Hello there. Remember me? Sorry for the loooong leave of absence. So many things happened to me and my small family in the past couple of months that I had no time to write! I went on a 3 week business trip to Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. Then Mike and I… wait for it, the big news… bought a new home! Yay! And we have been busy with it ever since…
But this post isn’t about my work or our home, it is about our short trip to Malta for the Easter holidays. Malta is a Southern European Island country, well-known for its historic sites. We got a good deal on Ebookers for the flight as well as the hotel. If you do a pre-booking online for a rental car, you will expect someone from the Rental Company waiting for you at your arrival, with all the documents, as the airport is quite small to accommodate offices for rental companies inside. We had booked a 4 seater Peugeot which costed us around 25 euros per day.
We stayed at the beautiful Corinthia hotel. It felt like we were in a medieval castle. In fact most of the buildings in Malta are built in this medieval style from special limestones found only in Malta. Something interesting to know about Malta is it is basically a lump of limestone in the Mediterranean and only covers about 300 sq.km (including the outlying islands of Gozo and Comino). Malta has 2 types of limestone, globigerina and coralline.. The architectural style here is such that the original color of the stones are maintained on the walls of buildings, while colors like blue, red and green adorn the windows and doors adding interest.
After checking in at the Corinthia, we headed out to Mdina. Mdina is a small city located in the northern region of Malta. As it was Easter, the city was packed with people making their way to the churches. We even had trouble finding a parking spot. We walked around the narrow cobbled streets enjoying the baroque and medieval architecture of the houses, churches and chapels. It is also called as the silent city as no cars are allowed inside, except those of its residents.
After enjoying delicious pasta at the restaurant Trattoria 1530, we drove back to our hotel before stopping at a small village called Dingli, where we enjoyed watching the play of Sun with the sea for a while.
On the second day of our trip we explored the capital city of Malta called Valletta. Valletta is a fortified city located on a hilly peninsula between two of the finest natural harbors (Marsamxett Harbor and Grand Harbor) in the Mediterranean. Valletta contains buildings from the 16th century, built during the rule of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as Knights Hospitaller.
We went to the Upper Barrakka Gardens & Saluting Battery. The Saluting Battery is located below the Barrakka gardens, overlooking the Grand Harbour and is used for ceremonial artillery firings. The beautiful views of the sea and the garden around made us wish time would simply stand still..
Later, we drove towards Sliema. We parked our car close to the waterfront and walked beside the beach towards another place called Saint Julian`s, a fishing village. After Mike had fun ogling at all the beautiful yachts docked at a small harbor nearby, we had our lunch at an amazing restaurant called Café Cuba, where we had the most delicious Cuban burgers.
A 30 minute ride from Saint Julian`s to the south coast took us to a tiny pristine place called Blue Grotto (grotto meaning chain or a number of sea caverns). You can take a boat to visit the chain of caves located in this area. Blue Grotto is so called because of the different shades of blue of the sea seen near the caves. A 20 minute boat ride costed us Euro 8/ person. As it was high tide, it was more like a roller coaster ride for me, but we thoroughly enjoyed it.
In the evening we took a stroll inside San Anton Garden right next to the hotel where a wide range of flora from all over the world is grown. We even spotted a beautiful Peacock and Peahens strutting about.
Wait for more about our (short) trip to Malta…