Malta – Great Things Come in Small Packages

Malta – Great Things Come in Small Packages

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Many of us have heard of Malta. Many of us know where it is. It is that tiny island just south of Italy. But what do we know beyond that? Probably not too much. Malta is an interesting place in the world, something unique. Malta has its very own language, a history that is not like any other, and a culture that reflects its place in history. For these reasons, we think it is a good idea to share some of the information about Malta in the way of tours and along the way, including a couple of amazing spots to stay while you are there. 

The first tour we would like to mention is the Easy Pace Malta from Insight Vacations. This 6-day tour will start by uncovering the 7,000-year-old history of Malta from its current capital city of Valletta. 

Over the next few days, you will have the opportunity to visit St. John’s Cathedral (a staple of Valletta’s cityscape), walk through the golden-stone streets, visit the National War Museum, and get chances to go to Gozo or to Calypso Cave, where it is rumored that Homer wrote the Oddysey. 

Finally, toward the end of your stay, you will visit the city of Mdina, also known as the Silent City for its easy-going nature and quiet atmosphere. While six days might not seem like a lot, it certainly can be because Malta can be traveled almost entirely in a day. In fact, the main island is technically a city with almost no natural flora or fauna to be found. 

The next set of tours we want to mention are all manageable to take within a day. The first we want to mention is A Maltese Meal. This 4-hour tour includes going to the village market, a three-course lunch or dinner with local wine tasting, teaching and learning the recipes, the ingredients to cook the meal, and a transfer to and from your hotel.

The second day trip is known as Andrew’s Taste of Malta and is a 12-hour journey aboard a private sailing boat with your skipper, Captain Andrew Sullivan. This boat ride will take you to Gozo, Calypso Island, and Comino — the third largest island, known for its Blue Lagoon and its many Hollywood appearances, in movies such as Troy, The Count Of Monte Cristo, and Swept Away. Here you will also have an opportunity to swim, snorkel, dive, or swim all before having a private meal with local wine in the evening. 

The third tour is a Sunset Sailing Dinner aboard your very own 50-foot yacht with a three-course meal after an afternoon of snorkeling and sailing along Malta’s stunning coast.  

Moving on to the great accommodations to find on Malta there are two that come to mind. The first is the Iniala Harbour Houses and Residences, which nicely mixes history with innovation to form an eclectic design that exemplifies Valletta’s unique heritage and charm, including features such as picture windows, iconic Maltese balconies, terraces, and private plunge pools.

The second location we suggest is InterContinental Malta, which has a variety of restaurants and bars, the hotel offers varied cuisines ranging from poolside snacks and grilled dishes to fine dining and fresh seafood. The hotel’s leisure facilities include three pools, a sandy beach club, a kids’ club, an award-winning spa, and the largest fitness center on the island.

Of course, there is so much to see on this wonderful island. So much history to take in and so many beautiful sights. So, we hope this little taste of Malta has got you buzzing as much as it does us. 

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