Discovering Malta | Gozo and Comino

Discovering Malta | Gozo and Comino azure window

Having recently visited Malta, I am still smittened by the beauty and serenity of the place. There are a 101 great reasons why Malta should be on your list of places to visit or you next holiday. Still unspoilt and with most buildings only two stories high it still has an old feel to it. Its fairly easy getting around Malta and will only set you back 12 Euros for a weekly bus pass which is valid on both Gozo and Malta. The islands are fairly small so there is no real need to rent a car. Malta has seen many invaders and as a result the islands have a rich culture and heritage, evident in almost everything you look at; from the street/town names to the language and food. With many rulers – the makings of an interesting place to tour around. So my reason for wanting to pay the islands a visit once more:

1. Comino Island

Why? This is the smallest island in the Maltese archipelago and has a permanent population of 4 residents. This little island is car free so you can say bye bye to car pollution as you enjoy the Azure seas in this snorkeller’s paradise.  
What to do Take a ferry to the Blue Lagoon, a dazzling lagoon with hynotic cyna waters. This place is popular in the summer with wind surfers, divers and snorkeller’s due to its iridescent aquamarine waters and diverse marine life. Trek along the cobbled footpaths on the island to reach another beautiful spot on Comino to take in the spectacular views from the St Mary’s Tower which dates back to 1416.

Where to eat and stay There is only one resort hotel(with a few spots on the beach for quick bites). Perfect if you want a peaceful getaway.
How to get there There are frequent boat services from Gozo to Comino.

View From Comino Island
Comino

2. Gozo Island

Victoria Discovering Malta | Gozo and Comino

Why? This is the second largest island with a coastline dotted with quiet villages with Arabic sounding names like Xaghra, Xlendi and Xewkija. The villages or small towns habour these beautiful Byzantine and Baroque churches. You will also be able to spot fortified Citadellas from almost every corner of Gozo.
What to do Gozo has many a beach perfect for sunbathing: golden sand, turquoise water, little coves for shade. Hire a boat and check out the island’s many other coves, bays and beaches. My visit on the island was with 5 other friends so we chartered a boat for the day which worked out to about 60 euros each. If you are on the island another spot you cannot go without visiting is Dwejra, this is where you will find the Azure Window. A natural and scenic rock arch, created over time by collapsing caves as the sparkling blue seas around have eroded the rocks, forming this natural wander. This is another great spot for diving(can you spot the divers in my second shot?). 
Another great way to explore the area is via a boat trip on the “inland sea”. It takes you through a tunnel cave and along the sea cliffs. You can also look through the Azure window and the beautiful rock formations.

Discovering Malta | Gozo and Comino azure window
Inland SeaAzure Window via Boat
Inland Sea - Can you spot the Divers?
Discovering Malta | Gozo and Comino azure window

   
Where to eat and stay Renting a villa is by far one of the easiest and probably the one of the cheapest stays on the island. I will be posting a video tour of the place my friend booked for us. The price worked out to about £112(for a week!!). A great way to live and experience life on the island like a local. There are quint little local shops, bars and restaurants around. Our villa was in Nadur San Blas, which was in easy reach to ferry port and pretty little bays like Ramla Bay. From most harbours you can sit and watch as the fish you will soon be eating is landed.

When in Malta you have to taste the local speciality called Pastizzi. This are little diamond shaped savoury pastry filled with ricotta cheese, spinach or mushy peas. Its a real treat! Best eaten straight from the oven and at a price of just 25 euro cents you will need to must up all the strength not to walk away with the whole shelf of these mouth-watering pastries.

Photo Credit: Hectkic Travels Discovering Malta | Gozo and Comino
Photo Credit: Hectkic Travels
For people-watching as you kill time waiting for the town’s central connecting buses in Victoria, then head for Tapies Bar. I nearly fell off my chair when told that our round of 4 glasses of wine and 2 beers cost a few cents short of 5 euros!
 Tapie's Bar Victoria
 Nadur San Blas Nadur Discovering Malta | Gozo and Comino
Fresh seafood at one of many eateries is the way to go. For a little treat then head to Xlendi bay’s Boat House, a waterside restaurant which allows you to watch the small waves crush right besides your table while offering great views of the sea as the sun sets. Malta’s heritage from from all the cultures that have previously invaded the island has certainly blended the flavours of the food to create magic! Upon recommendation for the Boat House to taste home-cooked style of dishes that were artistically presented. We were not disappointed! Pictures of the food before my friends and I totally dismantled our plates.
Boat House - Xlendi Bay - Gozo
Boat House Prawn Cocktail Discovering Malta | Gozo and Comino
How to get there Arriving via Flight from Malta Island, Gozo is a 25 minute ferry ride from Malta’s ferry port. Its free to go to Gozo, you only pay for the return journey which is about 4.50 euros.

