Malta is an island in the Mediterranean Sea full of history and with very proud residents. We recently visited it as guests of the Malta Tourism Authority and their site Visit Malta, and the truth is that our opinion about the island has totally changed. For me, since I only knew about Malta in theory and for Kostas since he hasn’t visited the island since almost 1998. The island is growing and progressing rapidly and I am sure you will enjoy your visit. Now, let’s see the 4 most common myths and misconceptions about Malta and how these were proved wrong after our visit.
Malta has not beaches
Please don’t make the mistake to compare Malta with any other seaside countries, like Greece. And yes, Malta might not have beaches like Greece but it has beaches (some are sandy and some more rocky ones) and very clear seas. And let’s not forget that when on the island, you swim in the Mediterranean Sea. This fact alone can make you feel very proud of yourselves. You can find various beaches in different places on the island, and both in Gozo and Comino. However, before you book your vacation, you can check out where the best ones are (if of course you are so much interested about them). There are also beaches in residential neighbourhood like in St. Julian’s and in the Three Cities.
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Malta is not for families but only for couples
Malta is also for families as it is considered one of the safest countries in the world. There are a lot of family-friendly places to visit, such as Malta 5D, the Poppey Village or the Aquarium. And of course, Anthomeli is the most suitable family friendly blog to count on it.
Malta is a cheap destination
Malta is neither a cheap nor an expensive destination. It is a destination like any other in Europe. What makes it quite approachable are the budget airlines, like Ryannair, which fly there and of course the fact that they have euros. Life on the island totally depends on your available budget. There are inexpesive hotels but also various 5-star hotels, like the one we stayed in, the Corinthia Hotel – St.George Bay, which can offer a touch of luxury in your stay. As far as restaurants are concerned there are various choices, from luxury sea food restaurants to quite cheap street food restaurants. Water though is more expensive than Greece, as there is lack of water in Malta and price starts from around 1 euro per 50ml bottle. So, you are the ones who are going to set you budget. Malta is for everyone.
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There are no alternative tourist activities to do
Malta is the No 1 destination in Europe for scuba diving as the undersea treasures (from shipwreck to sea life) are vast. It is ideal for all people who love nature and even if you don’t consider the land as a «green» one, there are countless sea activities for all ages. It is a rather «blue» country. In Gozo there are a lot of schools for amateur divers and for rock climbers as well.
Myth that was not proved wrong
The only myth I cannot prove wrong is the heat. Yes, it is very hot!. However, I have to admit that the problem is the humidity rather than the high temperatures. So, during summer add around 5 degrees to what the thermometer shows. A basic advantage is the Mediterranean breeze that you can find even in the narrowest roads and alleys.
Have you ever been to Malta and what is your opinion about the island?
I would like to wholeheartedly thank the Malta Tourism Authority about their invitation and the high quality organization of the trip. For us, it was very important that they trust our blog and us without knowing us. I would also like to thank our guide, Iolana, who was smiley, warm and of course so much informative. Without her, our trip wouldn’t be the same.