Living your Best Malta Life as a Medical Student

From lunch life to beach life, take a glimpse into your life on Gozo.

Becoming a doctor is a noble pursuit. For medical students pursuing their dreams in Malta, the journey is so much more than just textbooks and clinical rotations. Beyond the academic rigours, the vibrant lifestyle on the Maltese islands offers many experiences that will make your medical school years memorable. To show you what your life might look like, we asked our students to share the best recommendations.

 Discovery culinary delights in Malta 

As an island that has attracted Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Crusaders, the French and the British over its 7,000-year history, Gozo has developed a distinctive cuisine—it’s just as common to see Jaffa Cakes and Spam in the local supermarket as it is croissants and pain au chocolat.

But if you’re looking for traditional Maltese food, there’s nowhere better than Sphinx Pastizzeria, a Maltese institution founded in 1995 that offers traditional pastries. What started as a humble venture has now grown into a leading brand, with more than 40 outlets across Malta and Gozo. A true student favourite, Sphinx offers “genuine” and “nourishing” options made fresh each day, and it even has seriously eye-catching merch.

Ignite your competitive sporting spirit 

Staying fit and healthy is hugely important among the students and faculty, thanks in part because everyone wants to be beach ready. Here’s our interview with Luiza Silva Simoes, a medical student who moonlights as a personal trainer. Her favourite place to train with her clients is M&P Fitness, a gym that offers fitness classes, CrossFit-style training, and all the other mod cons one would expect.

Luiza says the whole island is her gym, with opportunities to run along limestone cliffs and cool off with a swim in the Mediterranean Sea. The island also hosts annual marathons, 5k runs, kayaking, football and many other sports that provide a chance to participate and connect with fellow enthusiasts. Engaging in sports is not just a physical activity but also a way to build a community while balancing the demands of medical school life.

Discover retail therapy 

For those who prefer retail therapy, Malta has a mix of local markets and modern malls to explore. The Duke Shopping Mall in the heart of Gozo provides a one-stop shopping experience. With a variety of well-known retail outlets, including Benetton, Accessorize, Adidas, and many more, the mall caters to diverse tastes. The cafeteria, HOG, adds to the experience, offering a range of items on the menu for a delightful break from shopping. HOG stands for “House of Gourmet” if you’re wondering! 

Medical students at café

Dive into beach life and embrace serene retreats

As an island nation, Gozo is surrounded by beach on all sides. At just 26 square miles, you’re never more than 30 minutes from sea and sand. Ramla Bay is a student favourite, as is Hondoq — you can see the latter in this video where our students reflect on their first year. But there are also other hidden gems like San Blas and Tas-Simar, which provide some quiet away from the tourists.

Wied l-Għasri, with its high cliffs and picturesque landscapes, offers perhaps the most unique experience. Its tiny beach looks onto a long and winding gorge which you can swim along. Popular among divers, this secluded bay is a haven for those seeking a quiet bathing area. Just make sure to capture the natural beauty with a camera as you descend the steps to the tiny pebbly beach.

Showing your family and friends Malta’s heritage

When your family and friends visit, there are several must-visit places that showcase Malta’s rich heritage. You have the usual offenders: The Citadel, Ta’ Cenc Cliffs, and the Mosta Church. But today our students picked Ta’ Pinu National Shrine in Gozo, known as the ‘church of miracles’. Built between 1920 and 1931, the shrine is an architectural masterpiece with sculptures carved in Maltese stone. You’ll have to visit to hear more about its origin and discover why it’s a pilgrimage site. 

 

Living your best Malta life as a medical student is not just about excelling academically; it’s about embracing the unique culture, diverse experiences, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Whether it’s indulging in local delicacies, staying active through sports, exploring shopping malls, enjoying the beaches, or showcasing Malta’s heritage to visiting family, the journey is as enriching outside the lecture halls as it is inside.