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Location: Valletta

Day 1 - 12 May 2018

Malta International Airport

Valletta, Malta International Airport
Valletta, Malta International Airport
Valletta, Malta International Airport

Content: our journey commenced in spring season, we took a 12 hour Delta airlines flight from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Malta International Airport. The flight was smooth, airport was small and easy to navigate, ground staff is proffestional.

Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta

Valletta, Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta
Valletta, Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta
Valletta, Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta

Content: Rented a car from the airport and took a 15 min drive to our hotel where we checked-in. Great location on the edge of Valletta, rooms were huge and spacious, staff was more then helpful and friendly.

Saint John’s Co-Cathedral

Valletta, Saint John’s Co-Cathedral
Valletta, Saint John’s Co-Cathedral

Content: Dropping off our bags and with some rest in the evening walking through the streets we headed towards Saint John’s Co-Cathedral. It is a majestic church, the interior consists of beautiful art work. Price is on the higher side.

Legligin Wine Bar

Valletta, Legligin Wine Bar

Content: Walking further we visited a local casual restaurant. The interior was attractive and cozy, we ordered traditional Maltese cuisine which was delicious and loved the service. Portion were small which can be better.

Location: Valletta

Day 2 - 13 May 2018

Grandmaster Palace Courtyard

Valletta, Grandmaster Palace Courtyard
Valletta, Grandmaster Palace Courtyard
Valletta, Grandmaster Palace Courtyard

Content: After breakfast we started exploring the capital city with a short drive we reached Grandmaster Palace Courtyard also known as Governer's palace is the official residence of the Governor of Malta. It has spectacular interior loaded with great armoury. A place worth starting day with.

Upper Barrakka Garden

Valletta, Upper Barrakka Garden
Valletta, Upper Barrakka Garden
Valletta, Upper Barrakka Garden

Content: With a short drive headed towards Upper Barrakka Garden which offers panoramic view of the Grand Harbour. Here we took part in Valletta tradition which is the saluting battery and its daily cannon shots. which were used to greet foreign vessels.

Papannis Restaurant

Valletta, Papannis Restaurant

Content: After the cannon shots ceremony we visited a Italian restaurant for our lunch. Restaurant with decent interior and welcoming staff. Cheese pasta is highly recommended.

Lower Barrakka Garden

Valletta, Lower Barrakka Garden
Valletta, Lower Barrakka Garden
Valletta, Lower Barrakka Garden

Content: Later after our lunch we visited back to explore Lower Barrakka Garden. Siege Bell War Monument was great and photogenic, nice well maintained gadern.

Location: Mdina

Day 3 - 14 May 2018

Vilhena Palace

Mdina, Vilhena Palace
Mdina, Vilhena Palace
Mdina, Vilhena Palace

Content: We had a delicious buffet breakfast and headed towards Melieha. While enrouting after 20 min drive we took a stop at Vilhena Palace, which is a museum with a great architecture and history, it offers good views of Malta island. A must visit photogenic place.

Location: Mgarr

Day 3 - 14 May 2018

Ghajn Tuffieha Bay

Mgarr, Ghajn Tuffieha Bay
Mgarr, Ghajn Tuffieha Bay
Mgarr, Ghajn Tuffieha Bay

Content: With a drive of about 15 min we reached Ghajn Tuffieha Bay which is a beach known for its unique rock formations, its a beautiful clean beach. Jelly fish are abundant so need to be taken care off.

Location: Mellieha

Day 3 - 14 May 2018

Mellieha Bay

Mellieha, Mellieha Bay
Mellieha, Mellieha Bay
Mellieha, Mellieha Bay

Content: Heading further to Mellieha we reached Mellieha Bay which is known for its biggest sandy beach with shallow water. Water were crystal clear and shallow undoubtedly a good place to relax. Kids can access the shallow waters.

Solana Hotel & Spa

Mellieha, Solana Hotel & Spa
Mellieha, Solana Hotel & Spa
Mellieha, Solana Hotel & Spa

Content: Checked-in to a hotel in the city center, staff was very friendly and welcoming, rooms were spacious and clean, balcony offered beautiful view of the city.

One80 Kitchen & Lounge

Mellieha, One80 Kitchen & Lounge

Content: Took a short walk through the streets and reached a Mediterranean restaurant. Beautifully located on Mellieha bay, delicious food and staff was very well skilled and helpful. Impressed by the hospitality they offered.

Location: Marfa

Day 4 - 15 May 2018

Comino Island

Marfa, Comino Island
Marfa, Comino Island
Marfa, Comino Island

Content: After breakfast we took a 10 min drive to Marfa and from there we boarded a shuttle to Comino Island. It is known for its famous blue lagoon. We took a swim in crystal clear blue lagoon water and saw many big boats sailing around. Place was crowded.

Santa Maria Bay

Marfa, Santa Maria Bay
Marfa, Santa Maria Bay

Content: Taking a short walk reached Santa Maria Bay which is a beach located on the Comino island itself. It is too much rocky and quiet rather then any other beach. People dumped garbage, not at all recommended.

Location: Mellieha

Day 4 - 15 May 2018

Munchies Mellieha Bay

Mellieha, Munchies Mellieha Bay

Content: While returning back towards our hotel we took a stop at a local restaurant for lunch. We ordered pizza and pasta, toppings were perfect and taste was amazing. service took a lot of time.

