Malta Photo Diary

I spent 10 amazing days in Malta for my summer holiday this year. It was my first trip abroad without parents or school so I was a little nervous but also super excited to see old friends and to celebrate the end of high school. I am so happy I have left.

I do have some video clips and may try and make a little vlog about the holiday, but for now here is a short photo diary of the highlights from each day!

Thursday 18th

We arrived around midday and explored our surroundings as well as Emily and Ellie getting the obligatory summer holiday hair braid. (Jenny is top left, Emily bottom left, and Ellie in the chair)

Friday 19th

On our first morning we decided to investigate the hotel pool - we were quite disappointed. It looked lovely on the rooftop and had a great view of the harbour but it was pretty small and there were lots of "reserved" sun loungers with towels and nobody on them grrrr. We didn't go back to the pool but I don't think any of us were bothered about missing out on it.

We also went out to nightclubs which, as a 17 year old, I have never done before in Edinburgh. The drinking age is 17 in Malta and it was strangely satisfying handing over your ID and having no questions asked or eyebrows raised. Ellie and I's favourite club was definitely Footloose where we tried out pole dancing - it was very tame don't worry haha.

Saturday 20th

We decided to ride the 'hop on hop off' bus round the north of Malta, although we woke up a little late so didn't hop on or off during the journey. Still, it was interesting to see the sights and we picked out a few places we knew we wanted to visit another day.

I absolutely love the architecture in Malta, everything looks so pretty. It really gives you a sense for the culture and reminds you that, yes, you are definitely abroad.

We were staying in Sliema and luckily there was a five minute ferry across the harbour to Valletta for a very good price which meant we went to The Hard Rock Cafe three times... their jacket potatoes are top notch. Also - you need to try Kinnie which is like Malta's version of coke. It's delicious!

Sunday 21st

Paradise Bay how I adore you and your waves. I love the beach. I usually go almost every day on summer holidays and I would love to go back to Paradise Bay. The pizza I had for lunch was also fantastic - it had artichokes!!

Monday 22nd

The second beach on our list was St George's Bay where we met up with some old friends from a school exchange trip (Luke and Carina) - it was so surreal seeing them after almost two years but I am so glad we did meet up!

This isn't illegal drugs don't panic - it's called shisha which I was told is non harmful and it tasted like watermelon so ya know, yolo eh. More school exchange friends joined us at night and we had a wee reunion which was lovely.

Tuesday 23rd

We went on a speedboat! And I had to stand as there weren't enough seats but it was so fun when the driver did all his wee tricks and stuff. I felt like I was the classy lady in a James Bond film. My hair was rather tuggy afterwards though. Luckily I packed my Tangle Teezer.

Although very busy, Blue Lagoon on Comino, a little island just off Malta, really is the beach of your dreams. It's the one you see in the movies or the advertisements in travel agents' windows. The water is clearer than crystal and you are surrounded by the gorgeous natural cliffs and sea arches and gorgeousness.

If you ever go to Malta, please visit here!! I'm begging you!!

Wednesday 24th

My Maltese friend Jonathan was kind enough to take my friends and I on a little tour round the country's capital Valletta as well as the old capital Mdina. There are beautiful gardens in Valletta (see arches above) called Upper Barrakka which I visited it on my last trip to Malta too and it was great to visit them again. There are also lots of stray but cute cats.

Mdina has gorgeous architecture perfect for photographers and also has the best cake in Malta the world at Fontanella. This is another definite destination if you visit Malta, which I highly recommend you do. If you do get a slice of cake though, you may want to share it with someone else due to the size, as strange as it sounds to want to share cake. That's how big they are.

Thursday 25th

Golden Bay is yet another beautiful beach in Malta - probably my second favourite after Blue Lagoon. It's perfect for swimming out far and also doing yoga on the beach - how Instagram-y! Bernice and I are being trees in that photograph - yeah, I know my yoga terms.

Friday 26th

We were regulars on the Sliema to Valletta ferry - and yes we were off to Hardrock again haha.

Another of my Maltese friends, Reuben, took us on a scenic route round the coastline of Valletta which was beautiful. It was very quiet and the sunset gave off perfect lighting. We probably wouldn't have seen this route without a local so if anyone wants to know where it is, let me know in the comments.

The drinking age is 17 remember it's ALL OKAY. That's an Electric Blue cocktail from Hardrock. Very nice. And Alcohol-y.

Saturday 27th

What we did during the day on Saturday has completely escaped my mind but for our last night we went to Luna Park with two of Jenny's good friends. Our favourite ride was the dodgems I think - which our Maltese friends call 'bumping cars' when they speak English. Dodgems is better though I think.

Sunday 28th

Our last day </3. Our flight was an evening one so during the day we just walked around the harbour, ate food, got our nails done, fed fish stale bread etc. until meeting up with some friends at the airport before we had to say our farewells.

I reeeeeeally want to go to Isle of MTV because JASON DERULO IS PERFORMING OH MY GOD I LOVE HIM SO MUCH but plane tickets are too expensive (it's July 7th) so I'll just have to cross my fingers Jason comes to T in the Park one year. Pretty please.

If you are undecided about where to go on your next summer holiday, I highly recommend you give Malta a try. It's a hidden gem in the Mediterranean with so much culture and so many different activities - there really is something for everyone. Everyone I have met over there has been so so friendly.

almost cried when leaving our friends at the airport but not quite. Maybe that's because I know I'll definitely be back someday.

Have you ever been to Malta? Or have I convinced you to go?

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