Best summer makeup finds

Well hello to you my reader chums! Summer time is one of my favourite seasons; it means beach days, cute outfits and all the ice cream you can eat. There's nothing better than going outside without the need to bring a jacket, and wearing lighter makeup. As you get a natural tan in summer, foundation isn't necessary layer as one, its pretty uncomfortable in the heat, and two your skin will already be glowing. I'm going to share my best summer makeup finds, to ensure your makeup lasts all day and gives that desired glowy effect.

Best summer makeup finds


Here are my summer makeup finds...

L'oreal's infallible primer

Priming is the first essential step to long-lasting makeup in the heat - and you need a good primer in order to do so. L'oreal's infallible is my go to for all seasons and helps lock the makeup in place, all day long. The primer itself isn't too think and blends really easily on the skin, without it feeling as if you've put an extra layer of makeup on. My skin is normal to combination and the primer works a treat.

Superdrug's BB cream 

As I mentioned in my previous monthly favourites, Superdrug's BB cream has become my new love in the summer time. The BB cream is a lighter alternative to foundation and doesn't feel heavy on the skin, which is a blessing in the hotter weather. Despite the light coverage, it gives a warm tint to the skin and a lovely summer glow - especially if you're already a little bit tanned. 

The cream applies as easily as a moisturiser, and it has SPF which will help protect your skin in the warmer weather. I love the smooth application, light coverage and how useful it is in the summer months.

Best summer makeup finds


Maybelline the Falsies waterproof mascara

In the summer, whether you're swimming, down the beach or just sweating from the hot weather, a waterproof mascara always comes in handy. Maybelline the Falsies is one of my favourite ever mascaras and their waterproof version is even better in the summer. The Falsies gives a natural curl to the lashes, and coats them enough that they look full.

Urban Decay's all nighter spray

The all nighter spray has been raved about in the beauty blogging community for a very long time, and it's especially useful in the hot weather. The spray will firstly refresh the skin after applying makeup and also, keep the makeup from sliding round the face as you perspire throughout the day. It's one of my favourite steps to summer makeup, and I couldn't recommend it enough.

Mac's 'Lady Danger' matte lipstick

I'm a massive fan of bright lipsticks in the summer time, as with a tan, they look even better. When I've got that summer glow, I love to rock a orange lip especially (which I'm sure I've mentioned over and over) and my favourite is Mac's Lady Danger. It's a matte lipstick and a combination of a red and orange colour, swaying towards slightly bright orange. It pairs well with a golden cheek glow, gold eye shadow and bronzed skin.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What are your go to summer makeup products?

Thank you for reading <3

Romantic things to do in Venice

Well hello to you my reader chums! When I picture a romantic getaway, locations including Paris, Venice, Bali and any sort of plush beach spot spring to mind. There's just something about 'romantic getaway' which means a relaxing, luxury and enjoyable break for two love birds.

Romantic things to do in Venice

I was lucky enough to visit Venice last year with my boyfriend, and both of us genuinely fell in love with the place. When I was younger, I always dreamt of having my honeymoon in Venice, however the trip happened sooner than I expected with the guy I love. Whilst there are traditional 'romantic things to do' in Venice, I'm going to share a few unique ideas you and your partner can do on your romantic break in the canal city of love. 

Here are some romantic things to do in Venice...

Go for a gondola ride under Rialto Bridge

The most famous thing about Venice is its canals and the gondola rides - and you can't have a romantic break without one. For any Venice newbies, I'd always recommend booking your gondola ride when you arrive in Venice, as that way you can choose the route. Usually online, they'll give you a route that's promoted by the company and if you haven't visited Venice before, you won't know if it includes the best sights.

Romantic things to do in Venice

Once you've had a walk round Venice and got your bearings, you're able to see which locations you prefer and therefore choose the most romantic route. I'd personally recommend the gondola stop right by the Rialto Bridge as you're able to ride under it, and experience beautiful views of its surroundings as you float along - and get those goal worthy Instagram photos.

Walk along the back streets

One of Venice's hidden gems has to be the backstreets. As Venice is a pretty small location, compared to other larger cities and towns, you can explore a lot of it on foot. And what's more romantic than a walk? The backstreets are tucked away from the main tourist hubs, offering a combination of beautiful locations and enjoying each others company. It also makes for a great spot to get some lovely photos of Venice without crowds getting in the way.

Romantic things to do in Venice

Many people will say 'just get lost in Venice', and really that's exactly what you should do. There's so many things to discover off the beaten path.

Have a coffee date on the canal

In Venice, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes located on the canal front - and dining here whether it's for a bite of eat or a coffee, can be a charming experience. You'll be able to soak up the views and it'll be a little different than stopping by your local Starbucks.

Drink in St Marks Square

St Marks Square is probably the most renowned tourist spot in Venice and I can see why; it has the beautiful St Marks Basilica, stunning buildings and live music booming as the sun goes down. The setting is ever so romantic, and perfect for a drink or two. There are many restaurants in the square, however coming from experience they are very much on the pricey side - and if you are on a budget and still want to get the 'St Marks Square experience', I'd suggest getting a glass of wine or two to toast.

Sit on the canal steps for an ice cream


Romantic things to do in Venice

Without a doubt, any trip to Italy means eating as much as gelato as humanely possible. When in Venice, this certainly applies and can make for a charming date idea. None of the canals in Venice have borders so you're able to sit on the canal edge or steps leading down to the canal. Watch the gondolas go by as you enjoy your sweet treat with your partner.

If you're looking to book that ultra romantic and luxury break to Venice, Destinations2 offer a wide selection of holiday packages to choose from.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you ever visited Venice?

Thank you for reading <3

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Foodie guide to New York City

Well hello to you my reader chums! I was lucky enough to visit the legendary city of New York last year and ever since, I keep having to pinch myself. New York is one of those 'goal worthy' places that I never thought would become a reality in visiting. On my five day venture around the city, it's safe to say my sister and I ate as much food as humanly possible, and discovered some of New York's hidden gems. 

Foodie guide to New York

Here's my foodie guide to New York City...

Best breakfast places

Lindy's

It wouldn't be a trip to New York without tasting their take on classic American pancakes. Out of all the pancakes we tasted on the trip, Lindy's cooked them best. This café/restaurant offered a hefty serving of pancakes - I'm talking five massive pancakes filled with chocolate and topped with chocolate sauce. It's making my mouth water just thinking about it. They also served up waffles, and other traditional American breakfast grub, alongside many beverages. 

Foodie guide to New York

Located on 825 7th Avenue, it's a casual breakfast spot close by to some of the city's attractions. Although it may not be the fanciest breakfast place, it'll certainly fill you up for a while and give the taste of an old school American diner.

La Pain Quotidien

If you're looking for an Instagram-worthy breakfast café, La Pain Quotidien is for you.
 As you can tell by the name, it's a French inspired café with a rustic feel inside. I'm talking wooden chairs, wooden tables and waffles served on marble boards - basically a lot of wood. The menu has a variety of healthy and non-healthy options, from green juices, croissants and salads to delicious waffles. 

Foodie guide to New York

There are a few of these cafes across New York: on West Broadway, Grand Street and 5th Avenue. This café feels more like an independent establishment than a chain, considering the quality of the food and how it's presented.

Best bakeries 

Levain bakery

If you've done any research into New York bakeries, then I'm pretty sure you would have heard of Levain Bakery. The bakery offers the biggest and gooiest cookies you'll ever taste - and you'll want to eat them over and over again (pictured at the top).

The bakery I visited is actually rather small, and usually people are queuing up outside the door as it's that popular with the public. Levain has 4 different locations in New York which gives you more of an excuse to definitely make a visit. There's one on West 74 Street (I visited this one),  Fredrick Douglas Boulevard, Amsterdam Avenue and Montauk Highway.

Magnolia bakery

Magnolia Bakery had to be one of my favourite foodie stops in New York. The classic-style bakery was combined with all things pastel and had plenty on offer. Whether you're on the look out for cheesecake, a cupcake or brownie, there's a wide variety to pick from.

Foodie guide to New York

What I love most about the bakery, is it still has that old school vibe with a modern and characteristic twist - and the cupcakes are pretty heavenly too. They have four bakeries in New York: Rockefeller centre (49th Street), Grand Central Terminal, Bloomindales (Third Avenue) and Upper West Side (Columbus Avenue at 69th Street). 

Carlo's bakery

For any Cake Boss fans, Carlo's Bakery has to be a foodie stop for you on your New York trip. The original bakery is in Hoboken, however there is one along 8th Avenue. 

The bakery offers all the famous baked goods from the show including lobster tails, cupcakes and plenty of cakes to pick from that it's hard to make a choice! 

