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One excursion that is suitable for both parents and energetic children is the former capital of Mdina. Photo: Shutterstock
One excursion that is suitable for both parents and energetic children is the former capital of Mdina. Photo: Shutterstock

Must-dos in Malta this summer

Johanna Ekström moved to Malta in 2010 and that was also when she launched her digital forum, alltommalta.com, which is Sweden’s largest website about Malta, where Swedes who have moved to Malta give their tips on all the island’s beauty spots and hidden treasures. Here she reveals her very best tips to Scandinavian Traveler.

Johanna Ekström.What’s the best thing about living in Malta?
The absolute best thing of course is the climate and the guaranteed sunshine in summer! Being able to plan barbecues and trips to the beach in advance without having to worry about whether or not it will rain. It’s fantastic!

What surprises Scandinavians most when they come to Malta?
Scandinavian tourists are probably most surprised when they step off the plane and are greeted by a heat wave! Many of them are also surprised to find that everything is closed on a Sunday here in Malta. Some supermarkets are open half-days but virtually all other shops are closed.

Johanna's top Malta tips:

For families with children

One great thing about the Mediterranean countries is that the family is always the most important thing, which means you can take your children to practically any restaurant, without it being considered inappropriate.

Splash & Fun and Maditerraneo Marine Park
The Splash & Fun water park is next door to the Mediterraneo Marine Park, where you can swim with dolphins.

Tul Il-Kosta, Naxxar 9038
mediterraneopark.com
splashandfun.com.mt

Mdina
One excursion that is suitable for both parents and energetic children is the former capital of Mdina, which is full of history and culture and is largely car-free, so the kids can run around the beautiful ancient streets.

visitmalta.com/se/mdina-and-rabat

For young people

Don’t miss Isle of MTV, Europe’s largest free outdoor concert. Previous years have seen performances from artists including Hardwell, LMFAO, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, and many more. This year’s Isle of MTV will be held on July 7 and will feature artists such as Martin Garrix!

isleofmtv.com

Isle of MTV. Photo: Shutterstock

Best bathing

Riviera Bay
One of my absolute favorites is Riviera Bay, which is right next to Golden Bay but is slightly quieter and has lovely soft sand underfoot. It is also quite shallow, making the water a little bit warmer.

Blue Lagoon
Another favorite is the Blue Lagoon, which is on the south side of Malta and is a bit tricky to get to without a car/taxi. Once there, though, you are met by spectacular rock formations and inviting turquoise waters!

The neighboring island of Comino also has a Blue Lagoon, which is famous for its crystal-clear waters. The best time to go is October, when there aren’t as many people.

Best places for diving

I have not dived off Malta myself yet, but I would love to dive and swim through the rock formations and caves of the Azure Window on Gozo, and also at the sunken statue at St Paul’s Island in St Paul’s Bay and at the many sunken ships and aircraft that were lost off the coast of Malta during World War II.

Azure Window on Gozo. Photo: Shutterstock

Restaurants

Sciacca Grill in Valletta if you want really good meat. Dolce Vita in St Julian’s if you want good fish. Tal-Petut in Birgu if you’re looking for authentic Mediterranean cuisine, and for a beautiful view while you dine, I recommend Chophouse in Tigne Point, TemptAsia at the Palace Hotel, Sliema, or Do Brazil in Portomaso Marina.

Sciacca Grill
South St, Valletta
sciaccamalta.com

Dolce Vita
159 St. Georges Road, Spinola Bay, Saint Julians
dolcevita.com.mt

Tal-Petut
20 P.Scicluna, Birgu
talpetut.com

The Chophouse
Censu Xerri Street, Tigné Point, Sliema
chophouse.com.mt

TemptAsia
High Street, Sliema SLM 1542
thepalacemalta.com/wine-dine/temptasian-restaurant/

Do Brazil
Marina di Portomaso, Saint Julian's, Saint Julian's
themarinarestaurants.com/outlets/DoBrazil/tabid/1463/Default.aspx

During the high season you should always make a reservation in advance and make sure you ask them for the best table!

The national dish of Malta is rabbit, done in all kinds of ways, which is something a little different and very delicious! They also eat a lot of squid and other delicacies from the Mediterranean. My favorite is the mussels!

Read more about Malta and get more tips from Johanna at alltommalta.com and maltaturist.se

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