Malta Journals

Days and Knights of Malta

A May 2000 trip to Malta by Maggiezed

Quote: These islands of sunshine and history shouldn't be missed. Once here, you'll realise it is the perfect jumping-off point to study the history of the region, from the Phoenicians to the British.This is a popular vacation spot for Europeans.

Days and Knights of Malta


Don't neglect to attend the 'In Guardia' historical re-enactment of a military parade, in period costume, at Fort St. Elmo.

Quick Tips:

Look down at the stepped and cobbled streets, look up and admire the balconies. Topless sunbathing is not condoned here.

Best Way To Get Around:

What a fantastic bus system. Pick up an easy-to-read bus schedule and travel all over the island for less than a dollar US.

Coronado Beach Resort

Hotel | "Sliema Chalet Hotel"

Creaky twin beds, a tile floor and an ill-fitting door equalled a very noisy room. We enjoyed the sea view from the balcony overlooking the rocks and promenade of Sliema (pronounced Shlee-ma). Buffet continental breakfast was included.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 15, 2000

Coronado Beach Resort
1415 Orange Ave.
Coronado, California 92118
(619) 522-6000

Sun Palace All-Inclusive

Hotel | "Xara Palace Hotel"

This is a true five-star experience. Located in the ancient capital of Mdina, this hotel is part of the city walls. Recently restored with modern luxuries, it still retains its character in a unique historic setting.
There are 17 individually designed suites, some with panoramic views, jacuzzis and eclectic antiques.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 15, 2000

Sun Palace All-Inclusive
Cancun, Mexico 77500

An unpretentious restaurant. Most people dine late, after 8pm. We enjoyed some excellent Thai food here, although we were offered Malta's national dish, rabbit casserole.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 15, 2000

The Manoel Theatre


One of the oldest theatres in Europe offers a tour behind the scenes. A guide will explain the hand-painted pictures on the boxes, sound-absorption methods and will let you hand-crank the wind machine for sound efects.
Grandmaster of the Knights of St. John, Antonio Manoel de Vilhena, built it as a public theatre in 1731. Officially, it is Malta's National Theatre and celebrities such as Yehudi Menuhin and Kiri Te Kanawa have appeared here.
Once reduced to a filthy haven for beggers and a some-time dancehall, it has been lovingly restored to its former 22-carat gilded glory. This is a don't-miss experience.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 16, 2000