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Trip Report Just back from a wonderful month in Malta & Sicily...

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We have just returned from a month away in Malta and Sicily – roughly two weeks in Sicily and a week each on Malta and Gozo. I’ve picked up so many tips from this very addictive forum that I thought someone may find some of this useful. If anyone wants further info, I’d be pleased to help.

My husband and I loved Malta, thought it was like a hidden gem in Europe. We found the Maltese friendly and helpful, the islands of Malta and Gozo full of history, beautiful old buildings and lots to see and do. The stunning view of the Grand Harbour in Valletta is one I’ll never forget. We liked Sicily, though not quite as much. We stayed in Siracusa, Lipari and Taormina and did an organised day tour to Agrigento and Piazza Armerina.

We flew return from Melbourne to Malta with Emirates and return from Malta to Catania with Air Malta. Air Malta lost our luggage and for two days in Siracusa we had nothing but what we stood up in. The most frustrating thing was not knowing when, or if, we would ever get our luggage. Getting info about the bags was impossible.

Great weather in Sept/Oct, sunny and warm every day except for one day in Taormina when there were huge thunderstorms and a day or two here and there with a little rain. The day after the thunderstorms we saw snow on Mt Etna!

We only used public transport, mainly buses, except for the last 4 days on Gozo where we hired a jeep –we were windblown, subjected to petrol fumes, bumped around on the rutted roads, no airconditioning or comfortable seats but my husband just loved that jeep - must be a man thing.

A couple of general things –
Malta has public toilets but there are none in Sicily. For someone like me who is constantly needing the loo, this is important to know! In Sicily you have to go into a bar to use their facilities. There is usually no toilet paper, so come prepared!
We had some problems getting money from ATMs, one issue was our bank’s fault, the other time not sure what was wrong, we just kept trying different ATMs at different times that day and finally got money out. So don't panic, just keep trying, it may work.
It’s a very long trip from Australia to Malta (about 30 hours – yikes!). We took Jetease (also called No Jetlag), have used it before on a long journey and it definitely reduces the effects of jetlag for us.

...more to follow on where we stayed...
Kay

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