Five days in Malta

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Five days in Malta

Renting a car is the best way to really explore Malta’s sights in all their glory, if visiting off season in spring or autumn the roads won’t be too busy and they drive on the left which makes it easy for us Brits. At the height of summer the island is much busier and temperatures regularly rise above 30°, May and October are quieter and cooler with the average temperature around the mid twenties. Malta does have an excellent public transport system and hop-on-hop-off bus tour but a car will give you more freedom, the below itinerary is based on a five day trip with a car while visiting in early October.

Day one:
Late morning:

Book a tour of one of Malta's wine cellars such as Meridiana Wine Estate and enjoy a relaxed wine tasting in the pretty courtyard, tours can be booked on their website. Most of Malta's wine is not exported so you will be tasting wines exclusive to the country.

Afternoon:
Visit the historic Malta Aviation Museum and photograph some old spitfires in the impressive aeroplane hangars.

Late afternoon:
Wander around the medieval city of Mdina and make sure you stroll over to the less touristy Rabat for a beer in one of the local bars. Mdina is car free but there are several car parks surrounding the city, mostly free, there will likely be a self appointed attendant collecting tips which are optional.

Day two:
Morning:

Book a walking tour of Valetta and learn about the beautiful and interesting capital city. There are free and paid for tours available, park in the neighbouring town of Floriana which is a 15 minute walk away.

Afternoon:
Explore Valetta and visit one of the many bohemian cafes on offer.

Evening:
Stay in Valetta for a traditional dinner, try a rabbit stew.

Day three:
Morning:

Catch a ferry to Gozo island and spend the day exploring the sites on a hop-on-hop-off bus or by car. Notable sites include: Ggantija Temple, the Salt Pans, Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu Basilica, Dwerja Tower, Ramla Bay and finish the Citadel for dinner. The ferry takes cars and tickets are purchased at the Gozo port for each way.

Day four:
Morning:
Visit the quaint Marsaxlokk fishing village for a delicious seafood lunch and see the vibrant boats bobbing in the harbour. Marsaxlokk is the largest fishing village in Malta and if visiting on a Sunday morning you will see the fish market in action but be warned that it will be busy with locals and tourists for Sunday lunch, if visiting on other days it will be quieter and parking close to the harbour is not difficult off season.

Afternoon:

Take a leisurely stroll along the long waterfront promenade at Sliema and grab a bite to eat.

Day five:
Morning:
Check out the brightly coloured Popeye Village film set, built for the cult 1980s film starring Robin Williams, for some great photo ops and lunch in the café, make sure you drive to the viewpoint for a pan of the whole village.

Afternoon:
Visit Mellieha, grab some lunch in one of the bars and walk to the top of the hill to see the grand parish church.

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