- It is no secret the traffic in Malta can be absolutely manic. So our tip to avoid the traffic jams is use the ferries as much as you can, from Sliema to Valletta and Valletta to The Three Cities routes. Through the summer months it is the best way to travel between the two main tourist hubs, and it is a lovely water cruise through the harbours too. Only €2.80/per person return. And make sure you show the lift operator your ticket to use the lift when you arrive from The Three Cities to Valletta, you will escape being charged €1 to get up to Upper Barrack Gardens. Ferries run up until midnight during summer and to 7pm in winter.
- Want to visit Comino but don’t like big tourist style boat trips… Make your way to Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal (the Gozo ferry terminal) by bus or car. To the right of the ferry terminal are water taxi’s that can take you over to Comino and the Blue Lagoon. The drivers usually give you a little extra tour exploring through the caves before dropping you back to Malta too. Added bonus, and fairly affordable!!
- Car Rental is really cheap for daily hire and is the best way to get to Gozo. Car hire for the day is around €30 for a regular small run about, and we can get you one delivered to our door. Be sure to request one when booking your accommodation because availability is not always possible at short notice, so it pays to plan ahead.
- The summer months can be really hot, so try and plan most of your sight seeing early morning or later in the afternoons where possible especially for outdoor experiences such as visiting the temples and so on. Siesta is also a big part of the Maltese way of life and in most small villages the shops close between 1pm and 4pm.
- Make sure you pack a really good hat and plenty of sunblock too. You also might like to add a little electrolytes to your water, the humidity from July to end September can make you quiet dehydrated if you are not used to it. Electrolytes are available from the chemists on the island too.
- Check out Malta Transport bus services for access right around the island, here is the link for the timetable. While getting around is relatively easy and cheap, be prepared for delays especially if there are big concerts, fiesta’s or roadwork’s on route, sometimes buses may even be so full they will just pass by, so plan your journey’s to arrive as early as possible to your destinations to avoid the frustration.
- Mosquito season in Malta can be ferocious “in some areas” during summer, if you are particularly sensitive to mosquito bites, perhaps pack a tropical strength mosquito repellent to keep them away at night time. We provide a plug in mosquito repellent for your room.
- If you are visiting Malta between April and December you will definitely experience Malta’s fireworks. The fireworks are for the celebration of each villages patron saint. There are as many churches as there are days of the year (approximately 360 on this little island). Sometimes when looking across the night sky you will see many different fireworks going off around you. Be aware that these fireworks usually start at 8am in the morning, “yes” in broad daylight. Don’t worry the island is not under attack!! The daylight fireworks are said to warn of evil spirits before the patron saint is carried through the village procession and back to the church again. Be sure to attend at least one while you are here, they are very special and a huge part of the Maltese culture and way of life.
- Tipping in restaurants is not compulsory, but if you get great service then a usual 10% added to the bill will make your waiters day.
- If you only have a very short holiday in Malta then it pays to plan your itinerary in advance before you leave home. So pick out what it is that interests you the most and work out how to get from place to place as quickly as possible. The largest taxi fare for instance from one end of the island to the other, should cost no more than about €35, but always confirm the fare with your driver or taxi company first. Our favourite companies are ecabs and Greenr .
- Pack sensible walking shoes and be prepared to walk many stairs and steep inclines in some areas. Malta is by no means flat, additionally footpaths and curbs can be quiet narrow with high steps so be careful when walking about. Take your heels in a separate bag and pop them on when you reach your destination. Your feet and joints will thank you for it.
Looking for great value eats?
There are over 2,000 restaurants to choose from on the island but we wanted to arm you with a list of the islands best cheap eats, street foods and spots where the prices are not only cheap but also offer great value with pretty reasonable if not exceptional service too. Whether you are on the run or have more time to kill, there is something here to help save your purse on holiday
Queens Pastizzeria – Hamrun – This is hands down the most delicious pastizzi and maltese pie I have ever tried. My favourite is the chicken & spinach pie. You won’t want anything else to eat for the day, so be warned… And at an enormous €2.30 there is simply no better cheap eat on the island that is quiet so yummy.
