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I’m sure by now you’d know that I recently came back from an awesome trip to Malta! But if you didn’t, then perhaps you should give me a follow on Instagram (cause I’ve put sooo much effort to make my feed look BOMB from all the Instagram Worthy photos I took, edited & captioned while in the Island hehe :p ) Anyways, I’ve compiled everything you need to know before you book the next flight to this tiny island in Europe. I even went a little more than #basic, and made a cute poster summarising our itinerary at the end of this post but it’s best that you go through all the prior details so you can get the full picture. And finally, I do not take all the credits for the itinerary because my best friend, Ilmira Murni, was the one who planned everything.
Things you should know before you follow this itinerary:
- We didn’t stay in the main Island but instead spent our 5 days in Gozo (Think of it as the Sabah Sarawak of Malaysia). This isn’t a huge problem because getting about was easy via a ferry. We only visited the Main Malta Island on our first day (for arrivals), third day (to see Mdina & Valetta) and Last day (for departure back home).
- We flew from London with a low cost airline i.e. RyanAir, so our overall expenses were lesser than if we had flown from a country outside of Europe and not RyanAir.
- And while I am on the RyanAir subject…. (1) Make sure you check in and print your boarding pass prior to your arrival at the airport- this will avoid the 40 Euros (i think) fine for not doing so (2) Only the first 90 passengers are granted to have their hand luggage on the aircraft. If you are the 91st onwards, they’d make you check in your hand luggage, but for free. (3) No liquids above 100ml for hand luggages and this is for real!!! I thought that I could ‘trick’ the security but ended up getting my Garnier Micellar Water confiscated…. #sad. They’ll also make you display all your liquids in a transparent bag so I suggest that all these are positioned at the very top of your luggage!
- There was a LOT of walking throughout our trip so it may not be so ideal if you have really small children/elderly. BUT the timetable is adjustable so be creative =)
- 140 pounds for flight via RyanAir and Air BnB in Gozo (Totally recommend it btw! Equipped with kitchen, communal room, WiFi and even a Swimming Pool with a Hammock- what’s not to love! Click here to view it. )
- 200 Euros (or less) for everything else! I brought 220 Euros and had around 15 euros extra. If you don’t take a taxi at all, which we did and lost some good 50 euros cumulatively, then you’ll save even more! Mainly, cash is needed for transport (around 1.50 Euros if you take the bus and 5 Euros for Ferry Round Trip), Food (these are relatively cheaper than in London! I got a whole Pizza for 4 Euros! But some places can be really expensive. On our last day, we splurged on a 23 Euros dish of King Prawns hahaha) and miscellaneous stuffs i.e. souvenirs, hygienic stuff etc.
- 10:45 AM Arrive in Malta Airport. Took the bus (apron 2 hours journey) to Cikewwa, which is the ferry harbour to go to Gozo Island. The bus tickets is available at the booth, just after you enter the main Airport Hall. I don’t remember the name as is, but I do recall that it costs 18 Euros for a return trip.
- 1:30 PM Reached Mgarr Harbour in Gozo. The ferries from Cikewwa in Malta to Mgarr, in Gozo runs every 45 minutes and takes 30 minutes from one end to the other. The cost is 4.65 Euros for a round trip. No single trip option available. From there, we took a taxi to our Air BnB in Xaghra and settled in.
- 4:00 PM We walked to Ramla Bay Beach (approx 30 mins), tanned #whitegirlwannabes and just lazed by the beach! The beach didn’t reached my expectations! It wasn’t as clean and scenic like you see in photos but it’s the only sandy beach I saw during my 5 day trip! You could also see Calypso’s (Pirates Of The Caribbean Much??) Cave from here!
- 6:00 PM Took another taxi (hahahaha) to Xaghra Square and saw the Ta Kola Windmill, Ggantija Temple (which we didn’t get to enter because it was closed but I’d recommend you to go) and the quiet village on a Sunday.
- 7:30 PM Came back to our cosy home and DIED.
- 7:45 AM Took the 322 bus from our Air BnB i.e. Komittiva to Vapur: Mgharr Harbour.
- 9:30 AM Mgarr -> Comino Island i.e. Blue Lagoon + Caves for 15 Euros via cominoferryservice.com
- 9:45 AM Adventures in Blue Lagoon! This place is BEAUTIFUL! The waters are so blue you’d think that they are paintings and I even got to swim form one Island to the other!!! Anyways, we kicked start our 4 hour Island stop by jumping from a tiny cliff into the icy waters and hiked. Along our trail, we saw St Nicholas Hotels, St Mary’s Tower and Abandoned buildings, which used to be an isolation hospital & school.
