Trip to Malta and travel photography
We love the islands in the Mediterranean sea! In this article I will focus on travel and photographic experiences from the Maltese archipelago (the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino.). I will also try to summarize our stay there and give you some photography tips for taking landscape and architecture photography on the island of Malta. I will describe a one-day trip to Gozo and Comino, where we have taken very good photos.
The first day in Malta
After landing at Maltese airport, we tried to get around and head out as soon as possible by public transport towards the capital of Valletta. Marking and orientation surprised us. The airport is relatively small and clear. From the airport we successfully moved to our accommodation and the next day we set out to explore the surroundings.
Surroundings of the capital of Malta
Our accommodation was located in IS-SWIEQI district, which is about 10 km far from Valletta. Because we love walking, we did not mind. Along the coast, the beautiful promenade was leading straight to Valletta.
The promenade stretches over several districts where you can admire the interesting modern and ancient architecture, several city beaches and parks. Bays, unevennes and coastline give this area a special feelings. You want to go on and discover more and more places. The seaside promenade offers you unique photographic locations where you can take pictures of architecture, urban life, infrastructure, all combined with seascapes. These photos are best taken with a wide-angle lens where you can capture multiple objects and add more dynamic to the overall composition.
The city of Valletta
We finally arrived in the city of Valletta. Valletta, the capital city, is located on a small peninsula, and at first sight acts quite isolated. This city is one big working fortress. Here you can find architecture of all kinds … squares, churches, the Maltese exchange, the War Museum, souvenir shops, restaurants and bars and streets in typical Maltese-style with colorful windows and balconies.
TIP: Taste the local specialty “Ftira” – tuna sandwich with vegetables. This quick snack will give you an energy, so you can continue taking pictures and exploring new places.
In case you plan to visit Malta in the high season, count on a large number of tourists. In case you fed up with bunch of people and toursts and want to relax for a while, head towards to the city beach. I think you will like it!
Since we love nature and most of my travel photography is captured in nature, we decided to visit Dingli Cliffs. This place is spreading in the other side of Malta island. We were looking forward to a beautiful scenery, but when we arrived at the place, our expectation slowly disappeared. We found the cliffs, but even after a few hours of searching we could not find a comfortable place to take some breathtaking pictures. Then I realized that most beautiful photographs were probably have taken by drones.
The city of Mdina
Partly disappointed from the Dingli Cliffs trip, we decided to visit Mdina city on our way back. The city of Mdina is located at the highest point of Malta and is the former capital city of Malta. The city center was surrounded by a massive stone fortress. After visiting Valletta and just before entering the historic center of Mdina, I thought that Malta would not surprised me from an architectural point of view,. But it was not true. The beautiful, compact, clean and especially peaceful Mdina’s historic center lit up my eyes. The city was like a maze, but there was something beautiful on each corner.
The size and plenty of monuments was so great that it was often the problem of capturing objects within a particular composition. Therefore, when shooting such places you will definitely have to use a wide-angle lens, respectively ultra wide focal length lens. The historic center we have passed several times before we stopped for a short break in a local café with a beautiful view of the whole island.
Comino Island is the smallest island of the Maltese archipelago. The island, except a few inhabitants, is almost uninhabited. Although there is only one small hotel on the island, this island is a very popular tourist destination. Tourists travel mostly to the Blue Lagoon, and frankly, there is no wonder.
Although the landscape at first glance looks boring, it is possible to take really interesting landscape photography there. And if you are observant, you will notice other local “residents” who like to pose for you on a photo.
In case you arrive here by the first ferry, you will be able to enjoy this quiet and beautiful place at least for a while. Closer to noon … run as far as you can!
The beaches of Comino island were overcrowded, so we successfully catch the ferry and set off for another Maltese island, Gozo. We planned to visit the famous local sandy beach called Orange Beach (one of the few sandy beaches in Malta) and Victoria city. Orange Beach can be easily reached by local buses. Here is a beautiful landscape and with sandy beach. Unfortunately, we were quite exhausted, so our entire stay on this beach we were sleeping 😀
After several hours of resting in the Orange Beach we set off to Victoria city (city of Rabat). From the bus stop, we headed over the city center, towards the city fortress. Here you can see several interesting sights in one place. But the best thing was, that we were almost alone there. Admiring and taking photos of local architecture and monuments there was a joy.
The summary of photography trip to Malta
From the historical point of view, Malta has been greatly influenced by Arab culture and consequently by English, which is particularly evident in local architecture. In Malta, you will hardly find sandy beaches and hotels right by the sea, but on the other hand you can see interesting architectural gems that reflect the historical development of the area. If architecture photography or street photo is your hobby, Malta is a place where you will definitely not be bored. In case you come to Malta, you must not miss a visit the city of Mdina, which was most impressed by me, especially thanks to the magical local feeling and overall comfort.
May be useful
Flight to Malta
There is direct flights from Prague to Malta are provided by several flight companies. Ticket price starts from cca 75 EUR depends on the season. There is possible to buy cheaper tickets from Bratislava, Vienna or Germany.
Communication in Malta
There are two official languages English and Maltese in Malta. However, much of the population also speaks Italian.
Local transport in Malta
Local bus service is great, you can reach it everywhere. There are several types of fares. See the official website here.
The best season for traveling to Malta
The ideal time for traveling is autumn or spring (but in the spring the sea is colder). In the main summer season, there are too many tourists.