Budapest 2 days itinerary

Hey folks, I recently celebrated my birthday with a long weekend trip to Copenhagen and Budapest; although Ryanair didn’t let me have a great experience in Denmark (story for another post), I very much had one in Hungary’s capital.

So, let’s get to the point; we arrived in Budapest 10pm on Saturday night, coming from Copenhagen, great connection. From the airport we took a bus number 100 going to the city centre where our accommodation was. We booked with Apartament4you, it was considerably cheap, but we did have to pay an extra €13 for checking in late. Altogether, we paid €73 for two nights. It’s not a great room, but for sleeping purposes – it does the job.

Using public transportation around Budapest is straight forward; you will have tickets machines at some of the bus stops; you can change the language to English and easily pay for your ticket. They do accept cards and cash, very handy! – And you can choose from single, 24 hours or 7 days passes. A single ticket costs 350 HUF.

Now that you know about accommodation and how to get around the city, you are probably wondering what to do in Budapest in 2 days, so check it out our itinerary:

Day 1

Buda side

Our day started very early in the morning, we headed to a sort of fast food/café chain called Cserpes Tejivo to have breakfast – a cosy not at all touristic place. They have a variety of pastries and fresh sandwiches plus lots of different milk beverages; in fact, tejivo means “the milk bar”, and you can get different flavours of milk, you will certainly find something nice to drink. It’s definitely a great experience as you can feel like a local. We paid £6 for 2 cinnamon pastries, a sandwich and 2 beverages.

After a delicious first meal, we headed to Buda castle through Chain Bridge; it’s kind of an iconic place (especially during the night) as you can see the bridge on postcards and all over internet when searching for Budapest images. As you cross it, you will get into a crowded square full of people selling tours and trying to convince you of what your best option is. You can go up to the castle by foot, funicular train or mini tour buses. Your free option is obviously to climb it on your own; I would say it doesn’t take longer than 20 minutes. We choose to go by the charming funicular (€4 one way, €6 return) and come back on foot as we thought the views and experience would be amazing, I got pretty disappointed as you can’t actually see much from the cabin train unless you push yourself out from a tiny window and it lasts a maximum of 1 minute. The mini bus tours are also €6 and you can hop on and off as many times as you pleased for the entire day, they also show you important parts of Buda district, so if I can recommend something, it is: Don’t get the funicular.

Hungarian capital is divided into Buda and Pest side. The first one is the old town part, which is very picturesque and charismatic, with lots of colours and nice architecture. Out of the funicular we ended up right next to the Castle gate, but before exploring the grounds we decided to look for the Mathias church. It is a must see attraction, I’m still concern that there is not many people talking about this amazing building; it’s clear walls with orange roof make an impression of a sophisticate painting. I don’t need to say I felt in love right away, right!?

Fisherman’s Bastion is right around the corner from Mathias Church. I felt like I was inside a Castle; this place is for sure a great opportunity for pictures and to see some nice views. You need to pay to get to the top level of the terraced area, it costs 1000 HUF, but if you don’t want to spend money on that, don’t worry you can still walk around other areas for free and get some nice pictures.

Before having lunch we decided to go for a tour of the Hospital in the Rock. It was built inside caves in preparation for the Second World War and it was also used as a nuclear bunker during Cold War. Guided tour explains the whole story of the hospital, it is very unique piece of history and it is worth a visit. Ticket costs 4000 HUF for 60 minutes visit.

As we weren’t hungry yet, we headed to the Castle gardens for more beautiful views. You don’t have to pay to walk around the grounds; the National Gallery is also here and you can get in for 1800 HUF.

Pest side

So as I’ve told you before, the Hungarian capital is divided into Buda and Pest sides. After walking around the Castle we went to the pest side where you could see the parliament. This side seems to be where Hungarians work, live and have their life, but it still has some some attractions. Close to the parliament you can find the memorial of the Jewish people killed in the Second World War by the fascist Arrow Cross militiamen; they were aligned in front of the Danube River and shot, This is a memorial to a horrible crime and tragedy, please show respect and act appropriately.

Jewish memorial

It was finally time for food, we were walking to the Szimpla Kert ruin pub and our GPS lead us through a lovely flea market called Gozsdu Udvar, full of nice pieces of arts, jewellery, souvenirs and restaurants. It’s a short narrow street and the market only opens during the weekend, so if it happen that you are in Budapest at this time, don’t miss it.