Best restaurants  

Capital Grille

We came across this restaurant on our trip, because we were lucky enough to have it about two blocks from the hotel, and after a rainy day wanted somewhere convenient for dinner. The Capital Grille was more upmarket than we thought with dimmed lighting, fancy menus and fine dining service, however we loved it.

Foodie guide to New York

The food was a little on the pricy side, but the quality and portion size certainly made up for it. The roast chicken I ordered was massive and our side order of lobster mac & cheese could have been a main dish in itself. Its desserts were on par - and they even offered us freshly baked cookies when waiting for our food. What more could you ask for? For a fine dining experience and some great food, head over to Capital Grille. There's a few in the city, and the branch we visited was located on 51st Street.

Lomabardi's

Little Italy had to be one of my favourite areas of New York to look around. It has that charming Italian vibe about it, and genuinely felt like you were in Italy, especially when it came to the food. There were many gorgeous looking restaurants in Little Italy serving up classic pasta and pizza dishes, and we chose the famous Lombardi's. They're known for being the first pizzeria in the United States, opening in 1905.

Foodie guide to New York

The restaurant had a charming appeal and offered a variety of pizzas. Lombardi's made me think of Naples' authenticity and brought back many good memories of dining in Roman pizzerias.

Havana

For a little bit of a fun restaurant experience, Havana is a great choice. The Cuban style restaurant offers a variety of quirky dishes and cocktails. It was one of those restaurants we found on a whim - as we were soaking up our last few hours in New York, we wanted a bite to eat before heading to the airport and that's when we saw the bright lights of Havana.

Foodie guide to New York

Their food was superb, and to this day I still can't get over the delicious starter we shared. It was cheesy bread with chicken and a few other toppings. I ordered a vegetable paella and it came in a massive pot, that it should of actually been on the sharers menu - nevertheless I enjoyed it. There are two Havana restaurants in New York, one near Times  Square and the other in Ridge Hill.  

Food courts

Gotham West market

Foodie guide to New York

If food festivals or fairs give you a lot of joy then Gotham West market is the place for you. I found this prior to my trip and added to the agenda as I loved the idea behind it. The market has a variety of different food stalls and restaurants, and offers the opportunity to try a bit of everything. It's also indoors so in case the New York weather makes a turn for the worst, you can still dine at the market.

I hope you enjoyed this foodie style post. Have you visited New York?

Thank you for reading <3

3 day guide to Belfast


Well hello to you my reader chums! I've just returned last week from a lovely couple of days in the city of Belfast. As my boyfriend is a massive Game of Thrones fan, I decided to book a break in the city and tour of the show for his birthday. We flew on his birthday morning, and spent the next few days soaking up the sights, Irish culture and of course everything Game of Thrones.

3 day guide to Belfast

Here's my 3 day guide to Belfast...

Day 1: 30th July - Flying and steakhouse love

3 day guide to Belfast

On the morning of my boyfriend's birthday, I woke him up with the surprise that we were flying to Belfast - and he was excited to say the least. And despite our flight being delayed, we arrived in Belfast in good time, around 4pm.

3 day guide to Belfast

For our first day, I didn't have much planned - I thought we could have a mooch around the city and take it all in, however due to unfortunate weather, things didn't go as I expected. I had booked the steakhouse Marco Pierre White for his birthday dinner later that evening, and between the time of arriving to the hotel and the steakhouse, we got ready and chilled. I booked the Hilton hotel for our stay as the location was conveniently placed near the city centre, with easy access to everything around us.

3 day guide to Belfast

3 day guide to Belfast

We hoped in a taxi over to the Marco Pierre White steakhouse for 7pm (which was actually located in the Park Avenue hotel) - and I honestly couldn't recommend it enough. The staff were super friendly and ensured everything was top-notch for us - and the food was excellent. Dan had a steak, I chose roast chicken with mac and cheese on the side (winner), and the desserts were just as tasty. We shared a bottle of wine, a couple of cocktails and the waitress brought out a lovely 'Happy Birthday' plate in celebration of Dan's big day. It was a lovely way to kick start the Irish trip and celebrate Dan's birthday.

Day 2: 31st July - Game of Thrones tour and Irish nightlife

3 day guide to Belfast

The second day was the busiest and most exciting part of the trip, as we headed off for a Game of Thrones tour. For any big fans of the show, I would highly recommend booking it! I chose the Winterfell location tour as I thought it would be the most exciting.

