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JOWJ Insider Guide To: Malta

Introducing the first instalment of a new series in which I virtually sit down with my friends who are currently living or grew up in different countries. I thought it would be a great way to get their insights in to what they would recommend for tourists. From untouched gems to food hot spots to so much more. Keep reading to hear what Adam has to say about his home country of Malta.

Fomm ir-Riħ Bay

Let's start out easy, what is your favourite part about living in Malta?

"Without a doubt, the weather. Our summer days average at around 35 degrees with recent winters dropping to about 7-8 only on the coldest nights.

Having sunshine and blue skies for most months of the year means there is much more time for being out and about and is a definite mood booster."

Tell us a secret location that only locals know about!

"That’s for us to know, and for you to (hopefully never) find out!"

What's a fact most people wouldn't know about Malta?

"Almost all Maltese football fans are die-hard England or Italy supporters. Even though these two national teams don’t have their own rivalry, whenever they play each other, the whole island comes to a standstill!"

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu

What are some must-see attractions in Malta for tourists?

"A few of the most popular would be:

- Valletta

- Mdina (the old capital)

- The three cities

- Gozo (Malta’s sister island)

- The ancient megalithic temples

- The village feasts (festas)"

Temples of Ggantija

Those sound great to do in the day. For those of us who want a night out, where is the best place to go?

"Paceville is Malta’s nightlife centre. With lots of different clubs and cheap drinks all in one place, it's the best place for a night to remember (or forget!).

For anyone wanting a more relaxed night out, I would recommend one of the many bars in Strait Street in Valletta."

Tal-Mixta Cave

In three words how would you describe Malta?

"Sunny, cultural, small"

On the topic of culture, what's a local dish we must try when visiting?

"Rabbit (known as a Fenkata) is a delicacy in Malta which I highly recommend.

Pastizzi (pas-tit-si), which are fried pastry filled with ricotta or mashed peas are also a very popular food. You can’t visit Malta and not try Pastizzi!"

What's something tourists should be aware of before visiting?

"As much we love the sun, in the summer months if can get dangerously hot. Visitors should always apply sunscreen before going outside.

Also, there are days when some swimming spots are no-go’s due to jellyfish infestations so I suggest checking this online before choosing which beach to visit on a particular day to avoid disappointment."

Sunscreen packed! It's a holiday weekend, what would you have planned?

"In summer this would involve being near the water as much as possible - either at the beach, by a pool or spending time out on a boat. Barbecues are standard practice.

In winter there would be a lot of walks/hikes in the countryside, meeting friends for coffees or going out for drinks."

St. Peter's Pool
Birgu Waterfront
Għajn Tuffieħa Beach

Lastly shout out a local business that needs more recognition!

"If you’re visiting Gozo, you must try Maxokk or Mekren. They are family run bakeries and make amazing variations of Gozitan pizzas which are loved by both locals and visitors."

So that about wraps up the interview! Thank you for sharing such an insightful sneak peek into life in Malta, as well as some beautiful photographs.

"Thank you for taking the time to find out more about Malta"

Carmelite Church on Balluta Bay
Grand Harbour

Mdina Gate
Tas-Salvatur Hill

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