We arrived at Szimpla and got really surprised by this impressive pub, an attraction in itself. When you walk in you see lots of, sort of junk, transformed in an awesome decoration. The place is huge and has an open garden area. Unfortunately we could not have food in there at the time we arrived as the kitchen was already closed; it was around 2pm and it would reopen only at 5pm. Luckily enough, right next door there was a street food spot called Karavan, with multiple stands and plenty options (including vegetarian alternatives). Greg had a burger made of cheese and sweet potato fries from The Real Cheeseburger stall – loads of options. I got a hotdog with fries; all together with 2 beers costed us 5990 HUF. For dessert we got traditional chimney cake, which was barbecued – I’ve learned that’s not how they usually make it, so maybe that’s why I didn’t like it so much.

As you can see our first day was really busy and we didn’t even finish yet; late afternoon we went to Gellert hill for a nice sunset. There were quite a few tourists, but still peaceful enough to sit in the grass and wait for the sun to go down – it wasn’t the most impressive one we’ve seen, but sunsets are always great, right!?

After sunset we rushed to the Mazel Tov pub to listen to some jazz music. The place is really great in terms of atmosphere, but it is not a pub, more like a fancy restaurant with live music; you can’t get in and just have a drink at the bar and depending on the day the queue can be quite long.

After drinks, we had a buffet dinner on a cruise across the Danube River; there was classical music, good food and the whole city sparkling with lights for us. Food could be topped up more often but it didn’t bother us too much. We paid €92 and the boat ride lasts 1 and half hour.

Day 2

We woke up early again as it was our second and last day in Budapest, had breakfast in the first bakery we found and headed to the famous thermal bath, Szechenyi – there is a metro station less than 5 minutes walking. We bought our tickets online; €40 full day + 2 private cabins, but you will pay a little bit more during weekends. We arrived there before 9am, got our bracelets and cabins, all ready to go for it! I was expecting the place to be something marvellous, but it is more like a public swimming pool with a very cool thermal water feature. They have 3 pools outside (one of them was closed for refurbishment) and more than 10 inside. Most of them are pretty hot, few to cool down and they also have sauna, beer bath (this one is paid extra), steam room and massages (also paid). It is crowded even during the weekdays; we arrived before the opening time and there were people inside already (we were actually wandering how they got it?!). We’ve enjoyed most of the baths, but it was a hot day and hot water makes it hard to refresh yourself. There’s a cold swimming pool outside but for that one you need a cap, which they do sell inside but I’m afraid I can’t tell you the price. We went out just before 1pm and the place was packed! So if you’re going there, make sure you go early and don’t forget your flip-flops as the pavement around the pools are pretty hot. If you don’t have luggage with you, you should be fine with just a locker. Swimming suits are as normal as they can be – there are people with very small bikinis as well as ones that cover a little more, that’s totally up to you and I didn’t feel there was much judgement regarding that. It’s a nice place to visit and relax for a little while, I’m sure it must be amazing to go there during winter times as the water temperature of some baths can get as high as 38 degrees.

Having finished with the baths, we walked to Heroes square, cool place with big statues of the seven Hungarian chieftains. The square is inside a park and there are few (not cheap) restaurants around; we had lunch in Robinson, with tables on a patio situated on a lake. I had breaded veal and Greg opted for a pasta; meal + beer + dessert costs £43.

And that’s it! 2 really busy days in Budapest, I loved the city and although it’s totally possible to see the most of it in 2 days, I would highly recommend staying longer if you can!

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7 days holiday in Montenegro part 1 of 3

Together with Serbia, it’s the 3rd youngest country in the world. With its unique climate and tomography you can literally go from skiing on the slopes around the charming town of Kolesin in the morning to drinking a cocktail on one of the beaches of Budva in the evening; weather permitting of course!

Flights, transfers and accommodation

Our 7 days holiday in Montenegro was an all-inclusive package from Jet2, flying from Leeds to Dubrovnik and taking a coach to Becici, where our Iberostar hotel was located. It was very attractive £770 for the two of us (including flights), but we did have to stay overnight in Bradford near Leeds airport and drive from Edinburgh and back. We took a “one-way” car rental both ways, but if you decide to do that, make sure you check if the rental company charges “one-way” fees. For best rates, compare using Skyscanner and KAYAK. We paid £26.70 for the hotel in Bradford, £36 for 2 days car rental from Edinburgh to Leeds and £55.90 for 2 days rental from Leeds to Edinburgh.

It was the middle of October, so the prices of beach holidays in Europe, were naturally reduced, but despite it already being autumn, not only was it sunny, during the day, the temperature was in mid to high 20°Cs; lucky, as this doesn’t happen very often! We booked the holiday just over 2 weeks in advance, so you can class that, as last minute deal, but also, Jet2 advertises its holiday fares with “20kg baggage allowance”, which you can remove and save yourself further £45 per person if you book via phone; that is of course, if you can pack yourself for a week in just a carry-on bag.

