Malta, 7 Days in May

May 24th, 2019, 06:09 AM
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Day 7

Our flight out was not until noon time on our 8th day, but we decided to take it easy on this day. Do laundry, so we can make home clean clothes. Get everything packed. Cook up and prepare the food we still had in the refrigerator, mostly fruit and veggies, which meant a day of healthy eating.

We also decided to spend a few minutes in nearby Senglea, the third of he three cities, only minutes from our airbnb and only across the canal from the ferry we have taken many times.

On this Sunday, the harbor has four cruise ships, the most we have seen. And, the skies have some dark clouds and there are even some sprinkles.

On the end of the peninsula for Senglea overlooking Valletta, there is a small but nice park. The basilica, located in the middle of a small square was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1990 and is relatively new. The Pope was there to honor the many victims of this small city who were killed in heavy WWII bombing that also destroyed the old basilica. The mostly residential area of this smallest city in Malta is compact.

Good dinner at home. Good night’s sleep. All prepared for our flight back to Copenhagen where we will have dinner in Malmo, Sweden, before getting very little sleep before our 6 a.m flight.






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May 24th, 2019, 07:00 AM
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"Gozo has 14 communities, each with a large basilica and lots of undeveloped land between them."

We thoroughly enjoyed our two day trips to Gozo, despite the long bus ride from Sliema. Some sights you didn't have time to visit but are well worth mentioning for others.

One our 2nd day trip we rented mountain bikes for the day and did a 25-30mi loop around the island, just for the fun of it. You can rent bikes right where you get off the ferry. Gozo is a hilly island, so this adventure is not for casual bike riders. There is also a walking trail that circumnavigates the island - not suitable for bikes in some areas, but great for a long distance hike or trail run.

1. Azure Window - unfortunately stone arch was destroyed by the waves a few years ago - not sure if there is anything to see at the site now.
2. Ġgantija - several thousand year old ruins. Not a large size, but very interesting if you like stonehenge like history.
3. Seaside village of Marsalforn. Very quiet, had a lovely little lunch overlooking the harbor and went for a swim.
4. Salt pans, just west of Maraslforn along the coast. These look like they are right out of the ancient era. Not sure if they are still used to commercially harvest sea salt, there were plenty of salt crystals so it was easy to see how it was done ages ago. From the salt pans you are facing Sicily and apparently on a clear, low humidity day (eg in winter) you can see Mt. Etna. - not sure if that is true or not.
5. That "undeveloped land between towns" you mention. Riding a bike down some of the "roads" connecting towns it felt like we were back in the era of St. Paul - olive & fig trees, goats, limestone houses, not a single car to be seen.

We can't wait to go back and spend more time in Malta. Lovely place and lovely people.
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May 24th, 2019, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by J62 View Post
"Gozo has 14 communities, each with a large basilica and lots of undeveloped land between them."

We thoroughly enjoyed our two day trips to Gozo, despite the long bus ride from Sliema. Some sights you didn't have time to visit but are well worth mentioning for others.

One our 2nd day trip we rented mountain bikes for the day and did a 25-30mi loop around the island, just for the fun of it. You can rent bikes right where you get off the ferry. Gozo is a hilly island, so this adventure is not for casual bike riders. There is also a walking trail that circumnavigates the island - not suitable for bikes in some areas, but great for a long distance hike or trail run.

1. Azure Window - unfortunately stone arch was destroyed by the waves a few years ago - not sure if there is anything to see at the site now.
2. Ġgantija - several thousand year old ruins. Not a large size, but very interesting if you like stonehenge like history.
3. Seaside village of Marsalforn. Very quiet, had a lovely little lunch overlooking the harbor and went for a swim.
4. Salt pans, just west of Maraslforn along the coast. These look like they are right out of the ancient era. Not sure if they are still used to commercially harvest sea salt, there were plenty of salt crystals so it was easy to see how it was done ages ago. From the salt pans you are facing Sicily and apparently on a clear, low humidity day (eg in winter) you can see Mt. Etna. - not sure if that is true or not.
5. That "undeveloped land between towns" you mention. Riding a bike down some of the "roads" connecting towns it felt like we were back in the era of St. Paul - olive & fig trees, goats, limestone houses, not a single car to be seen.

We can't wait to go back and spend more time in Malta. Lovely place and lovely people.
J62, I wrote that Gozo has become more than a day trip, with increased lodging opportunities. And, you have nicely laid out the reasons for that. We can see how someone might spend an entire week just on Gozo. Thank you for the great addition!
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May 25th, 2019, 03:02 AM
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Originally Posted by tripplanner001 View Post
Amazing how much is packed onto such a small island. Love the photos too.
Thank you for your comments.

You are right about how much is on this tiny island. Sicily and Sardinia, for example, are each about 80 times larger than Malta. Sicily only has 12 times the number of people. And, Sardinia only 2.5 times the number of people. Last fall, we had to do hours of driving every day in our week there (not complaining; it was wonderful) to see a lot of Sardinia.

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Jun 14th, 2019, 08:19 AM
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Thanks so much for this great trip report. We are considering travel there in late October 2020. Until I began researching I didn't realize it had so many cruise ship stops, but of course I can see why it does. I had wondered about 3-4 days there in conjunction with travel to southern Italy, but it sounds like we will need more time!
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Jun 14th, 2019, 04:54 PM
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Thank you, Ann.

Malta is a safe and busy place, with friendly people and lots to see and do. People are so friendly, they can be a bit apologetic. You step on their toes, and they say “sorry.” You bump into them, and they say sorry. I guess they just inherited some of that British cultural politeness.
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