Travel Adventures in The Azure Window and Malta
Why Malta? Sometimes the destination of travel is chosen by conditions that a priori are not very logical. Malta was a country that did not catch my attention, a few years ago till I read some Malta travel blogs and guides. My original idea for the month of June was to go to the Balearic Islands in Spain. But I had to cancel as the prices were skyrocketing due to some festival there.
Looking for alternatives, I found some flights at good price to Malta and I investigated a little what could be done there. We changed the Spanish Mediterranean islands (which remain pending) for the Maltese ones. Where do we stay? Accommodation in Malta is not cheap. For that week, summer and holidays there was little to choose from.
From what we had, we stayed in the apartments in Bugibba. It was cheap, very basic, but clean and well located near the bus station, restaurants and supermarkets. It would probably have been better to stay in a more central place, like Sliema, but it was very expensive there. Many bus lines arrive at Bugibba, so we had no problem visiting the island.
Do we rent a car or do we move by bus? Buses in Malta reach almost anywhere on the main islands. There are many lines and many frequencies. That said, I recognize that sometimes it can be a bit of a pain, since it limits you and makes you watch for schedules. But soon we read, we consider it a better option than renting a car, especially when it is (almost) high season.
In Malta they drive on the left, which in principle is no problem. The roads are regular, but there is a lot of traffic and sometimes chaotic with little parking. The most practical thing to get around by bus, if you are going to use it a lot, is to buy a card that allows unlimited travel for a week in Malta and in Gozo. You can buy it at bus stations.
I recommend you download the mobile app, that will serve you to get maps, lines, schedules, and transshipments. Our experience with buses was generally good. At the beginning of the route they are very punctual (Maltese punctuality). The problem is that if there is a lot of traffic, especially in the mornings, there is a delay, sometimes considerable. You have to take this into account for transfers.
What to visit in Malta? The same day that I bought the flights, almost two months before the trip, I set out to book the tickets for Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. It is a very important underground prehistoric temple, but there were no tickets left. It is not cheap, but tickets are sold out months before. Keep it in mind if you are interested in visiting it.
Another thing that I did that same day was to write to the Malta Tourist Information Office. They answered me very promptly with a lot of information and they sent me home maps and brochures. It's the same thing you can get there at the tourist offices, but it was good for me to have it at home to plan the visits.
Despite being a very small country, Malta has enough things to see and do, and for all tastes. We wanted to do some beach and cultural visits. Malta is not a destination that stands out especially for its beaches, if we refer to the idea of long sand beach. It does have some rocky beaches and multiple natural pools in the sea, and what we were interested in doing was some snorkel.
With maps and information from the Tourism Office, we designed the itinerary. We take into account the bus routes, and which we adapted according to the weather.
What do we eat in Malta? On gastronomy, Maltese cuisine has a lot of British and Italian influence, for obvious reasons. Do not forget to try the rabbit, one of the most typical dishes. And of course, in the multiple pastiches that you will see in all the cities, the pastizzis. It is puff pastry stuffed with ricotta, peas, spinach, mushrooms, chicken.
Then there is the qassatat, the same stuffings but with another dough, more round and large. There is also the tympanum like a macaroni patty and anything that you put inside a pie, all very tasty. Also there is a small dish, a kind of hummus, but made with beans instead of chickpeas, very spicy, that is ate with some bread cakes that they call galletti. For dessert are very typical cupitos stuffed with figs or dates, I do not remember the name.
We tried more things there, like Gozo cheeses, spicy sausages, stuffed courgettes and some veal discs and also pasta and pizza, which are always available. The predominant beer is the Cisk, a normal lager, but it goes very well. Others found in almost all sites are the Blue Label, a golden ale and the Hopleaf, a clear ale.
I will not go into telling the history of the country, which has a lot and that's why wikipedia and other great blogs are. Mine is going to be more descriptive and I hope practical. Just remember that the currency there is the euro, which is driven on the left and that you have to carry plug adapter, English type. The official languages are English and Maltese. There is no problem communicating in English, although they usually speak in Maltese.
Day 1 - Bugibba
Our flight departed punctually and at 13:30 we landed in Malta. We picked up our bags and outside we wait for a taxi to take us to Bugibba, a transfer that was included in the accommodation we booked. During the trip we glimpsed some of the chaotic traffic of Malta, the sparse vegetation, and the predominant ocher color of the limestone in its constructions.
