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published 18/02/2001 | Ciren
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"Bugibba, Malta"

The first thing to think of when going to Malta and flying out from London is, if you have had to wear a jumper or raincoat to reach the airport put it in your holdall before you leave the plane as as soon as those airplane doors open on reaching Malta, even if in the middle of the night, the last thing you want to be wearing is anything with sleeves! This weather if you go in July or August will stay with you and you dont have to look out the window in the morning to wonder what the weather is going to be like as it is going to be wonderfully hot! Sometimes even 100degrees.

Bugibba is on the North East side of the Island. Takes 45 minutes from Luqa (main airport) airport by coach.

Although Bugibba is quiet during the day, at night it really comes alive. Everyone comes from miles around and ends up in the main square. Here there are plenty of restaurants and cafes with outside seating. Each one has its own music blaring. This can be a bit over whelming on the ears to start with but you soon find yourself sitting in the cafe that plays the music you like!! Everyone is friendly and they all speak English.

The shops shut between 12 and 4 in the afternoon but they are then open until 10 or 11pm depending on customers.

The bus station is about 10 minutes walk from the centre and from here you can get to most places on the island for 30cents sometimes 15 cents.

You really must try the buses! Most are old, some have no doors and the suspension well.... it really is a fun drive on the Maltese buses and you soon get to realise why most have a picture of the Virgin Mary in the front of the bus. The driver you will notice sits to one side of his seat. This is to leave room for St. Christopher. The only rule of the road is to drive on the left and many times we saw this rule broken. Nobody has right of way which can be very confusing.

You will see a lot of time share people in Malta. They speak every language imaginable so you cannot pretend you dont understand them! They can be so demanding that the only way to get away from them is by being "damn" rude to them! They try and entice you by offering you bottles of spirit and cigarettes.

There are no sandy beaches in Bugibba but you can swim off the rocks and the sea is beautifully clear and warm.

I would recommend Bugibba Holiday complex where we stayed. Has something for everyone although if you want to have a sunbed make sure you get to the pool early as the Germans do have a tendancy to grab all the best loungers and will just cover with a towel while they go off for most of the day. We saw no English do this!

Silver jewellry is very cheap here. In the evenings you can buy a necklace with your name on a grain of rice. Watch them do it while you wait. Also have your name done filigree style with silver wire. Dont forget to buy your Maltese Cross. Try and buy the ones that are hand made and not mass produced by machinery. You can tell the difference by the fact that the handmade ones have very sharp points. The machine made ones just cannot produce this.

One thing to note is that children can buy drinks and cigarettes whatever age they are, yet you hardly see any smoking them.

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  • carolshack published 10/08/2001
    Thanks for this great op!! We're going to Malta next month for the first time (myself, hubby & 2 kids!!) and we've heard mixed opinions. Your op has reassured me!!
  • From_The_Continent published 18/02/2001
    Great to see the process you have gone through with your travel ops. This latest one ist very good, well written and informative. A tremendous improvement in just one day! More of this please. And between writing, maybe you will also find the time to read some other opinions.
  • fireman1 published 18/02/2001
    I stayed there for a month and loved it......Malta is a great place and they love the English which always helps. Their buses are definantly a experience to have. Great opinion.
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