Stuff to do While Waiting

During our day to day routine, we hardly wait for anything any more. Let’s face it, in this day and age, waiting time is wasted time as we rush from work to chores to outings to bed and repeat the next day. That is why when you travel, you feel like you waste a lot of time waiting. You wait at the airport for your flight (which you should be there early for), you wait for the flight to arrive at your destination (sometimes long hours to cross the world), you wait for your room to be ready if you arrive early. In order to not loose your mind to boredom, you have to find ways to fill that time.

While waiting at the airport

Those few hours spent at the airport while waiting for your flight can be agony, especially if the flight is delayed. The obvious way to kill boredom is to go look at the shops and empty your pocket in the expensive shops in the departures lounge. However if you (like me) don’t have enough money to spend, this is not really an option. I guess window shopping is also a good option but there are two problems with this. The first is that most shops have similar stuff (souvenirs, perfumes, alcohol, etc.) and that gets boring in itself. The second problem is that you might give into the temptation to buy the stuff.

Other options that might save you some money are:

  • Reading a book
  • Working (if not on holiday, you can always answer emails or write something)
  • Watching a movie
  • Having something to eat (even though more expensive than restaurants outside, still cheaper than the plane food)
  • Playing a game (on your phone or with a travel partner)

Do take care of the time so that you don’t miss your flight (I was going to do that once). Stay near a monitor showing departure times and gates so that from time to time you can check the status of your flight.

While on the flight

Flight time is harder to kill. No internet, no shops, no where to go! Choices are limited. The following are my favorite stuff to do while on the plane:

  • Sleep (a great time to catch some Zs)
  • Read a book
  • Watch a downloaded movie/series
  • Play an offline game or if you’re with a group play a group game
  •  Listen to some music and enjoy the view (if you’re seated next to the window)

My most preferred thing to do when on a plane is sleeping (usually even if i’m not tired) as that way you don’t see the time passing. Reading a book is also a good way to use that time in a productive way as you get to keep your mind working in a creative and relaxing way. If you read a non-fiction book, you also get to learn something. They say that the most successful people read around 50 books a year. Reading a book on flights will get you a step closer to success (disclaimer: reading a book is not a sure way to be successful but it does help).

I hope you find something you like and that helps you while traveling in this list. If you have other ways to kill time while waiting do post in the comments section.

 

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy every minute in life.

 

Michelle

Weekend in Vienna – Day 3

23/09/2018

Our holiday has come to an end. Time flies when you are abroad! Today, our fight was at 20.00 therefore we had time to go sightseeing during the morning. The hotel also agreed to keep our luggage till 14.00 so that we were free to explore around without having to lug our luggage around with us. We woke up, packed everything, had breakfast and left the hotel at around 9.45. The Viennese like to sleep in on Sunday morning I think, as the streets and undergrounds were quiet. Our first destination this morning was the Hundertwasserhaus, a splash of color among neutral colored buildings.

Next we went to the Museumsquartier just to say that we went there as well (I am not a big fan of museums and we did not have enough time anyway). Then we went to Schonbrunn palace, a must see here in Vienna. We did not go into the palace but the gardens are to die for. Beautiful fountains, breathtaking views…simply stunning. The weather did not favor us as it was cloudy and rainy but the gardens were still beautiful to stroll in. We only had about two hours so it was a very short visit but I do suggest you dedicate a day to see this beautiful landmark.

At around 12.30, it was time to head back to the hotel to get our luggage. We decided to go straight to the airport as our bags were quite heavy (we bought a lot of new stuff). All it took from the hotel to the airport was an hour during which we caught 2 trains. The rides were very comfortable and the inspector on the train to the airport lightened up the gloom that comes with going back home after a great weekend.

And that was the end of our trip (waiting at the airport for 4 hours is not that interesting to write about).