The tour was an all day excursion - we met in the centre around 8.45am for a 9am departure into the gorgeous Northern Ireland countryside, and returned at 6pm. Aside from seeing all the famous Game of Thrones locations where scenes were filmed, it was incredible to experience the countryside.

3 day guide to Belfast - game of thrones tour

3 day guide to Belfast

We took a ferry ride over Strangford Lough and arrived at the first destination - the Winterfell castle or known as 'Castle Ward' to locals. This area was the location where Winterfell in Game of Thrones was based around and some of it filmed there. It's amazing how they are able to transform the location into what you see on screen with special effects. From Winterfell, we embarked through the beautiful area of County Down until arriving at Audley's Field and Audley's Castle. This whole region is home to many historic castles which were either used as sets or backdrops for filming including Audley's Castle.

3 day guide to belfast

3 day guide to belfast

3 day guide to belfast

3 day guide to belfast

The tour continued trekking up to the castle, a pit stop for lunch in the Portaferry area and then a special treat - meeting the Dire wolves from the show! When I booked the tour, this wasn't mentioned at all as they can't always guarantee it, however we were the lucky ones. The Dire wolves were super cute and tame - and we can now say we met a cast member from the show.

Game of thrones dire wolves

The last leg of the tour involved some role play and a forest hike. We got to act out Game of Thrones at the Inch Abbey and it was a lot of fun! We all got to wear the famous capes, and have our own sword. As Dan was the birthday boy, they even made me pretend to chop his head off with one of the biggest swords (I'm surprised I could lift it!) After a bit of role playing and cool photos, we got driven to Tollymore Forest Park. The forest park is home to some of the famous scenes in the series - and makes for a charming walk. High trees, clear-running streams and plenty of hidden coves to explore. If you're a big Game of Thrones, I'd highly recommend heading on this tour whilst in Belfast.

Game of thrones tour

3 day guide to belfast

3 day guide to belfast

3 day guide to belfast

3 day guide to belfast

Following a freshen up and rest, we headed down town for a spot of dinner. As the weather had been pretty chilly all day, we went on the hunt for a curry house and found Mumbai 27. It's located near St. Anne's Cathedral and serves up delicious grub. We chose their take on a classic korma, accompanied with a bottle of wine - and both of us loved it. Since we were in Ireland, we had to experience a bit of Irish nightlife and went over to Harp's Bar afterwards. The retro style establishment had live music and a cracking atmosphere - even on a Tuesday night!

3 day guide to belfast

3 day guide to belfast

Day 3: Wednesday 1st August - Titanic museum exploring and a rainy day

3 day guide to belfast

3 day guide to belfast

For our last day in Belfast, we wanted to do a few of the tourist things that Belfast is known for such as the Titanic. Our first stop was breakfast in the Odyssey (which is basically an entertainment complex) and then the Titanic museum. The tickets we bought covered the museum and the SS Nomadic boat outside. As they were time-specific, we had to wait until 1.45 to be let into the museum, however the wait was worth it. I'm a bit of a history geek and love learning that it was really interesting discovering more about the Titanic that I didn't know before. We then headed over to the SS Nomadic and had a look around. Unfortunately though due to the torrential rain and not being dressed appropriately for the occasion, we didn't get the chance to walk round the rest of the Titanic Quarter or visit some of the other landmarks. However, it just means an excuse for another visit right?

3 day guide to belfast

3 day guide to belfast

3 day guide to belfast

3 day guide to belfast

Things to know before going to Belfast: 
  • Local taxis can be pretty cheap in short distances, however if you're staying in the centre, it's worth noting a taxi is about £30 to the airport 
  • I'd recommend staying in the centre as you're nearby to the hustle and bustle, and top landmarks 
  • To avoid waiting around, purchase tickets for the Titanic museum in advance 
  • It's Ireland - learn from my mistakes and pack clothes for bad weather (even in summer time) 
  • Make a trip out to the countryside - whether it's a tour or simply a trek though the forest - you won't regret it 
  • It may sound obvious, but if you're from the UK, you don't have to go though passport control at the airport as Belfast is part of the UK 
  • This also means you can use pounds - and no need to change money up before the trip 
Belfast, unlike some cities had that beautiful combination of city appeal and a surrounding countryside, and that's what made it such a charming place to be. I can't wait to return again one day (hopefully when it's sunnier this time!) 

