This post is part of the ’10 things to do in Malta this summer series’. Use the link below to see the other 9 posts:
1) Venture off the beaten track, 2) Rent a farmhouse in Gozo and explore the island, 3) See a Caravaggio, 4) Party all nights, 5) Dine in honey-coloured bastions, 6) Work on your tan, 7) Take a walk along a promenade, 9) Drive along the coast road, 10) Experience a true Maltese summer event
8. Get yourself on a boat
Many people will find that Malta is more beautiful when seen from the deck of a boat, and on a clear summer’s day, this is definitely the case. Considering that a markedly semi-arid climate means that vegetation and greenery are not an integral part of the landscape, it is the coastline, with its sheltered beaches, high cliffs and fortified harbours, which offers a true taste of the best vistas. Given the options, you could indeed spend much longer than one day on a boat, but that is entirely your decision. In this article, I’ll be recommending the most picturesque and pleasant boat trips on offer.
Once you’ve put your swimming suit and sun lotion on, your next step is to head to the Sliema promenade next to the Sliema bus terminus, from where most cruises depart. Especially if you stick out as being a foreigner, you will find yourself being harassed by a number of representatives of different cruise providers, but I’d strongly recommend ignoring them and opting for Hera Cruises, one of the best on the island. Hera cruises offers day trips to the stunning Blue Lagoon in Comino and also trips which circle Malta and give you a chance to see some of its most secluded and beautiful bits of coast. If you want to watch the sun set, book an evening cruise which includes dinner, and for an unusual partying venue, try Hera’s boat parties, especially popular and appreciated by the younger crowd. Prices range from 25-58 Euros.
Disclaimer: This is not a paid advertisement. I chose to mention this particular cruise provider because I seriously consider it to be among the best and have heard many favourable things about it from my ESL students back in Malta.
-Text and Photography by Denise Pulis @www.theartofslowtravel.com