Some reflections about Vienna

  • I was very surprised at how clean the city was. It is rare to find such cleanliness in big cities.
  • The public transport is very very efficient. Trains are always on time (at least during these 3 days) and the prices are quite cheap.
  • There are too many landmarks to be able to visit everything in 3 days!
  • You can go for a concert every night, at least during the weekend and tickets are very easy to find.

If you really need a break and you love exploring big cities, Vienna is a great contender. It is a big city with many landmarks to visit, not very busy unlike other capital cities in Europe, very easy to get around and quite cheap for a beer-pocketer. The food was to die for and also very cheap. Getting around on public transport is fast, efficient and does not break the bank (I mean 34 Euros including 3 days public transport tickets and airport transfers is a bargain!).

 

That marks the end of my weekend in Vienna.

Until next time, stay safe and lets start planning the next trip.

 

Michelle

Weekend in Vienna – Day 2, Exploring the City

22/09/2018

Today was a very long and productive day. We left our hotel at around 9.30 after a good breakfast. We wanted to check out as many places of interest as possible as yesterday we did not manage to see anything and tomorrow we only have half a day to explore this city. Yesterday I took a small guide book which was free at the airport. On it, there was a map of a walking tour. You can join a tour with a guide for free or you can do it at your own pace. I decided to do it my way and so I took my mum to all the places it suggests. By the end of the tour you will have seen 31 places of interest in Vienna. Between the map on the book and some help from google maps, we managed to do all of it by 13.00.

                      

We started off by visiting Stephansdom, the main cathedral here in Vienna. As entrance is free, we decided to go in and we were not disappointed. Next stop suggested on the tour is a street right next to the cathedral where one can shop and see the monument dedicated to those who were lost during the plague. The tour continues to two other smaller but still beautiful churches, Peterskirche and Maria am Gestade. Along the way, also listed is a unique clock, Ankeruhr, which is quite unusual. The hour is shown by a knight’s figure which moves to show the minute by an arrow. It took a moment to figure out how to read it but it is extraordinary when you think about it. Next on the list is Judenplatz, a square for remembrance of the Holocaust. The tour then takes you through a number of small squares, each with its own unique characteristics. The University of Vienna is next o  the list. A remarkable building built in Italian Renaissance style. A few steps away, one finds the Ruthaus, the neogothic town hall. Today we got to see a circus in front of it but these change from time to time according to the book. Exactly on the opposite side of the road one finds the Burgtheater, not much to look at on the outside but I really wish I had the time to watch something in there (even though I am quite sure I would understand nothing). A few meters away from the theater is a peaceful garden called Volksgarten. On a nice day (which was not today) it would be paradise on Earth. I really suggest that one takes a few minutes to relax here until you move on to the next part of the tour.

          

 

Up next were Heldenplatz and the Hofburg. The beautiful palace surrounding the square make anyone jealous of the president who resides here now-a-days. Back in the times of the Habsburg dynasty, this was home to the emperor and his household. Connected to this palace are the Kaiserliche Schatzkammer, the Kaiserappartements and the Spanischen Hofreitschule. These are all situated in the same square. Next we saw Michaelerplatz, the Austrian National Library and the Augustinerkirche, all remarkable buildings to see. For those who love art, especially modern art, the next stop is for you. The Albertina is a museum with modern art pieces from Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh among others. My art knowledge is similar to that of a five year old therefore beautiful pieces such as those found in the Albertina would be wasted on me. As time is limited and I have no idea how to really appreciate art (I do appreciate their beauty and the amount of work one piece would take but that is the depth I know how to get into), we decided to skip visiting the museum. At this point in the tour we were hungry and tired so we decided to skip the last few stops suggested by the book (only 3 stops were left and two of them were also art museums).

Number 27 on the tour is Cafe Sacher, part of the Sacher hotel, which my father had already suggested. It suggest that one tries their famous original Sacher-torte, and boy does it taste good. We managed to get a table just before the rush-hour during lunch. The ambiance of the place is gorgeous and posh but it is relatively not that expensive (talk about finally getting that champagne with beer pockets). They have a set menu where you can take a hot non-alcoholic beverage (I opted for their signature tea blend), a slice of their Sacher-torte with whipped cream and a bottle of water for 16.50 euro. It was to die for and worth every cent. And if you love it that much, you can buy some to take with you home.

