MALTA - you'll Love it OR Hate it.
"SAGA Holiday in The Cavalieri Hotel, St Julians"
My unlucky for some thirteenth visit to Malta was a success once again.
My first visit to this All Inclusive Hotel.
Many say don't do the organised tours but even after visiting so often I still do some organised tours and enjoy them.
This time I had four free tours:- An Orientation Bus Tour passing through St. Julians, Spinola bay, then onto Paceville, St. George's Bay and Valletta;
Mosta & Mdina, visiting Mosta Dome 3rd largest in Europe and Mdina (The Silent City and former Capital); Valletta Market & Qrendi, visiting Valletta Sunday Market, and the village of Qrendi where traditional Maltese Cheese & Peas Cakes were sampled in the Preists House & we visited the Church; Villages & Traditions, visiting some out of the way traditional villages, then to a 300-year old farmhouse, where Maltese bread pudding & biscuits were sampled.
I also paid for Four Additional Tours: St Paul's Catacombs, Visiting The Roman Villa (Museum), St Paul's Church, Grotto & Catacombs; Sailing trip round Malta's & Gozo Bays, & Comino's Blue Lagoon including lunch on board The Fernandez (a two master); The Times of Malta Tour, visiting Vittoriosa (Malta G.C./shelter), Fort Rinella (100 ton gun), Ta@ Qali craft village, Scenic drive through Girgenti, Busket gardens (where we had lunch), & Dingli Cliffs visiting a small church overlooking Filfla Islands (where the two tailed lizzards live) that was used as target practice during the second world war; Sicily, Pozzallo for coffee, Taormina a typical Sicillian village where I had lunch in a beautiful Garden overlooking the bay and visited the Roman Ampitheatre, Mount Etna via the cable car only as there isn't enough time to go on the 4 x 4's; I thoroughly enjoyed all of these tours, some with my husband but many alone or with friends I met at the Hotel.
I normally stay in Sliema when in Malta but have also stayed in Bugiba and now St Julians (Spinola Bay). I was pleasantly surprised by this part of St. Julians as it is an area I would normally avoid.
I will continue to visit Malta every few years, I have friends who live in Cospicua but I think I would go back even if I hadn't as it's a lovely Island group and the people are very friendly and helpful.
Malta is in the EEC and next year will be using the Euro.
"Blue Lagoon - Comino"
The Blue Lagoon at Comino is a popular destination for the Captain Morgan and other small Island Cruise Ships, and for private pleasure craft. When there it is possible to take pleasure motor boats to the many caves, such as the Australian Cave where nature has excavated a hole in the shape of an upside down map of Australia, and the cave with the small beach at the end where local courting couples are said to visit. Most people swim in the Lagoon where the water is mostly calm, warm and inviting.
Valletta has many Museums such as the Casa Rocco Piccola, Historic House, home of a Maltese noble family, still in private hands. The Malta Experience, The National War Museum, The National Museum of Archaeology where there was showing of the Silent Warriors-The Chinese Terracotta Soldiers (a few of them anyway). The Fine Arts Museum, The Palace Armory & State Rooms, and The Museum of St John's Co Cathedral, and many more.