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Solent_Richard wrote:

but now I’m not so sure.

Any particular reason you think that?

Essex UK

Fossil wrote:

The Maltese are very pro British, probably dating back to the time when we had military bases there.

They certainly were pro British but now I’m not so sure.

I was temporarily stationed in Malta, based at RAF Luqa, during my time in the Royal Navy.

My wife and I have also visited the island a number of times both with cruise ships and on land based holidays.

Have visited Malta many times and almost purchased a holiday home there in 2006. The Maltese are very pro British, probably dating back to the time when we had military bases there. Unfortunately the old buses for which it was famous are no longer having been replaced with modern ones. Used to enjoy seeing all the old buses waiting at their stands outside the entrance to Valetta. Malta has a great history and every year when I attend the dedication service to the VC and GC Assn at St Martins in the Field there is always a representative from Malta or to give it the correct title Malta GC. There is a replica of the George Cross it was awarded in a glass case and a plaque on the wall of the Palace of the Grand Masters.

London

Starry wrote:

Malta is lovely but avoid just you you and travelshere from the UK and locally avoid supreme travel very unprofessional and unreliable

Oh dear. You seem to have had a problem.

Malta is just so easy to do on your own anyway…

Local bus out to Mdina…

…got it covered.

Just you and travelshere promise things that are never kept including a non existant 24hour tour manager, they make use if the local guide as a tour manager and then she dies not even get paid, the local agent supreme is very unprofessional , the gala dinners they try to not give after making clients pay, groups of oveR 52

Malta is lovely but avoid just you you and travelshere from the UK and locally avoid supreme travel very unprofessional and unreliable

Malta is lovely but avoid just you you and travelshere from the UK and locally avoid supreme travel very unprofessional and unreliable

Once you mention the War Museum = you should also go to the War Rooms near the Auberge Castille. In Birgu/Vittoriosa there is a vast underground Air Raid Shelter open for the public with a small museum showing how life was during the War.
One of the best views is from the Barrakka Gardens overlooking the Grand Harbour. There is now a panoramic lift down to sea level. You can either walk to the Valletta Waterfront near the Cruise Terminal or get a ferry or water taxi over to the Cottonera side of the harbour where it’s easy to get to Birgu.

Malta

I have read about the Hypogeum, it does look interesting, and I did the catacombs in Rabat, but might go back there. You have convinced me Gozo is a must, we didn’t bother when we had 3 kids in tow, but now just the 2 of us, I think we will. I will read your reports, thank you.

Last Edited by unknown at 16 Jan 09:25
Mexborough, South Yorkshire

The old yellow buses have gone and are now replaced by modern Arriva buses (they even have some bendy buses…)

Gozo is definitely worth a visit. You can do it in a day using the HOHO buses. It is much less commercialised than Malta and is delightful. Don’t miss the Ġgantija temples, Azure Window and the Citadel in Rabat.

We didn’t bother with Comino as unless you want to drop out by the Blue Lagoon all day there isn’t much else to do.

‘Must sees’ are very personal and what may appeal to me could be your ‘must avoid at all costs’. Highlights of our stay in Malta were the Hypogeum (make sure you book well in advance as numbers are strictly limited), the Carmelite Priory Museum in Mdina (do ask for a guided tour), St Paul’s Catacombs in Rabat.

I wrote very detailed trip reports for our holiday which are here:
Gozo:
http://www.slowtrav.com/tr/tripreport.asp?tripid=2011
Malta:
http://www.slowtrav.com/tr/tripreport.asp?tripid=2012

ESW
Lincolnshire
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