A photo diary of our recent holiday to Malta (3 October to 10 October 2014).
Usually we only visit Malta in Winter (late February/early March) but this time we travelled with our close friends, Helen & Dave who have never been to Malta before. We were hoping they would like it as we’re aware it’s one of those places that you either love, hate or can be completely indifferent to. However, we think they both liked it and now they’ve found out there are a number of cruises which depart from Valletta harbours, I think it may not be too long before they make their way back there.
Day 1 – our arrival in Malta was the smoothest we’ve ever had!
After a two and a half hour flight with Emirates from Larnaca airport we landed at Malta and the first thing was to make a bee line for the public loos, of which there were only 2 in the Ladies room :-(
Making our way to luggage belt No 4 we were very pleased to see our bags coming round to us as one of the first in the queue. On reaching the arrivals hall, we were greeted immediately by James from Star Tourist Services with our mini-bus transfer. He recognised us rather than us having to look for our name – amazing! It just goes to show how social media plays a huge part in today’s world as the only time we’ve “met” in the past are on Facebook.
So after a 40 minute transfer to our hotel (Il-Palazzin) in Qawra one of the first things we did was to head off for a quick tour of the resort to help our friends get their bearings as well as putting our hotel location into some perspective from the bus station to “The Square” at Bugibba and the seafront. It’s a confusing area and takes a few days to suss out the best routes on foot to various places.
We were pleasantly surprised to see the new National Aquarium up and running with a very nice cafe/lido area at the Cafe del Mar. There appeared to be some kind of a private function taking place so I just grabbed a couple of photos from the promenade.
Day 2 – first views from our balcony and on foot around St Julian’s/Spinola Bay to Sliema ferries.
View from Room 316 before heading for breakfast
Below are some of the sights we came across along the way from hopping off the bus at Spinola Bay and en route to Sliema.
Passing the time of day
Decorative window ledge – near Sliema
Old Ford truck – near Sliema
Apparently, this is the oldest street in Sliema but don’t take my word for it, that’s what we were informed.
Water taxi from Sliema to Valletta – there’s definitely rain in that sky :-(
More to follow soon but if you’re keen to see more photos – please feel free to visit my Flickr album