Malta is a destination like nowhere else. This warm Mediterranean country is a wonderful place to visit. Complete with ancient temples, beach coves, studded prehistoric cliffs, and a rich history, Malta is the perfect destination.
While Malta is a stunning destination and an excellent place to visit, unlike other holiday hotspots, it is not somewhere that you can do things on a whim. To ensure you get the trip of your dreams, it is crucial that your prepare and book activities and excursions in advance.
Here is our guide to fantastic tips for preparing for your trip to Malta:
Book your hotel
You might think that this goes without saying, but you would be surprised at how many people choose not to book their hotel or hostel until they arrive.
There are some fantastic hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostels in Malta, but in peak season these soon fill up. To ensure that you get the best accommodation for you, it is important that you choose and book your hotel in advance.
Prepare for the fact that cars drive on the left
Malta was originally a colony of the UK and so, some British influences remain, such as driving on the left side of the road. If you are hoping to rent a car to get around – you may want to do this in advance, you should take into account the fact that you would be driving on the left.
While it isn’t too difficult to pick up, driving on the left can be confusing. Especially, when it comes to roundabouts – it is a very odd sensation driving the wrong way around a roundabout.
If the idea of driving in a back to front car (steering wheel on the right, gear stick on left, etc.) on back to front roads is too much, consider booking other transport. There are plenty of buses that run in Malta, as well as taxis and even, personal chauffeurs, so you shouldn’t have any problems getting around.
Pack sturdy beach shoes
Although Malta has some beautiful sandy coves, for the most part, the beaches in Malta tend to be stoney. These small stones are pebbles can make walking along the beach barefoot a little uncomfortable, and in some cases, dangerous. That’s why it is a good idea to invest in a pair of sturdy beach shoes before heading off on holiday to fascinating Malta.
If the idea of wearing beach shoes doesn’t appeal to you that’s fine, but just be warned they are recommended. And, while you can buy them once you arrive in Malta, it is much cheaper to buy them before you arrive.
Invest in a converter
Another influence of the UK is that Malta uses the three-pronged UK plug sockets, so if you aren’t from the UK you will need to invest in a converter. Otherwise, you will be unable to charge you cell phone, laptop or camera while you are away.
If you forget to buy a converter, you may be able to get one at the airport or at your hotel. However, there is no guarantees that you will be able to get the right converter.
Don’t forget your camera
Malta is a truly beautiful location, perfect for taking lots of holiday snaps. So make sure to pack your camera!
If you are a keen swimmer or diver and love taking underwater pictures, Malta is the perfect destination for you. Why not invest in a GoPro or underwater camera, to use to take shots of the sea life?
Book your activities
If there is anything you really want to see or do while you are in Malta, such as visiting the Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni, it is a good idea to book it in advance. In peak season, Malta is incredibly busy, and if you don’t book in advance, then you may miss out.
Get your travel buddies together, sit down and got through Malta’s travel guide looking at the sights and activities on offer. Make a list of everything you want to see and do while you are there, and then find out what needs to be booked in advance.
By booking in advance, you will not only, ensure that you get to do all the activities you want to, you may also save yourself some money. Many activities and sights offer discounts for groups who book tickets in advance online.
Prepare for the heat
Malta is a Mediterranean country that has a subtropical climate, which means that the temperatures can get very hot. That’s why it is essential to pack high factor sunscreen (factors 30 or 50 are ideal) as well as a sun hat and a pair of UV protector sunglasses.
Although sunscreen, sun hats, and sunglasses are all available to buy in Malta, they tend to be much more expensive. Plus, you may not be able to get the brand of sunscreen you are used to or the make of sunglasses you want.
If you wear makeup, moisturizer or lip balm, it is also a good idea to invest in products that have an SPF factor within them. Otherwise, you could end up burning.
Fresh fruit and veggies are expensive
Compared to other Mediterranean countries, like Spain, fruits and veggies can be quite expensive to buy. Of course, we are not saying stop eating healthy foods while you are away, what we are saying is shop around for them.
Avoid buying fruits and veggies from the supermarkets as these tend to be imported and so, are more expensive. Instead, aim to buy all your fruits and vegetables from local markets as they tend to be cheaper.
There is a relaxed and calming vibe
If you are feeling stressed out, Malta is the perfect place to visit. The island has a relaxed and calming vibe and is home to lots of happy and relaxed islanders. Most of whom, are always happy to offer travel and sightseeing advice.
As long as you are well prepared, Malta is a wonderful place to visit and is ideal for any trip. From a backpacking trip to a family vacation, with sand, sun, and sea, as well as lots of local heritage, Malta is the ideal place to visit.