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top 5 must sees!!

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top 5 must sees!!

We are heading for a week to Malta late April would like to know what to fit in for the week ie the must sees. We are staying in St Julians. We are a group in our 30's like mix of culture, cafe life and bit of clubbing.

Our rough itinerary in any order is

Day in Valletta

Day in Gozo/Comino (Blue Lagoon)

2 or 3 days relaxing in St Julians

What other good towns are there to see? as we will have a spare two days

We were going to try and do a day trip to Sicily but figured it would be too rushed and would be better to do when we are in southern Italy I would prefer to see Malta properly than rush to another country.

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1. Re: top 5 must sees!!

Definitely Mdina for its history, the views (and some nice cafes), you could drop off at Ta Qali if only to see the Mdina glass being made (rest of the area is a bit run doiwn for my liking). You could get the HoHo, and see something of the island. I believe they are also giving a harbour cruise free right now, and that is worth the 90 minutes or so, seeing the harbour and Valletta etc from the water.

Another favourite area of mine, because it is quaint and full of history, is Vittoriosa (Birgu) but it might not suit you.

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Would definately give Sicily a miss start at 6am finish at 11pm a lot of travelling and if you arrive in Palermo you would need to know a bit of the place or use taxis etc to get around and they are expensive would recommend you do Sicily on its own at another time.

You will have lots of places like Mosta/ Medina Rabat all of which can be reached by bus buy your weekly bus ticket in the airport €12.00 per adult about what it cost to get to Howth from Tallaght by bus and dart except the €12 is for a week.

Restaurants in St Julians Peperoncino Barracuda The Dubliner pub on Spinola Bay. If you did not get any horse burgers in Dublin you can get a horse steak in Malta but they tell you its horse. Plenty of places in Paceville for clubbing and lots of restaurants all around St Julians and Sliema.

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3. Re: top 5 must sees!!

Totally agree with wrappido.

Don't think about Sicily this time around

Malta is a small island and easily explored. A weekly bus pass should allow you empteen time to visit the main towns. Bus journeys from your base in St Julian to major towns are no more than 40 minutes (Mellieha, M'Dina, Rabar Mosta). Marsaxlokk being the further about 1 hour or so.

You can esaily cover two or three towns in one day!!!

Which leaves you with evenings to spend in St Julian/Paceville to party & club to your heart content. Buggiba/Qawra which is 30 minutes bus ride from St Julian is also known for bars and restaurants. Most have night time entertainment.

Comino is a must. Boats leaves at 11:00 from Mellieha Jetty and get back around 16:45. Great day out for juts 12 euro.

Gozo: Regular daily ferries. Go early and get back late, so you maximise your day in Gozo.

I am sure that within 7 days you would achieve your itenirary. Make sure you get a weekly bus pass

Good luck

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cas11 - the group are going late April. I am not sure that Comino is a good idea on its own. Sun may be shining, but the sea will still be pretty cold, so why pay out to go there to simply sunbathe. Blue lagoon, yes, then on to Gozo perhaps.

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Gozo in April is ideal but you must understand that Comino is best known for the Blue Lagoon and in April I doubt it will be warm enough for swimming. If you like walking it might be worth it but bear in mind that only 4 people actually live there. I don't know if the hotel there will be open.

There is the Blue Grotto in Zurrieq which is popular.

Mdina is well worth a visit. Barakka Gardens in Valletta have a ceremony at noon at the Saluting Battery when the cannons are fired at noon . You can go down to sea level by the panoramic lift and cross to the other side of the Grand Harbour by boat (Birgu/Vittoriosa)

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fran it should be about 22-25 in Malta that is our summer so where it is freezing for hat776 its lovely for us Dubs but if your hotel has an indoor pool or one on the roof try that first.I have swam up at St Pauls Bay on New Years Day but then again we are nuts.

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8. Re: top 5 must sees!!

Comino & Blue Grotto are musts!

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Combine a vist to Ta 'Qali craft village for Glass Blowing and other crafts not forgeting the excellent flight museum located there http://maltaviationmuseum.com/ with a visit to Rabat (St Paul's Catacombs) and the Silent City of Mdina for a bite to eat and stunning views over the island.

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Not sure I would put Ta Qali in my top 5, Kiltman! The village is now looking very tatty. Interesting I suppose to see the filigree workers and potters at work, and yes I agree about the glass blowing, make sure you go to MDINA Glass just outside the village proper, for the best view and best shop.

Aviation museum is a bit specialist, didnt turn me on at all!

St. Paul's Catacombs (Rabat) are very interesting , but a better visit is to the St. Agatha Catacombs just a few metres further on. There you will get a guided tour.

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