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Discover the Maltese archipelago: how to get there, what to eat and what to visit

The Maltese archipelago is made up of three islands in the heart of the Mediterranean. And it has become a good destination to visit at any time of the year. Its pleasant climate, the tranquility of its towns and cities, affordable prices and its great cultural and tourist interest attract millions of visitors.

How to get to Maltese archipelago

Arriving in Malta does not have a great complication, It is an insular country perfectly communicated with the rest of Europe. Let’s see it.

The fastest way: the plane

Cumin, Malta – science photo

The cheapest and fastest method of reaching Malta is by plane. Many low cost companies operate from Spain. And, of course, also from the United Kingdom, Ireland or Italy. They will get you to Malta airport in just under two hours.

Also, the airport is located about 6 kilometers from Valletta, the capital. So in a couple of hours you will go from being in the center of Barcelona or Rome to enjoying the golden sun in Maltese lands.

Another alternative: arrive by sea

Likewise, more and more cruise ships include Malta in their itinerary. Although you probably have much less time to get to know the island, it will be enough for the capital. It can also be reached by boats leaving from southern Italy, Sicily, Genoa or Marseille.

What to eat in Malta

Due to the history of the Maltese archipelago, its gastronomy has influences from other countries. For example, Italian and Anglo-Saxon cuisine. If you are one of those people who think that the local cuisine is another way to get to know the culture of the country, keep reading.

Timpana – Inkwina / Wikimedia Commons

One of the most traditional main dishes is timpana. A good example of the Italian influence on Maltese gastronomy. It is a plate of macaroni stuffed with meat, covered in puff pastry.

Also you must try the Tal-Armla soup, a vegetables soup which is served together with the typical Maltese cheeses. And speaking of soups, we must not forget the aljotta, a soup of fish, garlic, tomatoes and other herbs, among which marjoram stands out.

But The star dish of Maltese gastronomy is, without a doubt, the Stuffa Tal Fenek. The preparation of this dish is long. The rabbit meat is first marinated and then cooked for hours. Thus, they make it melt in the mouth with an exquisite flavor. A Maltese delicacy that is worth tasting.

Other typical dishes of the gastronomy of the Maltese archipelago are lampuki, a very common fish; and the bragiolisome very thin veal fillets made into rolls and stuffed with a mixture of spices, egg and breadcrumbs.

Don’t forget the appetizers and dessert

Gbejniet–Chattacha/Wikimedia Commons

There are also many traditional appetizers and desserts that you have to try. Among them, we recommend the pastizzi and the gbejniet of snacks.

For dessert, nothing like imqaretthe helwa tat-tork and the kannoli. As you have seen, Maltese gastronomy is very rich and varied, so organize yourself well so that you have time to taste everything.

Places in Malta that you cannot miss

Now that we have regained our strength, it is time to tour the Maltese archipelago. There is much to see on its three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. These are some of the places that you must visit yes or yes.

Valletta

Valletta – Apostolis Giontzis

The capital has become one of the most famous places in Malta. In this small town you will find many places of interest and impressive buildings. All of them are part of a baroque and timeless stamp bathed in the golden sun.

There are many places that you cannot miss in Valletta. We start with the fort of San Elmo and the Palace of the Grand Master. We continue with the Co-Cathedral of San Juan and San Pablo. And we continue with the so-called “hostels”, such as the one in Castilla, which were headquarters of branches of the Order of the Knights of Malta.

If you have time, also visit the National Museum of Archeology and the Upper Barrakka Gardens.

Mdina and Rabat

Mdina–Calin Stan

These neighboring cities constitute two of the main tourist attractions. They stand next to each other. In theory, Mdina was the city and Rabat its outskirts. From Valletta it can be reached by bus and the journey only takes about 35 minutes.

Mdina is a beautiful walled city, which was home to the noble families of Malta. For its part, different religious orders were established in Rabat. Both cities show a good part of the artistic and historical treasures of the archipelago.

 

“An investment in a trip is an investment in yourself.”

-Matthew Karsten-

marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk–kavalenkava

It is a fishing village that is located about 13 kilometers south of the capital. It is the largest fishing port on the island and, for that very reason, it is the perfect place to taste fish and typical Maltese food. In addition, an open-air market is organized every Sunday. If you have time, go there!

The cities we have seen are on the main island, Malta. But of course, if you have enough time, we recommend you visit the other islands: Gozo and Comino. You will find towns full of charm and magical places, such as the Blue Lagoon.

Also, Malta has many beaches with turquoise water and fine sand, as well as very picturesque rocky beaches that are worth exploring. All this makes Malta a destination with much to offer that will delight any traveler.

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