Bavarian Sausage – Sliema – Delicious Frankfurt’s with all the trimmings around €5 or so they are great for a quick snack or a on the go lunch. Look out for the van opposite Zara department store in Sliema.
Eat Street Food Truck – Msida – Okay, so you think food trucks are always filled with deep fried greasy food. Well not this one. You will be delighted to see vegetarian options, Asian inspired dishes such as Thai, Indian and Ramon, and delicious desserts too. The Panacotta is just delicious. All thrown in with delightful service to boot. Eat Street also travel around to the festivals, so look out for them via their facebook page.
Soul Food – Merchant Street Valletta – Great vegetarian & Vegan options in the heart of Valletta. Lovely menu at a very good price. Great for vegetarian and vegans, everything is fresh and interesting.
Trabuxu Wine Bar – Strait Street Valletta – Excellent value platters, but they also have great wines at reasonable prices too. The atmosphere is cosy and intimate inside, often visited by local celebrities. You can also sit alfresco and watch the passing parade, which is really cool on a Friday or Saturday night. Strait Street is where it all happens, so from here, bar hop from place to place and find your nook.
Senglea Waterfront – Three Cities – There are a host of restaurants to choose from and all of them are really reasonable. Our favourite is Tas Serena which is a new comer to the Senglea Waterfront but the menu is fab as are the prices.
Mint – Sliema – Great lunch time cafe in the heart of Sliema. Very interesting fresh dishes on offer that change daily. Owned by a couple of New Zealanders who have created a lovely meeting spot to gather with friends.
La Vida Bar De Tapas – Sliema – The most lively tapas bar in Malta. La Vida serve the best sangria and cocktails too. Oh and if there chocolate brownies in the fridge make sure you save some space. Yum! Tapas dishes start at €4 and you can buy a bucket of beer sit street side with your friends and watch the passing parade. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Diar Il- Bniet – Dingli – Delicious farm fresh Maltese food experience at its best. But you must book in advance because it is so popular. Traditional farm fresh food prepared seasonally from farm to table. If you want to take home small gifts to your family then consider their jams, local honey, olive oils and pickles. Dishes start at €6.95 for a starter to under €20 for a main.
Well that’s it from us. We hope this helps you save some time scouting through TripAdvisor, reading endless reviews and hopefully help you budget your holiday to get the best out of your holiday in Malta.
Wishing you all a happy healthy week from us here at Julesy’s BnB.
Visiting Malta Summer 2016…
Visiting Malta during the summer months is always full of surprises and magical experiences. This little island literally rocks all summer long. Everything from the islands wine festivals, village fiesta’s, film and art festivals, Jazz festivals and big ticket open air concerts so make sure you keep track of up coming events either on our website or you can also visit What’s On Malta for all the latests shows and other gigs across the island. A top of that, the food scene and clubbing scene is up there with some of the Mediterranean’s best, and the nice surprise is, most things are magically affordable!!
This week we thought to give you some useful local tips to help you make the most of your holiday.
Top travellers tips for visiting Malta.
So we hope these tips are useful, help you plan your time and make for really great holiday experience in Magic Malta. Stay tuned for our up coming recommendations covering our top 10 things to do, where to eat, best clubs and bars, best street food and cheap eats and much much more.
Happy planning and hope to see you soon.
Julie, Glen & Roxy
Need some adrenaline?
Try abseiling here in Malta. With steep cliffs, slabs and crevasses we take you to the most spectacular places to abseil in Malta. Standing securely on the edge of a steep incline, with the rope disappearing off the edge to the bottom somewhere beneath you, your nerves are on full alert. As you lean back and commence your descent adrenaline is pumping furiously around your body and the feeling is intense!
Priced at just €65 per person (inclusive of transport) and available every Saturday.
Bookings are by appointment.