I hope you enjoyed this 3 day guide to Belfast. Have you ever visited this city?

Thank you for reading <3

July favourites

Well hello to you my reader chums! July is another one of those months that has swept by super quickly, but may I add (as the typical British person I am), haven’t we been really lucky with the weather? July has been a prime summer month and I’ve been enjoying soaking up the sunshine and dabbling into a few new products. 

Here’s a look at my July favourites...

July favourites

Superdrug’s BB cream

I used to be obsessed with BB cream especially in the summer months, however have fallen out of the habit of using it. As the warmer weather has been intense this past month, I went on the hunt for a suitable BB cream. Maybelline’s version used to be my go to, however they discontinued it a while back. After a browse in Superdrug, I came across their own branded BB cream and thought I’d give it a go, as I’ve heard many things about the own-branded products. The BB cream didn’t disappoint: it gave that tinted bit of coverage, a beautiful summer glow and an overall natural look. If you’re looking for a product that is the perfect summer time makeup base, this is for you.

Superdrug’s brightening hot cloth cleanser

At the same time of purchasing the BB cream, I bought this cleanser as it was buy one get one free on Superdrug’s own goods. I’ve been meaning to buy a hot cloth cleanser for a while now, and once using this, I can see I was missing out. This cleanser is one of the gentlest products I’ve used on my skin. It has a lovely sweet scent that isn’t too overwhelming and the texture is really thick. Upon application, the cleanser feels incredibly creamy and soft on the skin, blending in well. Once I washed it off, my skin felt super clean and fresh. Although I can’t compare it to the Liz Earle version, this cleanser feels like it should have a hefty price tag and I’d really recommend it.

Garnier ultimate blends hair mask

I love a deep conditioning treatment, as it’s essentially a face mask for your hair – perfect as part of a pamper night. I’ve heard a lot of good reviews about Garnier’s ultimate blends range that I was excited to give it a go. The conditioning treatment is really thick and has the most delicious, lingering scent to it. It left my hair feeling really silky smooth and the sweet scent stayed in all day long.

July favourites

The Secret Life of Bees

I’ve rekindled my love of books lately and absolutely adored The Secret Life of Bees. Even though I technically finished it at the beginning of the month, I still wanted to include it in case you haven’t read my book review because I loved it that much. It’s one of those warm-hearted books which have a tragedy in the storyline but it leads to something positive and uplifting. I loved the whole theme of the story and how bees played their part – and the characters really formed a place in my heart. It's certainly a universal read.

London shows 

It’s no secret that I love a theatre show and in July, I was lucky to grace London’s west end twice. Firstly I went to see MoTown the musical for my mum’s birthday and then my best friend treated me to tickets to The Play that Goes Wrong for my birthday. Although the shows are two different types of genres, they were absolutely phenomenal in their own ways. MoTown has all the fun-loving music and a really interesting storyline, and The Play that Goes Wrong was the funniest show I’ve ever watched. It was that slapstick type of comedy that left you on the edge of your seat laughing. If you’re heading up to the west end any time soon, I’d highly recommend both of these shows.

I hope you enjoyed my July favourites. Which products have you loved this month?

Thank you for reading <3

8 things you need to know before visiting Rome

Well hello to you my reader chums! Rome, my favourite ever European city is one of the most extraordinary places you'll ever visit. The city's combination of historical beauty, the rustic food scene and charming locals will always leave my heart wanting more.

I’ve visited Rome twice now, once with my boyfriend and the other time with my sister – and on both occasions I loved every minute. When travelling to a place you pick up some hints and tips along the way, and as I’ve graced the streets of Rome twice, I’ve gained a little insight to share with you.

8 things to know before visiting Rome

Here are 8 things you need to know before visiting Rome...

All the top sights are in walking distance

One of the most convenient things about visiting Rome is how close all the main sights are from each other. It makes looking around and doing the typical ‘tourist things’ easier and also means if on a time limit; you can see all the sights pretty quickly.

8 things to know before visiting Rome

Piazza Venezia is home to the renowned Altar of the Fatherland monument and practically the ‘centre’ point for all tourist attractions. Behind the monument stands the Roman Forum and the famous Colosseum (I’d say 10-15 minute walk). The Trevi fountain and Spanish Steps are a little further out but still well within the 20 minute walking mark, along with Piazza Navona, the Parthenon and Piazza di Spagna. The only main sight, located a lot further out is St Peter’s Square and St Peter’s Basilica, as these are in the Vatican City. Despite the longer distance, the Vatican City is easily accessible by Metro or bus.

