Comino, Malta

Malta – A Gem in the Mediterranean Sea

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I’m Patrick, a travelling Dutch guy in my early thirties. I grew up in a small city in the Netherlands. I graduated with a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for 7 years in the oil & gas industry. I always dreamt of seeing the beauty of the world through my own eyes and right after I graduated it was time for my first solo trip. This was 2007 and I traveled around the USA. This first solo trip changed my life forever; it fed the inner explorer in me and I wanted more and more. The following 9 years were spent with working and traveling the world intensively. Now we are here; 80+ countries / unique destinations later I decided to write about my experiences, travels and adventures from the road. Read more about my adventures on my site Flying Dutchman Pat.
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Malta was on my list for a very long time and finally in 2016 I visited the beautiful Maltese islands!  The small islands of Malta are true gems and I highly recommend to visit them soon!  Check out below why! 😉

Valletta, Malta

  • Name:  Patrick Brouwer
  • Age Group:  31-35
  • Country:  Netherlands

Travel Destination

  • Country:  Malta
  • City:  Valletta, St Julian’s, Comino
  • Duration:  3 days
  • Travel Type:  Backpacking

Valletta and St Julian’s

By far Valletta is one of the most prettiest capitals I’ve seen!  The architecture gives an ancient charm to the capital.  It’s a pleasure to walk through the stunning narrow backstreets.

Valletta, MaltaI stayed at Sliema which is just a 5 minutes ferry ride away from Valletta.  The view on Valletta from the ferry is stunning!  I can really recommend Hostel 94 with clean, spacious rooms and a perfect location!

The best area for dinner and drinks is St Julian’s, which is walkable from Sliema.  When you stroll along the waterfront you will find plenty of options for good food.  You should definitely try the local pastizzis.  The pastizzis filled with ricotta cheese are my favorite and they are dirt cheap!  Malta is fairly cheap overall if you just came from Italy. 😉

The highlight of Valletta was the view from the Upper Barrakka Gardens with panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the beautiful city of Vittoriosa across the other side of Valletta.  The view on the harbour was spectacular with beautiful yachts and a nice backdrop of houses.

Comino

The gorgeous island Comino is tiny, and with tiny, I mean tiny.  There are no cars or motorbikes on Comino and the whole island can be crossed in an hour on foot.  The pretty  island is easily reached by ferry from the main port (Cirkewwa) on the main island; which is roughly 45 minutes by bus away from Valletta.  The island used to be the hideout of pirates and you can still find some ruins here.

Comino, MaltaThe famous Blue Lagoon is the first thing you will see when you get off the ferry.  And oh boy what is this lagoon gorgeous!  I always thought that I had to go to far flung places in order to see clear turquoise waters, until I visited this Maltese island.  The Mediterranean sea blew my mind with its beauty!  It was spring when I visited Comino and just a bit to chilly to take a dip in the lagoon.  But it’s perfect to take pictures without the crowds. 🙂

Comino is best visited as a day-trip from the main island as there’s only 1 hotel on the island which is a bit pricey.

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to visit the island of Gozo, will save it for next time!

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