Hi, friends! I hope you are feeling love today!
One of my followers recently asked me to name my favourite place for a short break. I chose one of the nicest places I know, Malta; a small country with a big heart!
One of the 359 Churches of Malta & Gozo!
Malta is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea just 80km (50 miles) south of Sicily. The total area of the three islands that make up the country is just 316km2
(124 sq. miles) which is less than 1/5 the size of Greater London
. It is the tenth smallest country in the world, just slightly larger than The Maldives. Sometime, great gifts come in small packages!
Malta is a tiny bundle of fun, sun and adventure! I like places where I can relax one day and explore the next and Malta has everything I enjoy. The main island of Malta has excellent hotels to fit all price ranges, fantastic restaurants to please all tastes and some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. One of my favourite places is the Cathedral of St. John
in the capital Valletta which has two extraordinary pictures painted by Michelangelo Caravaggio!
Boats, boats and more boats!
There are mysterious stone age temples, exciting catacombs and beautiful vistas to explore all within a short walk or ride from any hotel. There are remnants and artefacts from the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, French and the Knights of St. John in and around the many museums that document the turbulent history of the island. Malta has been a crossroads of cultures since time immemorial.
Such treasures, however, do not detract from having fun. Malta is alive with sun, water sports and nightlife. My perfect relaxation day on Malta includes arising late to the sound of waves breaking outside my hotel balcony. After a quick breakfast, I put on a bikini and head for one of the many seaside beach clubs for sun, the occasional cooling pool dip and some chilled Prosecco sipped from my sunbed.
You must try a traditional water taxi!
A light lunch would feature the fantastic local seafood. In the late afternoon, I’d chat with friends over coffee on one of the several seaside cafes. Then, I’d return to my hotel for a spa treatment and a quick nap before dressing for dinner and dancing until the early hours. I’d reserve the following day for exploring some of the many historical sites, taking a relaxing boat ride or maybe snorkelling and swimming in the sea. There are few places on the earth where adventure can be so relaxing!
Malta is an easy place to love and also to reach. Being centrally located, it is a short flight for my friends in Europe and offers excellent connections for friends from further away. The airport is small and efficient with short lines and quick baggage delivery.
Because the island is small, public transportation by taxi, bus and ferry is readily available and inexpensive. Walking is also easy with wide seaside corniches offering beautiful views. Hotels cater to all tastes and budgets. Food and entertainment are a good value. The Maltese are friendly, helpful and usually speak three languages fluently (English, Maltese and Italian) plus enough words of almost all other languages to make their visitors feel welcome. The Maltese smile a lot because they know how to enjoy life!
Food is life! Try the Gbejna Cheese
So, the next time you want a break from the ordinary, catch a warm breeze and fly into Malta. Tell them that Isabella sent you and have a Prosecco for me!