A Microcosm of the Mediterranean
Backpacking around Malta is certainly a good way to see the island in full, and why not try a spot of island hopping while you are there for a change of scene and pace? Gozo is Malta's sister island, and has a spectacular coastline and rugged landscape that is just waiting to be explored. And between Malta and Gozo lies Comino. This island offers a paradise for snorkellers, windsurfers, and divers. The island's main attraction is the Blue Lagoon, with its sparkling blue water and stunning white beaches. There is a helicopter service which operates all year round between Malta International Airport and Xewkija, Gozo. It is a quick alternative to the ferry service and takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes. There are a small number of youth hostels in Malta and Gozo. Some offer private self catering studio suites with their own facilities. While you are backpacking around the island you may wish to use the bus; the fleet of buses has been modernised and most of them have air conditioning. A bus ticket in Malta costs 1,50€ and the tickets are valid for 2 hours and can be used for as many trips as you wish to undertake in this allocated period of time. And if you are travelling by foot be prepared for the stifling heat, especially in July and August.