In September we spent a long weekend in Malta and also went to Gozo for a day. Our starting point in Malta was our accommodation in Pembroke. With the booked rental car we were very flexible and in the 3 days we could discover a lot of the islands.
In this post I want to show you my favorite corners, which definitely invite you to linger.
Spots on the island of Malta We start our tour in the center of the island in the small medieval village of Mdina . We strolled through the streets for a while before descending into the cool St. Paul's catacombs . On a hot day just the thing ;-) Just a few minutes drive from Mdina you can visit the remains of the former Victoria Lines . Particularly well preserved, and also visible in this picture is the section of the Dwejra Lines . Arrived in the north of Malta we enjoy a small snack overlooking the Coral Lagoon . This large cave with direct sea access is visible from above. But beware, who is trying to jump into the cool water should clarify how to get away from there. He has to hope for the mercy of the kayak riders paddling from the nearby beach into the cave. A typical photo stop is the car park overlooking Popeye Village in Anchor Bay. The former film set is now a small amusement park and also seemed quite busy. We contented ourselves with a picture of the colorful wooden houses and made a detour to the Hamrija Tower . This is located directly at the temple complex Ħaġar Qim. Unfortunately, no boats drove to the blue grotto due to the waves and we missed one of the classic highlights in Malta. We spent the evening in the very south of the island at St. Peter's pool . A very popular bay with many opportunities to jump from the rock into the water. As the sun was already too low, we decided against swimming trunks and walked along the coastal path. There you will come to the Remarkable Stones , a series of different rock formations. On the day of departure, we were content with a stroll through Valletta . If you like, you can visit some locations there. I liked the area around Fort St Elmo the best. Less tourists but a nice view.
Spots on the island of Gozo The ferry to Gozo leaves from Cirkewwa several times a day. We paid only on the way back. On the way there we were just waved directly on the boat, that's probably the normal process :-)
In the morning we drove to the Ramla Bay . The beach was already well filled and we got one of the last parking lots. The way up from the beach to the valley Mixta Cave was a bit sweaty. Most people probably park at the top of the road - but the 'private' signs scared us off and so we chose the mini-hike. But we could cool ourselves on the way back directly in the sea. A short photo stop at the salt pans at Xwejni Bay ... ... before we marveled at the narrow gorge Wied Il-Għasri (from above). Who has overcome the steep stairs, can cool off while snorkeling or swimming. On the bumpy coastal road towards the Felsentor Wied Il-Mielaħ , we stumbled upon this small stone wave directly on the cliffs. At Google Maps you will find it best if you are looking for the Big Cave - this you can at least guess from there. We made a short stop at the former Azure Window and drove there with one of the many small boats from the Inland Sea to the sea. There is also a small blue grotto and it is briefly over the ruins of the former rock window. On the way to our last sight we had beautiful views of the city of Victoria and the basilica ta 'Pinu . Before we went back to the ferry and to Malta, we stopped at the quite impressive Ta 'Ċenċ Cliffs . No human soul but only the sound of the sea. Gorgeous :-) I am still impressed with how much we were able to see and experience in Malta Gozo within 2 1/2 days. It certainly will not be boring.
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