Hand-picked European gems easily reached with a direct flight from Malta. From exploring captivating Lisbon, Madrid’s vibrant energy, and Budapest’s world-famous Széchenyi Thermal Bath to uncovering secrets in Cyprus and North Macedonia. Think: relaxing in Corfu’s island paradise, and being wowed by Sofia’s architectural wonders. Finally, get to know coastal beauty in Chania, where to go to capture iconic sights in Pisa, and experience the magic of Catania.
Here are 10 ideas to inspire your next European escapade all without breaking the bank. Plus, top tips to enjoy incredible gastronomical goodies and soak up cultural charms. Having explored these destinations myself you can’t go wrong with any of these wonderful places. Still, read on and let me know which one(s) you’re eager to travel to. ✈️
🖊What’s in this Guide
Feel free to skip ahead to the European Destination of your choice!
- 🇵🇹 Fly Direct to Lively Lisbon, Portugal
- 🇪🇸Majestic Madrid, Spain
- 🇮🇹Fly Direct from Malta to Phenomenal Pisa (+ Other Italian Hidden Gems)
- 🇨🇾Captivating Cyprus
- 🇲🇰 Experience Enchanting North Macedonia Directly From Malta
- 🇬🇷Captivating Corfu, Greece From Magic Malta
- 🇧🇬 Non-stop Flights From Malta to Sensational Sofia (Bulgaria)
- 🇭🇺Beautiful Budapest, Hungary:
- 🇬🇷Charming Chania, Crete
- 🇮🇹 Fly Direct to Charismatic, Catania in Less Than 1hr!
🇵🇹 Fly Direct to Lively Lisbon, Portugal
Get ready to be swept off your feet by the dazzling allure of Lisbon! This vibrant capital city of Portugal will have you falling head over heels in just 1… 2… 3 hours direct flight from Malta ❤️
😍Coolest in Europe
First, I gotta tell you, Lisbon is more than just a pretty face—it’s the “coolest city in Europe” for a reason.
Think: pretty pastel-coloured streets, enchanting cobblestone alleys, quaint old houses fitted out with traditional tiles that exude a nostalgic charm. Oh, and plenty of stunning Insta-worthy spots that will make your followers drool, if of course, you’re into the ‘gram.📸
And since we’re on the subject don’t even think about skipping the breathtaking views from São Jorge Castle or the architecture.
In fact, Lisbon is a [multicultural] vibe, one that’s hangs in the air with a festival-like energy to match.
🌈Culinary Dream Come True
Now onto the food… Lisbon is a gastronomic paradise that will blow your mind.🤯
Treat yourself to heavenly Portuguese pastries, like the world-famous Pastel de Nata—a custard tart with a crispy, flaky shell that’ll make you do a silly happy dance.🎉
Not only that, but, this city is a culinary dream come true, there’s loads of options to satisfy any craving you’ve got.
Plus, Lisbon won’t empty your bank account like other pricey European capitals can. You get to enjoy all the incredible experiences this city has to offer all without breaking the bank 💸
🌟Must-See and Must-Do in Lisbon 🇵🇹
If you’re looking to get ahead on your absolute-must-see and must-do experiences in Lisbon, I’ve got you covered with these 7:
1️⃣ Pink Street: Visit Lisbon’s Most Instagrammable Spot!
2️⃣ Jardim Gulbenkian: Serenity in Lisbon’s Stunning Park 🌳🌺 Take a breather in this tranquil oasis and recharge amidst beautiful greenery.
3️⃣ Foodie Paradise:Visit Time Out Lisbon Food Market 🍽️🌍 Enjoy unforgettable gastronomic adventure, indulging in treats from all over the world.
4️⃣ Pinoquio lisboa: Seafood Heaven in Lisbon’s Hidden Gem of a restaurant! 🦞🍴 LOVE this place and I’m pretty sure you will you too! Head here for mouthwatering seafood dishes @ decent prices.
