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    The Blue Grotto.

    by Maurizioago Updated Mar 16, 2015

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    Favorite thing: In Wied iz Zurrieq; south of the town of Zurrieq (9 km. south of Valletta) you can do a boat trip to this grotto and to some others.

    The trip lasts about twenty minutes.

    Unfortunately I couldn' t take some good pics of the blue sea I saw. My camera didn' t work properly.

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    The first time I went to Gozo...

    by Maurizioago Updated Mar 16, 2015

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    Favorite thing: ...I only had a taste of it.

    I visited the Citadel in Victoria. This is the main town of this island. I stayed into this fortress at least two hours.

    Inside the Citadel there is the cathedral; built between 1697 and 1711, three interesting museums; some shops and cafes.

    I wanted to see some other nice places on this island, but unfortunately buses in Gozo are not as frequent as in Malta.

    Well, after having visited the Citadel I took a bus to Nadur. This is an ordinary village with no restaurants and some bad looking bars. From there I walked to the harbour.
    When I arrived there I ate an hamburger; had a drink and I came back to Malta early in the afternoon.

    If you want to go to Gozo; plan your trip carefully and ask for the timetables at the main bus station in Victoria. Visit the Citadel in the afternoon.

    The Citadel in Victoria.
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    The Black Pearl.

    by Maurizioago Updated Mar 16, 2015

    Favorite thing: This big black vessel was built in Sweden in 1909. It is thought that it was owned by the actor Errol Flynn for some time in the 1950' s. This ship served to transport goods and as luxury cruise. In the 80' s it was used in the movie "Popeye". Today it houses a restaurant.

    It is moored at Ta' Xbiex seafront; not far from Sliema.

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    The Buskett.

    by Maurizioago Updated Mar 16, 2015

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    Favorite thing: This beautiful wood, with various kinds of trees and shrubs was a hunting ground of the Order of Saint John.

    The Buskett is overlooked by the Verdala Castle. This mansion was built by the Grand Master de Verdalle as his summer house.

    This wood is located about two km. from Rabat.

    If you like to know some information about the Verdala Castle go to; www..angelfire.com/ma/maltarchitecture/verdala.html

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    Local Beer:Cisk

    by mickeyboy07 Written Apr 1, 2013

    Favorite thing: The Malta Export Brewery produces the countries finest and most popular beer called 'Cisk'.The Brewery was established in 1840 by 'Giussepe Scicluna'.The name Cisk comes from a nickname that people called Giussepe,it meant cheque as it was his favourite method of payment so the locals stuck with the name and so the beer was born.The beer itself is a golden coloured bottom fermented lager with an alcohol content of 4.2% and was named as 'World's Best Traditional Lager' in 2007.The beer is available all over the Maltese islands in shops,bars and restaurants and sponsers several local events.

    Fondest memory: Cisk is a good beer with what I think is quite a sharp taste,got used to it very quickly and found it to be reasonable in price with the average pint being €2.50.

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    Confusing street names

    by Flying.Scotsman Written Nov 5, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Finding hotels, restaurants and shops can be difficult as reviews and advertisements often give the English name of a street, but maps and signs are usually in Maltese. Some are fairly easy to translate. Trq ir-Republika is Republic Street and Triq it-Turisti is Tourist Street. Others are not so easy. I don't know of an easy way around this except to ask for detailed directions or translations if you can before you set off.

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    Figolli and Kwarezimal.

    by Maurizioago Updated May 5, 2011

    Favorite thing: Figolli are Easter typical sweets. They are almond filled pastries cut out in various shapes and coated with icing colored sugar or chocolate. The traditional shapes of figolli are men, women and baskets. Figolla (singular) is a Maltese corruption for the Italian word “figura”.

    Kwarezimal. The name originates from the Italian word “quaresima” (40 days of Lent). These are big cookies made with almonds, flour, sugar, orange, lemon and tangerine rind, cocoa and orange flower water. They are coated with honey and chopped almonds.

    Figolli at Camilleri and Sons' (Valletta).
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    Elizabeth's Malta Memories

    by Classroomtravels Written Mar 9, 2011

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    Fondest memory: In August 2010, I went to Malta with my Mam, Dad and sister, Clara.

    We stayed in a lovely hotel called the Meridian Palace. The weather was hot and bright and I met lots of people and made friends with a girl called Orla.

    I saw lovely clothes and lovely toys and some really old buildings.

    My best memory from the trip was being a flower girl at a wedding in Valletta.

    Elizabeth with the Maltese Flag

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    Head for another neighbouring country!

    by Durfun Written Feb 9, 2010

    Favorite thing: If you haven't seen Sicily, go there, but at a relaxed pace instead of the mad dash many seem to make from Malta!