The hotel resort, composed of 3 large accommodation buildings, was located by the beach and a good stretch of it appeared to be for the use of guests only. It was large grain sandy beach, but I would still recommend buying proper aqua/wet shoes for pebble beach, as it was quite rough being barefoot.

Restaurant served freshly prepared, breakfast, lunch and dinner, but there was also a snack bar open throughout the day and two bars serving drinks. Everything was of great quality and the staff were exceptionally attentive. During the day, fitness activities were available by the pool and during the evening, various entertainment gigs.

At our disposal was also a small gym, indoor and outdoor pools, 24 hour reception and, at an extra cost, various spa treatments.

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Iberostar Becici – Montenegro

Budva

The closest to Becici (which is really just an area with lots of hotels) town is charming, medieval Budva. Narrow streets of the old town are hidden behind high walls, which used to serve as a defence feature (this part extends out to the sea). Inside awaits an abundance of photo opportunities, handful of souvenir shops, few restaurants, a fortress (citadel) and, if you’re lucky, a musician playing covers of famous international songs. Go there in time to see the sunset and you can literally not ask for more romantic setting. You can watch a sample video of what to expect here.

The new part of the city is where majority of residents live and where you can find essentials travellers’ amenities like shops, pharmacies and banks. By the beach, countless restaurants, bar and night clubs cater to the needs of tourists and locals alike. The adjacent to the beach street hosts most of the hotels and some fashion shops.

Sveti Stefan

A little further away in an opposite direction to Budva, lies spectacularly beautiful, tiny islet of Sveti Stefan. Nowadays, it is privately own hotel and resort, but you can still visit even if you’re not a guest, as long as you’re willing to pay the €20 per person tour fee. For up to date times of tours and prices, email the hotel direct at amansvetistefan@aman.com. If you decide that you don’t want to go inside, still make your way over and take some pictures – the place is truly unique.

Tivat and Porto Montenegro

This is the new “hot-spot” for rich and famous, who own a yacht! Hang around for few hours, drink a coffee at one of the restaurants facing the marina. Who knows who you may see?! It’s a pleasant place for a short walk around, but apart from luxury yachts, there isn’t much to see. It is said it’s a good spot for a day (and night) of good drinks, food and music, but all I can say is that Al Posto Giusto restaurant offers excellent ice cream and coffee.

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Porto Montenegro

Kotor and the Bay of Kotor

“Just as if I have returned to town from the most beautiful fairy-tale of my childhood.” I don’t really know Sophia Lauren that much, but I have to admit, her reflection about Kotor is pretty spot on!

As you walk through the main gates, a square full of souvenir shops and restaurants unresistingly invites you further and with every step you take, you become deeper under the spell of this magical place. Adding to the charm is the fact that the place is still underdeveloped (that is unlikely to last long, so I suggest visiting sooner rather than later). Further in, few restored buildings housing shops and restaurants, blend together with falling apart residences of families, who lived here for generations. As you come to an opening from one of the narrow alleys a flock of brooms above your head welcomes you, yet to another picturesque square. It’s likely, the owners of the restaurant occupying the space tried to attract more customers; even not staying long, you’ll have a feeling the witches and wizards have not gone far. In the northern corner, you’ll find an access to point to city walls, which are extending to a steep mountain and, back in the old days, were protecting Kotor from invaders. Climb can be challenging at times, but viewing points and photo opportunities are plentiful. It’s well worth it in the end! After dusk, sections of the walls are being lightened up, what makes the old town look great from a distance.

Overall, this tiny part of Montenegro is simply not to be missed and I wish we had time to explore the entire Kotor Bay area!

That’s all for now, but come back soon, as I have a real treat for you: a day road trip to Albania and a guided bus/train tour to Biogradska Gora national park. It will be worth it, I promise!