.5️⃣ Charming Chiado: Explore Colourful Streets and Visit Trendy Cafés Lose yourself in the unique architecture and vibrant atmosphere of this charming neighbourhood, while enjoying a cup of coffee at a trendy café.☕🌈
6️⃣ Elevador da Bica: Make your way here for an iconic tram ride with breathtaking views and get epic shots of the city. 📸
7️⃣ Enchanting Sintra: Fairy-Tale Castles and Stunning Landscapes!Take a day trip to the magical town of Sintra, where majestic castles and enchanting landscapes await. 🏰🌄
🚋 Seamless Transport
And, just so you know: getting around Lisbon on public transport is a breeze.There’s the choice of lifts, metros, trams, trains or buses, but don’t worry, it’s easy to navigate. (Single fares start from €1.50.)
💺Direct Flight Delight
So, grab your camera, hop on a direct flight from Malta and get ready to fall head over heels for Lisbon. Not gonna lie, this city will steal your heart with its irresistible charm, food, and experiences. #Lisbonlove ❤
🇪🇸Majestic Madrid, Spain
🌟 Get ready for Madrid! In just a 3-hour direct flight from Malta, you’ll find yourself in a city that’s bursting with energy and delights for the senses. You’re about to fall in love (again), this time with stunning architecture, world-class museums, beautiful parks, and culinary wonders.
📍 Must-Visit Places
This city has lots for you to see and do, so once you’re there, here are a few must-visit places:
1️⃣ Marvel at the majestic Royal Palace, where history comes to life with every step.
2️⃣ Lose yourself in the artistry of the iconic Prado Museum, where masterpieces will leave you in awe. 😮
3️⃣ Take leisurely strolls through the serene Retiro Park, where you can escape the bustling city or even enjoy a peaceful boat ride on the park’s lake.
4️⃣ Explore the vibrant Mayor Plaza, known for its lively atmosphere and historic charm.
5️⃣ Stroll down the bustling Gran Vía, lined with shops (including the world’s largest Primark) and architectural gems.
🌆 Evening Delights
As the evening sets in, head up to the Hotel Riu Plaza España 360° Rooftop Bar for a breathtaking view from the 27th floor!! Once the city lights up and the sun sets, you’ll witness a magical transformation that will take your breath away. The panoramic views will make you feel like you’re on top of the world, and the vibrant energy of Madrid at night will enchant your soul. ✨
Address:Calle de Gran Vía, 84. 28013, Madrid
🍽️ Culinary Delights
Another thing not to miss out on are: crispy churros dipped in rich, velvety chocolate—an irresistible treat that will transport you to dessert heaven. And since we’re talking food, make sure you swing by the San Mercado Market, a bustling hub of food stalls offering all the food you can think of. It’s a must-visit spot for foodies.
And here’s a fun fact: Madrid is home to Sobrino de Botín, the oldest restaurant in the world. Step into this historic establishment for a unique dining experience you won’t want to miss.
Finally, with affordable direct flights from Malta, Madrid is a worthy contender for an unforgettable adventure. So, pack your bags and get ready to answer the call of Madrid with a resounding “¡Vamos!”
🇮🇹Fly Direct from Malta to Phenomenal Pisa (+ Other Italian Hidden Gems)
Now it’s time for a whirlwind adventure to Pisa, Italy! ✈️ With a direct flight time of just 1 hour and 45 minutes from Malta, this stunning city is perfect for an affordable and fab trip!
A Foodie Adventure in Pisa
But hold on a sec, it’s not all about the Leaning Tower in Pisa, you know 🗼 This city has so much more to offer, including some yummy Italian dishes you will love.
Talking of which, make sure you grab a plate of spaghetti alle vongole, packed with flavourful clams.
And how about sinking your teeth into a juicy bistecca alla Fiorentina? A classic Tuscan steak that will make you go, “Mamma Mia!”
Trust me, your foodie adventure in Pisa is about to hit the jackpot! So enjoy.
