Fortunately the warm sunshine is continuing so after breakfast we took the Sliema bus (No.212) as far as Spinola Bay located in St. Julian’s. This charming, photogenic small bay with traditional fishing boats is lined on one side with numerous bars and restaurants and contains the largest proportion of 5 star hotels on the island.
Strolling along the broad, tree lined promenade made for an extremely pleasant walk towards Sliema, passing an outdoor lido and two water polo courts along our way. There are no sandy beaches but sunbathing is possible from flat sandstone rocks at the water’s edge.
The path winds its way round the bay passing through gardens with inviting open air cafes, finally reaching its more exclusive neighbour Sliema which we first visited a couple of days ago. Exuding an elegant charm, smart cafes spill out along the promenade providing diners with uninterrupted views of the shimmering Mediterranean.
A little window shopping followed our coffee break before we returned to Bugibba in the early afternoon to relax by the pool and make the most of the warm winter sunshine. For dinner this evening we had reserved a table for a second time in Tagine, the hotel’s Moroccan restaurant. This was my favourite of the dining options on offer, food being good in each of them but this one has a more intimate and cosy feel.
After eating dinner we took our seats in the bar for the nightly entertainment programme at 9.30 p.m. each evening, tonight’s theme being ‘Route 66’ a combination of Country & Western dancing and singing featuring some Taylor Swift songs. The one hour floor shows by a professional company are of a high standard and make an entertaining end to the evening whilst sipping a cocktail.