Danielle Hannaford

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Exploring Malta

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Last week I returned from a fabulous week’s getaway to Malta with George. We booked last minute and got a really good deal with Thomson for flights, bed and breakfast and transfers – just too good to turn down. It was my first time to Malta and not only did the island offer sunny days in early May, well into the 20s, but for a small island, so many places to visit.IMG_0701.JPGMalta gave us the perfect balance between relaxing days in the sun and exploring days, with lots of lovely places to eat thrown in too. We stayed at the Hotel Plaza Regency in Sliema – a cheap and cheerful hotel with sea views, which is right on the bus route for exploring the island. Despite being in Sliema, we were closer to the bustling area of St Julian’s. It was just a 10 minute walk away, so dined out here most evenings. Maltese cuisine is very influenced by Italy, being so close to the Italian island of Sicily, so lots of wood fired pizza and pasta were in order!IMG_0707.JPGThe island is well connected by the public buses and it was just 1.50 Euros to travel to any destination (UK take note!), so we happily jumped on them, despite the overcrowding. I hate to think what they are like during peak season! During our stay, we took the bus to Mellieha Bay to chill on one of the white sandy beaches, to the beautiful and historic capital, Valletta for a day of sightseeing and to Bugibba, to check out Malta’s own Café del Mar, with its fab infinity pools and chic bar. Bugibba isn’t as cosmopolitan as many of Malta’s other towns but I loved Café del Mar – head here on a Sunday to party as the sun sets over the sea.
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IMG_0766.JPGOn the Sunday, we booked a half day trip to Marsaxlokk and the Blue Grotto. The tour included a guide who taught us a lot about the Maltese way of life. We were told that Malta is one of the most densely populated countries in the world – that explains the buses then! Marsaxlokk was picture perfect – hundreds of Malta’s iconic coloured boats bob on the harbour here, against the backdrop of limestone buildings. There’s a weekly Sunday market along the harbour front but after stocking up on some fresh fruit, we dodged the crowds and watched the world go by in one of the waterfront cafés. After visting Marsaxlokk , the tour took us to a quaint village, adorned with pretty houses, before stopping in our final destination, the dramatic Blue Grotto.IMG_0777.JPGIMG_0803.JPG
The highlight of the holiday has to be our full day boat trip to the Blue Lagoon. In a few hours, we were whisked away to what felt like the Caribbean. It was in fact, Comino, an island nestled between Malta and Gozo. The turquoise waters were truly stunning. The free bar on the boat didn’t go unmissed either!IMG_0743.JPG
Malta you were warm and charming – grazzi.
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