3 Days in MALTA – Valletta, Mdina, Stunning Blue Grotto, 3 Cities


(UPBEAT HAPPY MUSIC) (VOICER OVER) Malta is often described as one big open-air museum. And if this is true, then this is a museum
with not only a trendy cafe and gift shop, but also an impressive entrance. And with some of the nicest doors and windows
around. Its capital city of Valletta balances its
past as a fortress, with its calm neighbourhood streets and numerous harbours. Then you have Mdina, dating back 4,000 years. This walled- in city, has a timeless atmosphere
where getting lost is part of the fun and then stumbling into this, is totally worth
it. In this video, we’ll be guiding you through
our time here, with places we would recommend, a few places we missed so maybe you shouldn’t,
and covering topics such as transport, food and generally just not making a tit of yourself. So come join my wife and I in what is our
ultimate quest; to find ourselves a better front door. This is Suitcase Monkey, spending 3 full days
in Malta. (MUSIC ENDS) (GENTLE GUITAR PICKING MUSIC) We began with an early arrival at Maltas International
Airport, landing at 10:30 in the morning. We would have only 3 nights here and wanted
a mixture of exploring, site seeing and relaxation. It was because of this last reason, that we
choose the Victoria Hotel, situated in Sliema, just across the water from Valletta. We dumped our bags and headed out to explore
our new neighbourhood while our room was made ready for checkin. If you want to be close to Valletta but not
in Valletta, Sliema is a great choice, just a ferry ride away from the capital, its quieter
and more affordable. (MUSIC BUILDS) (MUSIC FADES AND ENDS. BIRDS CHIRPING) (RHYTHMIC GUITAR STRUTTING, FILM CUTS TO BEAT OF GUITAR) With our room now ready, we dropped our bags
off and made way to the top floor. We could see Valletta just across the water
so after a quick rest we made a beeline for the city centre. Examining some front doors along the way,
we wandered through the quiet picturesque streets until we got to the Sliema Ferry. Running every 30 minutes, it’s a quick and
easy transfer across the water. Valletta is Europes smallest capital city,
which means that its perfect for walking. Hidden streets and views appear around almost
every corner and it was great just admiring the architecture alone, especially with the
sun setting, which added to its shadows and glow. (HARP ADDED TO MUSIC) Malta gained independence from a dwindling
British Empire in 1964. Seeing tiny remnants of my own English home
country, felt like an odd inter-dimensional split had taken place. But for the first time, I knew exactly what
it felt like to be an international London tourist and be fascinated with a red post
box. (SOUNDS OF CAMERAS TAKING PHOTOS) (MUSIC CONTINUES) History can be seen throughout the city however,
with Valletta’s fortified roots on display. Over the last 2,000 years, Maltas timeline
reads like a who’s who of conquerers. Naming only a handful, you have The Romans,
The Normans, The Turkish, The Spanish, The French and The British. And even as recent as the second World War,
the Maltese islands were a highly prized base being fought over once again. Due to the bravery and courage shown by the
Maltese people during a prolonged attempted invasion, they are the only country to be
awarded with The George Cross. Typically handed out to individuals, the George
Cross is the second highest award in the UK’s honours system and is even part of the nations
flag. Numerous cannons are spread around the city
but the most popular site for all you cannon enthusiasts is the Saluting Battery. Built following the Great Siege of Malta,
you enter through the Barrakka Gardens, overlooking the Grand Harbour. Every Monday to Saturday there is a cannon
firing at noon and 4pm, which unfortunately for us we just missed. But it did explain why we momentarily thought
we were under attack. (LOUD CANNON BLAST FIRING, MUSIC STOPS, SILENCE) (MUSIC STARTS AGAIN) Getting a little bit peckish, we found The
Pulled Meat Company restaurant. It might be a vegetarians nightmare but for
us, the meat was tasty, the sausages succulent and the dips super complimentary. As with everything seen in this video, I have
linked to this restaurant in the description below, along with links to follow us on social
media so you can be a part of our next trip as it happens. Please do come and say hello. After a long full-on day, we took the ferry
back to our hotel and caught up on some much needed rest. Tomorrow was going to be a relaxing day, with
a mixture of hotel comforts and a half day trip to the medieval city of Mdina. (MUSIC FADES) (SOUND OF ALARM FADING IN) (ALARM STOPS, SILENCE) (GENTLE GUITAR RIFF FADES IN) Following a relaxing morning in our hotel,
we decided to take the local bus to Mdina. This is probably a good time then to discuss
Maltese transport options. Ultimately, the best way to get around the
island is to hire a car. If, like us, however, you’ve been put off
from driving abroad before (see our video from Tuscany), we actually found the bus system
to be pretty reliable but with a few notable pros and cons. Depending on the route, buses can arrive every
10, 30 or even 60 minutes apart, but we were able to get everywhere we wanted with only
1 change plus a bit of downtime in between. Google Maps obviously made everything a lot
easier and the super cheap price of only €2 for any buses taken within a 2 hour window
made things mighty affordable. Sliema did have surprisingly good bus connections
to most places we looked into but obviously Valletta is much more connected overall. And do keep an eye on the last bus home time. With it leaving Mdina around 8pm it did unfortunately
mean we weren’t able to attend that late night hardcore rave. Mdina is a fortified city and a previous capital
of Malta. With its history spanning 4,000 years, its
been dubbed “The Silent City” and has become a perfect time capsule that speaks
for itself. (UPBEAT ENERGETIC PIANO MUSIC) As the day started to wrap itself up, conversation
turned to how to spend our final day here. This was the only time in the trip where not
having the convenience of a car slightly effected our plans. 2 items at the top of our list were Gozo and
the Blue Lagoon. Both very popular day trips, both on another
island and both with very long travel times. If we had an extra day, we would certainly
have done at least one of these excursions. After Malta we were actually flying to Santorini
for 4 days so the idea of having 2 travel heavy days in a row just didn’t appeal. As it happens however, the trip we did decide
on, turned out to be my favourite part of our entire Malta experience. (MUSIC ABRUPTLY STOPS) In 2017, Malta unfortunately lost its famous
Azure Window due to a heavy storm. Being one of the THE poster shots for the
country, it was a terrible blow but as we discovered, there are still plenty of amazing
geographical wonders to be found. The Blue Grotto is popular with both scuba
divers, as well as those wanting to take it all in by boat. It is advisable to check ahead with your hotel
that the boats are definitely running and that rough waters won’t get in your way. Tickets were only €8 and puts you up close
and personal with this impressive rock formation and the incredibly clear blue waters below. (BEAUTIFUL PIANO RIFF BUILDS THROUGHOUT) With our feet back on solid ground, I would
recommend to take the 15 minute walk up to the top of the road. From here, you can really get a sense of the
Blue Grotto’s true magnificence. (MUSIC FADES AND SLOWS) After soaking in the site of the Blue Grotto,
we took our final bus back towards Valletta. Our last point of call was an area known as
The Three Cities. Looking out towards Valletta and the Grand
Harbour, lie Birgu, Isla and Bormla. Or, depending on what map you’re looking
at Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua. All 3 of the cities underwent a name change
following important battle victories but I have seen them used interchangeably. All 3 cities have a slightly different feel
to its busier neighbour of Valletta so its worth a trip across the water if you have
a few hours. Starting in Bormla, we wandered through its
residential streets and eventually found our way to Birgu. Here, we found a local cafe that served a
Malteser Cake, and I’m still not entirely sure if they were being ironic here. Birgu was probably the most tourist friendly
area, with some great views of the adjacent harbours, along with the Malta Maritime Museum
and Fort St. Angelo. With Isla across the water, and a stroll down
the marina, we made our way back to the Victoria Hotel, grabbed some food and packed for Santorini
the next morning. Before our return home however, we still had
one important thing to complete. So now, tucked away in our bathroom, you might
just find London’s nicest front door. If you would like to follow our Santorini
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100 thoughts on “3 Days in MALTA – Valletta, Mdina, Stunning Blue Grotto, 3 Cities

