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Malta Sunshine

Wow have things changed in Malta since my last trip 10 years ago!!

Then the delightful bays of Sliema, St Julians and St Georges had a promenade of slightly worn sea front hotels, where you could still get a pre war Thorneycroft bus and take in the  sea air. A bit like an old aunt.

Now with its highrise blocks, jet set marinas, bars, clubs and the new bendy buses , you might mistake it for any busy modern European resort. Thats good as there are now a great choice of 4 & 5 star hotels with all the facilities we expect. Plenty of restaurants provide a fantastic choice for the many vistitors,  my children would be very much at home.

However, not everything was swept away. Valetta, which was more reminiscent the  past its colonial  naval base has been reborn as a Unesco world heritage city. From the fantastic art deco lobby of the Phoenicia hotel, vast defensive forts, historic co-cathederal and lovely squares and gardens, it’s been kept as was and not been made into a Disney replica. I thoroughly enjoyed wondering around, looking in this building finding out the history of that and what a history!!

I can honestly say I haven’t enjoyed myself so much in ages. To top it all off every evening  had the the most spectacular 2 hour (yes) firework festival, part of a yearly competition among worldwide producer. I wondered along the water front of the Grand Harbour, tasting wines and beers at the many cafes, each with a different vantage point.

The lovely hot spring sun, 22C is lovely on your back, makes this a fantastic place for a city break or longer.

By Richard Goates

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