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Great Holiday in Malta - Thanks to Freeppie & Yonderbound
Thanks to our #Freeppie points, which #Yonderbound converted into #Yondercredits, we had a wonderful stay in the sunny town of Floriana, located in #Malta. Our hotel was perfectly located and had all the #luxury amenities we expected. With all the #culture and beautiful #nature that fills this island, we had such a fantastic few days away!
We needed to escape from the foggy Bologna, and see sunny skies, together with a warm weather: we already knew Maltese islands, since we had spent a weekend in Malta in November 2013, and two weeks in Gozo and Malta on late September 2014.
We needed to escape from the foggy Bologna, and see sunny skies, together with a warm weather
This time we decided to have a few days holiday, in order to see some emergencies in Valletta and in general on Malta island; furthermore, we received information from Yonderbound that our Freppie's points had been translated into money credits.
Grand Hotel Excelsior
Camino and Blue Lagoon Tour
Gozo Hop-on Hop-off bus Tour
The list of available hotels was quite long and complete, including from cheap to luxuries, and since we had never experienced a 5* hotel before, we finally chose the Grand Hotel Excelsior, located in Floriana. Just few hundreds of meters out of Valletta city gate (you can easily reach it by bus, from Malta International Airport, with bus number X4).
The hotel is a big complex, furnished with everything you could expect (swimming pools, spa, fitness centre, restaurants, taxi service, laundry, etc.); the personnel is always professional and polite.
We chose the standard room, with B&B service: it is spacious (33 m2 totally), with stylish and classical furnishings; our best opinion is for the breakfast: it is easier to list the missing foods, rather than listing the present ones (you can actually choose among different kinds of bread, pastry, cakes, fruit, vegetables, cold cuts, sausages, eggs, juices, fishes, omelette, yogurt), with no limit for the quantity, and with high quality standard.
Thanks to Yonderbound credits, for 4 nights stay, with B&B service, we totally spent 405 Euro, and for the described service I think it is very competitive. Concerning the activities, due to the position of the hotel, this is one of the best options in order to visit Valletta, and its surroundings; the main bus terminal of Malta is out of Valletta bastions, 400 m from the hotel, and with the bus you can reach almost any destination (without the stress of driving in traffic jam, which could be heavy); in any case, Grand Hotel Excelsior, among the services offers free parking (and it is further plus, since parking is not easy, in Valletta area).
Thanks to Yonderbound credits, for 4 nights stay, with B&B service, we totally spent 405 Euro
A possible tour, for a 4 days stay, could be the following:
1) Valletta: St. John Cathedral, with Mattia Preti's oil painting on the whole ceilings, tombstones of the knights on the floor, grandmasters' burial monuments in the side chapels, and two famous paitings from Caravaggio: St. Jerolumus, and St. John beheading; Grandmasters' palace (please note the tapestry and the armoury); St. Paul's shipwreck church; National Museum of Archeology (in order to have a brief knowledge of the prehistorical civilization which built the megalithing temples, the first self standing monuments erected by human kind); National Museum of fine arts; and in general walking around you can meet interesting places, beautiful views of Grand Harbour, and have shopping (silver filigree, lace, glass are typical crafts productions of Maltese islands, but you can also find well furnished clothing shops, with Italian and/or English style, with very competitive prices)
2) Grand Harbour tour, by boat: the tour around Valletta peninsula leave from Sliema waterfront, and you can reach it by boat, or by bus.
Valletta Harbour Cruise
Camino and Blue Lagoon Tour
The Three Cities and Wine Tasting Tour
3) Mdina: it is the old capital of the island, a small medieval town in the centre of the island; the main topics are St. Paul Cathedral and Archbishop museum, but each narrow street offer beautiful sights; just out of the walls you can see a museum with the remains of a Roman villa, and next to it you can enter into Rabat, another old town with baroque churches and early Christian catacombs; you can easily reach Rabat and Mdina by bus (52 or 53), leaving from the bus terminal just out of Valletta;
4) Blue Grotto and megalithic temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra: these sites are quite far away, and you need to get two buses to reach them (X4 to the airport and then 201), but the visit is worthy; the Blue Grotto is actually a group of marine caves, and you can reach them with a small boat; the Hagar Qim and Mnajdra temples and representative of the prehistoric culture which built them, and the beauty of the site, placed on a cliff over the sea, is dramatic. Concerning the food, on Maltese islands you can find English tradition (sandwiches, breakfast), Italian influences (pasta), and local tradition (fenkata, ftira, pastizzi......I won't tell you what they are, and you will have the pleasure to discover on your own), usually at low prices.
the visit is worthy
The weather: we had 20 °C, always sunny......any comments?
Final comment: a really pleasant stay, with a really good hotel services, at cheap prices.