- 3:45 PM Bus 301 from Vapur: Mgarr Harbour to Victoria Bay 1 to see Victoria Village. Its main attraction is Citadel!
- 7:oo PM Rest (I know it seems odd that we came back so early on both days so far but: (1) there really isn’t much of a ‘night life’ here (2) we were really knocked out hahaha)
- 7:00 AM Today was a full day in Malta, specifically Mdna & its capital city- Valetta. Began our journey with the same bus from Day 2- the 322 Bus- to Mgarr harbour and then took a ferry to Cikewwa in Malta (see day 1). To get to Mdna from Cikewwa, get the 221 Bus to Buggibarr and then transfer to the X3 bus to Mdina (Rabat)
- 10:00 AM We reached Mdina- the most uniformed & confined city I have ever seen thus far! Apparently, this was where the whole Season 1 of Game Of Thrones was shot so if you’re a fan then… come here! You should also dine in the tea garden- it has spectacular views! Two hours were spent here before we took the 52 bus to Valetta.
- 12:30 PM Ahhhhh.. Valetta! Miar claims that this is her current favourite city and I kind of can see why =) Please you should see: Upper & Lower Barakka Gradens, in between the city’s buildings cause most of the road were very steep & go around the Fort! You should also try eating at one of the outdoor restaurants! I didn’t take down the name of the one we went to, but all I recall is Mira churning down Octopus Stew!
- 5:15 PM Took a ferry to visit the ‘California’ of Malta i.e. Sliema and walked towards St Julians. To be frank, there wasn’t really much to see in both places because the areas were relatively developed so it was more to a shopping kindda trip.
- 6:30 PM 222 Bus back to Cikewwa from Sliema
- 9:00 AM We were really lucky this day. We carpooled with a stranger (hahahaha come to think of it, it may not be the best way!) to Victoria. Bus 311 from Victoria Bay led us straight to Dwejra.
- 10:00 AM Arrived in Dwejra and saw (the no longer existent) Azure Window, Blue Hole & the Inland Sea. There is a really cool boat ride for you to see the caves in the Inland sea which costs 5 Euros per person by the way!
- 11:00 AM took a taxi to Xlendi Bay and hiked up to see a hidden cave first! There were no signs attached to this so the cave remains unknown but the stairs leading to it is very visible so you just get on with the steps and you’ll find your way! We then trailed along the Xlendi Bay Heritage Walk before settling in by the sea! I got to swim with some snorkelers and jellyfishes!!! Wohoo!
- 4:00 PM We wrote and sent postcards, tasted the last bits of sun and then head home =)
- 11:00 AM We slept in but at this time, we already bid farewell to our friendly AirBnB hosts to make our way back to London.
Tips & Tricks:
- We had a horrible experience commuting from Central London to the Luton Airport. We missed our bus from Victoria so we ended up riding an Uber. So top tip of the day: make sure you carry cash with you! The reason why we ‘missed our bus’ was because I had to find a cash machine to withdraw cash to pay the bus driver but didn’t get back in time. The bus from Victoria to Luton is 10 pounds and you can buy it on the spot!
- You can change buses without buying a new ticket within 2 hours! We didn’t really this until our third day hahaha!
- Download the Tallinja App for a smoother commute!
- And finally, small tip from my senior, Samantha Lim, at LSE: ‘Book your seat on the National Express from London Victoria to Luton/Gatwick/Stansted online ahead of time. This can save you some money (can cost as low as £2 per way, max £10) as well as guarantees you a seat on the bus. You can book them on www.easybus.com. Book as early as possible as the price increases nearer to the travel date!’I bought my first bus tickets from National Express which costed more because I didn’t really know if I could trust easybus. Then I found out that easybus tickets travel on NATIONAL EXPRESS bus.Also, you can travel on any bus within 1 hour (I think) from the time of the bus you booked. Ie. If you book a bus for 3pm from say, Luton to London Victoria, you can board the 3:30 bus if your flight was delayed.’
Alternatively, there are trains or busses from different stations/stops which might save some travel time.
I’m ending this super detailed and loooong posts with some photos that weren’t up on my Instagram! And don’t forget to download or screenshot the little poster I made for you at the end of this post! =)
Stay Quirky, Fie <3