Insta-Worthy Spots and Cool Activities
And when you’re not busy striking poses with the tower, there are plenty of Insta-worthy spots and cool activities nearby. So, while you’re at it:
🚂❶ How about hopping on a quick train ride to Livorno, a coastal gem that’s a dead ringer for the charming canals of Venice? Plus, they serve up some seriously scrumptious seafood
🚶♀️❷ Or, taking a stroll along the promenade with a refreshing gelato in hand, basking in glorious sunshine and soaking up serious city vibes – well it is a holiday after all, right?
Florence: The Art-Filled Heart of Tuscany
But the cherry on top? A visit to Florence, the art-filled heart of Tuscany!
In just a short train ride away, you’ll find yourself transported to a world of Renaissance architecture and museums, with stunning views of the Arno River.
Must-Do’s in Florence
Now let’s talk about a few things for you to do whilst you’re there:
🎨❶ Explore the famous Uffizi Gallery.
😲❷ Feel the awe of Michelangelo’s David.
🛍️❸ Enjoy some window shopping at the chic boutiques on Ponte Vecchio.
Florence is a dream come true for art lovers, history buffs, and fashionistas alike!
Hidden Gems & Off-the-Beaten-Path Moments
Oh, and let’s not forget the hidden gems!
Take a detour to the charming Tuscan village of Vicopisano, where you can enjoy a delightful dinner with authentic Italian dishes and mingle with the locals over drinks.
Personally, I live for this these special off-the-beaten-path moments they’re what makes a trip memorable! 🍷🍕And the best part?
Getting around these fabulous destinations is a piece of cake, thanks to Italy’s efficient train system.
Exploring Pisa’s Treasures
Oh and finally, back in Pisa, don’t miss: exploring the Piazza dei Cavalieri, the Camposanto Monumentale, and taking a stroll along the picturesque canal to discover the exquisite Chapel of Santa Maria della Spina.
You can book a cheap direct flight from Malta to Pisa and make use of the trains to explore Florence Livorno and even more of incredible Italy🇮🇹.
✈️Looking for enchanting Mediterranean adventure? Well, I think it’s about time you get to know Cyprus, because in less than three hours, you could be diving into the magic of this sparkling island! 🌟
As the only other island smack dab in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, my expectations were high. Still, it didn’t disappoint.
Although this gem is also in the Med, Cyprus is almost 30 times bigger than Malta, so, there’s much to unpack.
From the moment you arrive, Cyprus takes hold of your senses, sweeping you off your feet and igniting your wanderlust with it’s beauty, history, culture and food.
Oh Cyprus, where do I even begin? ⛱The beaches in Cyprus are like a dream
so, think: pristine golden beaches that extend infinitely into the horizon, their vibrant hues mirroring magnificent sunsets that bathes the island in a warm, ethereal glow.☀
But, that’s not all. They have all types of beaches, from serene secluded coves to the infamous spots with the boat- party vibes.🩱🎶
Then there’s the archaeological wonders that seem to sort of defy time, each stone and relic retelling stories, which like Malta stretch back thousands of years.
Which, btw, is no doubt because of its location in the deep blue sea🌊
Oh and Cyprus has its own vibrant culture where, the lively energy of traditional festivals along with fascinating folkloric dances will uplift your spirit.✨
Seriously this island has it all.
🍴 Taste of Cyprus
And for a real taste of Cyprus, you gotta bite into the succulent meze platters, that burst with a variety of mouthwatering flavours. Try the traditional souvlaki, grilled to perfection, or the refreshing tzatziki that adds a delightful zing to every mouthful.
Don’t you dare miss out on the grilled-to-golden-perfection famous halloumi cheese🧀.
Oh and since you’ll soon-to-be officially in #holidaymode don’t skimp on sweet delights like loukoumades either heavenly honey-soaked dough balls that will transport you to dessert paradise.
But there’s more to Cyprus than meets the 👀. Venture inland, and you’ll find charming villages surrounded by lush vineyards and quaint wineries located near the Troodos Mountains. Yep, you read that right… mountains. Head there to explore the scenic trails, visit ancient monasteries, and enjoy the peace and tranquility that the mountains offer.