We left the things in the apartment and went to the supermarket, to buy provisions for the following days. Incidentally we bought a roast chicken with potatoes to eat that day. We would have time to get to know Maltese food.
After we put on the swimsuits, we put towels and snorkel goggles in our backpacks, and went to Qawra Point. We take a detour to see the promenade and place ourselves. Qawra Point is a natural beach-pool located at the end of the St Paul Peninsula, next to Qawra Tower. There are other areas to bathe in the area, including an artificial sand beach. I had chosen this point because I had read that the water was very clear for snorkeling.
We had a very entertaining time, and we liked the place very much. In the water we saw many small fish, an octopus, and the posidonia that populated part of the seabed in that area. There are usually boats, so the swimming area is limited by buoys.
When we got tired after exploring the area, we saw an abandoned boat, which had run aground a few months ago and had stayed there on the rocks in a strange position. We saw that many groups arrived with tables and barbecues. Maybe it could be a good dinner option some night that week.
After a shower we went to dinner at a Maltese restaurant very close to our accommodation. We ordered first Maltese pasta, with cheeses of joy, tomato and sausages. As a second I ordered rabbit and my partner some meat rolls that had a sauce similar to the rabbit. And for dessert, typical pastry filled with dates with two pints of beer.
Day 2 - Paradise Bay
During Sundays churches and other monuments remain closed in Malta. With the fact that for the following days the forecast of the weather was a little worse, we dedicate ourselves to visit some of the beaches. We went to the bus station and waited for our first bus in Malta, which took us to Paradise Bay. Well, it took us close, because we had to walk for a while until we arrived.
Paradise Bay is a small beach with fine sand and very clear water, from which we can see, in the distance, the Gozo island. We spent a very entertaining morning there, taking walks and snorkeling, with that clear water it was nice. We saw many fish in the area of rocks, some very curious, in addition to crabs.
After eating the provisions that we had and taking a cool Cisk, we went back to the road where we had left the bus. We waited for the bus to pass, which took us to the Ghajn Tuffieha beach. It is next to Golden Bay, one of the most famous malta beaches. We decided to go to this one, which we thought was more authentic. The environment of the beach is very beautiful, although with the amount of people there and the algae the beach was hard to see.
We got into the water, which was quite cloudy, and we went to the rocks to see little fish. We saw some, and unfortunately also jellyfish. After a few beers in the bar with good views we left. Before getting on the bus we went to the tower next to the beach, from which there are fabulous views. Bus the bus left us in just over 20 minutes in Bugibba.
As it was early we decided to try barbecue dinner on the beach that night. We went to the supermarket and there were disposable barbecues, so we only had to buy something to put on the grill. We bought some sausages and some zucchini, bread, beer and we have barbecue on the beach.
Day 3 - Valletta
On Monday we plan to go to Valletta, the capital of Malta. It was the day that the worst weather forecast had, in fact, the night before and lightning could be seen in the distance. We got on the bus and it started to rain. The streets looked like rivers. Luckily we were inside the bus (going cold with the air conditioning at the top). At some point inside the bus I realized that I had forgotten the camera in the apartment! That day I had to take all the photos with my mobile.
The buses in Valletta arrive at the Triton Fountain. As soon as we got off we went straight to the Saint John's Co-Cathedral, to see it before it was full to the brim. The cathedral on the outside does not say much, but its interior is very beautiful, very baroque, with decoration to the last detail.
We were struck by the tombstones on the floor, all in colored marble, as we would see in other Maltese churches. We followed the audio guide, which explained all the chapels, the roof of the central nave. In some descriptions it was very heavy, I let her talk and I took photos (with my mobile).
Slowly it was filling up and, while at the beginning we moved freely, each time it cost more. To enter the sacristy we had to queue until a group left. The most important of this room are two paintings by Caravaggio. When we were leaving we saw another line, which was to go up to the balcony to see the church from above.
We ended the visit at 11:45. The sun had risen, and we went to the Upper Barrakka Garden, to see the cannon that they fire every day at 12 and at 4 pm (summer only) from the Saluting Battery. When we arrived there was a balcony to the flag, so we did not see the canon, although we heard it.
We walked a bit through the garden until everyone left and we looked out onto the balcony to see the views of the battery of canyons with the 3 cities in the background. Of course, it had to be difficult to take the bay, since it was totally fortified.