                      

With our bellies full (kind of) we walked towards the Musik Varien, the music hall where the famous New Year’s Day concert is done. Next we visited the Malteserkirche, a small church dedicated to the Knight’s Order of Malta. We couldn’t help not visiting something dedicated to our little island. Tired but still wanting to explore the city we decided to go to Riesenrad, part of the city where you feel like you are at a theme park. There are rides for everyone and the atmosphere is light and kind of child-like. You only have to pay for the rides as going around is free.

We decided that it was time to go eat and we wanted to try something Austrian. We found a restaurant called Krah Krah, a locals’ favourite. My mother took …. And I chose a …. Schnitzel. After dinner we walked from the restaurant to Stephansplatz to catch the underground back to our hotel. The streets were busy with people enjoying their Saturday evening but we were too tired to join them.

                         

It was a great day where I got to explore most of this city’s places of interest. Now I rest so that tomorrow I can visit the places I did not manage to see today.

 

Until next time, good night.

 

Michelle  

Weekend in Vienna – Day 1

Arriving in Vienna

10.30: Hello from Vienna. My mother and I have just landed at Vienna International Airport and I have already been surprised by the easiness with which we have exited the airport and are travelling into the city.

First of all, hats off to Air Malta for the lovely flight. We departed on time from a stormy Malta and landed in sunny Vienna at 9.35 here. As it was an early flight, we skipped breakfast and so we had one one during the flight. A cup of tea and a ham and cheese sandwich in a brioche bun are just what you need for breakfast. The flight was smooth most of the way with a few bumps around the middle of the journey.

This is my first time in Vienna and I was really impressed at how big, clean and efficient the airport here is. We waited about 15 minutes for our luggage which is very good time for an airport of that size. Before you even exit the arrivals area, you can buy train tickets either just for the city center or for up to a three day stay. As soon as you walk out the door from the baggage area, you find yourself only three minutes away from the train which takes you to the center. The tickets for this train and a three day stay amounted to just 38 euro per person. Not bad for a beer pocket traveler.

14.00: The train ride took 16 minutes to get us to the center of Vienna. From there we had to catch another train to get to our hotel. We are staying at the Ibis Budget Wein Sankt Marx, one hotel from a cheap, reliable and comfortable chain around the world. We arrived very early for our check in so we couldn’t get our room at that moment. We decided to go back to the station and go around the few shops there. It was a bit uncomfortable to lug our luggage around with us as the hotel does not have a baggage room where to keep them. At around 12.30 we went to McDonald’s (yes I know….very classy) to eat something and wait for time to pass. At 13.30 we decided to walk back to our hotel and wait for the room there but as soon as we arrived, the nice young lady at the desk gave us our room. We settled in and we are going to take some time to relax a bit.

 

22.00 At around 15.30 we left the hotel to go out. We decided that we wanted to get our shopping done today so we can have the rest of the holiday exploring the city. We first went to Mariahilferstrasse, a street full of shops of every kind. We visited some shops there and then decided that we should go to Vosendorf Sud, a huge shopping village on the outskirts of Vienna. There we just managed to buy stuff from one particular shop as the shopping center closes at 19.00. We were happy enough with our purchases (we should be, having spent more than 200 euros on clothes!) and so we decided to get back to the hotel to unload. Once we got to the hotel, a quick search on google suggested a nice beer garden restaurant just 500 m away from our hotel. We decided to go there for dinner and had two wonderful salads (see picture below). Now we are back at the hotel, ready to sleep after an eventful day.

 

Goodnight world, until tomorrow, stay safe and sleep tight.

