Malta

Malta is a sun-worshipper’s paradise, but because of its colourful history dating back to ancient times it also has much to attract the sightseer. Malta’s coast, particularly on the eastern side, is dotted with attractive holiday resorts such as Mellieha, Bugibba, Qawra, St Julian’s and Sliema. Historical sites are also plentiful: there are megalithic sites such as the Tarxien and Ggantija temples; the medieval citadel of Mdina is evidence of the Arab influence (as is also the case in Maltese cuisine and the Maltese language); and this is before we even mention Valletta itself, the city of the Knights of St John.

Sightseeing Whispers

Hotel Whispers

Art Hotel Cavalieri  Website Trip Advisor Page This attractive hotel is located in St Julian’s, near a number of fine restaurants some of which are featured on this page. It is a comfortable, well- appointed hotel with a permanent exhibition on two floors of paintings and sculptures which are often actually for sale, hence the hotel’s name. It has an attractive lobby with concierge service and a gift shop. There is also a good bar which is popular with residents, a small fitness area, a large sundeck and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. (Spinola Road, St Julian’s) Riviera Resort and Spa  Website Trip Advisor Page The Riviera is situated on the north coast of Malta opposite the islands of Comino and Gozo. The area is comparatively undeveloped and apart from two other hotels there are no tourist facilities in the vicinity apart from the ferry terminal for Gozo, about three quarters of a mile away. The hotel operates mainly on an all-inclusive basis, which works well and can be recommended: the food is absolutely first class and the drinks served are comparable to those you pay for elsewhere. (Marfa Bay, Mellieha)

Restaurant Whispers

Cafe Caravaggio  Website Trip Advisor Page A busy Italian restaurant directly opposite the Co-Cathedral of St John in Valletta. Solid, unpretentious Italian food served promptly by convivial, professional waiters. The pizzas are above average here and the outside tables are a good people-watching spot. (9 St. John Square, Valletta) Capistrano  Website Trip Advisor Page A small, cosy restaurant in the centre of Valletta which serves a good selection of Maltese and Mediterranean dishes. The Maltese Antipasto sharing platter is a particular treat and the main dishes all feature beautifully-cooked food in generous portions. The service is first class, thanks to the attentive but not intrusive waiter. Using the restaurant toilet is an adventure, as it is halfway down a steep winding staircase! (61 Old Bakery Street, Valletta) Gululu  Website Trip Advisor Page A traditional Maltese restaurant on the waterfront at St Julian’s. Many traditional Maltese dishes are on offer, including rabbit pie and a range of Ftiras (Maltese pizzas). The food is delicious here and the staff efficient, but by Maltese standards I found it a little expensive for what you get. (133 Spinola Bay, St Julian’s) Raffael  Website Trip Advisor Page A bustling waterfront Italian restaurant in St Julian’s with an unparalleled view over Spinola Bay. Very busy at times, but the food is excellent. Great pizzas and you should try the crispy spaghetti carbonara! (Spinola Bay, St Julian's) Ta’ Rikardu  Trip Advisor Page A traditional Maltese restaurant in the Citadel of Victoria in Gozo (walk up the left hand side of the Cathedral). Dishes cooked with rabbit and goat are on offer, but the most popular dish is the cold Gozitan platter with cheeses, tomatoes etc. Almost all the ingredients for the dishes on the menu are produced by the owner, Rikardu, on his own farm just outside Victoria and he even makes the wine served in the restaurant. (Triq il-Fosos, Victoria, Gozo)

