I had my bed & breakfast inn on Malta in Sliema, next to Valletta. It’s a good spot to stay because there are lots of restaurants and you can be in Valletta or other cities very fast (Malta is small so it doesn’t take long to go anywhere). The busses are very cheap and a good option to explore the island. I can recommend Valletta for at least two days and Mdina / Marsaxlokk for day trips. Valletta and Mdina offer some great history and Marsaxlokk is a small fishing village in the south with a very nice view and good food. Another worthwhile experience is a cruise around the island with a chance to see the smaller islands Gozo and Comino in the north.
The people on Malta are very friendly and I had a very good time. Let’s see some pictures from the streets of Malta before I talk about Sicily. The pictures have been taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1, the Olympus PEN E-P5 and several lenses like the M.Zuiko 75mm or the M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8. Read more about my photography gear.
Sicily is much bigger than Malta so I had to focus on one area, in this case the eastern part of the island. I drove from Pozallo to Syracuse and stayed in the Ortigia part of the city. It’s the historic center and highly recommended for a stay. There is lots of history to explore and good food to taste so visit this place if you can. After Syracuse I went to Catania. Make sure you visit the fishmarket in Catania, highly recommended but a little gross for vegetarians sometimes ;). It’s easy to make a trip to Mount Etna or to Taormina, I can recommend bloth places for a day trip. Let’s see some street pictures from the nice people of Sicily: