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Old 09.02.2011, 17:38
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Trip to Malta- Travel advice needed

During mid March, after spending a week in Rome, me and my husband are planning to go for a 4-5 days trip to Malta.
I want it to be a relaxing holiday at Malta. And also not too heavy on our pockets.

I am looking at other travel websites(tripadvisor, virtualtourist etc..) too but also want to know from fellow EFers their suggestions on this place. Would really appreciate any travel tips, even smallest tiny bits of info would be good.

Also, should we just explore ourselves or take a tourist guide in order to get a better insight of the place and culture?
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Re: Trip to Malta- Travel advice needed

had you done this or do you still need some tips?
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Old 17.05.2011, 17:08
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Re: Trip to Malta- Travel advice needed

No we could not go there..
We went to Italy instead.
But would love to hear any tips as it might be out next vacation trip.
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Re: Trip to Malta- Travel advice needed

I'm reviving this thread because we are seriously considering doing Malta at Christmas - is the weather really poor ? What is recommended for families with three kids (12-10-4 years) on a basic budget...
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Old 03.02.2013, 17:29
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Re: Trip to Malta- Travel advice needed

we're also looking at going to Malta and would like any recommendations. we're looking at somewhere close to Mellieha Bay - most likely a hotel so the kids have others to play with.

recommendations welcome.
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Old 03.02.2013, 17:39
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we're also looking at going to Malta and would like any recommendations. we're looking at somewhere close to Mellieha Bay - most likely a hotel so the kids have others to play with.

recommendations welcome.
When are you planning to come? I live in Malta so can give you any advice that you need. As you are probably aware, Mellieha is in the north of the island, with a wide, sandy beach with water sports, that is popular with tourists. I belive this to be a good hotel in the area: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_R..._of_Malta.html

It may be wise to hire a car, although the local bus service is very good. It really depends on the age of your children and how much you just want a beach holiday or the ability to explore the island as well.
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Old 03.02.2013, 17:44
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It may be wise to hire a car, although the local bus service is very good. It really depends on the age of your children and how much you just want a beach holiday or the ability to explore the island as well.
The busses are a lot of fun & really quite exciting at times all for around 11 euros for a weekly pass! It's actually quite hard to spend any money in Malta, even eating Sushi!
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Old 03.02.2013, 17:48
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The busses are a lot of fun & really quite exciting at times all for around 11 euros for a weekly pass! It's actually quite hard to spend any money in Malta, even eating Sushi!
he he!! If you mean by exciting having a driver with his mobile in one hand and a cigarette in the other, then I would have to agree! That said, the bus routes are amazing and will take you to the farthest flung corners of the island, if you so wish.
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Old 03.02.2013, 18:02
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When are you planning to come? I live in Malta so can give you any advice that you need. As you are probably aware, Mellieha is in the north of the island, with a wide, sandy beach with water sports, that is popular with tourists. I belive this to be a good hotel in the area: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_R..._of_Malta.html

It may be wise to hire a car, although the local bus service is very good. It really depends on the age of your children and how much you just want a beach holiday or the ability to explore the island as well.
thanks for that.

the kids are 4 & 7 so yes anything where there's activity is idea. i been reading that the beach is fantastic and perfect for kids their age but we don't have to be right on top of it.

thanks
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Old 03.02.2013, 18:09
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thanks for that.

the kids are 4 & 7 so yes anything where there's activity is idea. i been reading that the beach is fantastic and perfect for kids their age but we don't have to be right on top of it.

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Yes, the beach is very nice but it does depend on what time of year you are planning to come. However, as your children are young and I imagine that your holiday would centre on the beach then Mellieha would be perfect (assuming that the weather is good!)
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Re: Trip to Malta- Travel advice needed

do you know roughly how much it is for a taxi to the airport from there as the hotel offers it for 70EUR?
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Old 03.02.2013, 18:50
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do you know roughly how much it is for a taxi to the airport from there as the hotel offers it for 70EUR?
Waaaay too high! Just take a white taxi from the airport, as they are regulated. You need to book it at the little office on the left as you leave the airport from departures and you will get a fair price. It is euros 20 to Sliema/St Julians so will be a bit more to Mellieha, but not as much as 70!
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Waaaay too high! Just take a white taxi from the airport, as they are regulated. You need to book it at the little office on the left as you leave the airport from departures and you will get a fair price. It is euros 20 to Sliema/St Julians so will be a bit more to Mellieha, but not as much as 70!
I was there a few years ago, and was advised to "make darned sure the taxi price was agreed to beforehand" - and the fee from airport to (forget where I was going to, began with a "B", popular seafront little town).... was only Euro 25. So prices have not escalated too much then?

A beer was Euro 1.10.

The ferry to Gozo (+-Euro 4 return)........ eating breakfast in a square in Gozo ..... little cheesy tartlets (.30cents each!) I seem to remember coffee and beer being about the same price?...... breakfast for under Euro2.
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Old 03.02.2013, 19:07
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do you know roughly how much it is for a taxi to the airport from there as the hotel offers it for 70EUR?
The official rate is 29.50 Euro.
http://gettinghere.maltairport.com/en/white-taxi.htm
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I was there a few years ago, and was advised to "make darned sure the taxi price was agreed to beforehand" - and the fee from airport to (forget where I was going to, began with a "B", popular seafront little town).... was only Euro 25. So prices have not escalated too much then?

A beer was Euro 1.10.

The ferry to Gozo (+-Euro 4 return)........ eating breakfast in a square in Gozo ..... little cheesy tartlets (.30cents each!) I seem to remember coffee and beer being about the same price?...... breakfast for under Euro2.
Bugibba? Agreed; other than taking a white taxi from the airport (where prices are regulated) I would avoid using them and use the buses instead.

The little cheesy tartlets were probably Pastizzi ... delicious, but extremely calorific (they do a pea variety too).
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Bugibba? Agreed; other than taking a white taxi from the airport (where prices are regulated) I would avoid using them and use the buses instead.

The little cheesy tartlets were probably Pastizzi ... delicious, but extremely calorific (they do a pea variety too).
Yes! Bugibba. Yeah, the pea tartlets!!!!

Buying fresh vegetables from "the van" in the square, and the seller would throw in bunches of herbs - for free!
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Yes! Bugibba. Yeah, the pea tartlets!!!!

Buying fresh vegetables from "the van" in the square, and the seller would throw in bunches of herbs - for free!
Yes, you can still buy the best fresh fruit and veg from the 'carts' (he he) that are situated all over the place. And yes, even the supermarkets throw in huge bunches of parsley for free.

There is also a farmers' market held on Saturday's and Sunday's at Ta Qali, which sells organic produce fresh from the ground.
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Re: Trip to Malta- Travel advice needed

I would not take a guide as it is easy to travel around Malta by bus or by hiring a car with a GPS. You shuld try to visit Comino & Gozo, both beautiful places!
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I would not take a guide as it is easy to travel around Malta by bus or by hiring a car with a GPS. You shuld try to visit Comino & Gozo, both beautiful places!
It's made even easier as English is an official language. On 2 occasions last September I was told my English is very good, & was also told I should be ashamed of myself for not speaking Maltese by a woman assumed I was born in Malta, rather than a tourist!
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It's made even easier as English is an official language. On 2 occasions last September I was told my English is very good, & was also told I should be ashamed of myself for not speaking Maltese by a woman assumed I was born in Malta, rather than a tourist!
Is your English very good??!! he he! I cannot believe that you would have been mistaken for a Maltese! But, as you rightly say, English is widely spoken here, which is a huge advantage.
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