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Winter Holiday in Malta

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A February 2005 trip to Malta by cls223

The famous Maltese buses Photo, Malta, Europe More Photos
Quote: Golden Mediterranean sunshine, azure seas, friendly locals, historic ruins that are among the oldest on earth... all this and more can be found on Malta.

Winter Holiday in Malta

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Overview

The harbor Photo, Malta, Europe
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Every year, I like to go someplace for a few days to celebrate my birthday, and I often head to a spot in Western Europe. This year, though, I wanted to do something a bit different. My criteria? Someplace I’d never been before, someplace I could spend only a week yet still feel like I’d gotten a good flavor of the place, and someplace warmer than Chicago in winter (okay, the last part is admittedly pretty easy!). I also wanted a place where there was culture in the form of museums, historic sites, and the like, and a place where I’d feel comfortable going "solo". After research, research, and more research, I decided to visit Malta, as it seemed to meet my criteria. The more I read and r...Read More

Marina Hotel

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Hotel

Marina Hotel Photo, Malta, Europe
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The Marina Hotel is ideally situated on the Tigne Seafront, directly across the road from the ferries that traverse the harbor to Valetta and just down the road from the main bus stop in Sliema. Sea-view rooms with private balconies can be had for a few extra lira and are well worth the price. My airy upper-floor room was furnished with two twin beds (pushed together for a full bed), desk and chair, bedside tables, two large wardrobes, personal safe, and a minibar. The bathroom had a tub/shower combination, and was spacious and sparkling clean. The compact balcony had two chairs and a small table: even in late February it was mild enough to sit outside and enjoy the warmth of the Mediterranean sun. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Peak Oriental Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Peak Oriental Cuisine"

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I found this place completely by accident: the ground level lift is located next to an outdoor cash machine, though the restaurant itself is on the 8th floor of a multi-story shopping and office complex. This brightly lit spot offers a good selection of Cantonese fare, including dim sum items, several duck dishes, several types of fried rice, and more. An assortment of noodle dishes, including Singapore Noodles, and a few curries round out the menu. I opted for a starter of spring rolls, followed by an entree of prawns with green pepper and black bean sauce. The spring rolls arrived piping hot, the texture crispy, just the way I like, and filled with shredded carrots, mushrooms, and assorted Chine...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Peak Oriental Restaurant
Level 8 Plaza Complex, Bisazza Street
Sliema , Malta
+356 21 314 862

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This is a small place, just down from the Marina Hotel along the seafront. I noticed it one day while exploring the area and decided to give it a try for dinner one evening. A red tile floor and light stone walls offset dark wood tables and chairs. Dark wood beams accentuate the rather low ceiling, creating an intimate atmosphere. Plants hang in ceramic pots from the ceiling and photographs of Malta’s natural beauty add a decorative touch. Tables are graced with blue and white linens. There are several set menu options for well under 5 Maltese Lira (about $15 U.S.). On a given day, specials may include spaghetti with rabbit sauce, homemade fettuccini, chicken breast with ham and mozzarell...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Portopalo Restaurant and Pizzeria
30 Ix-Xatt ta' Tigne
Sliema , Malta SLM 11
+356 21 331 915

Lanca Restaurant Photo, Malta, Europe
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This restaurant on the Sliema seafront has a wonderful ambience. Rims colored in crayon-bright colors of yellow, blue, orange and red offset small round tables in light wood. The cushions on the chairs carry through these brilliant hues. A tall red pillar candle burns at each table and adds a touch of soft light. The walls and floor are stone; the low ceiling of dark wood beams adds to the cozy atmosphere. The wall decor is a colorful assortment of plaques and advertisements for beers and ales. Music (mostly New Age) is pleasant and at a level which allows dinner conversation at a normal level. For a starter, I opted for bruschetta, and chose penne cartocchio as an entree. I enj...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Marsaxlokk Fishing Village

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Attraction

Marsaxlokk Fishing Village Photo, Malta, Europe
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Marsaxlokk, southeast of Valletta, is a traditional fishing village popular with tourists for its picturesque charm. Vibrantly painted luzzu (fishing boats) provide colorful photo opportunities, with their traditional blue, red and yellow colors and the vigilant "Eyes of Osiris" on their bows. These painted eyes are believed by locals to be protection from the "evil eye". As you stroll along the seafront, you can watch the local fisherman mending their nets or working on their boats. There is a daily market along the waterfront, whose wares are aimed mainly at tourists. On Sundays, check out the Fish Market, where you can find swordfish, tuna and lampuki. There are several food kiosks and cafes ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Marsaxlokk Fishing Village

Marsaxlokk , Malta

Megalithic Temples of Malta

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Attraction | "The Temples of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra"

Megalithic Temples of Malta Photo, Malta, Europe
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These temple sites lie near Malta’s south coast and are deemed among the best preserved of the sites found in the islands. To reach them, take either bus 38 or 138 from Valletta. The bus ride is about 30 minutes, and when you get off, you’ll think you’ve been left in the middle of nowhere. Follow the small sign pointing to the temples and walk through the parking lot to the ticket booth. You can purchase a ticket for either one or both temples: I suggest doing both, as they are situated close together. If you’re hungry after perusing the ruins, the Ħaġar Qim restaurant just above the parking lot is a peaceful place for a snack or meal. I enjoyed a much-needed cold drink on the outdoor terrace afte...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2005

Megalithic Temples of Malta
2km Southwest Of Qrendi
Valletta, Malta

Buses in Malta

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Story/Tip

The famous Maltese buses Photo, Malta, Europe
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Unless you want to rent a car or hire a private guide and driver, you can plan on spending at least part of your time riding the bright-yellow Maltese buses. While the fleet appears to be undergoing modernization, there are still a number of the more ancient buses left, and a journey in one is something you should experience. When you board the bus, give the driver your fare (and yes, the drivers do have change, but small notes are best). As you do your transaction, note the decor. Almost without exception, the driver’s area is decked out with religious icons and small plaques (often of a spiritual subject): one bus I rode even had a small shrine to the Madonna and Child. Once everyone’s o...Read More