Back in June, I was in desperate need of a holiday. I had just gone through a really busy time at work and all I wanted to do was soaking up the sunshine and chilling at the beach all day. A Spanish friend of mine tipped me off on Formentera,
Mdina used to be the capital of Malta many many moons ago. It was then moved to Birgu (Vittoriosa), one of the Three Cities opposite Valletta, leaving Mdina rather quiet. This could explain its nickname, “The Silent City”.
It seems to me like they have tried to keep things as quiet as possible since then.
When we initially started researching the Maltese Islands for our holiday, we were torn between basing ourselves in Malta – the biggest island of the archipelago – and Gozo – the second biggest island. The scenery looked equally stunning on both islands but there was something that felt a bit more ‘real’ and slow-paced on Gozo.
One of the main places I wanted to visit during our stay in Malta was Valletta, the capital. Did you know it only measures 600m by 1000m? Yep, it’s rather tiny but it’s packed with gorgeous streets, stunning features such as the famous wood-and-glass balconies and mesmerising sea views.
We were chatting to a local the night before at a restaurant and he suggested we start from the lowest part of the city (closest to the sea) and then walk our way up towards the Upper Barrakka Gardens.
St Julian’s often gets categorised as the party town of Malta but it’s got so much more going for it: alluring bays, great restaurants, close proximity to Valletta and Sliema (where a lot of boat trips leave from), some of the best 5 stars hotel in the country and good bus connections allowing you to easily go and explore the rest of the island.