What inspired my visit to Malta was the Game of Thrones, then wrote about it HERE – it really doesn’t get any easier than that. Well, that and the fact that I was revisiting Rome and visiting Naples, Pompeii, Syracuse and Catania on the island of Sicily – which is a short ship trip away from Malta.
- This I found interesting – speaking of how close Sicily is to Malta. During the last Ice Age Malta was a high mountain joined to Italy by land.
- Malta’s earliest farmers made simple tools using stone and wood.
- They also made pottery and when bored enough the Stone Age farmers created an advanced society.
- They created temples from about 3,600 BC which include the ones in Tarxien.
- Malta joined the European Union in 2004 and in 2008 Malta joined the Euro.
I wrote a blog post called the perfect 3 Days In Malta Itinerary which highlights a lot of great site in Valletta
The Maltese cuisine is pretty much what happens when the relationship between the Islanders and the many people who occupied or sacked the Maltese Islands over the centuries. This relationship has given birth to an eclectic mix of delicious Mediterranean cooking – rustic and based on the seasons.
Lampuki Pie (fish pie), Rabbit Stew, Bragioli (beef olives), Kapunata, (Maltese version of ratatouille), and widow’s soup, which includes a small round of Gbejniet (sheep or goat’s cheese). I’ll be damned if you came across a foodie establishment that didn’t sell Bigilla – a thick pate of broad beans with garlic.
Snacks. Try: ‘Hobz Biz-Zejt’ (bread dipped in olive oil, rubbed with ripe tomatoes and filled with a mix of tuna, onion, garlic, tomatoes and capers) and/or Pastizzi (a flaky pastry envelope filled with ricotta or mushy peas – sound rather British). Oh, and do try Helwa tat-Tork (a sweet sugary mixture of crushed and whole almonds)
In Malta, you’ll find type G power and the standard voltage is 230 V with a frequency of 50 Hz.
The island is small enough that getting around is not complex. The public bus service on Malta and Gozo is a great way to get around and are inexpensive. You can download a Route Map from HERE.
Renting a car is another good option if you want to really head out to the far corners of the island and explore some of those Game Of Thrones filming locations. All the road signs are in English and driving is on the left. Renting scooters, motorbikes or bicycles is also an option.
Major international brands and local car hires are located on Malta and Gozo with daily rates of €16 – €28. International and national driving licenses are acceptable. In addition there are a number of internationally based car services available. The white taxi service can pick people up from anywhere in Malta except bus-stops. Taxi services from the Malta International Airport and the Seaport Terminal are based on a fixed tariff.
There is a regular ferry service that links Malta to Gozo which takes about 20 minutes both ways. There is also a regular boat services between each island and the island of Comino. Since I was staying in Sliema I discovered there was a regular ferry between Sliema and Valletta.
Malta is relatively safe. Please note that shooting and trapping birds is a common pastime. You may hear the popping of shotguns.