Upon our arrival at the ferry terminal in Cirkewwa, a ferry was preparing for departure. As you only have to buy a ticket on your way back from Gozo to Malta, we luckily still managed to get on that ferry. The 25 minute ride was incredibly beautiful! I only realized how sunny it had been, when I saw my sunburn in the evening. We were happy to get a glimpse of Comino, which is another small Maltese island. Right at the exit of the ferry terminal in Gozo, there´s a bus station. We took bus nr. 301 to Victoria, the capital city and then nr. 319 to Marsalforn. Checking into our apartment was no problem, so we decided to head back to Victoria right away.
It´s a small but charming city, and the highlight was, without a question, the citadel “Cittadella”. The sun was already starting to set, therefore the massive walls seemingly gleamed in all shades of ochre, yellow, light orange and gold. Most tourists were already gone, so we were nearly alone in this impressive complex. It´s even free of charge, you only have to pay for the museum. I had to see the famous Basilika ta’ Pinu before heading back to our apartment. The problem was that buses only drove every 60 minutes, and we didn´t want to stay in the middle of nowhere for an hour…especially as it was already getting dark. I came up with my special kind of “Hop on hop off bus tour”. We took bus nr. 308 to Pinu, stepped out of the bus to take three pics while other people were entering the bus and then entered the bus again ourselves. Of course, this was only possible because the bus stopped just in front of the Basilika. I´d gotten everything I wanted, so we could contentedly drive back to Marsalforn.
(St Francis Church, Victoria)
(Basilika ta’ Pinu)
(Citadel from the outside)
It´s a small, obviously very tourist focused town, without much to do. On the other hand, it doesn´t take long to get to Victoria, and the water is super clear. “Pierre’s Restaurant & Pizzeria” had great reviews on tripadvisor, sadly they weren´t able to convince us. Our apartment was also rather “low profile”, so we were glad to have spent most of the day outside.
Before check-out, we wanted to visit the Ggantija temple complex, which is a World Heritage Site. At 08:10, bus nr. 322 took us to Bayer, the nearest bus station to the temples. We were the first visitors of the day and checked out the temples to take pictures before indulging in the museum. The tickets for the temples and the Ta’Kola windmill were seven Euros for students. Personally, I´d say it´s a nice trip for when you´ve got too much time, but not a must-see. There´s not much left of the temples and pictures on the internet can make them seem more spectacular than they are. As weird as we are, we made the decision to walk back to our apartment. Like that, we got to experience the landscape in a whole new way. We came across a traditional bakery, where we bought a kind of pizza for lunch. After check-out, the pizza didn´t survive for long. While sitting at the sea and waiting for the bus, we ate our lunch. Leaving behind the beautiful island of Gozo wasn´t easy, but in the early afternoon, we took a ferry back to Malta (for only 4,6 Euros).
(Ta’ Kola Windmill)
(Ggantija temple complex)
Back in Malta, we checked into our apartment in “Park Lane Aparthotel” in St. Paul´s Bay. We then took bus nr. 186 to Rabat, where we wanted to visit famous Mdina. The former capital city of Malta doesn´t just look like straight out of a movie, it has actually been a film set. Even though it´s a tiny town, there´s a lot to see and every corner park is absolutely gorgeous. Afterwards, we strolled through Rabat, which lies right outside the walls of Mdina. The inhabitants were preparing for festivites for their patron saint (at least that´s what we were told), so there were decorations everywhere. That evening, we decided to finally eat some real Maltese food at “Ta´Bertu” restaurant. And oh my god was it amazing! The menu, as well as the restaurant is very small, but everything was delicious. We opted for the fish and the rabbit and weren´t let down. On our way home, we crossed the heart of St. Paul´s Bay and got a sneak peak into its nightlife. Their McDonalds even has a terrace, does it get any better than that?
(Mdina moat and gate)
(Fontanella tea garden is said to serve great cake, but you´ve got to be lucky to find a seat.)
(Pastry served around the time of festivities for the patron saint of Rabat)
(Traditional Maltese meal: rabbit)
Our last full day in Malta had come, and we really wanted to go see the “Dingli Cliffs” on the West Coast. Once again, we jumped on a bus to Rabat. By the way, St. Paul´s Bay has a great bus terminal with buses going everywhere on the island. As we were waiting for our bus to the cliffs, they started playing ear-deafening music on the main square between Rabat and Mdina for whatever reason. It was very amusing. Bus Nr. 56 took us right where we wanted to go, and we could begin our hike along the coast without any difficulties. The wind was insane, it felt as if it was pushing me right into the sea. Nonetheless, the scenery was wonderful and we enjoyed the trip. Buses stop literally everywhere along the way, so getting home wasn´t a problem either. After a last walk through St. Pauls Bay, we ate dinner at “Made in Sud”. I would have never entered this restaurant if it hadn´t had such good reviews on the internet. To be honest, it looked kind of run-down. Who would´ve thought that you´d really need a reservation to taste their pizzas? Not me.
(St. Paul´s Bay)
We woke up to bad weather… the first time during our trip. We took that as a sign that it was time to leave and head back to Munich. But before we could leave, we had to return to Valletta one more time. Not because we hadn´t seen everything- because my boyfriend still needed some video footage. Boys… On the other hand, I was also happy to see Valletta a second time, it truly is a remarkable city.
The same applies to the Maltese islands in general. Absolutely stunning!