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Holidays in Malta

Posted January 9, 2011 by BookingBuddy

A mere 56 miles from Sicily and just 180 miles north of Africa, the easily accessible Mediterranean island of Malta reflects the influences of its Phoenician, Roman, Arabic, British, and French roots. All five diverse cultures have occupied the island at one time or another over its 7,000-year history, and the result is an energetic urban island at the heart of the Maltese archipelago (which also includes the smaller and sleepier islands of Gozo and Comino, both wonderful day trips by ferry from the island of Malta).



There's no better restaurant in all of Malta than the de Mondion restaurant at The Xara Palace in the walled city of Mdina. You'll enjoy it for both the atmosphere—it's situated atop the city's centuries-old fortifications and boasts a full 180-degree view of the island—and for the seasonally fresh Mediterranean cuisine.



Located near the heart of Malta's tourist center in Valletta, the five-star luxury Hotel Phoenicia commands stunning views of the island and is quite an architectural gem in and of itself. When you stay there, you'll live like a prince or princess—literally, since you'll be staying in the same hotel that once paid host to Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth. 



Take a day trip by ferry ride to the nearby island of Gozo and enjoy shopping among the open air markets located at the foothill of the Citadel. This is the main shopping district, so in addition to stalls and street vendors you will also find many of the island's best shops as well. There you can browse everything from clothing and handbags to music, toys, and souvenirs. As no trip to Malta is complete without taking home some genuine Maltese sea salt (still gathered from the same salt flats used by the Romans), be sure to pick a bag of sea salt from one of the local vendors.

City Breaks in Malta – Malta Hotels

Posted June 25, 2009 by BookingBuddy

20090426034557 Malta may be the ‘Land of Honey’, but there’s a lot more to discover in this tiny archipelago than apiaries. The small size of the country makes it ideal for a short getaway since most areas of interest are relatively close to each other. Its Mediterranean climate also allows for return visits all year round.

Hotel Juliani – This little boutique hotel, enviably located right beside the harbour in the former fishing village of St. Julians, offers a great base from which to start your explorations. Book an Ambassador suite for a truly luxurious experience, and enjoy the harbour views while relaxing in the Jacuzzi in your bathroom. Prices start at about £100 for a standard room.

The Blue Grotto – Named for the brilliant blue waters surrounding its caverns and accessible only by boat, the Blue Grotto is a must-visit destination for many. Live out your pirate fantasies as your boat passes under a huge natural rock arch carved out by millions of years of wind and salt spray, before entering the system of caves sparkling with seemingly hidden jewels. The multitude of flashing jewel hues are actually from minerals with the rocks themselves, but that won’t spoil your sense of wonderment as you cruise through the ancient cave system.

Ta’ Marija – This family-run restaurant in the central town of Mosta serves traditional Maltese dishes featuring fresh, succulent rabbit, lamb and seafood. If you’re unsure of what to have, order from one of their three menus for a taste of Maltese cuisine, or just pick from their extensive hot and cold buffets (only available on Saturday and Sunday). There are also ‘entertainment nights’ – usually on Wednesday and Friday nights – where singing and dancing is served along with your meal.

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