Croatia in 9 days

From red roof tops of Dubrovnik, through orange sunset of Zadar, to the turquoise waters of Plitvice Lakes, Croatia is an unmissable destination. There we’ve spent 9 days, in middle of sunny and warm July of 2017. Here’s what we’ve seen and done.
Our journey starts in Dubrovnik – without a doubt, the most beautiful, major city we’ve seen in Croatia. We stayed within the old town, which I highly recommend! If you book in advance, the price won’t be devastating. Oh, and by the way – the food also, isn’t that expensive.
Sunset, seen from the top of Srd mountain is not to be missed and a dinner at the Panorama restaurant (also at the top) is desirable. We took the cable car, which is the most convenient way of getting to the top.
A walk around Dubrovnik walls is an amazing way of seeing the city and its surroundings. The price is acceptable and the views are well worth it.
Details about Dubrovnik are available on a separate post. Check it out here.
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Dubrovnik City Walls
An early morning ferry takes us to the port of Hvar on the island of the same name. Accommodation and food isn’t cheap here, but the island is amazing! We spent two days here, enjoying our time on few lovely beaches, while on a road trip around the island. We ate some really nice food, enjoyed drinks while watching sunset at the Hula Hula beach bar and visited a historic fortress (great sunset here too). You can read all about our visit to Hvar here.
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Dubovica bar
Croatia has many islands and I’m sure every single one has something interesting to offer to travellers. Brac is just a short distance away and has one of the most unique looking beach, not only in the country, but entire Europe – Zlatni Rat. It’s within walking distance from the port and city of Bol, where the ferry from Hvar took us and where we booked our accommodation.
We are suckers for sunsets and the island is home to the highest peak of all Adriatic Sea islands… you know where I’m going with this?! Yes, obviously, we had to go up to see the sun going down! We rented a quad, not only for the trip to the top, but to go around the island, there are many nice places to see. You can read all about our visit to Brac here.
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Vidova Gora
Split wasn’t really high on our “to do” list in Croatia, but the city turned out to be pretty interesting. There’s a nice waterfront area full of tables hidden from the sun under huge umbrellas. These seating areas belong to near by bars and restaurants and we ate in one of them. The prices are inflated and food is of mediocre quality.
Inside, what’s known as Diocletian palace, is Split’s old town full of restaurants, pubs and souvenir shops. Its narrow pathways  make it for a pleasant wander around. The cathedral complex is the main attraction, with top of the bell tower being the most sought after. The view, however, isn’t spectacular.
On leaving Split, we rented a car and made our way to chase one of the most desired sunsets in Europe – the one in Zadar! As you already know, we’re suckers for sunsets and so we watched quite a few. I now consider myself to be a sort of an expert in that area, so trust me when I say: this sunset is well worth a visit to Zadar. Read all about Split and Zadar here.
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Plitvice Lakes was our next stop and what a stop it was! We stayed only one night around the lakes and had only one day to explore, but that is enough to tick of the “must do” here. Views are spectacular and water is turquoise to a point of disbelief. Since the beauty of the park is so overwhelming, any attempt to capture it in words can only be pathetic. I’ll save you reading about it. It really is “you have to see it for yourself” kind of place. Details about our visit to the park are here.
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We came back to Split to return the car, catch our flight home and do one last tour in Croatia, a boat one. The main reason for doing this was to see a blue cave. Unfortunately the sea wasn’t calm enough and we couldn’t do that. Apart from that, the tour was great; we got to visit many beautiful places, which are quite tricky to access on your own. Overall it was well worth the price and I would highly recommend it! Check out details here.
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Budikovac
That was our trip to Croatia. Come back for more tips on trips.

Croatia – What to do in Hvar, the party island

Hvar is well known as a spring break destination; full of life, clubs and nice beaches. Students often chose to come here to have fun! Oh no, don’t think that because of it, Hvar is not a couples’ destination, it definitely is. Greg and I aren’t fans of clubs and we indeed enjoyed the island a lot.

BARE IN MIND WE VISITED CROATIA DURING HIGH SEASON

We came by ferry from Dubrovnik; it takes 3 hours and 15 minutes to arrive in Hvar so to not be overcharged on board, make sure you get some snacks before getting onto the boat. There is a small bakery right in front of Dubrovnik Gruz Port called Glavinić, amazing pastry with fair prices. The ferry price was 190 KUNA in July 2017 for one way ticket – you can check current fares at http://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/ferry-croatia

Where to stay

We chose to stay in a studio very close to Hvar’s really tiny port; Studio Riva was very comfortable with kitchen appliances and a nice rustic decoration. We booked it through Booking.com and paid €250 for 2 nights; it’s not cheap but definitely a prime location.

