Today is so nice and sunny that is really hard to imagine that it is 5th November and some people in other parts of Europe might be freezing(like in Poland or UK).
Today after my Maltese classes I decided to not to head back home but straight to Valletta which gives me few hours before work to enjoy the sunny capital and to cheer me up before the next working week.
It reminds me of the last week of September which was mine and my partner holiday. We decided to further discover the Maltese island and in order to do so we purchased the MaltaPass. This 3-day ticket costs around €50 and enables you to visit most of the Malta’s and Gozo’s attractions which are included in that price. There are options of 1 and 2days tickets as well. With our pass in hand on early Monday morning we started our detailed tour. During first two days we visited the Tarxien Temples, Limestone Heritage Centre, Falconry centre, Cave in Birzebugia St. Paul’s and St. Agatha’s catacombs, museum of Natural History in Mdina, Domus Romanum,we took the train in Mdina going through Rabat and Mtarfa and that might be all. You have to remember that most of these attractions ate opened from 10-17 so actually it’s not really possible to visit everything. We were planning to check out all attractions in Valletta as well but because we were going to Gozo on our third Malta pass day and stay there for a few days, we decided that Valleta has to wait for other occasion. And it was a good idea as we already covered a lot of the places of interest and I have to admit that we were knackered each evening. My favorite places of all was the falconry centre where you could learn a lot about the birds kept there and have the opportunity to be in close distance with owl(like the one Harry Potter movie), falcons and even a I has my pictures taken with them even though I was a bit frightened at first. I also really enjoyed the limestone centre where you could learn a lot about the local Maltese stone from which most of the houses on the island are built. The mini train was also a fun excursion. I wouldn’t recommend the museum of natural history. It reminded me the most boring biology lessons at school.
On the third day we went to Gozo and enjoyed the hop on hop off bus which was complimentary with the 3-days MaltaPass. This time we didn’t get off at all and we enjoyed the undisturbed tour of Gozo. We planned ahead and we book a lovely flat in Xlendi Bay for two night via AirB&B. Let me explain this service for those of you who haven’t heard about this website. It’s a bit similar to couch surfing as you have to build your profile and get references/ reviews. The main difference is that you do pay for renting a room or whole flat/house. The offer ranges from single rooms that you can rent within the flat/house and then you share the common spaces with your host to inhabited apartments and houses. Actually, sky is the limit as on the website you can choose from tree houses, boathouses, tents etc. We chose a tiny penthouse overlooking the Xlendi Bay. It was situated on the 5th floor plus the steps from the actual beach… Yes, I know but it was worth it. The space itself was small but enough for two people and the terrace… Well, that was the best part of it. Enormous, sunny terrace with places to sit, barbecue. Ideal for sitting with a glass of wine and enjoying the view which we did a lot;)