3. Malta Island

Why? The main and largest of the 3 islands is Malta, a bustling island and truly fascinating with churches and Palaces. Valletta, Malta’s capital has a sense of charm to it with beautiful old buildings still standing after the heavy bombing that the island received in WWII. I didn’t spend much time on the main island as I was there mainly for a rock climbing session but the laid back, easy going people and the history filed streets is enough to make a girl want to sample more of the island life.
What to do Simply walk round the island enjoying the panoramic views on the seafront, little gardens, the wild flowers, and the sense of peace and wildness. People-watch in the main square If you are up for a little adventure there is wind surfing and if like me you like climbing things then there is rock climbing and sea traversing. Contact Andrew Warrington at MC Adventures if you want to try out climbing or need a guide to the best spots climb, kayak or hike
Kayaking in Malta Discovering Malta | Gozo and Comino
How to get there  The main airport is on this island where most airlines including Air Malta, Ryan Air, Easy jet and other couriers operate from. There are buses straight from the airport to the ferry port connecting Malta and Gozo.

So have you been to Malta yet? If so, Have you left yet?(I pretty much wanted to stick around for a while longer)

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24 Comments

  1. June 24, 2014 / 11:01 pm

    A friend of mine went to Malta last year and I couldn't believe her photos- it looks so pretty! I would love to visit one day

    • June 25, 2014 / 5:53 pm

      You have to visit soon, especially if have a friend there.

  2. June 25, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    Oh my gosh…. that turquoise water…. the pastries…. your posts always have a way of making me just yearn! I have a friend who lives in Malta – I just need to go visit him and explore the area!

    • June 25, 2014 / 6:00 pm

      What are you waiting for?! Assuming there is free accommodation then all you need is a ticket on squeezyJet and you are set!

  3. June 25, 2014 / 1:51 pm

    Looks really pretty. I never really considered Malta as a holiday destination. In Germany it is only known for language holidays really. Very tempted to go now.

    • June 25, 2014 / 6:02 pm

      You have no idea what you are missing! It really beautiful, beautiful quiet beaches and good food…you can the learn the language if you like too but not obligated to do so 😀

  4. June 25, 2014 / 4:02 pm

    I've been to Malta before but unfortunately it was such a short visit and it looks like I missed out on so much! Need to book another flight soon!

    • June 25, 2014 / 6:02 pm

      Indeed. SqueezyJet always have cheap ones if you book early enough too.

  5. June 26, 2014 / 8:43 am

    A permanent population of 4. How often do we see that these days? I'm considering a trip in either the fall or late spring. Thanks for the info. 🙂

    • June 27, 2014 / 3:12 pm

      I know. Its so cool isnt it. You should definitely go and visit it, I am sure you will love it.

  6. June 26, 2014 / 9:49 am

    Malta looks so amazing! It's really showing up on my radar a lot lately and is probably one of the places I want to visit most in the world. The colour of the water and food alone entice me, let alone everything else. Great photos!

    • June 27, 2014 / 3:14 pm

      Its really beautiful, beautiful little island to explore and the food too! Not to mention that the cost of living is cheap, even the wine!

  7. June 26, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    I keep hearing amazing things about Malta too. Your pictures are beautiful! And those pastries have me drooling…

  8. June 27, 2014 / 9:32 am

    Looks very nice! A friend of mine recently moved to Malta, looks like I might have to pay her a visit pretty soon 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • June 27, 2014 / 3:16 pm

      I would be on that phone if I was you…"Its been a while, I thought its time we had a catch – in Malta!" 😀

  9. June 27, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    God, malta looks absolutely stunning ! Definitely on my go-to list 🙂

    • June 28, 2014 / 7:10 pm

      I am sure you will love it. Get there before everyone discovers it 🙂

  10. June 27, 2014 / 10:45 pm

    I've visited Malta and Gozo. My favourite parts were Valletta, St Paul's Bay and our time on Gozo (day trip) Such stunning scenery, great food and a relaxed, charming atmosphere. I would recommend it to anyone going to Europe. Your photos are great and I really liked this post. Thanks for sharing

    • June 28, 2014 / 7:11 pm

      Thanks for dropping by! It really is a stunning place and I certainly wouldnt mind going back.

  11. June 28, 2014 / 9:16 pm

    I loved Malta, and it still remains as one of my favourite countries. The blue waters, limestone houses are just something that only belongs to Malta. Seeing your pictures of Azure Window just brought back so many lovely memories.

  12. June 29, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    Looks beautiful – Malta's one of those places that I never really thought of visiting but I'm seeing more and more pictures and posts about it and I've definitely been won over and might have to make a trip soon!

  13. August 4, 2014 / 8:05 am

    Just stumbled upon this. I leave tomorrow. Your post is making me so much more excited and I can't wait to explore!

    • August 4, 2014 / 2:12 pm

      Awesome! I am sure you will love it. Beautiful beaches, great food and friendly locals – the makings of a perfect stay. Dont forget to check out Xlendi Bay if you have time. Its lined with beautiful cafes and restaurants. Also perfect for watching the sun set.

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