Malta’s roads are like marmite – you either love them or you hate them.
For the majority, the hatred stems from poor infrastructure and traffic. So where does the love come from? Night time.
Have you ever taken to the streets well after sundown in the middle of the week? If not, you’re missing out. The roads are left bare and the sounds of construction have slipped into silence.
Get behind the wheel and check out these 10 awesome destinations for the ultimate night-time drive:
Let’s get the obligatory ones out of the way first. Mdina is one of Malta’s most popular tourist spots by day, and by night it comes to a silent standstill. Following the route up from Ta’ Qali will calm even the worst road rage, parking won’t be a problem and there’s always Serkin calling your name. End your day with a te fit-tazza and a blissful walk through the OG capital.
While the roads of Sliema aren’t exactly the quietest, try taking a drive past the church in Balutta Bay, pull in down behind Fresco’s and park up against the water’s edge. Thank us later.
There’s a good reason why Malta’s northern beaches are award winners. But all the summer sun they provide us with makes us underestimate what they’ve got in store for us when Mr. Blue Sky waves goodbye. Riviera Bay is nestled between Ġnejna Bay and Għajn Tuffieħa, making you feel like you’ve rubbed a lamp the right way as you pull up. The choice is yours…
Fort St Angelo
Malta’s three cities are rich in history and culture, and the drive through Birgu from Triq Paolo Boffa towards the Inquisitor’s Palace is a marvel under the starry sky. Take a right down towards Grand Harbour Marina and pull up alongside some the finest yachts moored in Malta.
One of Malta’s most iconic routes runs from St Paul’s bypass right up through to Għadira Bay. Why not veer off the path a little and stop at Selmun Park? Stay in the car and let the radio lull you with some quiet tunes, or wander through and discover Imġiebaħ Bay or snap a pic of Għajn Ħadid Tower.
Top of the World (Għargħur)
Again, we all know this one, but the fact that you can access the area from Birguma, Xwieki or the Coast Road gives anyone a chance to relax at the wheel knowing they’ll soon be on top of the world – literally.
Another popular one amongst the masses in Malta, if you’ve got a clear sky at night as the stars rain down over the Dingli Aviation Radar, you’re sure to fall in love with the nocturnal coastline.
The Gozo Ferry runs 24 hours a day (subject to weather), and with limited scheduling between midnight and 5am, but that’s no excuse not to take a drive over to our sister island for a nose-poke at night. Fresh air and a crane-free landscape await you as you drive along Triq l-Imġarr, from the terminal right up to St George’s Basilica.
Take a drive to the airport for a midnight snack and then treat yourself to a cruise down Triq Ħal-Far, continue towards Birzebbuġa through Tal-Papa and you’ll find Pretty Bay. Living up to its name morning, noon and night, Pretty Bay sees crowds from all corners of the island make the pilgrimage down to admire its beauty.
Everyone and their uncle have been to Blue Grotto. But not many people take the time to see it from the other side. Żurrieq’s hidden gem – the Warehouse – overlooks Blue Grotto and Filfla from Munqar and if the only sounds you like to hear at night are the waves crashing on the rocks beneath you then this spot is perfect for you!