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Malta: 5 budget tips

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Ready to discover 5 budget options that will help you enjoy a holiday in Malta without spending a fortune?

1 – Public transportation ( I don’t mean the boat in the picture 🙂  )

Malta has a valid bus service that will bring you almost everywhere in this small island. Fares are cheap, 1 week ticket is 6,50€ and 1 day ticket is only 1,50€

Where the bus can’t arrive, use your legs, Malta is perfect for a healthy walk and hike. Check the website for more info.

 

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2- Hostel Malti

Since the very first minute you will walk-in this beautiful hostel you will feel at home. Chris and Aaron (the owners) are kind and helpful, they will explain in details all you can do in Malta.

Location is perfect, it’s situated in the active S. Julien zone, with pubs, clubs and restaurants.

There is a lovely terrace with a jacuzzi (!!!) where relax after a long day under the sun and all the equipment to organize a BBQ with other guests of the hostel. You will never feel lonely or bored at Hostel Malti, there is always someone to talk with, often pub crawls, party and nights out are organized too.

greenwalk 3 – walking /hiking tours

Malta Green Walk is a brand new project run by two funny guys that will help you discover the beauties of the island.

Small groups are organized and leaded to the best to see spots. Do not lose the opportunity to be guided around the island by someone who know it.

The sunset at Dingli cliffs was an incredible experience! Contact them via fb or email: greenwalksmalta@gmail.com

 

pastizzi 4- Pastizz

You can’t say that you have been in Malta without trying the local street-food specialty.

Pastizzi is a salty pie, filled with different ingredients. You can find them at pastizzeria (bakery shops).

I have tried it with spinach, smashed peas, cheese, tuna and tomato, meat… Pastizzi are yummy and cheap (usually less than 1 € each). Very good is also the fried date cookie, mquaret.

maltasea 5 – Sea and Sun

Enjoy the incredible mild weather of this mediterranean island (ranked as the best climate in the world, according to many statistics). Summer is hot and sunny, winter has a mild climate.

Take your time to explore the beaches and the bays of the island: Golden bay, Mellieha bay, St. Paul’s bay, Peter’s pool, Paradise bay and so on.

A day trip to Gozo island is also highly recommended. I dind’t make it, cause I’ll most probably go back to Malta very soon 🙂

Lisbon

17From Porto my next destination was the capital of Portugal, Lisbon.

Recently Lisbon has been declared one of the most visited city in Europe and I have to agree, there are many reasons for that.

Tasty food, warm weather, good nightlife, monuments and cultural events. These are some of the reasons.

For going out, stroll around the old neighborhood of Bairro Alto (‘high neighborhood’) for an after-dinner caipirinha or ginjinha and people-watching. Its small streets, full of people, are packed with a high variety of bars.

1 First tip: stay at Lisbon Old town hostel. Beautiful building, warm hospitality, nice location and good prices.

Other tips:

9 Take tram 28 route  goes through the “Old Town” taking you by many of Lisbon’s most famous and interesting sites including monuments, churches and gardens. Do not miss the view from ‘Porta do Sol'(see pictures below)

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2 National Monuments are…funiculars: Gloria Funicular, Praça dos Restauradores – Bairro Alto. It is the most visited one in the city. Bica Funicular, Rua de São Paulo (Rua Duarte Belo) – Largo de Calhariz; Lavra Funicular, Largo da Anunciada – Travessa Forno Torel, the oldest funicular of Lisbon.

alfama2 Feira de Ladra is a flea market in the Alfama quarter, On saturday late morning until afternoon.

20Try the magnificent pastéis de nata at any pastelaria; or better yet, visit the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém

18 Most restaurants are very small, family run and generally cheap. Some of them have a sheet on the door with the “pratos do dia” (dishes of the day) written on it. These dishes are usually cheaper and fresher than the rest of menu there, and unless you’re looking for something specific, they’re the right choice

alfama Visit Alfama neighbourhood and search for a fado show

Below other pictures from the city

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