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  2. Was there last month. Highlight of my trip was the boat trip around Malta and Gozo while Mdina turned out to be the biggest disappointment, perhaps due to a high expectation!

  3. Hey, where is the part that you are awoken in 8 in the morning by fireworkd, thinking it is bombardement. Or also where is the part that it is full of cars and they are cutting the trees which are left. Or the fact that the buses are FUCKING LATE, takes 4 hours to go from one end to the other with a bus or that the houses are made out of wet rock and it is FUCKING COLD during the winter ?

  4. What an amazing an beautiful island I love the old looking buildings it looks amazing and the beaches and sea is so nice I need to visit there soon

  5. I stopped in Malta for 4 hours in the airport, i took the chance to see valleta I went to the old part. It's so beautiful. It has something from Jerusalem my beloved Palestinian city. Definitely I will be back again to visit an explore the entire island. But unfortunately crazy fast bus drivers they scared the hell out of us. Other tourists especially old people were also frightened of the way the driver was driving. I hope that someone will investigate and take action. Kind friendly people with tourists I have to admit that. Unlike other European countries. Love you Malta

  6. I adore Malta. My sister-in-law is half Maltese and most of her family live there and are near the Blue Grotto. I went for the first time 2 years ago and fell in love with it. Went again the following year when my brother-in-law and sister-in-law were married at Qrendi. We too stayed at Sliema but at the Plaza Hotel. This stunning video brings back so many happy memories

  7. Bello ma un Po troppo caro e intollerante verso le persone con disabilita non ti aiuta nessuno nemmeno gli hotel

  8. Don’t be fooled by this video, Malta is a dump in the middle of the med. full of half constructed concrete structures, non-welcoming people and the few beaches it has are used as one big ash tray.

