The highlight of my summer holidays was exploring Malta, which is a fantastic destination for young adults like me as there are so many places to visit, cool boutique hotels to stay in, beautiful beaches with great sun and sea indulgence and some of the best festivals for the youth in Europe. We curate some of the best places young adults can enjoy.
Sun, Sea and sand
Beaches in Malta range from golden sands to long stretches of rock dropping into beautifully clear blue waters perfect for snorkelling, diving, windsurfing, paragliding and other water sports.
We loved sailing near Comino’s Blue Lagoon and exploring caves during a day-long boat trip with lunch on board. We saw a lot of on island activities like rock climbing and mountain biking too.
Situated between Malta and Gozo, the smaller island of Comino is a paradise that is car-free very popular with day-trippers. Comino is ideal for walkers and photographers because of the nature and beauty of the island.
The culinary scene in Malta is like the traditional Mediterranean cuisine. The fish is straight from the sea, and we became a big fan of the seasonal fish lampuka that is delicious. Our meals ranged from meat stews, fresh pastas, pastries and pizzas as well as quality vegetarian cuisine.
We stayed in Valetta and visited the beautiful St John’s Cathedral in Valletta in the afternoon and dinner by the harbour in the evening. After a leisurely breakfast the next day, we then visited the Three Cities (Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua) in the morning.
Malta has a vibrant festival scene almost every part of the different islands had a festive feel with musical events being promoted. For instance, located on the Maltese coast, north of Valletta, St. Julian’s or San Giljan has a thriving nightlife with lovely restaurants and great entertainment for young people., especially the summer fiestas.
Popeye Village Malta was magical. A purpose-built film set from a 1980 musical, it is now a village that has been converted into a small attraction fun park, consisting of a collection of rustic wooden buildings. On the day we visited, the site had a festive atmosphere with music and children’s activities.
Malta National Aquarium
With tanks full of reptiles, insects, amphibians, and thousands of Mediterranean fish and an intriguing collection of historical artifacts, the Malta National Aquarium is perfect for families and young adults who love aquariums, and we suggest hopping across to the Bird Park for the ultimate animal experience.
Getting there and getting around
We flew to Malta with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul and the connection was seamless. Once in Malta, buses go almost everywhere including to the Gozo ferry that takes you to the laid back and friendly island. We thoroughly enjoyed the Yippee experience – which is a tuktuk tour organised by Yippee Malta offering a fun and authentic way of experiencing the island of Gozo. Getting around Malta is easy, and the journey is full of delightful surprises.
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