    This way you get to visit two island 'countries', with Italy offering the volcanoes, whereas Malta offering the charm, history, & Blue Grotto :)

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    Non EU Citizens

    by hopang Updated Feb 6, 2010

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    Favorite thing: If you are a non EU citizen purchasing a package tour which includes hotel and transfers from an EU country visiting another EU country such as Malta, it is advisable to let your travel agent know that you are a non EU citizen so that they can inform their counterparts in the country that you are visiting.

    Malta is one of the few countries in the European Union that do not have a separate passage that leads directly to the baggage section for EU arrivals. All passengers must pass through immigration checkpoints. If you are holding a non EU passport, you have to queue up at immigration counters for non EU citizens to have your passport checked and stamped by immigration officials. The queue may be quite long depending on the number of international arrivals.

    We had a bad experience at Malta International Airport. We are Malaysian citizens purchasing a package tour which included hotel and transfers to Malta from Sweden. Unfortunately there were several international arrivals from non EU countries about the same time we arrived in Malta. We ended up queuing at the immigration counters for almost an hour. Our tour guide in Malta thought that we were not coming and left the airport. We subsequently took a taxi from the airport to our hotel by our own. It cost us approximately 20.00 euros. Fortunately we were able to claim back the taxi fare from our tour agent in Sweden. The inconveniences can easily be avoided by letting your travel agent know that you are non EU citizens!

    Malta International Airport
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    Tourist Information Offices in Malta

    by hopang Updated May 26, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The following are details of Tourist Information Offices on the main island of Malta:-

    1) Vallettta, capital of Malta -
    Address: 1, City Arcades, City Gate, Valletta.
    Tel: +356 2291 5440
    Fax: +356 2125 5844
    Opening hours: Between 9.00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. from Mondays to Saturdays, and between 9.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays.

    2) Malta International Airport -
    Arrivals Lounge, Luga.
    Tel: +356 2369 6073
    Fax: +356 2182 2072
    Opening hours are between 10.00 a.m. and 9.00 p.m. daily.

    You can obtain free guides and maps from the tourist information offices when you arrive at Malta. Pocket Malta (photo 1) is an excellent guide book with the compliments of Globeground Malta. Going Places by Bus in Malta and Gozo (photo 2) is an excellent holiday guide which contains the bus route numbers and free map of the Maltese islands. Make sure you get these copies when you visit the tourist information office in Malta!

    Pocket Malta Going Places by Bus
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    Shops closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

    by hopang Written May 9, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Remember to bring along all your essential items if you have to travel to Malta on a Sunday or a public holiday. Almost all shops, department stores and shopping malls close on Sundays and public holidays. We forgot to bring along our toothbrushes and toothpastes to Malta. As a consequence we had to search for a sundry shop along the Promenade from Sliema to St. Julian's after approximately three kilometer walk!

    Street at Sliema
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    The People of Malta

    by KoalaB Written Feb 6, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The locals are happy friendly people. The fact that the majority speak English as if it's their 1st language is a real bonus. They also show a genuine interest in where you are from and are only too willing to give advice on places to see. I went there every year from 2000 to 2004, staying months on end whilst we we were doing up our yacht.

    Fondest memory: The evening walks along the promenade in the summer time. Tourists and the locals with their children all walking or sitting on the benches enjoying the cool of the evening. Many evenings there are stalls set up selling a variety of things.
    The huge Sunday market at Valetta is a must, but be prepared for huge crouds and good bargains, from clothing to shoes, jewellery, you name it, they had it!
    Don't forget the hat or umbrella when it's hot because you'll end up with heat exhaustion.

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    Around Malta

    by omehes Written Jan 22, 2009

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    Favorite thing: There are amazingly wonderful places on Malta: like the wonderful and idyllic Sliema with long walks along the sea with numerous shops and causy restaurants or the Three Cities to the right from Valletta (Cospicua, Vittoriosa, and Senglea) with old palaces, street decorations and abandoned docks.

    Sliema's seafront Palaces of the Three Cities
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    Language

    by Redang Updated Oct 18, 2008

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    Favorite thing: There are two official languages in Malta: Maltese and English, so, no problems at all (if you speak any of them, of course).

    Maltese language is quite difficult, at least for me, so, fortunately they speak English too. Would you like to learn (or try to learn) a few words in Maltese? Have a go!

    - Hello = Merha
    - Good morning = Bongu
    - Good afternoon = Bonswa
    - Open = Miftuh
    - Bus = Karozza
    - Thank you = Grazzi
    - Sea = Bahar

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