After what felt like seemingly endless weeks of grey, I couldn’t be more excited to find myself in Europe’s sunniest capital- Valletta, Malta! On my first day I dived straight into the adventures and took a boat to nearby Gozo and Comino islands. Home to some fascinating history and the bluest water I’ve ever seen, the islands are a must for anyone visiting Malta. Here’s some images from the day as well as some practical advice and tips on getting to Gozo and Comino from the main island of Malta.
You can either do this day trip all yourself, which can be quite time consuming and exhausting, or go with an organized tour as we did. In the colder off season there are a lot fewer tours running, so be aware of this when planning.
On your own
- Take a local bus from your accommodation to the port of Cirkewwa near St. Paul’s Bay, for 1.5€
- From there the ferry to Gozo is 4.50€ return
- Once on Gozo you can use the hop on hop off bus for 20€ or use the local bus network (1.5€ per ticket valid for 2 hours). These options can be quite slow, so allow a whole day.
- If you also want to get to Comino then you need to take the boat to and from Gozo for an extra 3-10€ depending on the company and dates.
As a tour
To make life easier we decided to book a boat cruise and bus tour combination for 30€ pp with Sea Adventure. Initially we visited Comino, where we were able to explore for an hour, then it was onto Gozo where we visited the port of Mgarr, the town of Xlendi and the capital Victoria. As the tour also included hotel pick up and drop off I think it was pretty great value and much less hassle than doing it ourselves.
There’s also the option of a Jeep tour for 42€ pp, however in low season these do not run that frequently.
I’d love to hear about your experiences exploring the Maltese Islands!