I'm torn between visiting Lisbon and Malta perhaps this fall, if Covid-19 permits. I don't know a whole lot about either, and the guidebooks all sound like promotional "literature" coming from tourist agencies.
Is Lisbon really interesting, beautiful, "do-able"? I never was interested in the other part of the Iberian peninsula.
I like things off the beaten track, so Malta appeals to me. Plus, it's small and "small is beautiful" to me (don't really like Paris, do not like New York at all...). But again, I only have a general idea and am not sure whether I would really like spending a couple of weeks there. I'm wondering, too, whether one can take cruises out to parts of Sicily, other parts of the Mediterranean.
I do know that English is the second language...
From the pictures, I love Malta, because the architecture is fascinating and beautiful and strange. I hear other parts of the island are modern and ugly; or quite rural.