There is nothing better than getting something for free. Whether it is a gift with your newspaper or your mate remembering they owed you a pint, it can put a little spring in your step.
The same goes for when you’re on holiday. A week or two in the sun can be an expensive business so saving a bit of cash here or there but still doing the things you want is a real bonus. With that in mind, we’ve compiled some of our favourite free activities when holidaying on the beautiful archipelago of Malta to help that spending money go a little further.
City Gate of Valletta
The City Gate of Valletta has been an icon of Malta since it was first constructed in 1569. While there have been five different versions of the gate during Valletta’s history, the original was built during the reign of Grand Master Jean Parisot de Valette for whom the capital was named after.
Malta’s fifth incarnation of the City Gate was remodelled by architect Renzo Piano, who also designed the London Shard. It was completed in 2014 and acts as the grand entrance to the capital and well worth a visit.
Walk along the Sliema promenade
Across the bay from Valletta is the popular resort of Sliema. The coastal town boasts a wonderful promenade looking out on to the marina where tall ships, ferries and yachts float in and out. Take a relaxing stroll along the seafront and take advantage of the wealth or quaint cafes, restaurants and bars.
The walk will take you from the heart of Sliema around the coastline to the lively resort of St Julian’s where you can spend the evening.
Shop in the outdoor markets
You haven’t had the full Maltese experience until you’ve visited one of its famous outdoor markets. Dotted across the archipelago, although the larger ones are in Valetta and Marsaxlokk, the markets are held twice a week attracting both locals and tourists alike.
The most popular is known as ‘Il-Monti’ held in the capital every Sunday. Here you’ll find a wide selection of local delicacies such as imqaret and pastizzi, delicious pastry snacks, as well as a host of souvenirs to commemorate your visit to Malta.
Snorkel at Xlendi Bay
Malta is blessed with a beautiful coastline and that has attracted a diverse marine life, so why not say hello to them? Head to the picturesque island of Gozo, north of the main Maltese archipelago, and swim in the shallow waters of at Xlendi Bay.
This small beach is a popular retreat for locals and tourists and is perfect for snorkelling. While you can pay to for a guide, if you are a confident swimmer you can happily explore the plant and marine life below the surface.
Watch the sunset from the Dingli cliffs
The village of Dingli on Malta’s western coast may seem unassuming at first but it is home to one of the archipelago’s secrets. Dingli is the highest point of Malta rising 253 metres above sea level and as such has some breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.
If there is only one thing you do on your trip to Malta then make sure it is watching the sunset from Dingli. Stand by the tiny chapel of St Mary Madgalene and watch the sky draped in orange light before the sun disappears, it is a truly magical experience.
Relax on the beach
Ah the old failsafe – the beach. Everyone loves the beach and in Malta you can while away the day basking in the sunshine. The archipelago has a host of secluded coves and lively shorelines to keep everyone entertained.
Malta has such a diverse range of beaches. Take in the natural beauty on Għajn Tuffieħa or let the kids run wild at the Golden Bay or bask in the peaceful serenity of Armier Bay. The choice is yours.
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