We went back to the main street and walked through the city without hurry. We ate our first pastizzi, which served as an appetizer to kill hunger. We tried cheese, peas, chicken and spinach, the first, more traditional. It was all very good with a beer in the shade. We continue walking towards Fort Saint Telmo, which we did not enter.
We climb to the Bell Memorial, with beautiful views, and then to the Lower Barrakka Gardens, with views of the 3 cities and the Valletta port. Here we sit for a while on a bench in the shade to rest with good views. Our walk through Valletta took us to the Republic Square, where the seat of the government of Malta is, and the town hall. In a nearby square, many terraces in the shade.
We got into a small garden in the courtyard of one of the buildings, next to the Museum of Archeology. We continue strolling through streets with colorful balconies and red telephone booths. We went to eat at the cafe, which, in general, we did not like very much. We ordered pasta with salmon and stuffed zucchini. The pasta was not very good, and the service was very slow.
After lunch we toured the western part of the city. We went through the Anglican Cathedral of St. Paul and entered the Carmelite church. From there we go down to the port (there are small slopes in this city), along streets with more balconies, some of a single color, others with multicolored balconies. On the other side was Sliema and in front was the Manoel island, also fortified.
We went up some stairs to the gardens of Hastings, in the ramparts of the walls. From there you can see the enormous width and the layout of the walls. Having seen the forts that surround it by water, and the walls that close it by land, it seems that Valletta was impregnable.
Then we went down to see better the streets closest to the entrance of the city, which in the morning we had hurried through the rain and soon to reach the cathedral. Thus, we passed through the modern Parliament building, several churches, and the barracks of the Castilian and Italian troops.
We had planned to go in the afternoon by ferry to 3 cities, but it was already late and we were tired. So we went to take the bus. It took us a while to find the place where the buses went to Bugibba, but once we found it, several happened in a few minutes. An hour later we were in our accommodation.
That night we went to see the World Cup football game at a pub, with many screens scattered throughout the place. We had a pizza there and a few beers. When the game ended we went for a walk along the promenade before returning to the apartment.
Day 4 - Mdina
We dedicated the day to see Mdina, the old capital of Malta, and its neighbor Rabat. We took the bus, which dropped us at the Rabat stop in 45 minutes. First we visit Mdina, a walled city with a lot of charm. Just in front of the bus stop is the main door of the wall, very decorated, famous for having left in the first season of Game of Thrones as King's Landing.
Once we cross the door, which is also beautiful inside, on the right we find a small palace that today houses the Museum of Natural History. We see a group of schoolchildren, and on the left the Tourist Office, where they gave us a map of the city (the only one who had not sent us home). In this map an itinerary to follow is indicated, but the city is small and it is not easy to get lost by it.
On our walk through the streets of Mdina we find many mansions, impressive houses and charming places. We visited the St. Paul's Cathedral, in the Baroque style. Since an earthquake in the 17th century destroyed much of the buildings of the city, they were rebuilt in the predominant style of the time.
Inside, the paintings and tombstones on the marble floor stand out. In general we liked the visit, even being the little sister of the one we had seen the previous day. Then we visited the cathedral museum, in which I had not put much hope, since I am not very fond of sacred art. But I was surprised for good, some of the exhibits were impressive. What surprised us most was a large collection of coins, ranging from the Phoenician era, through coins of all Roman emperors, to almost our days.
Our walk took us to a viewpoint on the wall, in which we could see almost all the north of the island of Malta. It was a nasty wind, but the view was very cool. The rest of the time we dedicate it to walk through the narrow streets of Mdina, where we find beautiful corners.
We entered the Carmelite Priory. The whole city (the whole country, I would say) is full of churches, and it is worth looking out. This church in particular was very beautiful. We ended our visit to Mdina and we set out to visit the neighboring Rabat, which is the city that grew outside the walls. But before continuing with the turisteo we stopped at a very famous pastiche, the Crystal Palace. There we tried their pastizzis, cheese, peas, chicken and anchovies.
Since we were half eaten we decided to finish and we also tried the qassatat. I almost liked more than the pastizzis, since the dough does not have so much fat. Of course, we ordered some Cisk to accompany. We also bought some cakes filled with dates that we took to the apartment because with the pastizzis and qassatat we were full, and they were very good.
With a full belly we went to see Rabat. The main thing we wanted to see was the Catacombs of San Pablo, but until we got there we went through very beautiful corners. The city was adorned and decorated for the festival of St. Paul, which was that week. The church dedicated to this saint was also decorated with a multitude of light bulbs. We could not visit it inside since it was closed.
