Ending the year in style, it’s time for winter sun escape to one of the most beautiful Mediterranean in sunny coast of Malta.
I have been contemplating for a more relax getaway as per usual adventurous travels. A perfect time to relax and unwind. As the gloomy weather and the dark nights, It’s about time to jet-off and top up my suntan.
A spinning millennia with an astonishing array of things to discover. And wherever you go, the Islands’ scenery and its stunning architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The striking honey coloured stone washed against the deepest of Mediterranean blue bays.
Where to stay? Started my journey in Mellieha, is a beautiful hilly town located in Northwest coast Malta. A popular for its sandy beaches and the stunning natural environment. And a bustling tourist destination during Summer season. As evidence of luxury spa hotels that offers a relaxing atmosphere and great spa facilities.
I stayed in Maritim Spa Hotel and enjoyed my evening pampering time after a lovely day wandering around the nearby places. The hotel also offers rooftop pool and the views overlooking the Mellieha Church is an added bonus.
After a couple of days in Mellieha, I packed my luggage bag and headed to Sliema. In contrast to previous place Sliema and St. Julians area is more busy and has a bustling atmosphere, seems like the centre of parties and you can easily spot tourist and expat in the area.
Island hopping anyone? Mellieha was a great location based, if you are planning to visit the other islands such as Comino and Gozo. I had a chance to do island hopping and went for a day trip to Gozo. There are also organised tours from Sliema.
Gozo is the second-largest island in the Maltese archipelago. It’s most iconic landmark location of the Azure window, with the stunning natural arch on a sea cliff. A perfect place for scuba diving. ( Unfortunately the Azure window was naturally destroyed with a bad storm last March 2017). The area offers a magnificent view of the deep blue sea, and a great area for hiking too!
Let’s dig into the history: Come and let’s explore the 7000 years of history, and its traditional culture, yet lively and passionately in the present. A Mediterranean melting pot of mixed cultures from their French allies, Italian, British and Middle Eastern. As evidence with their good food and language to mention a few.
Mdina is an ancient walled city, also known the “noble or silent city”. A beautiful and extraordinary place to explore its stunning medieval and baroque architectural design.
Valletta a perfect blend of traditional features and modern comforts. It was a perfect timing when I visited. The whole Valletta city was preparing for the European Capital of Culture for 2018. They have commissioned a local architect to work on the Valletta’s City Gate and the Old theatre house, the modernist design has caused controversy to the locals.
Any Game of Throne’s Fanatic? Come and join me on my photography stroll in some of the film locations!
Let’s start in Gozo! Long before the GoT the Azure Window has been an iconic landmark of Malta. The beautiful natural arch on a sea cliff located in the Western part of Gozo. This place was the film location for Daenerys Targaryen and Drogo’s wedding. ( Unfortunately the Window of Azure has collapse on March 2017, due to unavoidable natural corrosion).
Now moving on to Mdina. Mdina City Gate, it’s fortified walls was perfect for the medieval look for the TV series, it was the Kings landing on the first episode. Where they shot Ned Stark and Catelyn while saying their farewell, just after the Kings death.
Lets visit the most colourful village in Malta! Masaxlokk is the only remaining fishing village in Malta. Aside from the historic significance of the village it is also the most colourful and picturesque village in Malta. Absolutely a day out is not to be missed!
Try some local cuisines! Rabbit anyone? It’s my first time to try rabbit, I was amazed I did loved it! It tasted like a chicken. During my stay I had rabbit dish twice! If you are not very adventurous with your food, don’t fret Maltese cuisine is similar to Italian, so pasta and pizza are everywhere. Any seafood lovers here? You will definitely love the freshly catch fish on your plate!
Time for some Wine culture! Are you ready for Maltese Wine? Every place I visit I make sure to try their local wines and beers. I was lucky to be invited to visit the Marsovin Cellar and was catered for a wine tasting too! Marsovin cellar is located in Paola near Marsa area. Just before the wine tasting, Bernard the wine specialist has thrown in some history of Marsovin.
Marsovin was founded by Anthony Cassar in 1919, they have five vineyard estate around Malta and Gozo which produced fine premium quality wine. Marsovin synonymous with dedication and passion of culture wine, as evidence with their production of limited editions that qualifies as Boutique wines.
They even produce wine dedicated to the past Grand Master’s of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. This specific wine comes from the Marsovins vineyard estate in Rihana. A well presented bottle with every Grand Master coat de arms, a very expensive wine added to wine collectors to be opened on special occasion!
DISCLOSURE: I enjoyed my experience as a guest at the Marsovin Cellar with the complimentary wine tasting but received no further remuneration to write this post. I retained full editorial control and all opinions are my own.
- Malta was a British colony for over 160 years, don’t be surprised if you feel like you’re in a British soil! They drive on the left side of the road, and you’ll notice the red mail post boxes and red telephone booths everywhere.
If you’re looking for relaxing getaway, I highly suggest to stay in Mellieha area, there are lots of Spa hotels with stunning seaside views.
And If you would rather be at party scene Sliema and St Julian area would be best for you. offers a bustling atmosphere with plethora of bars and restaurant.
Valletta is the main transport hub of the island, if you are depending on public transport. I highly suggest purchase the Tallinja card, there are different options from Explore/plus unlimited 7 days, or 12 Single day journey depends on your need.