Agents’ Malta tips: The Valetta lifestyle, by Sara Mason-Parker

How do you make the most of Malta? Travel Weekly asked the 10 agents we sent to the island to cover Abta’s Travel Convention

Sara Mason-Parker, Spires TravelI arrived in Malta the day before the Convention so I decided to venture out for the day. At just 49 cents and a 30-minute bus ride along the seafront from St Julian’s I couldn’t resist the temptation to explore the capital, Valletta.

“The main bus station in Valletta is right at the foot of the city walls and is where the Sunday Flea Market is held. I was able to step straight into the hustle and bustle of this and lose myself among a mixture of souvenirs, fake designer clothes, local foods and everyday household goods. The market had a great atmosphere, with bargains to be had and you were expected to haggle for your purchases.

“A short stroll through the City Gates and I found myself in the centre of Valletta. I was surprised to find so many British high street stores and a very young vibe among the beautiful old architecture – some of which dates back to 16th century.

“As well as the main historical attractions there are dozens of side streets with souvenir shops and local bars and cafes. I chose a cafe outside St John’s Co-Cathedral and took the opportunity to put my feet up, sip a nice latte in the sunshine and people watch.”

The Agent Reporters scheme was made possible by the generous support of:

Malta Tourist Board              Belleair Holidays

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