We reach the entrance to the St. Paul's Catacombs. As soon as we enter there is an interpretation center where we are told some historical information about the burials at the time, and later uses of the catacombs. And then we go out into the courtyard where we start to visit the catacombs. There are a total of 23, on both sides of the street. The most impressive is the first, which is the largest, an authentic labyrinth, where we have to be careful about hitting our head on the roofs. The rest of the catacombs are smaller.
In the end we ended up a little tired of going up and down stairs. In general the visit we liked a lot. Already tired we went to the bus stop. That day seemed relaxed a priori, but we ended up very tired. On the way we stopped at Mosta, to see the church of the great dome that can be seen from almost the whole island. On the outside it impresses because of its size, it is impressively large.
We do not know the size until we're on the porch and we see the size of the columns. It is famous for being the largest church in Malta and for having one of the largest unsupported domes in the world. Inside it did not impress me so much, although it is worth seeing the great dome of 140 meters in diameter. During the World War II, in 1942, a German bomb fell directly on the untapped dome, when there were about three hundred people in the church. It was considered a miracle,
Right in front of the church we took the bus that took us back to Bugibba. We bought a tuppana, which is a kind of macaroni pie, and that night we had dinner in the apartment. After we had a few beers in the pub watching the end of the World Cup match and took a walk before the day was over.
Day 5 - Azure Window
We got on the bus, which leads to the ferry terminal of Cirkewwa, in the north of the island. It is supposed to take about 45 minutes, and our intention was to catch the ferry at 9, so I took the bus that left us there at 8:45. That was the plan, but the bus, between the traffic, and that was more burned than the pipe of an Indian and all the buses overtook us, arrived at the terminal at 9:02.
We had to wait for the next ferry, at 9:45. Meanwhile, I took the opportunity to buy the ticket. The journey takes about 25 minutes. It becomes entertaining with the views of the Comino island. We went in the top part all the time, until we got tired, because the wind was quite unpleasant.
When we arrived at the port of Gozo we went to the bus stop. While we wait for several bus companies offered their services, but we decided not to take them. The frequency of these buses is 45 minutes, when the official public transport is between 45 minutes and one hour.
We took the one to Victoria, the capital of the island of Gozo, also known as Rabat. We go to the Citadel, completely walled. We dedicate a few hours to explore it, walking through its streets, its viewpoints, admiring its walls and landscapes.
One of the things that caught our attention was the visit to the silos, which are accessed by a tunnel that connects them. It's a weird feeling to be tucked inside a jar, literally. That same tunnel connects with the bunkers of the Second World War and with a battery of cannons.
One of the most important buildings of the citadel is its cathedral, which we did not visit. From photos we saw that it was very similar to the ones we had seen the previous days, and with the delay of that morning we were short of time.
After touring almost all its streets we left the citadel, and we went to see the St. George's Basilica, but it was closed. On the way we passed through streets full of market stalls, clothes and food. There was a lot of people on the streets of Victoria, which were also decorated for the celebration of St Paul.
We returned to the bus stop, and as there was still time for our bus to leave, we stopped at a pastiche. Here we bought two qassatat, spinach and chicken, very good, and a hamburger patty with mango sauce, that we drink with a beer.
The bus took us to Dwejra, in the west of the island, where was the Azure Window, which fell in 2017 due to a storm. Our idea was to see the landscape and bathe there, which we had been told was a good area for snorkeling. But the day was very windy, the waves hit hard against the rocks, so to swim nothing. But that was a show, we had a good time enjoying it from several points of view. No wonder the window fell, with the force that hits the water. Even without the window the area is very beautiful, it has very nice cliffs.
There is also a curious inland sea, from where boats leave to visit the area on days when the sea is calm. Here there were people bathing, but it was also moving, and the place was small, so we decided not to take a bath.
We waited for the next bus to Victoria and from there we took the bus that took us to the Ggantija temples. The initial idea was to go to Ramla Bay, a sandy beach north of the island. But seeing the windy day it was, we changed to a more dry and interior plan. The bus driver played tricks on us and told us to get off at a stop where the temples were far away.
We searched Google for the location of the temples and we walked there, to discover that the entrance had been moved and we had to walk another time. When we finally arrived, 10 minutes were missing by 4:00 pm, when the entrance is cheaper because we only visit the temples, not the mill next door. So we waited for those 10 minutes and we entered.
