4 Places in Malta you should not miss out on!

If you’re after sunshine, beautiful sea and a bit of history on the side then Malta is the island to check out this summer and here’s 4 places that help make the island the charming place that it is.

1.     Mdina

Did you know that the set location for the first season of “Games of Thrones” was Mdina?  Yep, Mdina, the silent city, is a medieval town located upon a hill and is confined to the magestically built defensive walls of this small city. Its history dates back to Phoenician settlers in 700 BC. You will not find many vehicles, cars or traffic jams here as its authorities allow only residents a limited number of vehicles inside the city. When I visited, I stayed at this hotel, it was awesome.

 

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Photo: Martin Lopatka

A wander around the city is enough to appreciate the charm and beauty of this place but if you’ve got time here are a few places that are worth a visit

  1. Paul’s Cathedral
  2. Palazzo Santa Sophia
  3. Palazzo Falson (Norman House)
  4. Mdina Dungeons
  5. Benedictine Monastery
  6. Agatha’s Chapel
  7. Palazzo Gatto Murina
  8. Nicholas’ Chapel
  9. Bastion Square
  10. Vilhena Palace
  11. Natural History Museum
  12. Carmelite Church & Convent

2.     Gozo

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photo: Berit Watkin

This beautiful tiny sister Island is a marvel in both the nature it posses and also the historical sites present. One of the most ancient archeological sites in the world, the Ggantija Temples dating to 3500 BC can be seen at Xaghra bay and followed by a nice dip in the Mediterranean waters soon after. Gozo attracts tourists from all over the world for its peaceful temperament, pastoral landscape, pristine beaches, ancient hilltops, grandiose Baroque churches and native cultural events. Coastal areas such as Ramla Bay the Azure Window in Dwejra are famous for their safe swimming zones for the tourists and their natural stunning beauty. In short, you’ll find enough places to keep you relaxing for a week and then some.

3.     Valletta

According to UNESCO’s World Heritage, Valletta is considered one of the most important historic places in the world.

Whenever you go to Valletta, don’t forget to watch a performance at the Manoel Theatre and go for a stroll in the city, popular for its hundreds of art figures, monuments and baroque architecture . Its streets offer the most charming and gorgeous experience through its fashionable shops, flea markets, St. John’s Co-Cathedral Church, typical maltese balcony patterns in houses all around, a wealth of museums and some of the best traditional as well as modern restaurants.

4.     Sliema

Sliema is probably best known for it’s shops and cafes situated by a most picturesque promenade facing Valletta across the port.  Don’t bother trying to get there by car and finding a spot to park in though as this town is quite bustling and the task close to impossible.

Falling in love with the Seychelles

Have you ever been to the Seychelles? If the answer to that question is yes then you know just how amazing it really is! If the answer to that question is no, then you should head over there as soon as possible because it’s a place I think everyone should visit at least once!

I have been fortunate enough to visit this magical place on two occasions, the more I go there the more I can’t help but fall in love with the place. I love the fact that there are just so many options, for example if you’re looking for luxury holidays to the Seychelles you will find some of the most luxurious packages imaginable! Whereas if you’re on a budget then you will still be able to visit this idyllic destination. Personally I would have to go with the luxury option because when you stay in a place like the Seychelles I think you make the most of it! With flights now being at such great value there really is no excuse for you not to visit!

I think it’s pretty easy to see that I think the Seychelles is one of the best places on the planet, so here’s why I think you’ll love it just as much as I do. Have been there? If so, I would love to hear what you thought about the place and any recommendations you have for our travel community are more than welcome. Just type whatever you like in the comments box at the end of this post :)

The Beaches

Who doesn’t love the beach? If you’re a beach lover then the Seychelles is the place that you need to be. The beautiful, sprawling white sandy beaches and crystal clear water is probably the main draw. The best thing is that there’s a beach for whatever you like; peace and quiet, waterspouts, long walks and sunbathing!

The People

For me the local people ‘make or break’ whether a destination is good or not. Never before have I felt such a warm welcome from local people as I did in the Seychelles. The hospitality, warmth and kinds you feel is second to none. I think it;s pretty much impossible to come here and not make at least one Seychellois friend.

