Malta, an island paradise

Malta, an island paradise

Our summer vacation took us to Malta for a week.

First taste of Malta in on board Malta Air

A spot of luxury in Sliema

We arrived at Malta airport on a Tuesday afternoon in mid-August. I had prebooked a ride to our accommodation in Sliema so once we got our luggage our driver took us to the hotel. We had opted for some luxury and booked a room with a private jacuzzi at Amery House. After checking in and settling in our room we got some provisions at the nearby Lidl. We decided to test the jacuzzi before heading out to dinner. It was a relaxing experience albeit a bit hot as the cover had been off the whole day. I had booked dinner at Chophouse and we headed out well in advance. We strolled around Sliema and had a cocktail on the way. For dinner hubby ordered a steak tartare to start and a tuna pasta for his main. I had grilled seabass. We were also served an amuse bouche. The food at Chophouse was tasty and the views from the terrace were lovely.

Our jacuzzi
I immediately fell in love with the Maltese balconies
Views of Valletta from Sliema
More views of Valletta
Valletta is beautiful at dusk
St. Elmo Breakwater
Pre-dinner cocktail
Amuse bouche at Chophouse
Steak tartare
Tuna pasta
Grilled seabass

Excellent food tour 

The next morning, we had breakfast at the hotel which was very nice and then headed out to Valletta. It took us a while to find the ferry that takes you across from Sliema to Valletta as a new dock was being built but we eventually succeeded. I had booked a food tour for us in Valletta but we went early so we could look around for a bit before the tour started. We met up with a small group and our guide at the city gate. The guide was very knowledgeable, and the tour was excellent. We got to taste many local delicacies and learned a lot about Malta and its history. I can wholeheartedly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Malta. After the tour finished, we spent a little longer in Valetta walking around and enjoying a drink. 

Big cruise ships stop in Valletta
Il-Berġa ta’ Kastilja
Upper Barrakka Gardens
Valletta is full of narrow streets with terraces
Tasting local foods
Visiting a spice shop
More lovely Maltese balconies
Another street with terraces
Time for more food and a local beer
Valletta is quite hilly
Cocktail time
Leaving Valletta on the ferry
Modern versions of the balconies
Bye bye Valletta

Pizza dinner

Once we returned to Sliema and the hotel we again relaxed in the jacuzzi, which was a lot nicer this time around as we had covered it the night before. After some R&R in the room it was time to head out and look for a place to have dinner. We first tried a tapas place nearby but it was not open so we eventually ended up at a pizza place. We shared a Caprese salad and a Diavola pizza. Both were tasty and made of fresh quality ingredients. After dinner we stopped for one more drink along the waterfront before heading to the hotel to plan the next day.

There are beaches along the waterfront in Sliema
Waiting for the sun to set
Caprese salad
Pizza Diavola
Final drink for the night, the most unpractical frozen margarita I’ve ever had

Thus, our Malta adventure kicked-off, stay tuned for more posts on Malta.

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