After many trips to the likes of Spain and France, my friends and I decided to do things differently and go to Malta for a week. I can happily say it was the perfect holiday destination.
Malta is made up of three islands - Gozo, Comino and mainland Malta. With its beautiful weather, welcoming people (who speak fluent English) and amazing scenery, there’s nothing left to the imagination.
We booked into the Topaz Hotel in Bugibba which is located close to the popular St Paul’s Bay. Bugibba is a great location for those who are looking for a relaxing holiday. For those looking for a more lively area then St Julian’s would be your best bet as it is known for its nightlife in the country.
Maltese Public Transport makes traveling around the country much easier. For just €1.50 one gets unlimited bus travel for a day, a far cry from the Dublin leap card! It’s such good value and buses travel every 15 minutes or there abouts. While we were there, we travelled to Sliema, Valetta (the Capital) and St Julian’s.
One of the must-see attractions in Malta is the Blue Lagoon, located around the Comino Island, which is easily accessed by daily cruises from the mainland.
Spending the day in the waters of the Blue Lagoon is a day well spent. We took an Xtreme Cruises boat which cost €17 to travel out to the Comino. The best €17 I spent during the entire holiday and one of the main reasons why I would encourage holiday-goers to choose Malta for their next trip.
The third Maltese Island, Gozo, is quieter than the mainland. The island is rich in historical landmarks, such as the Ggantija temples. A return ticket to the island costs only €4.65 and the ferry leaves every 45 minutes from Cirkewwa.
Gozo and its stunning scenery has been the location of many films over the years like Gladiator, Troy and the upcoming By The Sea starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Each street is home to architectural treasures, with a heavy religious influence evident.
Besides Malta’s natural beauty, it is an ideal destination for Irish holiday makers as they have the Euro which means you don’t have to go to the effort of exchanging currencies.
They also drive on the left hand side of the road so that’s handy for those who intend on renting a car for their holiday. Finally, Malta’s citizens speak fluent English making communications easy. So there’s no need for the broken Spanish or failing French!
If it’s not already on your travel list I couldn’t recommend Malta highly enough. Its breath-taking scenery and relaxing atmosphere make Malta the perfect holiday destination for 2016.