Food, Food and more food!

If you’re thinking about sticking to any sort of fixed diet then you should definitely leave that at the airport before you leave home. The Creole food is just so tasty you should eat until you can’t eat anymore, trust me on this one because you’re going to miss is when you finally get back home! Fish lovers are going to be in heaven  because there’s fish, fish and more fish to eat here!

Lots of plans for this Easter

Easter is coming, and with it the perfect time to start planning our free days. And with the coming of spring and the nice weather we can travel to more hot places like Spain, to enjoy the sun in a large variety of options, like this ones:

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Beaches

It may sound strange to some, but there are actually a lot of people that enjoy going to the beach before summer, mainly due to the fact that you will encounter the beach a lot less crowded. Places like the mediterranean coast, or the Balearic Islands become well-visited places, not only during the summer, but during spring as well. With Ibiza’s good weather, renting a car in order to travel around the island becomes a very good option, so we can enjoy visiting every one of Ibiza’s beaches and coves, as well as the numerous villages we can find in the island. And if we like surfing we can find some waves in the ibizan waters, with a lot less people in it.

 

Snow

You prefer the cold? March it’s still a perfect month for skiing and enjoying hiking in the mountains. In Spain, during the months of february and march the ski stations are working at full capacity, so it’s a good option for all ski-lovers to visit places like Sierra Nevada in Granada, Baqueira in Lleida or Valgrande Pajares in Asturias. Aside from that, we can find less-crowded ski stations all around Spain, especially in the Pyrenean Mountains, on the north of the country.

 

Castles

Spain is well known for its medieval heritage, and proof of it are the numerous and beautiful castles we can find around the country. Some of them even became famous because of a movie or a tv show, like the castle of Loarre, made famous by the movie Kingdom of Heaven, or the castle of Xátiva, in which we can find parts of the story of the famous Cid, the spanish knight.

 

Amusement Parks

There are a lot of good amusement parks in Spain, perfect for those that like entertainment or wanna do a trip with their children. We can find Port Aventura in Barcelona, or Warner Park in Madrid, but there are a lot of other amusement parks in Spain, some of them more focused on the fauna, like the Biopark in Valencia, or the Loro Park in Tenerife.

 

Parques de atraccione

Para aquellos que les guste el entretenimiento, o quieran hacer un viaje inolvidable con sus hijos, los parques temáticos siempre son una buena opción. En España destacan sobre todo Port Aventura en Barcelona y el Parque Warner en Madrid, pero existen muchos otros excelentes parques de atracciones en nuestro país, como el Loro Parque de Tenerife, el Parque de la Naturaleza de Cantabria o el Bioparc de Valencia.

Why Europe is such a special place?

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Europe is the centre of the modern world, it is always thought of in the top continents in the work, particularly with its diversity in history, languages, architecture, food, landscapes, etc. The list of things that it has to offer could go on forever, but one thing that I have always found special is the allure and mystery surrounding castles and palaces.

I was recently reading this post about castles and palaces to see in Europe and was drawn to each of the European castles that were discussed in the article, I have been lucky enough to see some of these castles throughout my travels, but one that I have not experienced that was mentioned was Neuschwanstein. This 19th century castle is located in Bavaria and was intended to be used as a retreat for King Ludwig II, it was only inhabited for 172 days before the king’s death. This is a castle that has actually transcended reality into the realms of cartoons and animations, because Neuschanstein is the inspiration for the world famous and iconic Disney castle.

It is often strange to think that when we watch films or television, or read books that places like Neuschwanstein are so common, we see these places all the time but never really take the time to consider if they are real or not. I recall seeing the Prague castle in the action film XxX, but never thinking too much about whether or not it was real or not, all I could think about was how impressive it was. It was only on my visit to Prague last year that I fully enjoyed what the castle had to offer and it was only when I got there that I recalled the movie and it was a surreal moment. Here are two instances of castles that are literally something you see only in movies and this makes visiting them even more surreal and enjoyable, and there are many more to experience.

Europe truly is a place of dreams and the beauty of European castles and palaces is something to behold, I would highly recommend visiting as many of these as possible, I still have more to do too!!

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