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, 8.) Get yourself on a boat, 9) Drive along the coast road, 10) Experience a true Maltese summer event
7) Take a walk along a promenade
There is nowhere to run. There is nowhere to hide. Wherever you go you will find yourself somewhere by the sea…but hey, that’s a good thing, isn’t it? Of course it is! One of the things I miss most of my life back in Malta is being able to watch the sea everyday, sometimes for a few minutes, but sometimes for hours. The lake here in Zurich is beautiful, but it’s just not the same. So if you’re a salt water lover like me, here’s how to linger a bit longer next to it after you’re done with your day’s sunbathing and want to work on your relationship with the Mediterranean well into the night. The trick is to take a walk along one of these beautiful sea promenades:
-St. Julians to Sliema - The St. Julians/Sliema promenade is an uninterrupted, wide and (small) tree-lined stretch of pavement you can walk in about 40 minutes at a leisurely pace. While unfortunately the high-rise buildings which line it are more often hideous than anywhere near stylish, this part of the coast is wonderful in summer. People from all over the world (Turkish, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish, just to name a few) hit the pavement before sunset when the air starts cooling down from the stifling morning heat. The little trees glimmer magically with fairy lights, and the apartment blocks look a little bit less horrible in the softened light. Along your stroll you might want to stop for an ice-cream at one of the many parlours, have a great dinner at Piccolo Padre and still enjoy a sea view, or grab a coffee and an energizing slab of chocolate cake from Cara’s Cafe (249, Tower Road, Sliema). But you don’t have to necessarily stay on street level, as you can easily get up close and personal with the sea by walking along sea-level paths, manicured gardens and rocky coastline (make sure you’re wearing flats for these bits).
-The Bugibba/ Qawra Promenade - you’ll find a bit less of a crowd along this promenade, but the same unattractive buildings (coastal land is prime real estate land of course). As you walk among touristy souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants and kiosks (and sometimes pay for an overpriced soft drink), don’t forget to admire the two St. Paul’s Islands in the distance. There’s also a particular establishment which hosts evening Country music dancing if you’re into that sort of thing. If not, just do what I, and most of the other passers-by do: stop for a minute and watch the generally elderly couples swirl elegantly around. As you walk towards Qawra, more pubs, bars and a few clubs start making their appearance.
- The Marsascala Promenade - Here’s one promenade where the number of locals by far outnumbers that of tourists – and come to think of it, so will the amount of dog poo peppering the pavement (this doesn’t mean that there is so much poo, just that really, tourists are hardly anywhere to be seen) So regularly watch your step as you take this bit of the coast in, where life seems just a little bit slower than in its Norther counterparts. Do make it to St. Thomas bay for magnificent views of the sea and the cliffs beyond.
-Text and Photography by Denise Pulis @www.theartofslowtravel.com