These temples were built between 3600 and 3200 BC, before Stonehenge and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The name Ġgantija comes from the word ġgant, which in Maltese means giant. The inhabitants of Gozo thought formerly that the temples were built by a race of giants, due to the size of the limestone blocks that form it. Some exceed five meters in length and weigh more than fifty tons.
Before visiting the temples, we pass an interpretive museum where they put us in a position. They explain different historical theories about their origin and exhibit replicas of some of the statuettes found in the temples. Everything very didactic. In the temples, in addition, there are panels where some of the details that can be seen are explained.
In front of the temples there is a large terrace, with good views of the south of the island and a small plateau where prehistoric settlements have also been found. A very interesting visit, although I liked the temples more than we saw the next day. Perhaps these have more historical value, but in the temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra the most complete structures are seen.
In addition, some of the things that they explained to you had to do with the vegetation, which in summer was not at its best. We board the bus, which dropped us off at the port 10 minutes before the ferry departure. As we already had the tickets, we only had to pass the lathe to board. Once in Malta, the bus took us to Bugibba, this time without delays. Tired, that night we stayed in the apartment and we did not go out.
Day 6 - Marsaxlokk
For our penultimate day in Malta, we wanted to visit 3 enclaves in the south of the island that were very close to each other. It involved a careful planning of the buses, and that was about to go to waste. We took the bus to the airport, with the idea of linking there with another, which took us to the Blue Grotto.
I was already resigned to wait an hour at the airport, or even to change plans and go to Marsaxlokk, but when I got off I saw the bus stop and we ran. We caught the bus, with the luck that it was also delayed. More happy than castanets, in 10 minutes we arrived at the Blue Grotto. We get off at the Panorama stop, which is there before going down and from where you can see the most characteristic cliff of the area.
We went down to the town walking, for a quite steep slope. There we bought the tickets for a boat ride through the caves, for 8 euros. These are the typical fishermen's boats reconverted, as in so many places, in tourist transport. The ride lasts about 20 minutes and you are getting into the different caves of the nearby coast. It is very good, although I thought it was too short and that they stopped a little in the caves to see them well and photograph them.
We took a short walk around there and took the bus which, this time, arrived before the time. We went down two stops later to see the temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, megalithic temples. As soon as we enter we pass to a cinema with a 4D projection (there is rain and wind) which is an introduction to the history of the temples and their discovery.
Afterwards, it delves into the details like the type of rock used, the statues found, the decoration, and the astronomical alignments. It was very interesting. At last we went to visit the temples. First we went to the nearest, Hagar Qim, which dates from 3600-3200 BC. Both temples are covered by a tarpaulin to prevent deterioration of them, and that tourists are a relief of shade in summer.
Hagar Qim consists of a main temple of several rooms and three small satellite temples, which are more deteriorated. With the help of the audio guide, we discovered decoration details, hollows in the stones probably used for its construction, possible uses, and many more details.
Taking a walk we went to Mndraja, two temples dating back to 3000 BC, located next to the sea, and overlooking the islet of Filfa. In Mndraja there is the image that appears in the Maltese coins of 1, 2 and 5 cents, an altar on which the first sunbeam of the summer solstice strikes. And it is that there are several astronomical alignments that the study of these temples has revealed.
We liked this visit a lot. It is very interesting, and in my opinion more beautiful than the Ggantija temples in Gozo. We ate at the restaurant there, which serves Maltese food. As we did not want to waste much time, since we only had 45 minutes until the next bus passed, we ordered two pasta dishes. We have spaghetti with rabbit and penne with Maltese sauce, both very rich and with a very fast service with two Blue Label beers.
We take the bus to go to Ghar Lapsi, a natural swimming pool frequented by Maltese. The bus does not arrive directly there, so we got off at the Bajjada stop, and from there about 15-20 minutes walking in the sun, luckily it was downhill. But we took it for granted, because we liked the site a lot. For my taste, the most beautiful seabed of all the places where we snorkel.
We saw many fish, perhaps the place where we saw the most, at least in quantity, and there were no jellyfish. The only downside is that the water was cold. I left shivering, but very happy. We took bus, which links Ghar Lapsi in summer with Rabat. There we took the wait for bus to Bugibba. We drink a beer and eat pastizzis. And we ended a day that had gone round, thanks to the luck with the buses.
