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Siggiewi, Malta
After braving the Blue Lagoon crowds, Ghar Lapsi is the ideal spot for swimming in Malta's pristine waters. A tiny inlet and small fishing village, this is the place to experience Maltese summer like a local. The calm waters and rocky shore are a...
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Triq Ta Marziena, Il-Munxar MXR 0001, Malta
Patti and Giuseppe greet guests at the door with their dogs, welcoming them into the old farmhouse’s stone corridor. The limestone is pale but the walls and corners contain clever splashes of colorful art and furniture. The sunlight filters...
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Grand Harbour, Malta
Valletta is one of the world's largest natural harbors. It may not be the largest but it's definitely the most dramatic. Whether you know a bit of the history of the Crusades or not, you can't help but feel impressed and even a little intimidated...
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Sqaq Il-Knisja, Ħaż-Żebbuġ, Malta
Throngs of people milled about to the strains of rousing music blaring through loudspeakers, and the atmosphere in Zebbug Malta pulsated with anticipation. Bright-eyed toddlers sat atop their fathers’ shoulders; gray-haired women leaned on elbows...
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146 Merchants St, Valletta, Malta
Stalls at this busy morning street market sell traditional Maltese crafts alongside bargain clothing, jewelry and other gifts. The gift shops remain open even when the market is closed, so Merchants Street is worth a look on your way to St. John's...
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Triq San Gwann, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
There are no words that can prepare you for the baroque interior of the St John's Co Cathedral in Malta. And that's a good thing, because the instant reaction as you step through the first set of doors is worth the admission price alone. I'm not...
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58 South St, Valletta, Malta
The coffee is good, but it is Prego's design that will capture you. Furnished in 1964 and left intact since, the shop provides a beautifully simple, warm feeling when you walk in. You can stand and have a coffee at the bar or take a seat at the...
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74 Republic St, Valletta, Malta
A 16th-century palace, Casa Rocca Piccola provides a fascinating journey through 400 years of family history. The 50 rooms of this remarkable property include two libraries, two dining rooms and a chapel. The family archives of the noble de Piro...
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244 Republic, Il-Belt Valletta VLT 1114, Malta
You might be tempted to sit outside on the square while visiting Caffe Cordina but that would be a mistake. The interior is something not to be missed, not only for it's unique design but also to watch the staff efficiently work to serve their...
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Valletta, Malta
Who knew Malta was so pretty? Well, I suppose the people who live there knew. I didn't. There was, to be fair, a lot I didn't know about Malta, including that the national language is actually Maltese, which sounds like no Mediterranean language...
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Marina St, Marsalforn, Malta
After visiting the Ta Mena Winery and farms on Gozo I completed my farm-to-table experience in Marsalforn, a little fishing village along the sea. The Ta Mena Farm runs the restaurant Il-Kartell and supplies the fresh produce and wines they have...
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Rabat Road, Xaghra XRA 9010, Malta
Ta Mena estate is back to its roots: wine and olives. They still produce other jams and spreads in small quantities, but their main mission today is to let the world know how great Gozitan wines are. And based on my taste test, they can rival any...
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St Paul's Bay, Malta
Sam Cremona was a former gemologist turned olive-ologist; he is actually an olive oil sommelier! Cremona spearheading a project to cultivate and bring indigenous olives back to Malta and put them on the olive oil map of the world. He’s giving away...
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143 St Domnic Street, Valletta VLT 1605, Malta
Wander off the main street, lose the tourists, and head up the hilly side streets to find Nenu. This artisan bakery is downstairs in a restored, classic bakery that was refurbished to preserve the art of Maltese baking. I enjoyed the the Ftira...