🔍 Must-Visit Gems
Finally, to make your visit to Cyprus truly special, here are some must-visit places:
1️⃣ Discover the ancient city of Paphos.
2️⃣ Immerse yourself in the charm of Larnaca old town.
3️⃣Unwind on the beaches of Ayia Napa.
4️⃣ Explore the historic Old Town of Nicosia’s Ledra Street,
Here’s the thing: whether you crave moments of serenity by the crystal-clear waters of Fig Tree Bay or seek the pulsating cities, like Limassol, Paphos, Larnaca, and Nicosia. Cyprus has this special way of seamlessly blending tranquility and excitement🎊
And let me tell you, these experiences will take your Cyprus adventure to the next level. We haven’t even got on to one of the best parts? The island caters to all budgets, making it a Mediterranean hidden gem just waiting to be discovered.💎
So, go ahead and grab your direct flight from Malta, and go see another side of the Mediterranean ✈️ #CyprusBound
🇲🇰 Experience Enchanting North Macedonia Directly From Malta
Discover the allure of North Macedonia, a gorgeous destinations located in the Balkans. As part of your next adventure, set your sights on this hidden gem that’s easily accessible with non-stop flights from Malta.
And, here’s a bonus—North Macedonia’s non-EU status makes it a budget-friendly choice, stretching your euros even further. ✈️💰
Explore Skopje: Where Ancient Meets Modern🧲
Now, let’s delve into the diverse attractions that await you. Among the must-visit destinations is Skopje, the historical city where ancient and modern architecture come together beautifully.
Oh, and have you heard of the enchanting Lake Ohrid? Just wait until you see this serene oasis surrounded by majestic mountains where peacefulness washes over you.
Beyond Skopje & Lake Ohrid 📜
But wait, there’s more! 🌟 North Macedonia has even more to offer beyond Skopje and Lake Ohrid. Here are 5 extra things to see and do:
1️⃣ Delve into the Historical Treasures of Ohrid
Immerse yourself in the historical treasures of Ohrid, strolling through its charming streets and visiting its ancient churches. 🏰✨
2️⃣ Explore the Thrilling Mavrovo National Park
(One for thrill-seekers,) Mavrovo National Park is a playground of breathtaking mountains and crystalline lakes just begging to be explored. 🌲🏞️
3️⃣ Discover Bitola’s Rich Cultural Heritage
Discover Bitola’s rich cultural heritage, where every corner tells a captivating story. 🏛️🔍
4️⃣ Visit Skopje’s Fragrant Markets Awaken your senses in Skopje’s fragrant markets, where traditional craftsmanship thrives in the Old Bazaar. 🛍️🌸
5️⃣ Experience Prilep’s Energetic Nightlife And as the sun sets, surrender to Prilep’s energetic nightlife. 🌆🍹
Answer North Macedonia’s 💌
No matter where you wind up, each destination promises a unique experience, calling you to answer North Macedonia’s invitation.
So, catch a direct flight from Malta and go see the hidden gems for yourself. And, of course, don’t miss out on the delights of Balkan cuisine, with “Tavče Gravče” bean stew among its mouthwatering highlights. #northmacedoniacalls
🇬🇷Captivating Corfu, Greece From Magic Malta
If you’re looking for a hidden gem nestled in the Ionian Sea, with breathtaking sights, delicious food, and warm Greek hospitality, then it’s time to say hello to Corfu!
Not only can you explore charming villages adorned with vibrant bougainvillea, but you can also unwind on breath-stealing beaches like Barbati Beach or the soon-to-have-you-smitten Canal D’Amour. So, let’s go! ✈️
Wander the Old Town
Start by exploring the enchanting Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Take a leisurely stroll along the winding cobblestone streets to admire Venetian architecture.
Oh, and don’t miss the captivating Saint Spyridon Church, nestled in the heart of the Old Town. Gawk at its intricate Byzantine architecture and soak in the peaceful atmosphere—an extraordinary place. And hey, while you’re there, don’t forget to visit the iconic Achilleion Palace—it’s definitely worth a visit!
