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Malta, January 2016, too wet in UK where to go

Malta, January 2016, too wet in UK where to go

Jan 14th, 2016, 10:53 AM
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Malta, January 2016, too wet in UK where to go

It seems to have rained for 8 weeks in my village. I want to go somewhere warm and for £100 I can get to Malta (self catering) for 10 days.

Where is the best place in January to be based?

What is there to do?

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Jan 14th, 2016, 11:45 AM
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Have you looked at the weather forecast for Malta? Rain every day from next week. Slightly warmer rain (14c) but still rain.

Rent a car, buy map and a guide book, and write a trip report when you get home.

Above all enjooy it, no matter what the weather.
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Jan 14th, 2016, 12:35 PM
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thanks hetis, library empty, I'll have to check the charity shops
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Jan 15th, 2016, 01:56 AM
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bilbo, the resorts across the bay from Valletta are the ones to head for, Sliema, St Julians or St Paul's at the top of that coast. Lots of restaurants, hotel choice and a lot quieter than in summer.

I personally don't like Malta and I'd be fascinated to hear your view when you get back.
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Jan 15th, 2016, 06:30 AM
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thanks Rubicund, all i want is a warm beach to run along, access to a gym, a good restaurant and wifi so I can watch the markets collapse.
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Jan 15th, 2016, 08:19 AM
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Madeira would give you all of those, but probably not for £100 from LBA!
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Jan 15th, 2016, 08:22 AM
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i wanted to save Madeira for being 75+
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Jan 15th, 2016, 09:07 AM
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What is it about Malta that I don't want to go there?

Not every ones choice but we risked Gambia and loved it. Same travelling time as to Greece (well slightly longer}. In the 30s and the bird watching is amazing and as cheap as chips. You just have to keep your wits about you as some of the locals are over-friendly bordering on aggressive/intimidating. If you don't want to run the gauntlet you can find and stay around nice hotels. We will go back in a flash - possibly this Feb/March.
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Jan 15th, 2016, 10:16 AM
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Bilbo, no it's not like that. It's not Eastbourne you know. It's got good hotels and restaurants, lots of good walking too. Great weather year round.
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Jan 15th, 2016, 10:29 AM
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If you aren't fixed on Malta, then look at La Palma or la Gomera in the Canaries, the quieter, greener islands.

I still hope you decide on Malta and report back. It seems to be a Marmite sort of a country.

Not sure I would go to Gambia nowadays. having just declared itself an Islamic country, and with a dodgy president, I don't think I would be desperate enough for winter sun to go there.
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Jan 15th, 2016, 11:43 AM
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Good friend of ours comes back from Marrakesh - loved it - nice weather, was in december, nice people, great food, etc.

No tourists, hotel was making an incredible rebate.
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Jan 15th, 2016, 12:52 PM
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I personally really liked Malta but I was there in July (no measurable rain for the last 100 Julys, so they said). Gorgeous weather. Sorry to rub that in.

But weather aside, as a place to go Malta would give you some place different and it is surrounded by beach/ocean. I personally was very glad I didn't stay in Sliema, St Julians or St Paul's.

Valletta was a beautiful place. And lots more to see/do if it is raining.

Here's my trip report - I really liked the hotel I stayed at.

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...ta-in-july.cfm
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Jan 16th, 2016, 02:02 AM
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Thanks isabel, well thanks everyone

I've done a fair bit of the Canaries and Morocco over the years and also a fair few Greek islands and Cyprus.

Still to do Sicilia. I was in Libya a few years back, Egypt, Tunisia etc.

Madeira, sure, just my humour.
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Jan 16th, 2016, 05:23 AM
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Tenerife, Crete or Cyprus for warm in January. (I know, I've done this myself before)
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Jan 16th, 2016, 05:32 AM
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Is Crete and Cyprus warm in January? Must look into it. Even the Canaries are rather cool (certainly at night) in January. Is Marrakesh safe?
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Jan 16th, 2016, 07:16 AM
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You never know. I remember a European tour when it rained in Florence and was warm and sunny in London. Many Brits sunbathing in park near Parliament. This was in the summer.
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Jan 16th, 2016, 07:44 AM
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Marrakesh is very safe, though I got a tummy bug there once ( i no longer eat meat south of Calais ), it is called the city of roses because around the walls are rose bushes that flower all the year around
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Jan 17th, 2016, 05:04 AM
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Crete and Cyprus are as warm as you're going to get in january in Europe ( not counting the Canaries). Short sleeves daytime- jackets/ cardis at night
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