When in Vienna is snowing all day long and is so cold that you refuse to go outside, my thoughts are running to sunny days I spent this February in Malta. I booked my trip using the vtours agency and they took care of everything. Travelling to Malta in February is considered off season and that is why I got a very good deal for the flight, transfer, hotel and full pension. In Malta I stayed in Mellieha Bay which was very quiet, a bit far from Sliema and Valletta, but since Malta is so small it was easy to get around. In Mellieha Bay I checked in at db Seabank Hotel which is also a spa resort. The hotel was really nice, the room was huge and had balcony with sea view and it was modernly designed. Beside this, the hotel offered all kinds of facilities, indoor pools, spa, massages of all types, bowling, a variety of bars and restaurants. Having all that in the hotel and around with a nice sandy beach in Mellieha Bay initially I decided to stay all day long and read, but outside we had like 16 degrees and I just could not.
The first day after breakfast I went to explore the Popeye Village, which was 10 min walking from the hotel. The wind was so strong that at times I could not open my eyes, on the other hand the sun was shinning so bright. An interesting combination. Visiting Popeye Village was really nice and relaxing. There were not many people, so I could take photos and enjoy the benches with sea view. Because of the strong wind, the tour with the boat was not available that day, but this did not have any impact on the overall impression of the Popeye Village.
After the trip to Popeye Village I told myself that I have to see the most of this beautiful country. So, I booked several trips. The next day I took a Hop on Hop off bus and visited Valletta, Marsaxlokk, Blue Grotto.
We arrived too late to Blue Grotto, and we did not find any boat tours still that day, but I managed to enjoy a nice maltese sunset and a beautiful and angry sea.
The day trip to Gozo that I took the following day was one of a kind. First of all I always prefer to travel alone, to follow my own route. But to Gozo I joined a group of around 30 people and we had a guide. This is my first time I had a guide while travelling.
Last but not least, I went one afternoon on a trip to San Anton Gardens, Rabat and Mdina, being the highlight of my whole trip to Malta.
I loved Malta from the first second, it is a beautiful country with an interesting history, unique cuisine and special people. It was a memorable experience for my birthday this year and an amazing opportunity to recharge my batteries and get a full dose of Vitamin Sun and Sea.