Free Things You Must Do In Malta
Travelling on a budget is something I love to do, although my blog does not very often reflect this (everyone loves a freebie though, right?).
In this post, I thought I would mix things up a little and share with you my top free things to do in Malta - believe me, there is so much you can see on this beautiful island on a budget!
1) Wander Around Valletta, the Capital City
OK so, depending on where your accommodation is based, you will need to pay to get to Valletta. Once you are there, there are so many things you can do in Malta's capital city that won't cost you a penny! For the street photographers amongst us, or the people watchers, Valletta has some perfect cute coffee shops down the charming side streets that makes a perfect spot to watch the world pass you by.
There are also many churches that you can pop into, or you can walk the perimeter of the city's walls and take in the views from above.
2) Watch The Shooting of the Cannon at the Saluting Battery
If you have not heard of Valletta's ultimate historical attraction, you must add a visit to the saluting battery to your freebie list. It was constructed in the 16th Century and was designed to secure the city of Valletta against any military attacks.
The battery is located in the Upper Barrakka Gardens, overlooking the Grand harbour. If you stay in the gardens and walk through the arches onto the balcony, you can watch the shooting of the cannon for free!
For those who want more of a background and tour, you can pay for this as an extra.
3) Visit Portomaso Marina, St Julian's Bay
Portomaso Marina is definitely a must see if you are looking for free things to do in Malta. The marina is surrounded by luxurious apartments and hotels, expensive yachts and gorgeous restaurants and bars. Doesn't sound very budget does it? BUT. You can walk around the marina for free! You can gawp and the yachts, pick out your future apartment, or if you fancy, take a seat in a bar and have a drink and watch the gorgeous views that will be before you. It is a real exclusive part of Malta and really interesting to see "how the other half" really live.
4) Visit Mdina, The Silent City
Known as the old capital city of Malta, Mdina really is the true Gem of this island. Mdina is the second of the walled cities, but is arguably the most pretty. When you arrive into Mdina, you will feel as if you have been transported back in time. The city is absolutely pristine in condition, untouched and naturally stunning. You could get lost in the maze-like side streets and marvel and the grand doorways. Mdina is unlike anywhere I have ever been before and it's really hard to describe it's beauty in a blog post. You have to see it for yourself to believe it!
While in Mdina, take a visit to Fontanella Tea Garden and sit on the upper terrace. You will be treated to some amazing views of the whole of Malta, all while taking in some mouth-watering cake!
5) Sit Back, Relax and Do Nothing!
One of the best reasons to visit Malta, is that there are plenty of places to sit and relax, which is very much budget-friendly! There is a great coastal walk you can take from St Julian's Bay, through Spinola and into Sliema with plenty of seating areas along the way so you can take in the blues of the sea in front of you. This walk should take you approximately 1 hour to 1 hour 30, depending on how distracted you get along the way!
If beaches are more your thing, head over to Bugibba, where you will find some nice beaches to chill out on, a perfect activity for the summer months when the weather is at it's best.