Malta and Gozo Shopping, Nightlife and Family Attractions
Valletta’s Sunday market takes place just outside City Gate by the bus station in St James’s Ditch. It includes a flea market and lots of antiques stalls.
The small streets between Republic Street and St John’s Co-Cathedral in central Valletta are the best place to come if you are looking for Jewellery in Malta. The silversmiths produce fine filigree items for which Malta is well known.
The largest craft market in Malta is the Ta’Qali Crafts Village, selling pottery, silver filigree work, glassware amoung other things. There are demonstrations of glass-blowing and weaving. The famous Mdina glass produced here includes some exquisite items.
On Gozo, the Ta’Dbiegi Crafts Village is situated outside the village of San Lawrenz, on the road to the Azure Window, with local offerings such as hand-knitted cotton.
The waterfront at Sliema strand (Triq Marina) buzzes with activity, and is lined with pleasent cafes and restaurants. Boats depart from here for cruises of the harbour, and there are frequent ferries across the creek to Valletta.
The liveliest nightlife on the islands is found at Paceville, the part of St Julians packed with bars and nightclubs.
The ever-popular Splash and Fun Water park at Bahar ic-Caghaq has water chutes, kiddies’ pools and a daily programme of activities.Fishing is still a major industry in Marsalforn, Gozo and the harbour is always crowded with brightly coloured luzzu fishing boats. There are a number of good bars and restaurants in Marsalforn, and the Calypso Hotel has the best diving centre in Malta and Gozo.
The Popeye Film Set and Village is always a hit with the children of all ages. In 1980, Popeye the movie was filmed here – and a wooden ‘village’ was not intended to last, but it has stood the test of time better than the film, and is now one of the island’s most popular attractions.