We had such ambitious plans for an adventure in Malta, but ultimately had to scale them back due to persistent high winds.
High Winds Spoil Our Plans In Malta, But We Still Had A Great Time
My primary goal for this visit to Malta was to visit the island of Gozo, a part of the Maltese archipelago I have never visited in any of my prior journeys to the island. There would be hiking, temple ruins, beaches, and I even had restaurant recommendations.
Sadly, the weather stymied our plans. We showed up at the ferry port and found the following sign:
Apparently, wind is a common problem in Malta that limits ferry operations.
Augustine was heartbroken we were not going to get on a boat, so we took a ferry across the harbor to Cospicua (one of The Three Cities of Malta, including Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua).
There, we had a picnic lunch (food purchased at a grocery store in Valletta) and a stroll around town (it was dead quiet on a Sunday afternoon).
The following day, with winds still howling, we visited the Blue Grotto (beautiful and worth a visit). In fact, we even bought some snorkeling gear and went into the water (well, I didn’t…not with my sun allergy…but the others did). Sadly, the high winds meant no boat trip through the grotto.
My children found the water far to cold for their liking, but kudos to Augustine for making an effort at snorkeling (his first time) in order to get a look at some of the creatures swimming under the water.
The Blue Grotto is beautiful…so much of Malta is beautiful. I cannot wait to return.
Next time, I hope we can make it to Gozo. My favorite part of Malta remains the ancient city of Valletta, but there is much to like about this island nation.