Day 1.  Travelling to Malta

Finding a good deal online for a winter week in Malta seemed irresistible and as it's somewhere we haven't already visited it's an opportunity to explore a 'new' country.  Flights during the winter are infrequent, so we opted for an early morning departure from Manchester. Rather than risk the weather and drive to the airport …

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Day 2. Exploring Valletta

After a good night's sleep we enjoyed a hearty breakfast in the hotel's restaurant and then walked the short distance to the Bugibba bus station to catch a bus into Malta's capital Valletta.  It's possible to take the 31, 45 and 48 buses and the journey takes approximately one hour on each service. Valletta is …

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Day 3.  A Ferry to Gozo

Drawing back the curtains we were dismayed to find it was raining heavily and a strong wind was blowing.  Not to be deterred, we kept with our original plans and caught a bus (No.221) to the Gozo ferry terminal at Cirkewwa, taking approximately 30 minutes. During the winter months ferries depart for Gozo at 45 …

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Day 4.  Sliema – Malta’s Premier Resort

Thankfully, we woke to a bright, sunny morning after yesterday's heavy rain and strong winds so after breakfast in our hotel we caught a bus to the large resort of Sliema situated in the north east of the island.  Buses are frequent but don't expect to arrive at your destination very quickly as roads are …

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Day 5.  Mdina – the Silent City

This is what we had been waiting for - clear blue skies and a warm sunny morning, just perfect for our visit to Mdina which is easily accessible by bus (No.186 taking 45 minutes) from Bugibba.  As vehicular access is limited to residents in Mdina, buses stop alongside the Howard Gardens in Rabat which are …

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Day 6.  St. Julian’s Bay, Malta

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. …

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Day 7.  A return visit to Valletta

A dull, breezy morning for our second visit to the island's capital, Valletta.  Buses from Bugibba run at approximately 15 minute intervals taking about one hour to reach Valletta.  Roads are both narrow and congested and the constant stop start motion of the bus always seems to make us feel drowsy. It was bustling as …

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Day 8.  Our final day in Malta

As we had arranged a late evening flight back to the UK we still had a complete day to relax in Bugibba.  Check out time was 11.00 am so we popped down to the spa for a post breakfast sauna before vacating our room.  We were pleasantly surprised to be able to retain our wristbands …

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