Location: Rabat

Day 5 - 16 May 2018

Old Prison

Rabat, Old Prison
Rabat, Old Prison
Rabat, Old Prison

Content: Our morning started with a 1 hour drive towards Gozo, after reaching we had our first stop at the Old Prison where we saw some ships carved into the stone wall. Interesting historic place to explore and learn about how the criminals were kept and treated.

Eugene's Restaurant Gozo

Rabat, Eugene's Restaurant Gozo

Content: It was lunch time so after visiting old prision we took a short drive to a restaurant and ordered octopus curry and tuna which was amazing. Staff was very attentive and friendly.

Azure Window

Rabat, Azure Window
Rabat, Azure Window
Rabat, Azure Window

Content: Taking a short 10 min drive we reached Azure Window also known as Dwejra Window which is collapsed natural arch. Best place for experiencing blend of freshness, where blue water splashes the rocks.

Blue Hole

Rabat, Blue Hole

Content: Next to Azure window was Blue Hole. It is a naturally formed water hole sprayed from the open area by a stone barrier. We had a dive beneath the Blue hole which was an amazing experience and scary at the same time. Torch is required.

Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz Malta

Rabat, Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz Malta
Rabat, Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz Malta
Rabat, Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz Malta

Content: Checked-in to a hotel in Gozo. Lovely hotel with clean and spacious rooms, furniture was outdated and hospitality was excellent. The view from the hotel was breathtaking. Overall a good place to be inn.

Location: Rabat

Day 6 - 17 May 2018

Wied il-Ghasri

Rabat, Wied il-Ghasri
Rabat, Wied il-Ghasri
Rabat, Wied il-Ghasri

Content: We had a excellent breakfast and begin exploring Gozo, after 15 min drive our first stop for the day was Wied Iz-Zebbug which is wedged between high cliffs and a good place for swimming and snorkeling. Here we hiked to the cliff and relaxed, unfortunately the weather was not good so we were not able to snorkel.

Marsalforn

Rabat, Marsalforn
Rabat, Marsalforn

Content: Further taking a 20 min drive we reached Marsalforn and took a walk along the salt pans. Its was truly a gem. Nothing much to explore.

Arzella Restaurant

Rabat, Arzella Restaurant

Content: Had lunch at a Italian restaurant which offers wonderful view of Marsalforn harbour. Ordered pasta with prawns which was well garnished and taste was fantastic, even though it was crowded the service was great.

Ramla Beach

Rabat, Ramla Beach
Rabat, Ramla Beach

Content: Later after having lunch visited Ramla Beach which is quite wide and sandy. It is unique beacause of its golden-reddish sand which makes this beach different from others. Beautiful beach to swim or relax on brown sand.

Ta Cenc Cliffs

Rabat, Ta Cenc Cliffs
Rabat, Ta Cenc Cliffs
Rabat, Ta Cenc Cliffs

Content: While returning back visited Ta Cenc Cliffs After a short hike reached the cliff, the place was peaceful. We saw a beautiful sunset and returned back to our hotel.

Location: Mellieha

Day 7 - 18 May 2018

Popeye Village

Mellieha, Popeye Village
Mellieha, Popeye Village
Mellieha, Popeye Village

Content: With a quick coffee sip we headed towards Popeye Village which was 1 hour drive from hotel it was built for the popeye movie now it is converted to an amusement park. A beautiful film set and lot of spots to click picture, amazing scenery with an epic view of beach. It is bit costly.

Location: Mdina

Day 7 - 18 May 2018

Dingli cliffs

Mdina, Dingli cliffs
Mdina, Dingli cliffs
Mdina, Dingli cliffs

Content: Further with a 30 min drive reached Dingli cliffs. The towering cliffs featuring panoramic views & a chapel, which marks the area's highest point. It is a small hike to cliff which offers some beautiful views, place is not developed or maintained.

Location: Zurrieq

Day 7 - 18 May 2018

Blue Grotto

Zurrieq, Blue Grotto
Zurrieq, Blue Grotto
Zurrieq, Blue Grotto

Content: While on our way to Marsaxlokk after 15 min of drive we took a stop and visited Blue Grotto, the cave is famous for its intense blue water. Beautiful place with blue water.

Location: Marsaxlokk

Day 7 - 18 May 2018

Port View Guest House

Marsaxlokk, Port View Guest House
Marsaxlokk, Port View Guest House

Content: Checked-in to hotel at a sea facing location and near to airport, rooms were not spacious but they were clean and comfortable. Hospitality was top notch and loved the sea view from our room.

Tartarun Restaurant

Marsaxlokk, Tartarun Restaurant

Content: Walking through the street reached a local seafood restaurant for dinner. It is a heaven for fish lovers, the fish was well cooked and served with a great combination of sauces and wine. service was slow.

Location: Valletta

Day 8 - 19 May 2018

Malta International Airport

Valletta, Malta International Airport
Valletta, Malta International Airport
Valletta, Malta International Airport

Content: Skipped our breakfast and took a 10 min drive to Malta International Airport from where we boarded a 17 hour Air Malta flight to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. Check-in was quick and smooth and crew onboard was very helpful.