partying, hiking, shopping. Sometimes, however, all you need is a haven to relax in. One of the most versatile villages in Malta where you can relax as well as having many activities a few minutes walking distance away is Marsascala.   Information About Marsascala   Marsascala is situated in the South-Eastern region of the island. It was built around Marsascala Creek, the […]
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The Best Things to do on the Island of Gozo, Malta

Gozo is a sunny island in the middle of the Mediterranean just a ferry away from the larger island of Malta. While Malta has a lot to offer your average tourist, Gozo is a hidden gem for those willing to meander a bit further. Lagoons, Beaches and Diving The Azul Window Gozo is home to the world-famous Azul Window. Though the beloved rock formation was destroyed by a severe storm a few years ago, the location’s beauty persists within hiking trails along cliffs, old watch towers and unparalleled sunsets. It is the perfect spot for a picnic at sunset or […]
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Malta – 4 Locations for a Perfect Walk

When asked to explain Malta the first thing I say is that it’s a really really tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. So tiny in effect that it can be traveled and covered to from north to south in an hour’s drive. Size doesn’t matter so much when one just wants to go out for a walk. On foot the whole island seems larger. There are so many beautiful places to take a walk to on this tiny island, all such different places. I can assure you that there is a perfect walk to meet everyone's preferences. […]
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Malta: What to See and Do Off the Beaten Track

Malta may be small, but it’s got endless gems to offer. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Malta keeps surprising you. I’ve lived here for 21 years now and I still can’t say I’ve seen it all. Every few years I seem to discover new places in Malta and new things to do. Malta has beautiful tourist attractions to offer but there’s also a lot to do that you won’t find on many travel guides! Here are my favourite places that I’ve discovered over the years as a local on this beautiful island.   Fomm ir-Rih Hiking and […]
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On a Sunny Day out in Malta

A small tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea called Malta. Known by some but lived in by many, the island flourishes with many nature-like sceneries that are perfect for hikes and picnics with family, friends or even the occasional random dates. There is nothing better than going outdoors on a bright sunny day. Be it by yourself, with your loved one or even with your pet. DINGLI Dingli is a small village in the western part of Malta which overlooks breathtaking views reaching Filfla (a very, very tiny island). The village is surrounded by high cliffs overlooking […]
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On a Sunny Day out in Malta

A small tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea called Malta. Known by some but lived in by many, the island flourishes with many nature-like sceneries that are perfect for hikes and picnics with family, friends or even the occasional random dates. There is nothing better than going outdoors on a bright sunny day. Be it by yourself, with your loved one or even with your pet. DINGLI Dingli is a small village in the western part of Malta which overlooks breathtaking views reaching Filfla (a very, very tiny island). The village is surrounded by high cliffs overlooking […]
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Malta: The Mediterranean's Best Kept Secret

About Malta Located just forty miles south of Sicily, Italy, the Mediterranean island of Malta has remained relatively unknown and unexplored by the rest of the world which makes it sort of like its own little paradise. I moved to Malta a little under a year and a half ago and have slowly adjusted to life in the Mediterranean Sea. Here’s what you need to know if you are planning a holiday to Malta any time soon: Maltese Lifestyle When I first arrived to Malta, this was the hardest thing for me to adjust to. The style of living in […]
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Gozo, the island paradise for relaxation

  Welcome to the Paradise Island of Gozo The island of Gozo is often viewed as Malta’s ‘little sister’ as it is smaller and quieter than Malta. If you still have no clue about what I am talking about, do not fret. Before I came here, I had no idea where Malta or Gozo was. My trip here was determined simply by the cerulean blue oceans and stunning lagoons that were depicted in my friends’ Facebook pictures. Now here is a little background history for you… The Republic of Malta is located on the Mediterranean coast, tucked between Italy and […]
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Malta – the land of festivals and fireworks

In the morning before a Maltese festa celebration While in Northern Europe September nights are chilly, in Malta it is still hot, too hot indeed. Tourists might visit just because of the good weather and good nightlife but there is much more to it including lots of ancient history. In this article I plan to share with you the variety of activities Maltese people engage in during the hot summer months as well as offer a brief overview of the main historical sites on the Maltese islands.  Outdoor celebration and the Catholic church in Malta Away […]
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Trekking Through the Trails of Northwestern Malta

Let’s face it, Malta is a very tiny country. In about an hour, a person driving a car could make it from the south end of the island to the north. This leaves little room for some sort of rural area to even exist. Believe it or not, Malta actually does have a countryside teeming with melodic birds, fishermen, and steep slopes. If you decide to travel outside of Malta’s bustling towns and villages, you’re sure to discover a wonderland of opportunities. With stunning coastline and landscapes to experience, you can count on having hours of fun and discovering places […]
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Malta: the island that stole my heart

Moving to Malta I am ashamed to admit that when I was first told that I would be spending a year studying at the University of Malta, I didn’t have a clue what that meant. I didn’t know where Malta was, how big it was, what language they spoke… not a thing. I wasn’t even entirely confident as to whether it was a country or a city. Looking back, I cannot believe how impossibly ignorant that was of me. I enthusiastically thanked my study abroad coordinator, making sure to say all of the right things but secretly just itching to […]
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Around the South, East & West of Malta

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking Malta is so small that you can go round it in a few days. It might be only 316km squared, but there’s a lot to see and do. Here’s my suggestions of the basics you should see if you’re around for a week or so. I’ll split the island into 3 parts. This way you can enjoy each part well before moving to the next and you avoid extra driving time. Driving, yes. The buses are okay if you have a lot of time at hand but despite the size of the island, it […]
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Celebrating Victory Day in Malta

8th September is a public holiday in the island of Malta. On this day the Maltese people celebrate the end of the Great Seige of Malta in 1565. Being a religious country we also celebrate the Nativity of Mary. A public holiday in Malta means that many people are off from work. Therefore, many flock to the beach while others gather in Naxxar or Mellieha to celebrate the Nativity of Mary during their village feast. Others travel to Isla and Valletta to watch the traditional Regatta. What is the Regatta? The Regatta is a traditional rowing race in the Grand Harbour which takes […]
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Gozo – The Origins

Gozo? For the justifiably ignorant readers, Gozo is a TINY rock (island) in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. It is also the place from where my own not-so-tiny buttox emerged.  Just for you to get a general idea of ths size, the island (all of its 67 square km of it) would fit 4500 times into Italy…. It is also practically unidentifiable on any world map which now makes us infinitely grateful to Google for its almighty map zooming abilities! [single_map_place] Gozo, Malta [/single_map_place] Gozo aerial view General information about Gozo: It is an island It is very small It is the […]
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