There is nothing really like it, is there?
Having grown up in Scotland, it will come as no surprise to you all that I love summer in Malta. The mix of the Mediterranean lifestyle and short commutes, along with the amazing weather and great food, makes it the ideal spot for both young and old, and for party animals and sloths. In fact, I love it so much, that I simply had to list the top five reasons why you should too.
Longer days and party nights – With the sun setting after 8pm throughout most of the summer, it’s easy to have a good social life here in the summer months, even during the week! The fact that you can go to post-work drinks, late-night dinners or even the cinema in broad daylight means that guilt and that numbing tomorrow’s-a-school-day feeling are kept to a minimum. When we do go out at night, however, our party mile (good, old Paceville) is full of life and revellers, be it Monday or Friday, and it lasts till the wee hours of the morning. What’s not to love?
Image: Paceville – St Julian’s
Swimming – Whether it’s a rocky beach, a sandy beach or a pool, there are options to titillate anyone’s desires, and it’s all just a few minutes away by car! We have the spectacular Mellieħa Bay, Ramla Bay and Golden Bay, the rough but iconic St Peter’s Pool, and the sophisticated Café del Mar. As a half-Scot, all I can say is that tanning never felt so good.
Image: St Peter’s Pool – L/o Marsaxlokk
Isle of MTV – Answer me this: Who else in the world gets to see Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias, Rita Ora, Jessie J, Maroon 5, Kelis, DJ Guetta, Akon and other artists for free? We have the biggest party of the summer anywhere in the Med on our doorstop and it’s free of charge. I may not be a fan of pop music, but that is still pretty amazing.
Image: Isle of MTV – Floriana
Gozo and Comino – Bored of Malta? No worries, just get on a boat and jet-set to its sister islands. In Gozo, you can venture off the beaten track and head to some pretty Instagrammable inlets, or head to Mġarr for a super long boozy lunch, or even party at il-Grotta, where world-class DJs play on a surprisingly regular basis. Meanwhile, in Comino, you can simply revel in the other-worldly beauty of the amazing Blue Lagoon. We’re so spoilt for choice!
Brunch – Saturday afternoons were meant to be enjoyed in Sliema, digging into some delicious food, sipping on vino bianco or ice-cold cocktails and just watching the shoppers working up a sweat. The best part? You can invite anyone from anywhere on the island and you can organise it just an hour before. That can rarely be done in other big cities!
Image: Gzira Marina
So, that’s my top pick. We’d love to find out why you love Malta in the summer!
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