Guest Post by Danny Sullivan
Thinking of a holiday to Italy? Don’t be Sicily. 50 miles south lies somewhere with better weather and cheaper beer. In fact, it gets so hot it makes the ideal destination for a short break after summer. Flights are cheap, the kids are back at school and it still averages 25°C according to my handy holiday thermometer. It has to be Malta!
Setting off at the crack of dawn to make the most of the 4-night break had its advantages. You get a full first day and at 6am, there’s only 5 or 6 people in the queue for the pub at Leeds Bradford Airport.
Our 7am flight arrived at 11:30am local time (GMT +1). It’s a small airport, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in organisation. The taxi system in particular has the efficiency of something that dreams are made of. After providing your destination to the multi-lingual operator at the service desk, you pay for the journey up front and give your ticket to the strictly Maltese speaking taxi driver. It makes a nice change to getting a black cab in England, which tend to be a bigger rip off since the invention of Velcro.
Half an hour of boring my girlfriend on the wonders of the Maltese airport taxi service later, we arrived at the Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa in Mellieħa – a big hotel in a little town on the north coast of the Island. With (Malt)easy links to the neighbouring islands and a thriving fishing community, Mellieħa is definitely the plaice to be.
My realisation upon arrival was the plug sockets were all for UK plugs, which meant my European adaptors were as useless as a chocolate teapot. The next few days consisted of relaxing by the rooftop pool, afternoons on the beach and enjoying all the history and culture Malta has to offer. Most of the culture coming in the form of a church, of which there is one for every day of the year (365).
It wasn’t all lounging about and counting churches though. On the last day we got the ferry over to Gozo and went full tourist with a day on the ‘Hop on Hop Off Sightseeing Bus Tour’. If you’re a Game of Thrones/Geology fan, there’s even a stop at the Azure Window.
Despite driving my girlfriend Abbie up the wall, our autumn break to Malta was a huge success. It makes a great short break destination if you’re looking to escape the September drizzle in the UK. The food’s good, the locals are friendly and did I mention how great the taxi service at the airport was?
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