Stay near the city centre

When booking accommodation for Rome, I’d highly recommend staying in or near the city centre. On my first trip there with my sister, we made the mistake of booking a hotel further out, having to figure out public transport and travel in everyday.

On the visit with my boyfriend, I learnt from my mistakes and booked a guest house in the centre of Rome, located five minutes from the Spanish Steps and it made seeing the city a lot easier. It meant if we wanted to head back in the day from exploring or get changed for dinner, we only had to go on a short walk, instead of getting a long bus journey home. There’s also a misconception that staying in the centre is going to be expensive; however that’s not the case. I found many cheap hotels, guest houses and Air bnbs when planning the trip – and would recommend you do a lot of research to find the perfect place for your trip.

Go in off peak season

Travelling off peak season is always a bonus because it means less crowds and lower costs – and this is especially important in Rome. Rome is a very popular tourist spot, more so than many other European capitals, that planning the correct time to go is crucial.

I think the best time to visit would be either the spring or autumn, as both periods still have the warm weather without it being overwhelmingly hot, and crowds tend to be sparser. If you like hot weather however, summer can be a good time to go. Even though kids are off school, many locals go on their own holidays in the summer to escape the city heat, so crowds are levelled out and it’s not as busy as you may think. Winter however, is probably the quietest time to visit and the coolest.

Be aware of scams around St Peter’s Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica is one of my favourite spots to see – and should definitely be high on your list when visiting Rome. One thing you may notice when you’re walking around the St Peter’s Square area however is people offering you ‘fast-pass’ tickets to the Basilica. These aren’t real and please don’t fall for them – it’s a scam. Entering the Basilica is free, and there is no way to skip the queue at all; you’ll have to line up like everyone else.

8 things to know before visiting Rome

In the Vatican City, you will however need to pay for the Vatican museums and the Sistine chapel which is found in the museums – you can get fast-pass for this.

Learn a bit of Italian

Despite not common knowledge, and this goes for most of Italy not just Rome, that many Italians can often find it quite insulting if you don’t speak some of their language.

My advice to you then would be learning a few common phrases and be prepared to use them, rather than expecting Italians to speak your language.

Book airport transfers in advance

It goes without saying I’m a bit of travel addict, however one thing I always forget to do is book airport transfers – and it always works out more expensive on the other end. Taxis to and from Rome airport have a flat rate of 60 euro – and to save a bit of cash, I’d recommend downloading the Uber app or book a transfer in advance.

Bus & metro tickets

If you are going to be using public transport on your trip, there are a few things to know.

For the bus, you can’t actually purchase tickets on the bus but need to get them from shops with the label ‘T’ outside; these can be cafes or newsagents. Simply go up to the counter and ask for a bus ticket. The metro like all European metro lines can be bought on the machines at the station; there’s no need to go anywhere prior to buy your tickets.

Dine in Piazza Navona

8 things to know before visiting Rome

One of my favourite, charming spots in Rome is Piazza Navona. The live music, characteristic restaurants and local artists selling their paintings is a beautiful setting for dinner. If you get the chance, enjoy dinner at dusk in this Piazza. The place lights up, music plays and it there’s a romantic ambience in the air.

I hope you enjoyed this travel post. Have you visited Rome?

Thank you for reading <3

Top holiday gems in Malta

Well hello to you my reader chums! I visited Malta last summer and it was one of those dreamy looking locations I'd return to again and again. The crystal clear waters, fossil-studded cliffs, hidden coves and glistening bays are just some of the location's highlights. Whether you're interesting in a weekend to sun it up, or week long trip delving into history and scuba diving, then Malta is a great holiday choice.

Top holiday gems in Malta

On my trip, I saw a few of Malta's hidden gems and really fell in love with the place. Although I didn't visit everything on my travels, I'm going to share my favourite spots and a couple of gems that are next on the list to see when I return in the future.

Here's a look at Malta's hidden gems...

What to see

Blue Grotto

If you're a diving fanatic and love nothing more than swimming in the sea, the Blue Grotto needs to be top of your Malta agenda. Located on the southern coast of Malta, the Blue Grotto is made up of several sea caves, famous for their extraordinary sea reflections.