 

Michelle

A Weekend in Vienna

For the past three days, I have been in Vienna with my mother (a girls’ trip). I kept a diary of what we did so that I can share them with you. I could not post them from there as the internet was not that good to upload pictures of the beautiful sites we visited and they were three hectic days (not enough to visit all of Vienna!). Later on today I will put up a diary of the three days with pictures and the experiences that I had over the weekend.

 

Until later, stay safe.

 

Michelle

A Basic Packing List for a Short Trip

As I mentioned in the previous post, I am going to Vienna this coming weekend and of course I have to pack. I usually make a mental list of things I will be needing during my stay and I usually either forget something or remember to put it in my bag at the last minute. So today I decided to put it down here so that I remember to pack everything and so that I can share it with you guys. If I leave something out or if you think that the trip would be better if I pack something else or something less, please do comment below. I love reading your opinions. I will be listing the stuff in sections so that it will be better to notice any absent items.

Clothes (to look fabulous in)

  • Pants ( the amount of days you are going to be away + 1 just in case there are any accidents)
  • Shirts ( the amount of days + at least two others)
  • Underwear ( the amount of days + 2 extra underpants)
  • Socks ( at least 3 pairs if you have only closed shoes)
  • Thermal clothes (if travelling to cold areas)
  • Something to sleep in (whatever makes you comfortable)
  • Jacket (at least one waterproof and quite warming)
  • Swim wear (if you plan to go swimming)

Shoes (to carry you to every adventure)

  • Closed shoes (at least one pair just in case it rains or you are going to walk a lot)
  • Hiking shoes (if you plan to go hiking or you plan to walk for long periods of time)
  • Nice shoes (a pair for when you feel like being a model)
  • Shoes to lounge in (optional and if you have space)
  • Flip flops (to shower in especially if you are staying in a hostel or have a shared bathroom)

Accessories (for that extra glamour)

  • Scarf (for those lightly chilly evenings or as an accessory)
  • Jewelry (some cheap earrings, a bracelet and a necklace to spice up the outfit)
  • Bags ( a comfortable bag which fits all the necessary items  you need when exploring the area you are travelling to)
  • Hair accessories (hair bands, hair clips, bobby pins and a hair brush)

Toiletries (because hygiene is everything)

  • Shower gel (if you want your own or your skin is too sensitive for the ones provided in hotels)
  • Hair products (if your hair is stubborn)
  • Toothpaste and Toothbrush (being on holiday is no excuse to not brush your teeth)
  • Face products (make up remover, cleanser, toner, moisturizer)
  • Intimate wash (especially if you are going to use the products offered by hotels)
  • Deodorant + perfume (to smell yummy)
  • Mineralizing Thermal Water spray (a god send in hot weather)
  • Make up (just a touch to feel glamorous)
  • Sun Block (always unless you are travelling somewhere where the sun never shines)
  • Some liquid soap for washing clothes (so you can wash your socks and wear them the next day)

Gadgets (what would we do without them)

  • Phone + Charger (you can’t live without it)
  • Tablet/Laptop + Charger (for that long plane ride)
  • Camera + Charger (if you love taking photos)
  • USB cable (to transfer items from your phone/camera to your laptop)
  • Extension cord (if you are taking a lot of gadgets as hotel rooms usually have only a few charging points)
  • Electrical Adapter (because unfortunately we live in a world with many different types of power plugs and sockets)

First Aid Box (for emergencies)

It is important to take some medicines with you just in case you feel under the weather because you might not find what you need in foreign pharmacies. A basic first aid box (or pocket) should include the following items:

  • Anti-inflammatory (such as ibuprofen)
  • Probiotics (just in case you eat something that does not agree with you)
  • Hydrocortisone cream (for bug bites, stings, or heat rash)
  • Barrier/Repair cream (for any scratches, cuts and bruises)
  • Anti-Histamine (for allergies)
  • Antacids (for after big meals and if you get heart burn)
  • Electrolytes (for dehydration, nausea and hangovers)
  • Any chronic medication you take daily (take with you a few extra just in case you miss your flight or if for any other reason you cannot return home)

