Some other things: St. Rita’s Steps is where a lot of all the bars are located, and it’s mostly a very young crowd; there’s churches everywhere (the island is like 99% Catholic); they have siestas during the hot summer months; they have pastizzi places all over the island (Google it) but they’re not like the ones my aunties used to make back in the 1950’s-60’s. The ones on the island are thick crusted and they probably became that way because the British ruled the island for over 100 years and kind of messed up the cooking, although you can still find authentic Maltese food if you look hard enough. The pastizzi’s I always ate as a child growing up in Michigan had a very thin, membrane-like flaky crust and filled with ricotta cheese or meat and peas. I have never seen the original pastizzi’s ever since my aunties died. I watched them make the stuff — very time consuming (like three days just to make the dough). Amazing. Finally, If you go to Malta, you have to see the city of Mdina. Out of this world!
Been there in 2009, but it was extremely HOT (I was there for a week — July-August, and the buses were very colorful and old and no air conditioning on them). But NOW, 2014, there’s a whole fleet of new air conditioned buses, and the islands (Malta, Gozo, and Comino) are super cool. My dad came from Malta, so I had to see it for myself. Those pics are the real deal, and I’ve been at most of them. The water is pure and super blue. They speak English, Italian and Maltese (of course). And the drinking water is fantastic (desalinated reverse-osmosis process from the sea. Check it out if you can!