Malta towers above the rest

News editor Em Richardson, recalls her trip to the last country she visited, the magnificent Malta.

Em Richardson
6th May 2020
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My last trip abroad was in June 2019, when I went on a family holiday to Malta. My parents had visited before, so I’d heard a lot about it over the years. I have to say, it didn’t disappoint!

The scenery is stunning, full of sandy beaches and dramatic rock formations. The sea is beautifully blue and clear, making for perfect swimming conditions. The sunsets were some of the best I’ve ever seen, and I loved watching them from some of the many beachfront restaurants.

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However, I think it’s wrong to describe Malta as a beach holiday, when there are so many other things to do too. Personally, our day trips to the cities of Mdina and Valletta were some of my highlights of the trip, even worth braving the terrifying Maltese bus system!

 Valletta- Malta’s capital city- is like a shrunken version of many major European cities, with a population of less than 6,000 people. Its tiny, packed streets make for quirky architecture and a buzzing atmosphere, and the views out to sea are breath-taking.

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 The same can be said of Mdina. Situated inland, this walled city is home to some of the highest points in the Maltese islands. This makes for stunning, panoramic views of the coastline. Within the city itself, the lack of cars and stunning medieval architecture makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time (indeed, you could well be on the set of Game of Thrones- look out for some familiar filming locations).

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In terms of food, traditional Maltese dishes can seem a little daunting (and full of rabbit!). I’d recommend that anyone who feels a little unsure about trying it sticks to the Italian cuisine on offer. I did this myself and can confirm it’s no hardship- Malta’s close proximity to Italy means it serves some of the best Italian food in the world.

So, for a holiday that combines the best of a city break and a beach holiday, topped off with amazing pizza, I’d recommend a trip to Malta.

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