THE THREE CITIESThree Cities of Malta -Birgu (Vittoriosa), Senglea, and Cospicua – beckon with their historical allure.We took a canal boat , a mere 2 Euro each, directly across the Grand Harbour from Valletta. We also tried the ferry another day to Birgu.
Birgu and Senglea's docklands held my fascination with many restaurants offer great views across the cities. Our journey led us to Fort Angelo and the Inquisitor's Palace. Fort Angelo, now meticulously restored, boasts a Mediterranean-style chapel and garden. The Inquisitor's Palace, a historical jolt, reveals a history of power and ruthlessness. Its low doors, a chilling reminder of a brutal era, held those accused of differing beliefs, even labeled as witches.
The Senglea Point Vedette, adorned with a carved oversized eye and ear, stands as a symbol of vigilance.
The SeaFrom rocky to sandy, the beaches offer diverse landscapes. My highlight was the stunning Blue Hole in Gozo, where I chose snorkeling with my kids over diving. St. Peter’s Pool is a popular spot for cliff jumping, offering a vibrant underwater world, though not as clear as the Blue Hole.
Unfortunately, wind hampered visits to two places. The Blue Lagoon was unreachable due to ferry disruptions. Given more time, Paradise Bay en route to Gozo would have been a definite stop for me.
Visiting Għar ir-Riħ added another little adventure to our family trip. We had to locate the RTO sign, followed by a no-entry sign footpath. Then, we came across an old shelter on the right, leading us to a left turn that allowed us to climb down beneath the rocky terrain. Soon enough, we discovered a cave with a stunning sea view – a truly unique experience.
We stayed at Raddison Blue at St Julia. This quaint 5-Star hotel is located in a quiet, lovely neighborhood in a busy area where offers outdoor pool with access to the rock seaside.
Absolutely, you're in for a treat with Maltese cuisine! A captivating blend of Mediterranean and Italian influences, it guarantees a culinary journey during your Malta exploration. Be sure not to miss the opportunity to taste rabbit meat at Cafe Jubilee in Valletta; relish handmade pastas from Marsaxlokk, and indulge in the freshest seafood offerings that truly capture the essence of authentic island dining. Grilled octopus, succulent lobsters, and flavourful seafood soup are just a few mouthwatering options that await you.