At night we were not very hungry (the fault of the pastizzis) and we went out with the intention of eating something light. We walked around the promenade and in the distance we saw fireworks, because it was the eve of feast of St. Paul. The Qawra Point beach was full of people with barbecues, and we decided that this was how we wanted to say goodbye to Malta the next day.
Day 7 - Comino
Accustomed to leaving early every day, we took the opportunity to go after breakfast to the supermarket and buy the things we needed for the barbecue and some others to take us home.
The boat was almost full, at first all the people were very seated, but as we were passing through interesting places of the coast of Malta and when we skirted Comino, we got up to enjoy the views better. They showed us several caves with turquoise water and the famous cliff that resembles an elephant. Meanwhile, at the bar they served drinks and food and they explained the schedules.
We arrived at the Blue Lagoon at 11:30. When we disembarked we saw how many people there were and we thought it would be better to go first to the Crystal Lagoon, which is very close, and where we had read that there was very good snorkeling. We went for a walk, finding beautiful views, but when we got there we did not see anyone in the water, we asked and they told us there were jellyfish. There were quite a few, so we gave up on the bathroom.
We went back to the Blue Lagoon, left the towels where we could and went to the water. The truth is that it is beautiful, so blue and with the views of the islet opposite, one pass. But I really wanted to go to the water and I did not take photos. I did two or three and they did not turn out very well. I thought about doing it later, but it happened to me.
In the Blue Lagoon there were also jellyfish, but not many, and with the water so clear it was easy to see and avoid them.There were also many people, especially near the shore, which is where the sand is. It must be said that there is a small sandy beach, but very small, almost all accesses are by rocks.
We went swimming towards Cominoto, the islet that is opposite, which is that it appears in all the photos. We were seeing fish all the way, but where else there was was close to Cominoto, where there is a lot of seaweed and fish that live and eat there.We could see many fish, in quantity and variety, some we had not seen the previous days. The truth is that we were very comfortable.
We sat down to rest on the beach of Cominoto, and to get a little warm, which had frozen. When we went hungry, we went back swimming to the other side to go out and return to the boat, where we had our food. We sat luxuriously, with a cool beer.
Then we thought back to where we had bathed in the morning, but we got lazy and decided to take a bath in the vicinity of the boat. The truth is that the seabed is practically the same and the water is also very clear.
Here we also spent hours. When it was almost time to leave, we went up, and before we were dry we jumped down the slide that they had put on the boat. I did not want to jump, I'm very scared, but my husband encouraged me and in the end I jumped.
At 4 o'clock in the afternoon the ship sailed. He took us to Gozo, where we picked up people who had made an optional excursion there, and we went around the other part of Comino that we had not seen. We arrived at Bugibba at 5 o'clock, tired, but happy after a relaxing day in a beautiful place. It is true that there were many people, but it did not bother us excessively, being able to be on the leftover boat and having swum to Cominoto, where there were few people. For me the experience was good.
After resting for a while we went to the beach of Qawra Point for the barbecue. There were many people that day, you could tell it was Friday and the day was very good. A good way to say goodbye to Malta. A large full moon appeared on the horizon.He was there so comfortable that it was a pity to leave. But the next day they picked us up at 4:30 in the morning to go to the airport and we had to pack our bags.
The bottom line is that we have had a great time in Malta. It has been a very complete trip in which we have combined beach and snorkel with visits to walled cities, baroque churches, megalithic temples, stunning coastal landscapes and barbecues on the beach.
I liked Malta a lot, but I cannot say that I fell in love. Maybe because in summer everything is very dry and with many people. We have seen beautiful and very interesting things, but the movement from one place to another has not been particularly beautiful.
I have been surprised by the megalithic temples, and that we were left without seeing the Hypogeum. Before going I did not investigate much and when I saw them they seemed impressive to me. On the subject of aquatic activities we have been quite satisfied. We have done a very cool snorkel and the jellyfish did not bother me at the end, although a little yes. We bought a cream, but luckily I cannot tell if it works or not.
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum stands out among the things that have remained in the inkwell. There was the possibility of buying it for the same day at the Fort of San Telmo, in Valletta, but it was very upsetting and we sacrificed it.
We also had to see the town of Marsaxlokk, which I have read is beautiful, and visit 3 cities, which did not give us time. I think that is the main thing that remained pending. I would have liked to visit the Gozo island with more time, staying a night in the lagoon there.