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Valletta - historic accommodation

Having had such a lovely time at Valletta G-House and knowing that the house has only been available to rent for a relatively short period, we promised the owner (Hi Aldo!) we'll make up for not leaving a message in the house guest-book by writing something on a travel website.

First we must stress that this is not the kind of place to stay if you're ONLY after the sun and sea. A certain interest in the rich history of the World Heritage City the house is situated in comes in handy.

This is a 16th century town house, immaculately presented and exquisitely furnished. The walls are stripped to the stone and reflect the light beautifully.

We have not always been lucky with properties we have discovered through the net but the G-House's site more than sufficiently illustrated what we could expect with photos and lots of information.

We were picked up at the airport and shown around the house by Aldo's dad - Victor. I do want to be objective and mention some little irritation but, truly, we couldn't find anything to complain about. Oh, by the way, 16th century people must have been rather short compared to us Europeans so be careful with your head!

We were there for almost 2 weeks, found a lot to do in Valletta and also around the island. Since all buses leave from Valletta, no place was further than half an hour from the city. We discovered several little gems - such as the wine bar in Straight Street Valletta that showed films in the evening, St James Cavalier - a centre for creativity with a contemporary theatre (also showing World Cinema), the opulent Manoel Theatre, swimming with the locals on the rocks in Valletta and striking conversations with the friendly Vallettians (Beltin in Maltese).

We met a real cool couple who showed us around the island, especially the beautiful South. Birgu, one of the Three Cities we found magical.

The Neolithic Temples, Hagar Qim and the underground Hypogeum are all worth a visit (the last one needs booking well ahead of your visit). We also found out what the capers plant looks like. I had always had a liking for the bitter fruit. It grows wild on the country rubble walls everywhere.

You can find more information on the house on http://www.vallettahouse.com

We have already booked our next stay at the house in Valletta and this time we mean to spend a couple of days in the sister island of Gozo.

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