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published 23/07/2004 | maddad1
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Pro Great Value holiday
Cons Not many sandy beaches
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"Malta - Don't be surprised if you get hooked"

I've been to Malta many times now, first just with my wife, then with our children too. Some people go back time after time, others go once and hate it. I think if you do Malta the right way, you'll love it.

Malta isnt a big island, and there is a lot of new building going on. The capital, Valetta, is in the South, the North of the island is much more relaxing.

You really need to hire a car if you want to get the most out of Malta. Hire cars are cheap, but they're also generally small and not very new. The roads are in poor condition, but very wide, and driving is a leisurely experience, even though the island is only 15 miles from one end to the other, allow at least 45 minutes to do the journey.

Sandy beaches are on the northern end, there are a few big hotels here, and I would strongly recommend this area, particularly if you're a family, or not particularly wanting the night life which you'll find further down the east coast.

Malta is very hot in the summer, but if you go in October, the temperature is much more pleasant, and the sea is still warm, and crystal clear. Snorkeling and diving is popular, but if you're not so energetic, there are 'glass bottom boat' cruises where you can sit in the bottom of the boat and watch the fish swim past.

There is so much to see and do on Malta, Blue Grotto is a must, where small boats will take you under the cliffs to see the caves. Museums abound around Valetta and Mdina, the 'silent city', where cars generally are not allowed, and where you can eat chocolate cake and drink tea on the town walls overlooking the island.

T'Qali is a craft village close to Mdina where you can see filigree silver jewellery being made, and glass blowers at work. Mosta is home to the famous cathedral, the dome of which can be seen from a lot of the island. During the war a bomb came through the dome and landed amongst the congregation during a service, miraculously it didn't explode, and is now on display there.

If you do stay on the northern end of the island, and if you do hire a car, then you should catch the ferry to Gozo, and spend a relaxing day exploring a truly unspoilt island. Head to the capital, Victoria, and buy any lace and other gifts from here, or from the small craft village nearby on the road to the Azure Window and Inland Sea. Then drive across to Ramla Bay, the best beach in the whole of the Maltese islands. There are places to eat here, where the fish is delicious, and you can eat outside looking across the clear blue sea towards Sicily.nBe sure to get back to the Ferry in good time, if you're catching the last one back.

Popeye Village is also situated on the north coast of Malta, where the film set still stands, a whole village made mostly from timber. You can wander in and out and even over the roofs of some of the houses, just as they did in the film.

If you're interested in nature, or if you're interested in history, ancient or modern, you'll find Malta fascinating. How they survived the war is a remarkable tale, and the strong bond made during those desperate times still remains in many Maltese hearts to this day.

If you want a holiday in the sun, where the sea is clear and blue, the atmosphere is relaxed, and the natives all speak English, then try Malta. Stay in the North of the island, and hire a car. It may be the first of many visits you make.

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  • gardenguru1 published 01/08/2005
    Seems like Malta is a place where you go to see if you love or hate it as peoples views seem so extreme. Glad you enjoyed your trips there. Nancy
  • MAFARRIMOND published 24/07/2004
    I would love to visit one day. My father used to live there for a while. Maureen
  • magdadh published 24/07/2004
    Great summary, I was considering visiting Malta or even going to live there for a while and I will keep this in my favourites. Magda
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