  9. I’m glad you enjoyed looking at Malta and hope you’ll be back soon I’m from Malta but live in London so I miss it as it’s so beautiful

  10. Malta is extraordinary not only for its past, but for it's populace. What makes Malta exceptionally special is that it hasn't yet been divided by liberal media and globalists. What struck me most, was it's unique culture, very Catholic, and very sane. Since joining the EU things have been going down hill thanks to the communists.

  11. Considering this was taken on an iPhone I'm so impressed, I go Malta next week and really loved watching this video, great editing x

  12. Actually I was thinking to apply in university in Malta, but actually it's really beautiful place let's see if I'm going to Malta or not but I really want to go there if I can manage the money

  13. I was born in Malta my dad was in the Royal Marines I’ve been back there since it’s a fantastic place hope to go back again ,

  14. I love Malta! I was there in May, I went a few times when i was younger too. And Im looking at prices now to go back in spring next year. Such cheap deals…also lots of good hostels in Malta, you can book a room to yourself or share with friends….you dont have to be in a dorm with strangers….Ive just seen a week holiday, flights room and breakfast for £105!! …There's so much to see and do there, especially if you want history and culture. The people are great and its practically crime free!

  15. I remember visiting the part of the grande harbour. It was at night and felt like we were under attack, the sky was roaring with the cannon shots every minute.

  16. Hello, I’ll be in Malta by the end of this month. Thank you for giving us some awesome and beautiful places to discover. God bless!🙏🏼😉

  17. The British neither invaded nor conquered Malta. They arrived and negotiated an agreement to station the Royal Navy and British Army there as a protectorate. British troops remained in Malta until 1978.

  18. today, God has said it to Prophet Kacou Philippe on April 24, 1993. And if you are a child of God, it is in him, Kacou Philippe that you must believe to be saved. And if you really have the Holy Spirit, this Holy Spirit will lead you to him, the prophet of your time, as one day, this Holy Spirit led Cornelius to Peter who had the keys of the Kingdom of the Heavens. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen!”]. And if you must serve God, it is to echo what Prophet Kacou Philippe, the living prophet of your time, says. And this is the only thing you can do.

  19. 8. This  Message  says that  the  world council  of  churches, the ecumenical  council of  churches,  associations, unions, federations and confederations of churches … Catholic churches, orthodox churches, Methodist churches, Eckankar, the sect of Horus, Lutheran churches, Anglican churches, Mahikari, Baptist churches, Rosicrucianism, Nazarene churches, Scientology, esotericism, Anabaptist churches, Voodoo, Adventist churches, companions of Jesus, Emmaus mission, Inner Life,  Jehovah’s witnesses,  witnesses of Jesus, foursquare churches.

    9. Freemasons, Pentecostal churches, the worship of Inca gods, Protestant churches, Krishna,  the church of Christ, transcendental meditation, the Grail, spiritualists, evangelical churches, Mormons, Guru Maharaja, Islam and Judaism and all the so-called revealed or restored churches… prayer camps, monasteries, convents, missions and ministries including the Branhamists, that is to say, those who still follow the Message of William Branham, even in its purity, are purgatories and nets of Satan to send mankind to hell and the spirits that act in those churches are not the Holy Spirit, but demons of seduction. Those are the same demons that were in the rivers, creeks, masks, Voodoo, forests and sacred groves, customs and traditions and which raised up traditional fetish priests. [Kc.10v1]

  20. Hiding Place of Terorist habit with the name of Allah's (0-5, 6-14 years old) against nature *Be Aware BBC 1870

  21. Leaving for for Malta on Saturday, so this was fun to watch 😊 I have a whole week there to snoop around and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Can't wait!!

  22. Hi, it was nice shot from Malta where I will depart next week. So, I could get info how Malta weather is in Octobers as well. Thank you. Keep following you !

  23. On our 12 day Mediterranean cruise, Malta was our last stop. We loved our day in Malta so much we will be coming back for a longer stay. It was amazingly beautiful!

  24. Malta definitely on my bucket list. Beautiful places. Love the way you capture the view. Thank you for bring me to Here👍👍🎉🎉🎉

  25. Mdina est un mot d'origine arabe, malta a été musulmane jusqu'à une certaine époque, l'architecture des bâtiments de la médina (mdina)en sont la preuve.

  26. Such a pleasure hearing an English voice rather than the ubiquitous American voice. I have a son living and working in Malta but this video is the only sight I will see of Malta

  27. The last time I was in Malta I hated it, they have no natural water supply instead use desalinated sea water, it tastes horrible. All the bus drivers are idiots, instead of sitting behind the wheel of the bus they sit to one side, because Jesus Christ sits there. The island is dusty, dirty & the locals hate the Brits. No thank you, I'd rather go to Cyprus, they make fantastic booze.

  28. I enjoyed your vid. I’m going to Malta for the first time next week, so I’ve learned a lot of useful info. Thanks.
    Guy

  29. Wow!!! Didn't expect Malta is insanely beautiful. We're a fan of those architectures or lets say structures of building.

  30. Chose Malta as a "random" destination for Spring. Been all through Europe, so hoping for a little adventure, history, maybe some scuba diving.

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