End­less Sum­mer

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GRAB A COCK­TAIL OR A SMOOTHIE AT ONE OF THE STANDS WHICH THEY SERVE IN­SIDE OF A PINEAP­PLE!

Got the win­ter blues? One of the best things you can do is book a flight to Malta! The sun is warm and bright for 10 months out of the year! Boost your mood by sun­bathing on mes­mer­iz­ing beaches ac­com­pa­nied by tiki drink. There is a chance to wit­ness Malta’s his­tory, en­joy the vi­brant nightlife and dis­cover Ital­ian, Mediter­ranean and Ara­bic cui­sine. Game of Thrones fans will be ex­cited to know some of the show was shot in the an­cient ar­eas of Malta. Let’s pack our bags and start our tour!

BLUE LA­GOON, COMINO IS­LAND

Malta con­sists of 3 ma­jor is­lands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino. The Blue La­goon is the most pop­u­lar beach lo­cated on Comino Is­land. The wa­ter is trans­par­ent, clean and maybe most im­por­tantly stays the warm­est through the year. Grab a cock­tail or a smoothie at one of the stands which they serve in­side of a pineap­ple! Ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the is­land is easy as there are fer­ries ev­ery 30 mins and it only takes 20 min­utes to get there!

VALLETTA

With a pop­u­la­tion of 8,000 res­i­dents, Valetta is one of the small­est cap­i­tals in Europe. Ev­ery street in the city has old and fas­ci­nat­ing look­ing with build­ings from 16th

cen­tury. There is no sur­prisethat the city is in­cluded in Unesco’s World Her­itage Sites list. Def­i­nitely spend time wan­der­ing around the beau­ti­ful streets to take pic­tures. Take break in Up­per Barakka Gar­dens and let the unique scenery recharge your bat­tery. Af­ter ex­plor­ing the area, give credit to the pro­duc­ers of Game of Thrones for us­ing the area in sev­eral ‘’King’s Land­ing’’ scenes. Near Up­per Barakka Gar­dens check out An­gel­ica restau­rant on Arch­bishop street. Try the rab­bit as it is among the most fa­mous meals and they serve a wide se­lec­tion of Mal­tese wine which is def­i­nitely worth a try! Jamie Oliver claims it’s the best rab­bit in Malta!

If you’re not on a time crunch, you should check out St. John’s Cathe­dral which is one of the most lav­ish re­li­gious sanc­tu­ar­ies in Europe since 1577. It looks very ordinary out­side as Mal­tese knights kept all the pre­cious look­ing decor and items in­side to not to at­tract any en­e­mies. Floor con­sist of tomb­stones of knights who fought for Saint John, the pro­tec­tor of Mal­tese knights. As it is the ar­chi­tec­tural sym­bol of the city of Valletta, St. John’s Cathe­dral has a rich

in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion with paint­ings on walls and ceil­ing, sculp­tures and fan­tas­tic works by Car­avag­gio, an Ital­ian painter. Con­structed in 1571 for Jean Parisot De Valletta, com­man­der of the Knights of St. John and the founder of the city, Grand­mas­ter’s Palace is another fa­mous stop in Valletta. The build­ing is used as pres­i­dent’s palace to­day and at­tracts enough vis­i­tors as be­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing ar­chi­tec­tural work.

PACEVILLE, ST. JULIANS

St. Julians is another pop­u­lar city that has a vi­brant nightlife district called Paceville.

It is one long street in­tensely pop­u­lated by clubs, bars and restau­rants. The at­mos­phere is en­er­getic and you can eas­ily hear many dif­fer­ent lan­guages at the same time as it is a highly mul­ti­cul­tural area. Hugo’s lounge is a chill spot if you don’t the mu­sic blar­ing and would like to so­cial­ize. Even bet­ter, there is a Casino! Casino Malta is where you can en­joy many games, watch sports and have a drink as it can be a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence since the coun­try is also fa­mous for its casi­nos.