Other Stuff (because some things you cannot live without)

  • A book (for all the time you spend waiting at the airport)
  • Money/Credit Card/ Visa + back up (of course)
  • Passport (how will you fly without it)
  • Plane tickets/ Boarding passes (no ticket, no flight)
  • Insurance (at least something that covers your health)
  • Hotel reservation confirmation (where you can access it)
  • Padlock (to lock up your stuff during transit and at the hotel)
  • A map (yes, I know, Google Maps is great but just in case your phone dies!)
  • Power bank (to use Google maps for longer)
  • Umbrella (if you do not have a waterproof jacket or if you’re visiting a hot country with the chance of rain)

 

Yes I know this seems like a lot of stuff for just a few days, but if you pack intelligently and minimize the space taken up by air, all this can fit in a hand luggage. If you take the least bulky clothes and shoes, take small bottles for liquids and place everything in an orderly fashion (just like a jigsaw puzzle) you can fit all these things in one bag and still have space for some shopping.

Some tips:
Pack at least your chronic medications in your hand luggage just in case your luggage does not arrive at your destination with you (yes these thing happen quite often)
If you have prescriptions for your chronic medications, do take a copy with you
Take samples you get from pharmacies, beauty shops etc. with you instead of big bottles to save the space in your luggage
Put one mode of payment on your person but leave a backup back where you are staying in a secure place

 

Until next time my friends, stay safe and pack your bags

Michelle

Planning a Trip

Today I wanted to write something different than my usual posts. I will be going abroad next weekend and I have a very important question to answer. I have been thinking about it for the past few weeks (actually since I booked my flight tickets) and now, it is about time that I come to a decision because time flies by and week passes in the blink of an eye. This post is mainly for short trips where you stay in one city for a few days not one that you travel around different places as that requires more thought. The question which troubles me is the following:

Should I plan the whole trip or should I just go there and wing it?

As a background to my dilemma, I will be going to Vienna with my mother next weekend for three days and I want to see as much of Vienna as I possibly could. However I am not a big fan of rigid travel plans as I believe that having a fixed schedule will limit what you might want to do. Below I am going to list the pros and cons of both scenarios.

Pros and Cons of Planning a Trip

My father has suggested that I make a plan of where to go and which places of interest we should visit. These are the points, in favor or against, that I am thinking of:

Pros

  • I know exactly how much time I can spend in a particular place
  • I don’t have to think about what to do next when I am there
  • I can buy any tickets I will need beforehand and will most probably get them cheaper
  • I will not miss out on the most important places of the place I am visiting

Cons

  • I am limited by time in order to keep by the schedule
  • There is a constant nagging at the back of my mind that I am not going to be on time for the next attraction
  • I might miss out on places that you happen to find entirely by accident

Pros and Cons of not Planning a Trip

I am quite a spontaneous person and I like going somewhere new and just explore it as I see fit at that moment in time. This is what I’m thinking if I go there and wing it:

Pros

  • I am not tied down by time and can spend as much time as I want in a particular place
  • I can do what I feel like in that moment without thinking that I am missing something else
  • I might find something out of the ordinary to visit or see

Cons

  • I might miss out on important places
  • If I need tickets I might have to wait in line and will probably cost more

 

In the end one should do what they feel is right and which philosophy will make their holiday more enjoyable and relaxing. Here I just wanted to show you my thought process so that if you have the same question as I do, I can maybe offer some new ideas that you might have not thought of. I would really like to know what you think about this topic as I think that we can all learn from each other. So which side of the argument are you on? Do you plan the trip to the last minute or do you go there and visit places that you stumble upon? Tell me what you think in the comments section.

 

Until next time, stay safe my friends.

