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Author: Emilie Buffiere

Hastings Gardens

Hastings Gardens is located on the West of Valletta. The garden is offering a very nice, very beautiful view to several places opposite of peninsula of Valletta: Floriana, Manoel island, Msida Creek, Sliema and a little bit of Saint Julians as well. The garden is a very attractive park set on the bastions of Valletta and the legend says it took only 4 hours to build. Near the entrance there is a monument of Marquis of Hastings placed by the Hastings family in honor of Francis, who was a governor of Malta. The lord died in 1827 and was...

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Mild Winters Make Malta a Must

Dreading yet another cold, wet winter? Tired of shacking up for months on end like a bear in hibernation? With winter approaching, the thought of braving those harsh conditions has many yearning for some extra months of sunshine. Unfortunately, winter is coming, and it’s time to plan accordingly. Me? I will be spending my winter sitting at a café watching the waves roll in. Did I mention it will be 70 degrees F (25 degrees C) and sunny? That’s right people I spend my winters in shorts and a T-Shirt. Granted the months of November through March are regarded as Malta’s more inclement months with a good amount of rain and wind, the climate feels more like a long spring rather than a harsh winter. Don’t tell me that you’d rather spend your days buried under a hefty jacket instead of sipping cocktails on the beach, that would just be ridiculous. But if that is enough to spark your fancy, here are a couple more reason why winters in Malta trump all: Commonly a VERY popular destination for visitors from around the globe, tourists tend to flock in the masses to the Maltese shores during the hot months of summer. Despite the incredible weather, the summer crowds can be a real bummer while on vacation. On the flip side, winters in Malta have no such crowds! Enjoy all of...

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Red Tower

After visiting and checking every important place in the southwest area of the island I told myself it is time to choose a different direction. That is why I decided to go North this time, to Mellieha. The following posts will be about places in this area. I felt very fascinated when I read about the Red Tower earlier, so it was obvious this was the first place I checked and took pictures about. St. Agatha’s Tower is situated on the crest of Marfa Ridge, built in 1649 during the Grand Mastership of Giovanni Paolo Lascaris. It is one...

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Food in Malta

Food in Malta may not rank as gourmet cuisine, but it is very reasonably priced and there are plenty of places to choose from. Beyond the proliferation of pizzerias, pasta houses and snack bars, there are occasional gourmet restaurants and a good range of places serving fresh fish. The latter can be anything from family-run seaside cafés to fully-fledged restaurants which entice you in with their tanks full of live lobsters. Menus are almost always translated into English. The following are a few of the local dishes which you may come across if you happen to eat in restaurants...

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Malta Sports

The Marsa Sports Club is a huge sporting complex that has sufficient facilities to keep you active for days. Affordable membership is available on a daily or weekly basis. Facilities include an 18-hole golf course, 17 hard tennis courts, five squash courts, an 18-hole mini-golf course, a cricket pitch and billiards tables. In addition there is a fitness center with gym and sauna and, in season, a swimming pool. In the vicinity of the club there are polo grounds, a horse-racing track, football and rugby pitches and an athletic track. Mistra Sports Club Within Mistra Village, overlooking St Paul’s Bay, the center is equipped with squash and tennis courts, gymnasiums, and indoor pool, saunas and massage facilities. Watersports Diving Malta and Gozo are ideal for diving and the costs are reasonable by European standards. A full range of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and BSAC (British Sub-Aqua Club) courses is offered, as well as taster sessions for the total beginner. Diving takes place either from the shore or from boats. For any diving course you need a medical certificate of physical fitness. This can be arranged locally for a fee (but sometimes the fee will be included in the price of a course). The Maltese National Tourism Organisation provides excellent leaflets on diving courses, diving clubs, equipment hire, emergency numbers, and information on the best dive sites on...

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