On the other side, if you want more mel­low en­vi­ron­ment on a beau­ti­ful peace­ful is­land, not far from Paceville, there is Spinola Bay. Spinola Ter­race is the best al­ter­na­tive with great views over the bay and qual­ity seafood. Vis­i­tors are wel­comed with a com­pli­men­tary glass of sparkling wine and canapes by friendly staff. Start the food jour­ney with br­uschetta or mush­rooms as they are the most com­mon starters to try.

MDINA

If you en­joy trav­el­ing through his­tory, Mdina could be the es­sen­tial area for a visit. It is def­i­nitely not an av­er­age Euro­pean old town as its his­tory takes you back to 4000 years ago! The city was the cap­i­tal of Malta and gives us a clear hint about the cap­ti­vat­ing ar­chi­tec­tural per­spec­tive from mid­dle age era. As Valetta, Mdina is also rec­og­nized as World Her­itage Site by Unesco and was used in sev­eral scenes of Game of Thrones’ first sea­son. You can walk around the tight streets of the city and visit Mdina Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum. The term ‘’city’’ shouldn’t move you away from the idea of dis­cov­ery since it is so easy to ex­plore all the ins and outs of the area in just 40 mins!

Be­fore your ex­cit­ing visit to Mdina, you can en­joy lunch at San An­drea Restau­rant which serves Ital­ian and Mediter­ranean cui­sine, seafood, ve­gan and gluten-free op­tions. As it is a Si­cil­ian restau­rant, you

will not be dis­ap­pointed by the fresh seafood or pasta. The restau­rant is very close to the city gates, on Saqqa­jja Hill. Af­ter ex­plor­ing Mdina, take a break at Fon­tanella Tea Gar­den lo­cated at the end of the city walls and en­joy a panoramic view of Malta with a Can­noli Si­cil­iani.

GOZO IS­LAND

Gozo is the sec­ond biggest is­land in the coun­try of Malta and worth a visit to wit­ness more of his­tory or en­joy the re­laxed at­mos­phere in bay ar­eas. The most pop­u­lar at­trac­tion in the area used to be Azure Win­dow which un­for­tu­nately col­lapsed in March 2017. How­ever, it is still worth a visit as it is just on nat­u­rally beau­ti­ful Dwe­jra Bay where they filmed Khaleesi and Khal Drogo’s wed­ding scene for Game of Thrones. Vis­it­ing the city of Vic­to­ria and hav­ing a lunch is a great idea. Pa­trick’s Lounge on Europe Street is worth a visit.

Go­ing to Gozo Is­land takes roughly 2 hours so it is bet­ter to start your jour­ney ear­lier in the day. If you would rent a car, for the price of €15.70 you can use car fer­ries and dis­cover Gozo Is­land with a car with­out not much of your en­ergy spend.

MORE OF BEAU­TI­FUL BAYS

If you are not will­ing to ex­plore all around the coun­try but just fully wel­come the op­por­tu­nity of con­stant sun­light, there are two more beau­ti­ful beaches wait­ing for you in Malta. Par­adise Bay is great if you want the con­ve­niences of food & drinks. If you’re miss­ing Mi­ami Beach, they have beach par­ties that may make Par­adise Bay an even more fun choice.

If you need more of a quiet en­vi­ron­ment Pretty Bay could be the fa­vor­able al­ter­na­tive for you. Lo­cals fre­quent the beach since their sum­mer houses are not far. As it is the long­est sandy beach in Malta, Gharida Bay is also among mostly pre­ferred beaches. It is also the most pop­u­lar one for wa­ter sports if you’re into that sort of thing.

All in all, Malta is an amaz­ing is­land coun­try that you can en­joy in lux­ury with­out break­ing the bank. Peo­ple of all ages can eas­ily find the right en­ter­tain­ment for them thanks to the wide va­ri­ety of things to do. En­joy your end­less sum­mer in Malta where the sun never sleeps.

Sun bathing at Azure win­dow, a fa­mous tourist des­ti­na­tion in Malta.

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