To truly experience Corfu’s authentic and soul-stirring essence, get double involved in its rich culture and cherished traditions.
Corfu’s heritage is a fascinating tapestry influenced by various cultures, from the Brits to the Venetians.
Take the time to discover the dazzling history that this island holds. From traditional melodies to lively folkloric festivals, explore local markets filled with exotic spices and fresh produce, or simply relax and people-watch at cosy, tucked-away local-run tavernas.
Here are a few more must-see attractions and experiences to enjoy during your visit to Corfu:
🏔️ Hike up Mount Pantokrator: If you’re visiting outside the hot summer months, don’t miss the chance to explore the awe-inspiring Mount Pantokrator. Take in the beauty of nature and soak up the incredible views from the summit. It’s a unique opportunity to witness the breathtaking splendour of Corfu from a different perspective.
🏖️ Beautiful Beaches: No visit to Corfu is complete without enjoying its pristine beaches. Head to the Blue Flag beach of Dassia Bay, where crystal-clear waters meet golden sand. Dive into the refreshing waves and bask in the glorious Mediterranean sun. Another must-visit beach is Paleokastritsa, with its breathtaking views and turquoise waters. And for a secluded escape, discover the hidden gem of Camp D’Amour, where eternal love is said to be given to any couple that swims in the tunnel of love.💙
Delight in Corfu’s Tasty Cuisine
Is now a good time to talk about the exquisite flavours of Corfu (and the Greek hospitality🍲)?
Classic Greek Dishes
Starting with Moussaka, Stifado, and Wholesome Greek Salads. Treat yourself to the timeless delights of Greek cuisine. Every bite is a true pleasure, from the layers of tender aubergine, seasoned minced meat, and velvety béchamel sauce in moussaka to the comforting beef stew in stifado. And make sure to relish the freshness of Greek salads with juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and tangy feta cheese.
🥗🍽️ Exquisite Corfiot Delicacy
To experience the authentic taste, try the Corfiot delicacy known as sofrito. Succulent veal marinated with garlic and vinegar creates a delicious combination of tender meat and tangy flavours. 😋🥬
🌿🌶️Fragrant Flavors of Corfiot Cuisine
Delight in Tsigareli, which is basically Corfiot-styled green vegetables. Before you write it off though, try it because it’s bursting with fragrant herbs like dill and a hint of cayenne pepper—yum-yum.
Finally, as this section comes to an end, here’s an exciting fact: Corfu is easily accessible with cheap and direct flights from Malta! So as Corfu beckons, you could be there in 3 hours flat, discovering more hidden treasures and creating your own beautiful memories. ✨🏝️ #corfudelights
🇧🇬 Non-stop Flights From Malta to Sensational Sofia (Bulgaria)
Ready to be mind-blown in Sofia, Bulgaria? ✈️ Well, you’ll be pleased to know Sofia is just one direct flight from Malta, so you’re in for a treat. This city will leave you speechless with its jaw-dropping history and sights. And let me tell you, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is an absolute must-see. 😱 But that’s not all; Sofia’s parks are a must-explore too!
Stroll Through Sofia’s Serene Parks
After you’ve taken in the sights, it’s time to take a chill stroll through Sofia’s super cool parks. And one park you definitely shouldn’t miss is Borisova Gradina. It’s the perfect escape from the busy city, offering a serene oasis. Oh, and speaking of delightful experiences, you simply cannot skip out on trying the famous Banitsa—a cheesy pastry delight that will make you go “mmm”!
More [Top] Attractions in Sofia
But guess what? Sofia can be done on the cheap, and it is a budget-friendly destination. So, go ahead and book that direct flight from Malta to Sofia. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
🌸And hey, while you’re at it, here are a few more top attractions that you absolutely shouldn’t miss:
1️⃣Central Market Hall: Soak up the lively atmosphere of Sofia’s bustling Central Market Hall. Explore stalls brimming with fresh produce, local delicacies, and unique crafts. Hang out with the friendly vendors, try authentic Bulgarian treats, and take home a piece of Sofia’s culinary and artisanal heritage.
