Malta, a small beautiful European archipelago country in the central Mediterranean, includes several islands the majority of which are not occupied, with the exception of Gozo, Comino, Cominotto and Fijfla as well as the largest island of all, Malta.
I loved Malta and I was pleasantly surprised! I know many Muslims only visit Muslim countries, and miss out on so much adventure and culture that build your character. I have friends who only go to Muslim countries because of the Halal food. For me personally, this is not an issue. I live in the West where not every restaurant serves Halal and I don’t restrict myself to only Muslims countries for this.
There is so much more we can see around this world that is not in Muslim countries, we lose so much if we just restrict ourselves. A few years ago when I suggested to a Muslim friend to visit Greece they said they prefer to go to Turkey because of the Halal food. Personal choice for sure, but they just missed thousand years of history because there is no Halal food. Well, actually there is.
Malta has a Muslim population and plenty of halal food options for the Muslim travellers available in addition to a small local mosque on the island. Malta has everything you might want as a tourist, halal food, amazing private villas, history and beautiful location. Here are the best things to do and see in Malta on your next trip.
Things to do in Malta
Valetta is Malta’s capital and it is also known as The Fortress city and it was named after its founder Jean Parisot de la Valette. Many of the streets are still closed and only for pedestrians and the views from the small streets are inspiring. Spend a day exploring Valletta and don’t forget to visit the Harbor for some amazing views as well as St Johns cathedral.
The best hotels in Valetta according to TripAdvisor
Definitely, a must visit place in Malta is the old Mdina. Imposing walls, cobbled streets, and beautiful architecture it is definitely a city you shouldn’t miss. Once it served as the capital of the island. The town is only 220 square meters and has only 300 inhabitants within its walls. Not many cars are allowed within its walls and it is known to locals and visitors as the silent city. This medieval town can literary take you back in time with its dungeons, cathedrals, cobbled streets. Don’t forget to visit the medieval museum and enjoy the views from the city’s walls.
Check best hotels in Malta on TripAdvisor
Best Beaches in Malta
Malta has some of the most beautiful and crystal clear waters in Europe. Due to the warm weather throughout the year, the water is warmer than in many other Mediterranean resorts. Although the beaches are not segregated you can swim with a burkini or even just enjoy the sun. Some of the most famous beaches are the Golden Bay, the Blue Lagoon and you can even enjoy a swim in St Peter’s natural swimming pool lagoon.
Due to the historic nature of how the houses were built within enclosed walls, Malta offers great villas with high privacy for Muslim travellers. You can find villas which are not overlooked with swimming pools making it even more attractive destination for Muslims. They are also surprisingly affordable and you can find plenty of choices on Airbnb.com
What to Expect
If you go during the summer you will most likely not be impressed by the loud music and all the “British nakedness” depending on where you are staying. But I would totally recommend you visit during the low season like we did. Because it is so close to Africa, the climate is mild and it has nice weather all year around. It has great history Islamic, 90% of their language is of Arabic origin and have similar words.
There are several places in St Julian and Sliema where you can find halal food, from restaurants to takeaways in the area. The Intercontinental Hotel in St Julians does offer halal options but it is advisable to check with the property in advance. There are even some restaurants owned by Muslim owners who serve halal food such as Mamounia in Sliema, Turkish kebab and Shekinah restaurant in St Julians which also serves Arabic and Indian dishes.
The Islamic Centre of Malta is a located in Paola which is only 10km away from St Julians and Valletta.
We stayed at the Hilton Hotel in Saint Julian. If you have Hilton Gold card you are guaranteed to get great treatment from the hotel and an upgrade to an amazing view and lounge with free food. They were very nice to us, friendly and welcoming not even for a moment we felt that we were discriminated because we were Muslims.
Just two minutes walk from our hotel there was a Halal Turkish take way with some great food and they serve massive portions. 🙂 Surprisingly there were two fine dining halal restaurants 20 minutes walk down the road.
You can read the TripAdvisor reviews of the hotel here
How to Get There
From the UK and the rest of Europe, it is relatively cheap to reach Malta plenty of low-cost airlines fly to Malta from various European airports. If you are looking for a short break then I would totally recommend Malta for a family trip. I would also suggest you rent a car especially if you have children, it is a small island and rentals are not very expensive. Plus they drive on the right side of the road. 🙂
Skyscanner is my number one website when looking for flights. It’s great because it shows you the cheapest flights from low cost and other airlines.