Top holiday gems in Malta

To find the Blue Grotto, I took a hop on hop off bus tour, as it was located a 25 minute drive from the St Julian's area (where I stayed). The Blue Grotto area as a whole is something of Instagram dreams - if you picture clear waters and an ongoing mass of blue scenery - that's exactly what it entails.

Considering the several caves and cliffs, the Blue Grotto is the perfect location for water sports. You can simply go for a swim, snorkel, dive and if you're brave enough go cliff jumping. There's also plenty of spots to kick back and soak up the Malta sunshine, after going for a dip. The Blue Grotto is best visited during the morning up to around 1pm, as that's when the sea is the bluest in colour, and shines under the sun. Once activities are completed, having a stroll around the area is certainly worth while, as there are so many picturesque views to soak up.

Comino Island & the Blue Lagoon


Comino Island was one of my favourite experiences of the entire Malta trip as it has something for everyone. To reach the island, you can go by boat, or even the option of a speedboat. The speedboat in itself is a fantastic experience; it felt like a mini dance party on board before arriving at the main island.

Top holiday gems in Malta

The island is absolutely massive, and has many of beautiful hidden spots to explore. The Blue Lagoon is the favourite point for many visitors and runs between the main island of Comino and smaller island, Kemmunett. The prime area of the island is packed with food stalls, great sunbathing spots and plenty of activities, however to experience the hidden gem of this location, I'd suggest swimming or getting a small boat over the Blue Lagoon to Kemmunett. On the smaller island, you're able to soak up the stunning views, and also experience the calmness to the Blue Lagoon, away from the main tourist hub. There are still plenty of snorkelling opportunities and relaxation spots - the only think to consider is ensuring you pack enough water/food. Kemmunett is pretty much made out of all rock, like many of Malta's 'beachy' locations, and has various flat spots to set base for a day on the island.

You can also go cave diving in Comino; the island is home to a selection of underwater caves that shimmer with dark blue luminescence - not the type of thing you'll see everyday.

If a holiday to you is drinking cocktails out of a pineapple, snorkelling and boat trips, Comino is the hidden gem for you.

St Julian's Bay

When you're holidaying it up in the sunshine, sometimes a lovely walk with pretty sights is all you need, and St Julian's Bay is that spot in Malta. Whether it's day or night, with your partner or family, there's plenty to see. The bay is surrounded by some of the very best restaurants, which look over the waters, shops and is also a water sports hub.

Top holiday gems in Malta

At night, the bay glistens up and the whole area looks beautiful, that it makes for the perfect moment to toast a drink, have a picnic or enjoy dinner with your loved ones.

Popeye Village

Popeye Village as the title suggests is the home of where the 1980's classic Popeye was filmed and has now become a tourist spot for everyone young at heart.

The colourful village greets you with Popeye and his friends, and a whole host of fun activities. Whether you'd like to explore all the old film sets or be a movie star for the day, the fun doesn't stop here. There's also water trampolines, boat rides, indoor jumping areas and many wine spots for adults - so really a bit of something for everyone.

'Splash and fun' waterpark
No summer holiday is complete without a waterpark visit, and although Malta's version isn't the biggest out there, it still makes for a fun family day. The waterpark has a variety of different slides, large pool with a wave machine, plug slides and plenty of other attractions to experience with the whole family, and is located in the village of Bahar ic-Caghaq.

Where to eat

Aside from eating all the ice cream in sight on a sunny holiday, it's always lovely coming across some hidden culinary spots. Despite having all inclusive in the hotel, I wanted to see what Malta had in store for their food selection.

Lore & Fitch steakhouse


I'm a big foodie and love trying out new places, that I don't often return to the same restaurants on holiday, however this steakhouse was an exception. It's the place all of my friends would recommend to everyone if possible - the food really is that good. Any steak fans would love this place - I even tried some steak and enjoyed it (usually I don't like it). The restaurant is quite upmarket, and would make an ideal location for date night or anniversary - and the menu matches its fancy interior. There's the wide selection of steaks and pasta dishes to choose from, plus enough wines to sink a boat. If you're staying in the St Julian's area, I'd highly recommend it.

Sardinella

Top holiday gems in Malta

Another restaurant that tickled my fancy was Sardinella, a charming Italian eatery. Dan and I went here on date night and enjoyed beautifully cooked Italian dishes, accompanied by cocktails in the Malta sunshine. Sardinella is also in the St Julian's area and located opposite the steakhouse.

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