10 tips to discover the real Malta
I have made Malta my home for the last twenty years. I arrived as a tourist, settled in and became part of the town’s community. As a travel writer, I have an idea of the real Malta.
What better way to get to know a country than through the eyes of someone who loves it so much.
Here are my top ten tips for getting the most out of your vacation, whether you’re a frequent visitor or a first-time virgin to Malta:
1. Smile and be the first to approach a local for advice or help.
Actually, this applies to all countries, but it is very important here in Malta. It is safe to stop someone on the street and ask. Don’t take the easy option and ask someone who has contact with tourists every day.
2. Take a walk through the small towns. Take a look at the alleys and people’s doors. You may be surprised by the craftsmen who work in the garages, who are happy to show off their skills. And they may ask you to come in for tea.
3. Buy the local Times of Malta in English and see what is really happening in the country.
4. Use local buses to get around. They are a cheap and cheerful way to sit next to your expert guide – the locals.
5. Visit http://www.visitmalta.com – the website of the Malta Tourism Authority which is very informative.
6. The Maltese love music and there is always a concert somewhere. Be attentive to the notices posted on the Town Hall notice boards in the town squares.
7. Venture into the town band and political clubs. A male dominated experience, but good and highly rated food and drinks.
8. Stop and look up whenever you are walking. The buildings of Malta are fascinating and you can see carvings and features.
9. Beware of stepping on the sidewalks and steps !!! They are leg breakers.
10. Discover the countryside by walking when it’s not too hot. There are some hidden gems that even the Maltese have not found.
But above all, come to Malta and Gozo and enjoy the excellent climate, the sea and the culture, every 4000 years.