One of my favourite things about Malta is its size – the entire country is just over 100 square miles, making it easy to conquer the whole island by car. We spent one of our days exploring the West end of the island. A‘s research took us to one of the most spectacular unspoiled beaches in Malta – Ghajn Tuffieha. This sandy beach with clay slopes and cliffs situated on both sides of the bay, is only accessible by a steep flight of 200 stairs. Naturally, my athletic self would be dissuaded but at this point we knew that the best beaches in Malta were never an easy feat, which is what made them all so unique and beautiful. We’ve been to our fair share of beaches around the world but a beach day in Malta carried a different sense of adventure and pretty hard to top. The surrounding landscapes and unpredictable treks are incomparable.
There wasn’t a single cloud in the sky that day and the gorgeous Mediterranean weather was just the cherry on top of an already perfect day. We spent a few hours on the golden sand and enjoyed the island’s afternoon glow without a care in the world other than, what’s next?
Once we eventually peeled ourselves off the sand, we plotted our next stop which was only a short distance away – Mdina. Mdina, the old capital of Malta, is a fortified medieval town on a large hill in the centre of Malta. Nicknamed the Silent City, there are no cars allowed within the city’s majestic walls. The streets were peaceful and pristine, with narrow streets, few inhabitants and beautiful views over the island – it is a truly magical town. I may not be a history nut but the challenge of capturing this beautiful city through a lens was a real treat. Word is that the city is even more magical after dark.
Chasing the blazing afternoon sun at a beautiful bay with a name I could barely pronounce? An afternoon spent wandering one of Europe’s hauntingly beautiful ancient walled city? It was the perfect impromptu Malta adventure.