 

Michelle

 

What to do When in Malta – Part 7 (Valletta)

Today I want to write something about our capital city Valletta because of two reasons, first because it is a cultural hub with a day’s worth of museum visits, churches and places of interest and second because I took the photo below (not usually a photographer).

Monuments in Valletta

There are a number of different monuments scattered around the city each commemorating a different event in the history of Malta. The most memorable are the Siege Bell War Memorial found near the Lower Barrakka Gardens (seen in the photo above at the tip of the city) and the Porte Des Bombes just before you enter Valletta. The Siege Bell War Memorial consists mainly of the bell itself and the small temple surrounding it. The bell is the largest in Malta and everyday at noon the bell can be heard from the cities surrounding the two harbors. The Porte Des Bombes, not exactly in Valletta but in Floriana, a suburb of the capital city, was an ornamental gate along the Floriana lines bastions which was later on reduced to the arch one can see today to accommodate the traffic we have today. Other monuments include the Queen Victoria statue, Victoria Gate, Spencer monument, Independence monument and the War Memorial. One can visit these monuments easily by walking around Valletta.

Churches in Valletta

Without a doubt, the most famous and grandiose church in Valletta is St. John’s co-cathedral . Situated in the middle of Valletta this magnificent cathedral houses a rich collection of art pieces, the most prestigious being Caravaggio’s ‘The Beheading of St. John the Baptist’. The small fee to enter the cathedral is worth every cent as the riches inside will wonder any art enthusiast as well as the lay person (like myself). As the floor is made up of marble, only flat shoes or wide heels are allowed therefore plan ahead so that you don’t have to remove your shoes. The museum housing most of the paintings is on the side of the cathedral.

There are a number of other churches around the city which one can visit for free. All of these churches host numerous paintings and sculptures, each with its own beauty and prestige. Some of these churches include Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Anglican Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Francis of Assisi and the Parish Church of St. Augustine among others.

Squares in Valletta

By far, the most impressive square in Valletta is the Triton Square just before you enter the city. The Triton fountain in the middle of the square has become an iconic landmark both to tourists as well as locals. Its beauty shines especially at night with the lights accentuating every detail perfectly.  Passing over the bridge  you come into Freedom Square, housing the new Parliament and the Teatru Rjal, the open air theater. Two other important squares in Valletta are St.George’s square in the middle of Valletta in front of the Grand-master’s Palace and Castille Square in front of the Auberge de Castille over looking the Grand Harbor. Other smaller squares include Republic Square, a great place to stop for a coffee and St. John’s Square, perfect to marvel at St. John’s Cathedral.

Gardens in Valletta

The Upper Barrakka are the best place to go for a magnificent view of the Grand Harbor. These picturesque gardens are a relaxing oasis on top of the city where one can just sit down on a bench and admire the beauty of the harbor. Many locals, especially elderly like to spend their morning here just sitting on a bench reading the paper and eating a pastizz just watching the world pass by. The Lower Barrakka Gardens situated on the other side of the city are less busy but equally beautiful to visit.

Where to Eat in Valletta

Valletta is full of restaurants to satisfy everyone’s taste. From traditional Maltese dishes to Italian food and Indian curry, you are sure to find a restaurant to quench your craving. The newly refurbished Suq tal-Belt is a collection of different restaurants with a common area where to eat. It is usually quite crowded but the food is delicious. If you want a quieter setting, any one of the Valletta restaurants is a good option. A family favorite  is Crianza in Archbishop’s Street next to St. George’s Square.

If you want to eat somewhere with sea views, the Valletta Waterfront is the perfect stop. With a number of restaurants each offering a different cuisine, the Valletta Waterfront is perfect to relax after a day going around Valletta. The atmosphere in the evenings is indescribable, busy with people and a backdrop of the Three Cities alight in the dusk, simply perfect.

 

Tip from a local: If you have time, do try out spending half an hour just sitting at the Upper Barrakka Gardens. It is both relaxing and a great photo op.

 

Until next time, stay safe and plan your next trip.

