Our favourite places in Malta
Malta is rich in breathtaking cliffs, crystal clear waters and hidden bays. The small island in the Mediterranean Sea has much to offer. Not only during the summer season, but also during the remaining months, when the big groups of tourists have not yet arrived in Malta. We spent our time in Malta between January and March, and explored the island by car.
Happy Place: St. Peter’s Pool
It´s hard to believe that you can find such a beautiful place behind a huge power plant. On a stony and bumpy footpath we reached St. Peter’s pool. White limestone cliffs form a crescent shaped bay. The flat stone slabs are ideal for sunbathing! Over stairs carved into the stone you can hop down to the water. We were lucky enough to be all alone here. Our special Malta experience occured when we enjoyed the sun and let our feet dangle in the water. A diver came out of the sea, with freshly caught octopus! If you come in the summer, you must go early as in the afternoon it will be rammed with people.
Lunch in Marsaxlokk
Just around the corner from St. Peter’s pool you will find the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk. One of the best photo spots on the island. On the shore are patched fishing nets and countless colorful fishing boats of various sizes and shapes that create a Mediterranean atmosphere. Since Marsaxlokk is home to around 70% of all Maltese fishermen, there are many good restaurants that offer seafood. A tip from us: come for a nice relaxed lunch (+ a glass of wine), and you`ll have a great chilled atmosphere and pretty view (minus the powerplant!).
Swimming in the crystal clear water of Ghar Lapsi
In the southern part of Malta you will find one of the most beautiful bays on the island. The road to Ghar Lapsi winds itself curving and steep down to the coast. This small bay is surrounded by a limestone cave. The bay has been converted into a natural beach by the local people. You reach the bright blue water via stone steps and iron ladders. Ghar Lapsi is not only one of our favorite places, but also divers and Maltese anglers love this place. The secretive appearance of the bay makes it a place of pure relaxation.
Dingli Cliffs – Spectacular Sunsets
For all sunset lovers we have a great tip! The 220-meter-high Cliffs of Dingli in the west, drop steeply into the Mediterranean Sea. Over a rocky gravel road, which can only be passed on foot, you have a fantastic view. There you can climb on a rock, with one or two beers in your bag, and enjoy the magical moment when the sun kisses the sea! For couples, romance is guaranteed.
The former landmark of Malta – The Azure Window
The Azure Window on the neighboring island of Gozo, stood just a few months ago in any guidebook as the tourist attraction par excellence. The great gate of limestone has become famous through the television series Game of Thrones. But because of a heavy storm in March 2017 the popular rocky gate collapsed and unfortunately there is nothing left. Tom and I were still lucky enough to take a look at the Azure Window and shoot photos before its unfortunate end.
Comino, a refuge for relaxation
Situated between Malta and Gozo, the small limestone island once was home to pirates, smugglers, cholera and pestilence victims. Today, only 1-2 families live here and run the only hotel. Despite the small size, the island is listed in every guidebook. Because it has one of the most breathtaking bays of the whole Mediterranean Sea, guaranteed! White sand and intensely rich blue water, yes it’s real! A bay like you´d find in paradise. In summer, the Blue Lagoon is also quite crowded. I would recommend to book an excursion with an organizer or to visit the Blue Lagoon before 10 o’clock or after 4 o’clock, then you will meet significantly less people. But also the speedboat trip from the ferry port in Cirkewwa is worth a trip to Comino.
Have you ever been to Malta? What are your favorite places?
You can read more about Malta’s capital Valletta here.