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Joanna

Has Anyone Been?

by Joanna »

I was in Malta in December for about 10 days.  I arrived by cargo ship but left on an Alitalia flight to Rome.  There are ferries, I understand, from Sicily but we weren't able to confirm if any ran in winter by the time we needed to make a decision.  So the best way to get there will depend on where you'll be coming from.

What I liked most of all in Malta was the architecture.  Quite beautiful everywhere you go, southern European with a heavy overlay of North African.  The language is of semitic derivation so it makes sense.  New construction is hardly different from the old so there's a homogeneity about the towns that's very pleasing.  Valletta is a beautiful city, both because of the buildings and because of the hills.  Every time you arrive at the top of one there's a dramatic view down narrow streets often to the harbor.  You can take city buses to the other side of the harbor and look back at the city, very beautiful.

The island is surprisingly small and there are buses that go all over.  So seeing the island can be cheap and easy.  I stayed in 3 places, the fishing village Marsaxlokk when I arrived, then in Mdina/Rabat and finally in Valletta.  I liked them all.  Costs were considerably less than anywhere else I've been in Europe.

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sarahv

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by sarahv »

I've always been intrigued with Malta, as I love the history of the Middle Ages. Wondering if anyone's been and how much time they devoted to a visit. Also, what the best way to get there? 

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sarahv

RE: Has Anyone Been?

by sarahv »

Thanks Joanna! Much appreciate your response. It sounds like a worthwhile visit!

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arion

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by arion »

About 5 years ago I was in Malta with a group of friends for two weeks.  We all liked it a lot though I personally felt two weeks was too long a time.  I particularly enjoyed the museums, especially the underground one dedicated to Malta's contribution during WWII.  If I remember correctly Malta was bombed every day for 300 days and the heroism of the Maltese people was remarkable.  They are a tough lot!  There is a small but interesting Museum of Archeology in Valetta worth a visit.  The bus service all over the island is excellent if eccentric, so one can see the whole island and not need to rent a car.  I did not find the Maltese particularly friendly but as I don't need friendliness it didn't matter to me but it may matter to others.

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GarryRF

RE: Has Anyone Been?

by GarryRF »

The Maltese are reserved and quiet.

If you get into a conversation, or ask directions, they will try to help you.

The mix of Tourists come with many European languages.

And the Maltese dont stretch much beyond English.

If they can understand you they are very friendly !

 

 

 

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vicky

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by vicky »

I've been. It wasn't my favorite trip (we also went to Italy), but it may be worth it if you're interested n medieval history. Frankly, I think there are better places in Europe to go (it was a bit too reserved and quiet for me). 

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drobert360

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by drobert360 »

My only experience was off a cruise ship for the day. One day was not enough to see the island and visit the number of historic sites. We did our touring independently by hired taxi. I would go back for 3 or 4 days at a minimum. If you are a beach / sun person there is that aspect as well. Signage is in English (if that is a factor).

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