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becwe Jan 30th, 2007 10:31 AM

Malta or Crete??
I was planning a trip to Malta but from what I'm reading I'm not sure it's for us. I keep reading 'highrise and concrete'. How does it compare to Crete, which is also on my list of places to see.I know Crete is larger but if someone has been to both maybe you can share some other differences. We're not into 'nightlife' unless it has to do with good food.

becwe Feb 8th, 2007 10:29 AM

Please if you've been to both and have an opinion HELP.

Amy Feb 8th, 2007 11:34 AM

I've not yet been to Crete, but have been to Malta. Highrises and concrete, no and no...not in the right places. Valletta is gorgeous, Gozo is relaxing and rural, the ancient temples are amazing...

Check out this thread (Malta's 100 Best) for some further info:;tid=34569518
The link to my Malta pictures is further down in the thread.

If you're looking for a beach vacation, well, that's where the highrises seem to be, but there's so much more to Malta than that. (I'd love to return.)

thit_cho Feb 8th, 2007 11:35 AM

I have been to both, and I don't recall much "highrise and concrete" in Malta, but I stayed in Valleta, not the package-tour area. Lonely Planet has excellent guidebooks to both destinations, and can provide a lot of information. I would be happy to answer any specific questions.

robbie6 Feb 8th, 2007 01:19 PM

We've been to both. NO comparison in our opinion. Malta was the dirtiest place we've ever been Dog doo all over the streets. Wouldn't even consider a free trip there!! Crete on the other hand was great. The people are wonderful, the restaurants we're very good and plenty to see. Hope this helps. Enjoy Crete.

felice592 Feb 8th, 2007 03:44 PM

I haven't been to Crete, but I have been to Malta twice and fell in love with it. Last year we stayed in a 16th century townhouse in Valletta, and it and the city were absolutely gorgeous and full of charm. The city of Mdina is full of narrow alleys and centuries-old homes of the noble families. And if you want to experience a more rural area, the smaller island of Gozo is only a 25-minute ferry ride away. There are even ancient ruins across the islands dating back possibly over 3000 years. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a trip to Malta, and feel free to ask me any questions if you'd like.

highflyer Feb 8th, 2007 05:05 PM

I've been to both but my information isn't recent. I went to Malta for a week in 1992 and to Crete for a week in 2003.
Yes, there are some highrises and concrete in Malta especially around the main beach areas but Valetta is interesting and I loved the walled city of Mdina. Maybe you should look into Gozo, the small island off Malta and spend part of your stay there. It's less developed. The Blue Grotto is also worth visiting.
I went to Crete at the end of October just as the many places were closing up for the end of the tourist season. It was very quiet and the nightlife consisted of one really good bar that made excellent cocktails. Perfect after a long day at the beach filled with sunshine.
Knossos was disappointing after visiting Athens.

bombasticlife Feb 27th, 2007 08:14 PM

I've been to Malta and LOVED it. Like any place, there are some bombastic places and some not so great places.

We had a wonderful time driving around the island and walking the city streets. Lots of history there. I'm not into "nightlife" either but as for dining - we had some bombastic dinners.

Gozo is a MUST -

As for Concrete and more concrete? That isn't how I would discribe it. Dirty? yes, in some places it is but the beauty in other areas make up for it.

I have not been to Crete (yet) so can't give my thoughts about it. If you were comparing Santorini and Malta I'd say the heck with Malta - do Santorini. My guess is Crete is more like Santorini so based on all that (am I rambling) I'd pick Crete before I'd go to Malta (but Malta is still beautiful)!

Good luck - let me know what you decide!

mewt Mar 3rd, 2007 06:50 PM

Malta and Crete are both big mediterranean islands, but don't have much in common other than that. They have very different cultures. Malta has British and Italian influences on an ancient semitic culture. The language is like Arabic written in the roman alphabet. It has almost no trees, and no agriculture, very hot and dry in the summer. It has fascinating neolithic ruins. Crete has the Greek culture, ancient and modern, and is an agricultural paradise, wheat, olives, citrus, bananas, wine, etc.--the home of the Mediterranean diet. It also has some beautiful forested areas. I've visited both, I'm glad I went to Malta, but I'm going back to Crete.

NeoPatrick Mar 3rd, 2007 07:36 PM

I've been to both and loved them both.
Many people go to Malta or to Crete and specifically stay near the beach resorts complete with the high rises and casinos. So if that's what someone does, then of course, they will see highrise and concrete. But one need not do that at all.

Admittedly Malta is a rather arid place and those looking for a lush, green, tropical island would certainly be disappointed in that regard. Crete, on the other hand -- particularly the western end -- can be very lush and green.

We spent four or five days in Malta and never got to see some of the really interesting historic sites due to our own poor planning. But we enjoyed staying in the town of Valetta, and loved taking the picturesque old busses around the island. We also did some snorkeling off a wonderful old sailing ship.

We spent a week on Crete and pretty well covered (albeit not in depth) much of the island. Our highlight there was hiking the Samaria gorge, and we loved the evenings in the Venetian Harbor of Chania. We liked the resort area of Agios Niklos considerably less.

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