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Place to stay for elderly parents

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Place to stay for elderly parents

Hi. My parents would love to visit Malta and we are looking to send them for their Diamond wedding anniversary. Could you please help me as I know nothing about Malta. They love old sites, quaint streets, tradition etc.

Where would you sugest the best town to stay for them, they are in their 80's,may need to eat out in the evenings and novice at being abroad on their own. I see they could book a bus tour so they get to see the island.

Any help would be so great

Thanks

Yvonne

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1. Re: Place to stay for elderly parents

How mobile are they? Some of the places they might like to see if they like old sites quaint streets and tradition involve walking up and down gradients. The capital Valletta has a lot to offeron one level but upper barakka gardens for instance involves a walk up a gradient. One of the ancient capitals (Mdina) is mostly on the level but the other (Vittoriosa) can involve a bit of up and down if they want to see it all as they would have to walk down to the waterfront and up to the bastions and old narrow medieval streets . One of the best views on the island (from Senglea point) involves a climb up steps or a hill with a 30% incline. Some of the steps in Senglea are steeper than that.

The areas with the greatest concentration of hotels on relatively level ground are Sliema/St Julians and St Pauls Bay/Qawra/Bugiba but there's not much by way of quaint streets, old sites and tradition in those locations.

Getting around is easy using public transport but (again depending on where they stay - and also when they go) they might wait a while to get on a bus. The hop on hop off buses are a good option for getting to see the place and you can buy a ticket which includes a harbour tour which is also worth doing.

Also so far as accomodation goes would they prefer hotels or self catering?

There's a lot to consider before offering reliable advice.

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2. Re: Place to stay for elderly parents

Hi Yvonne,

Anywhere in Malta (apart from Paceville) would fit the bill. Valletta would be a nice base to start with. It is a historic city with plenty things on offer and plenty of restaurants for dining out. However, the streets and pavement are uneven and steep If your parents have any mobility problems.

I am sure you will get more advice and options from other people and what a treat would that be for your parents to enjoy.

Cheers

Cas

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