 

Michelle

What to do When in Malta – Part 6

8th September – Victory Day

Here in Malta we have a number of national holidays. Each holiday has its own unique tradition of what we do on the day or what to eat. We Maltese are quite traditional as a country and we love the typical activities associated with each holiday. Tomorrow is the 8th of September where we celebrate Victory day.

The Tradition behind the 8th September holiday

On this glorious day in September we commemorate the victories our ancestors had ages ago on three occasions. The oldest victory remembered on this day dates back to 1565 during which Malta was under the rule of the Knights and it won the final battle against the ottoman empire. We also celebrate the victory against the French in the 1800s as well as the end of the siege of Malta against the Italians during World war II. We Maltese are a proud people therefore it is fit that we celebrate the victories of our forefathers with a holiday (and we get to have the day off).

The Religious part of 8th September

Malta is a Roman Catholic country and we give a certain importance to our faith. Each locality in Malta has its own patron saint and once a year we celebrate a feast in honor of that patron saint. The 8th September is the catholic feast of the birth of the Virgin Mary and two Maltese localities have this date as their village feast.

So….What to do on This Holiday?

There are three main traditions associated with this holiday. First is the parade by the Armed Forces of Malta in the capital city Valletta where a garland is placed by the President of Malta and the Representatives of Parliament near the monument that commemorates the Great Siege of 1565. Afterwards a mass is celebrated at St. John’s co-cathedral for the President and the Representatives of Parliament.

The second tradition is regatta race held in the Grand Harbor. The regatta race is a bi-annual event where a number of clubs compete in a number of different boat races. Being competitive as a nation makes such events more enjoyable. For the best view of the races, Senglea and the Valletta Waterfront are the best options. Afterwards the club that wins usually hosts a party to celebrate the victory.

The village feasts in Senglea and Naxxar are the third tradition associated with this national holiday. During the feasts, the locals go around the streets of the cities with the statues of the patron saint along with the village band. At some point during this procession there are spectacular firework displays to end the day on a shimmering note.

 

Tip form a local: We take our national holidays seriously therefore do not schedule a day for shopping on such a day. To get the most out of your visit do try these traditional activities as you can learn a lot of our culture during these events. If you are attending the regatta races, do put on sunblock and take a bottle of water (or 2).

 

Until next time, stay safe and have a free day (as I am going to do myself)

 

Michelle

 

What to do When in Malta – Part 5

The Maltese Countryside – Hiking in Malta

If you’re the outdoors type of traveler and you are looking for a holiday where you can enjoy a hike, Malta offers beautiful walks along the coast as well as . Tracking along the southern coast from Marsaskala to Birzebbuga or walk on the hills between Ghajn Tuffieha and Gnejna present perfect photo-taking conditions as well as a nice exercise option. The cliffs in Dingli are also good options where one can even explore caves with sea views at the back drop. Siggiewi, a village in the center of Malta is surrounded by fields and rural hills where one can enjoy a walk along the green Maltese countryside.

Gozo, our sister island, is full of green areas perfect for hiking. Being less populated, Gozo is a better option for those who want to center their holiday around hiking and the outdoors as there is more space for the great outdoors. The vast countryside and the picturesque beaches offer many options to explorers who want to feel one with nature. For some inspiration, there are downloadable books you can get through a Google search where you can choose from at least 10 routes through Gozo’s countryside.

The smallest of the three main islands, Comino is also a good option for hiking. Being only occupied by 1 hotel and just 3 residents, exploring Comino is a wonder for the outdoors enthusiast. Most people visit Comino in summer for the beautiful beaches it possesses, but for a hiker, its countryside is perfect for a day of hiking.

 

Tip from a local: If you are looking for this kind of holiday, I suggest you come in February, March, April, October or November so that you can enjoy your hike in cool weather. In summer, the sun is too hot and during those months, the weather is usually sunny and cool.

 

Until next time, stay safe and dream big.

 

Michelle