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Cavalieri - Exterior Cavalieri - Pool Terrace Riviera - Pool Terrace Riviera - Exterior Art Hotel Cavalieri Riviera Resort and Spa Click to enlarge Raffael Ta’ Rikardu Cafe Caravaggio Capistrano Gululu Cafe Caravaggio Gululu Raffael Ta Rikardu Click to enlarge
Capistrano Greatest Hits Co-Cathedral of St John Grandmaster’s Palace The Grand Harbour Fort St Elmo Mdina    Ggantija Temples  Blue Grotto The Red Tower Rotunda of Mosta Citadel of Victoria  Out of Town Worth a Look The Three Cities Malta at War Museum Inquisitor’s Palace Fort Rinella Marsaxlokk In Malta most people, locals and tourists alike, rely on buses to get them from A to B and Maltese buses can get very overcrowded. If you are staying on the north coast (e.g. at the Riviera) and travelling down to Valletta, you join the bus when it is still quite empty, but if you are staying in St Julian’s the bus will very often be bursting at the seams by the time it reaches you. In this case (if you are up to it!) it might be worth doing the 20-minute walk south-east down Triq Manwel Dimech to the Sliema Ferry and taking the ferry over to Valletta.
Travel Whispers
Malta
Malta
Malta is a sun-worshipper’s paradise, but because of its colourful history dating back to ancient times it also has much to attract the sightseer. Malta’s coast, particularly on the eastern side, is dotted with attractive holiday resorts such as Mellieha, Bugibba, Qawra, St Julian’s and Sliema. Historical sites are also plentiful: there are megalithic sites such as the Tarxien and Ggantija temples; the medieval citadel of Mdina is evidence of the Arab influence (as is also the case in Maltese cuisine and the Maltese language); and this is before we even mention Valletta itself, the city of the Knights of St John.
Sightseeing Whispers
Hotel Whispers
Art Hotel Cavalieri  Website Trip Advisor Page This attractive hotel is located in St Julian’s, near a number of fine restaurants some of which are featured on this page. It is a comfortable, well- appointed hotel with a permanent exhibition on two floors of paintings and sculptures which are often actually for sale, hence the hotel’s name. It has an attractive lobby with concierge service and a gift shop. There is also a good bar which is popular with residents, a small fitness area, a large sundeck and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. (Spinola Road, St Julian’s) Riviera Resort and Spa  Website Trip Advisor Page The Riviera is situated on the north coast of Malta opposite the islands of Comino and Gozo. The area is comparatively undeveloped and apart from two other hotels there are no tourist facilities in the vicinity apart from the ferry terminal for Gozo, about three quarters of a mile away. The hotel operates mainly on an all- inclusive basis, which works well and can be recommended: the food is absolutely first class and the drinks served are comparable to those you pay for elsewhere. (Marfa Bay, Mellieha)
Restaurant Whispers
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Riviera Resort and Spa Art Hotel Cavalieri
Cafe Caravaggio  Website Trip Advisor Page A busy Italian restaurant directly opposite the Co- Cathedral of St John in Valletta. Solid, unpretentious Italian food served promptly by convivial, professional waiters. The pizzas are above average here and the outside tables are a good people-watching spot. (9 St. John Square, Valletta) Capistrano  Website Trip Advisor Page A small, cosy restaurant in the centre of Valletta which serves a good selection of Maltese and Mediterranean dishes. The Maltese Antipasto sharing platter is a particular treat and the main dishes all feature beautifully-cooked food in generous portions. The service is first class, thanks to the attentive but not intrusive waiter. Using the restaurant toilet is an adventure, as it is halfway down a steep winding staircase! (61 Old Bakery Street, Valletta) Gululu  Website Trip Advisor Page A traditional Maltese restaurant on the waterfront at St Julian’s. Many traditional Maltese dishes are on offer, including rabbit pie and a range of Ftiras (Maltese pizzas). The food is delicious here and the staff efficient, but by Maltese standards I found it a little expensive for what you get. (133 Spinola Bay, St Julian’s) Raffael  Website Trip Advisor Page A bustling waterfront Italian restaurant in St Julian’s with an unparalleled view over Spinola Bay. Very busy at times, but the food is excellent. Great pizzas and you should try the crispy spaghetti carbonara! (Spinola Bay, St Julian's) Ta’ Rikardu  Trip Advisor Page A traditional Maltese restaurant in the Citadel of Victoria in Gozo (walk up the left hand side of the Cathedral). Dishes cooked with rabbit and goat are on offer, but the most popular dish is the cold Gozitan platter with cheeses, tomatoes etc. Almost all the ingredients for the dishes on the menu are produced by the owner, Rikardu, on his own farm just outside Victoria and he even makes the wine served in the restaurant. (Triq il- Fosos, Victoria, Gozo)
Gululu Raffael Ta’ Rikardu Cafe Caravaggio Capistrano Greatest Hits Co-Cathedral of St John Grandmaster’s Palace The Grand Harbour Fort St Elmo Mdina    Ggantija Temples  Blue Grotto The Red Tower Rotunda of Mosta Citadel of Victoria  Out of Town Worth a Look The Three Cities Malta at War Museum Inquisitor’s Palace Fort Rinella Marsaxlokk In Malta most people, locals and tourists alike, rely on buses to get them from A to B and Maltese buses can get very overcrowded. If you are staying on the north coast (e.g. at the Riviera) and travelling down to Valletta, you join the bus when it is still quite empty, but if you are staying in St Julian’s the bus will very often be bursting at the seams by the time it reaches you. In this case (if you are up to it!) it might be worth doing the 20-minute walk south-east down Triq Manwel Dimech to the Sliema Ferry and taking the ferry over to Valletta.