2️⃣Boyana Church: Step back in time and discover the enchanting Boyana Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure you go see the intricate frescoes that adorn the interior, for a chance to scope out Bulgarian medieval art. This hidden gem is a true testament to the country’s cultural heritage.
3️⃣National Museum of History: Go behind-the-scenes to get a glimpse of Sofia’s fascinating past and delve into its rich culture
4️⃣Vitosha Mountain: Take an exhilarating outdoor escapade and enjoy the breath-stealing views from this majestic mountain.
Finally, you’re all set to explore Sofia. All that is left to do is, pack your bags and jump on a direct flight from Malta. #SofiaSensation #DirectFlights
🇭🇺🌉Beautiful Budapest, Hungary:
In just 2.5 hours, you can jet off to Budapest, Hungary! And let me tell you, if you’re an architecture enthusiast, you’ll be blown away by the breathtaking blend of historical and modern architecture along the picturesque River Danube. Budapest’s architectural scene is an absolute must-marvel👀
♨️ Rejuvenating Relaxation
But, it’s not just architecture that awaits you in Budapest. Looking for new experiences? Budapest has that too! Don’t miss the chance to rejuvenate your senses at the world-famous Széchenyi Thermal Bath, ♨where stunning architecture meets relaxation. And, of course, you can’t leave without exploring the lively Ruin Bars of the Jewish Quarter. These spots are well worth a visit.
🍴 Delightful Hungarian Cuisine
Oh, and for food options, lets just say you won’t go hungry in Budapest. In fact you can to town with traditional Hungarian cuisine. Opt for dishes like goulash, a hearty and flavoursome stew, or langos, a deep-fried dough topped with mouthwatering toppings. Don’t forget to sample chimney cakes, a sweet and irresistible treat that will satisfy your cravings😋.
And one other thing: Not only is Budapest drop-dead gorgeous, but budget-friendly too. Whether you’re a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, a culture vulture, or a food lover, Budapest caters to all. So why wait? Board that direct flight and let Budapest’s irresistible charm woo you, hook, line and sinker!✈️#BudapestBound
🇬🇷Charming Chania, Crete🏰
Escape to the charming coastal town of Chania in Crete, just a short, direct flight away from Malta. As you arrive at this beautiful destination, you’ll be amazed by the many things you can see and do. Roam the Old Town streets, which are like a maze full of interesting stories and cultural delights. Take your time to explore the lesser-known shops, admire the Venetian architecture, and soak up the lively atmosphere. And when you’re ready for a refreshing break, dip your toes into the crystal-clear waters that “shine bright like a diamond”. 💦
But the real star of the show is the mouthwatering Cretan dishes. Pay a visit to family-run tavernas to enjoy the flavours of Crete. From succulent lamb kleftiko to creamy tzatziki, you’ll love each and every bite. Be sure to try the iconic Cretan dakos salad—made with fresh tomatoes, feta cheese, and crunchy barley rusks. It’s an incredibly delicious experience not to be missed! Pair with a glass of local wine or raki for an authentic taste of Crete. 🍷
🧭Explore Chania’s Old Town
And finally, it’s time for an adventure in Chania, Crete! Ready to hear more things to see and do? I’ll even share some personal info and tips to make your visit even more enjoyable:
1️⃣ Venetian Harbour: Immerse yourself in the history and charm of Chania’s Venetian Harbour. Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, where you’ll find colourful buildings, cosy cafes, and lively tavernas. It’s a great spot to take Instagram-worthy photos against the beautiful backdrop of the harbour. ⚓
2️⃣ Samaria Gorge: Enjoy an amazing outdoor experience as you hike through the stunning Samaria Gorge. Follow the rugged paths surrounded by tall cliffs and lush greenery. You’ll feel a deep connection with nature and be rewarded with breathtaking views along the way. (Tip: Open May to October, and it’s recommended to start early in the morning to allow enough time for the hike and to avoid the midday heat.) 🌿
3️⃣ Hidden Gems in the Old Town: Explore the narrow streets of Chania’s Old Town and discover its hidden treasures. You’ll find local artisan shops, quaint courtyards, and traditional workshops that add an authentic touch to your Chania experience. It’s like stepping into a charming world frozen in time. ⏳
4️⃣ Pristine Beaches: Head for the stunning beaches of Chania and relax in the natural beauty. Spend a day lounging on the soft sands of Balos Beach, where the clear turquoise waters invite you for a swim. Or make your way to Falassarna Beach, known for its peaceful atmosphere and gentle waves. These beautiful coastal havens are perfect for unwinding and connecting with nature. (Tip: Arrive early during the peak season to get the best spots) 🏖️
Best of all, you can enjoy this idyllic place on a shoestring! What’s more, it’s just over an hour away with a direct flight from Malta! Before you know it, you’ll be surrounded by enchanting streets and sun-drenched shores. Surely it’s time to say #ahoyChania? 😎
🇮🇹 Fly Direct to Charismatic, Catania in Less Than 1hr!
