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How to Experience Malta Like a Local

Experience Malta like a local

Malta, the jewel of the Mediteranean is a fascinating place. With a rich history spanning thousands of years, the Maltese Archipelago offers a unique blend of ancient history and modern living.

There’s plenty to see and do here. For some, the fun of visiting another country is to experience how the people that live there go about their day. So we have compiled a list of things that you can do to experience Malta like a local.

Summer Days at the Beach

We have a long and warm summer every year, and just like you, us Maltese love to spend a day at the beach. From the beautiful sandy Golden Bay, to rocky L-Ahrax, we love to indulge in the delights of the Mediterranean sea. We may also light up a BBQ as dusk sets in to enjoy some delicious food while the sun sets into a cool summer evening.

Shopping in Valletta

The capital city of Valletta offers a relaxed shopping experience among some of the nicest architecture on the island. From big brands to local artisan products, Valletta has an abundance of shopping opportunities. Feel free to float in and out of shops followed by a nice lunch at one of the many outdoor cafes while watching the world go by.


We love our pastizzi and we are sure you will too. These ricotta or pea filled pastries hit the spot when looking for a tasty breakfast or a light lunch. You can of course have more than one. Try visiting Rabat where one of the most popular Pastizzerija’s resides just outside the silent city of Mdina. You won’t be disappointe

Eating Out

One thing the Maltese absolutely love to do, is to go out to eat on a Saturday night. There are many restaurants in the commercial hub of St Julians and Sliema to enjoy. There are also popular hotspots such as the Valletta and Birgu Waterfronts which have a selection of restaurants sitting side-by-side. Our own Phoenix Restaurant right here in the hotel is also a popular haunt for locals.

Hiring a Boat

It takes no more than 15 minutes from anywhere in Malta to reach the sea, so it makes sense that an island such as ours spends plenty of time on or near it. In the tourist areas of Bugibba, there are plenty of opportunities to hire a small boat to go out to the blue lagoon. If you drive along the coast of Malta, you will realise just how many locals own a boat. There is nothing that beats a relaxed day at the blue lagoon, with friends or family.

We look forward to welcoming you on your holiday to Malta. We hope these tips will help you to enjoy an authentic Maltese experience during your stay with us at The Phoenicia Malta.

Shopping in Valletta Malta
Local Malta Pastizzi
Hiring a Boat in Malta


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