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Marsascala is a good place to visit with lots of Malta’s best fish restaurants and a nice harbour.
Walk the seafront promenade which starts in Spionola Bay in St julians and goes all the way to Sliema. It has beautiful views over the sea and there are some great restaurants, lido-bars and cafes along the way. Watch out in Ballutta during winter though as sometimes big waves can splash up as far as the promenade. Even the waves are great to watch though
I’d recommend that walk too and when you get just past Ballutta and start entering Sliema you’ll see an ice cream place on your right called ‘Dolce Peccati’ and you have to try their ice cream, they’re Sicilians and it’s unbelieveable, and so are their cakes.
In summer check out Gianpula or Numero Uno on weekend nights they’re good for parties. It’s a little bit of a drive to get to them, but if you take a taxi it won’t cost too much.
The grotto in Mellieha if you like religious places, there’s so many churches in Malta, but if you want to see something very special then you must visit the Madonna Tal Mellieha sanctuary as it’s meant to be the oldest place of constant Christian worship on the island. All the heads are cut off the statues in there from the last time the Turks invaded! It’s that old. If you see the main Mellieha church up on the hill, just go out of the church, turn left, and cross to the other side of the road where you’ll see the small arch entrance and steps leading down to the cave. There’s also a painting of Our Lady in the church above which is reported to have been painted by St Luke when he visited St Paul who spent some time in Malta after being shipwrecked here. And there’s also St Paul’s catacombs.
My suggestion would be to go to any of the lidos around the island and hire out a jet ski If you’ve never been on one before you’ll love it: imagine a motorbike on the sea and if you fall off it, everything’s fine. Excellent fun. Or try paragliding if you like heights.
Something a little less adventurous is San Anton Gardens in Balazan; it’s a bit tricky to get too but there should be a bus from Valletta. They’re small gardens in the grounds of the President’s Palace and there’s a café nearby called Melita where they serve good food and drinks. It’s a nice relaxing afternoon.
I agree with Valletta as there are museums, the art gallery, the Manoel theatre, the co-cathedral, the gardens and lots of places to eat and shop. For a full day out, Valletta is a great place, but do visit St John’s Co-Cathedral whilst you’re there as it’s magnificent inside.
St John’s really is a stunning piece of work and it has so much history about the Knights of Malta in there too. They built it and their tombs are the floor of St John’s, it’s incredible. I’ve never seen such ornate work in a church
I love the little café in the Manoel Theatre I think it’s such a beautiful little space.
For beach, check out St Peter’s Pool, near Marsaxlokk but you’ll probably need to get a taxi as I don’t know how you’d either get there or find it otherwise, but what a place for a swim, raw Mediterranean. Or Ghar Lapsi. But I’d choose St Peter’s Pool first.
St Peter’s Pool is too hard to find for a visitor though, don’t worry about beaches, you can swim anywhere in Malta
Also, if you want a little pampering, just find a nice hotel and use their lido where you can hire a sunlounger, put your feet up and start ordering drinks underneath one of their umbrellas perfect day
Watch out for that, as sometimes the private lidos ask you to pay for a day’s membership which gives you access to the pool etc. Great way to spend a day though!!