James Gauci Borda
My team and I are proud to welcome you to Malta, a unique Mediterranean country. Our local knowledge can help you discover the hidden charms of this beautiful island. Do feel free to contact us to ensure that you take home truly enriching memories.
The Perfect Day
Before heading out on what is certain to be a long day, make sure you have a good pair of comfortable shoes, there is a bit of walking involved, and an area map from our team the Concierge desk will certainly be of help. If it’s summer, a bottle of water would certainly be a good idea and don’t forget your raincoat or umbrella in winter.
Anyway, to the sightseeing … kick off the day with a good breakfast at Giorgio’s in Sliema, while enjoying the hustle and bustle of the seafront, before taking the short trip across Marsamxett Harbour to Valletta the islands magnificent capital. As one of the great architectural showpieces of the Mediterranean the city has a huge amount to see, from St. John’s Co-Cathedral, to The Grand Master Palace and Upper Barrakka Gardens, all are a must. Though, if you have a little more time Casa Rocca Piccola is also certainly worth your attention, as is strolling down Republic Street and venturing into the great variety shops selling all things antiques, books, jewellery and more besides.
Choices for lunch are certainly not in short supply, though we must recommend the small family run restaurant Ambrosia which offers delightful cuisine with evident local influences.
The Perfect Day
During the afternoon venture through the island’s old capital, Mdina, considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of an inhabited fortified city in Europe. With very little traffic, it is sometimes referred to locally as the ‘Silent City.’ It is easy to become enveloped in the timeless atmosphere, narrow streets, filled with sunshine and sharp shadows, connect buildings, churches and palaces whose architectural styles stretch from the Medieval through to the Baroque and Neo-Gothic. The city’s Cathedral, dedicated to St Peter and St Paul, is packed with religious treasures and has a truly imposing baroque façade. However, it is in the Cathedral Museum that the spectacular may be found with works by Albrecht Dürer, Mattia Preti and other significant artists, all creating one of the islands finest collections. In the nearby town of Rabat the Domus Romana, Casa Bernard and Catacombs offer insights into various aspects of the islands history and provide great value to the visitor. When one feels themselves in need of some rest, Palazzo de Piro is the ideal choice, offering views of the countryside to accompany your afternoon tea.
The Perfect Day
Evening brings with it a chance to explore The Three Cities of Birgu (Vittoriosa), Senglea and Cospicua. While this will most certainly be a calmer time of day to discover the area, a guided tour will ensure that you don’t miss anything well hidden amongst the little squares and tiny streets. Throughout the area military activity has now given way to the abundance of super-yachts which now decorate the dockyard. A stroll along Vittoriosa’s waterfront and promenade are thoroughly tranquil all the while admiring the incredible views of the Grand Harbour. A variety of spots to eat and drink decorate the area though the one that catches our attention is Del Borgo Wine Bar, showing off a fantastic selection of antipasti, tapas, mezedes as well as some larger dishes. The staff will certainly assist you in the choice of the perfect wine – food combination while you let your days activities sink in. Once back at the hotel and if a little energy remains why not round off your evening with a small night cap at Waterbiscuit, perhaps for a taste of the islands you might enjoy a Bajtra or a Gozitan Limoncello.
In Malta, you will explore 7,000 years of pulsating history, and wherever you go, the islands’ scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. With fine weather almost the whole year round, dramatic and ancient architecture, picturesque beaches, crystal clear waters, and a wide variety of entertainment, there is a great deal to see and do.