✈️ Fancy a direct flight from Malta to Catania in just 40 minutes? That’s right 40 minutes! And there’s so much waiting for you as you arrive in the charming city of Catania, Sicily! 🌟 Not only, will you capture a bunch of pics worthy of any Instagram feed, but, you’ll soon discover that Catania is far from ordinary—every street holds a captivating story, and every moment pulsates with excitement.
🍝 Delightful Delicacies
Oh, and by mentioning Catania, you simply cannot skip out on the food scene! Have you ever tasted the mouthwatering arancini—those delightful balls of flavour-packed rice? Oh, and the famous cannoli, with their crispy pastry tubes and luxurious sweet ricotta cream—are you ready to give it a go? I hope so, because you’re soo in for a delightful treat😋🇮🇹
Catania is buzzing with loads of must-sees’ here and must-do’s there and is well deserving of its own exclusive guide, but for now let’s get you started with 5 absolute- musts:
📑5 Catania’s Absolutes Sees & Do’s
1️⃣ Piazza del Duomo: Marvel at the awe-inspiring Cathedral of Sant’Agata, located in the heart of Catania. Take a leisurely stroll through the lively square too for a helping of the lively atmosphere. 🏰🌸
2️⃣ Mount Etna: Up for an adventure? Conquer Europe’s largest active volcano, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and mystical volcanic caves. And let me give you fair warning: after seeing, those views, you’ll be catching flies in your mouth for days. 🌋🥾
3️⃣ Fish Market: Soak up the local culture at La Pescheria, the iconic fish market. Lose yourself among the colourful stalls, chat to the vendors (they’re super friendly), and snap up the freshest seafood. 🐟🦞
4️⃣ Ursino Castle: Step back in time as you wander through the ancient walls of Ursino Castle. Capture Insta-worthy shots from the castle’s towers, offering panoramic views of the city. It’s the ideal spot for history buffs and Instagram enthusiasts alike! 📸
5️⃣ Explore Siracusa: Take a short trip from Catania and head to Siracusa for the day or two! Lap up the enchanting world of ancient Greek ruins, stroll through the charming streets of Ortigia Island, oh and relax on gorgeous beaches.🏛️🏖️
✈Easy Euro Escape
So, pack your bags, grab your passport, and head over to Catania, Sicily. With quick and affordable direct flights from Malta, this incredible city is easily within your reach. ✨✈️ #CataniaBound
And, that’s a wrap
✨ European Gems Bound ✈️🌍
And that’s it!🎉
I hope this guide has inspired you to discover the incredible places that await you! 👀
📌With these 10 European Gems you’re only just a direct flight away from Malta so you can be there and back in less time than it take to binge-watch your favourite show.
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Lastly, when opting for places within the EU you won’t need a passport; your ID card is your ticket. So, why wait? 🎒 Pack your bags and let these European Gems sweep you off your feet with their beauty, history, and culture.
Just leave me a postcard in the comments of where you’re off to next ✈️