Getting around

We got in Hvar around 10am and it took us awhile to find our accommodation. Not complaining as the small narrow streets are very entertaining, but if you do need to drop of your luggage before exploring, I do recommend checking it before arriving and having a GPS in place! We normally use our IPhones, as part of European Union we don’t need to pay for roaming; if that is not your case you can install the MAPS.ME app recommended by Marek Bron, he also has a list of useful travel apps here

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Hvar

Where to eat

After finally getting into our cosy studio, we went out for food. In the main square you will find tones of different restaurants; if you are on a budget and have more time, I’m sure you can find nice restaurants outside of the tourist place for much less money, but we had our lunch in the main square at WBurger and Steak house; we paid 230 KUNAS for 2 burgers and 2 beers. For dinner we decided to roam the streets in search of a place to eat. We ended up at Goloso, it’s kind of a tavern and we paid 315 KUNAS for two meals including beverage.

WBurger Steakhouse: http://wsteakburger.com/
Goloso: https://www.facebook.com/Goloso-1454411141248904/

Hvar old town

From the main square, you can see the Hvar Fortress and during the night it is lighted up making the view even better. As I said on the beginning of this post, Hvar is known as the party island, so when you walk around the old town you will find pubs and clubs for all different tastes. We went to Hula Hula beach bar for a stunning sunset, it’s a little bit outside of the old town but not too far; the bar is full of young crowd and there is electronic music playing. The location is privileged and the place has some beach beds between the rocks facing the sea. I don’t even need to tell you how amazing that is, right?!

There are few beds before actually getting into the “club”, so if you want to bring your own booze I think it would be okay. Although we didn’t chose to stay at the bar, we did buy drinks there and as any fancy bar you pay the fancy price… yeah it is expensive!

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Hula Hula beach bar

Hula Hula beach bar: https://www.hulahulahvar.com/

Beaches

Before I start that topic, I just want to point out that in Croatia, most of the beaches we’ve been to were pebble beaches. Make sure you buy the appropriate shoes to walk around and get into the water.

We had planned to do a boat tour on our second day in Hvar, but due to our bad timings we had to change plans and rent a car instead. Pass the main square going towards Hvar market, you will find few places to rent cars, scooters and quads. We got the cheapest small car they had which was also the oldest; I honestly can’t tell you for sure how much it was, but from our Master Card transactions we are guessing 500 KUNAS.

The rental car staff gave us a map with points of interest and we visited few of them. Our first stop was Milna beach, 10 minutes from the old town. It is a very small pebble beach with quite a few restaurants around. Finding free parking was difficult, but they do have a private one for 10 KUNAS an hour.

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Milna beach

We headed to our second destination (also only 10 minutes driving), Dubovica beach, in my opinion the most beautiful one. We parked the car in a sort of an off road shoulder. From there we follow down the trail until getting into this amazing view.

We stayed there for lunch at the Dubovica bar, the only one there and you have to try it – it’s truly amazing local food.

Back to the car we drove through a serpentine road for half an hour to arrive into Plaza Sveta Nedjelja, a rocky bay with a beautiful view. There is a balcony 5 meters above the water and there were plenty of people jumping to the open sea; Greg was really tempted, but he has a easily scared wife which didn’t quite agree on that! After having a relaxing afternoon in that area we drove back to Hvar town for a sunset at the fortress.

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Sveta Nedjelja

Hvar fortress

You will walk up through the narrow streets I mentioned before, very charming I can say. Then you will reach the top in about 40 minutes if you are not fit as me, guilty! There is an entrance fee of 30 KUNAS for an adult; you can walk around the fortress “rooms”, although the big thing in here is the breath-taking view, really impossible not notice and you will want to enjoy it as much as you can. Don’t miss the sunset!

That’s was our 2 nights in Hvar, I hope you have enjoyed it and got valuable tips, if there is still something missing, just drop us an email. Oh, come back on Sunday to know about our next stop in Croatia – Brac Island.

What to do in Malta?

Malta is this little piece of Europe that anyone seeking wonderful beaches and historic scenery should definitely visit!

It’s a summer destination and compared to its “neighbour”, Italy, it’s a little cheaper. We stayed for 4 nights in the Luna Holiday Complex, a hotel with a rooftop swimming pool for €216, once in Italy we paid €188 for 3 nights in an Airbnb in Cinqueterre.

We arrived in Malta beginning of May, so it wasn’t high season yet, the sea was still really cold but the weather was considerably good, around 24 degrees during the day; if you are from a tropical country that may sounds like a bad weather, but believe me, it´s not!
We flew to Malta from Barcelona and the one way ticket was £45 each; we arrived in the afternoon, got our rental car for £42 for 5 days (in Malta you drive on the left side) and went straight to Mdina, Malta´s old capital – known as the silent city.

 

The island is very small and only takes you around 1 hour to drive from one side to another. It´s very handy to have a car in Malta as the buses are not always on time and to be honest we haven’t seen much public transportation in there.

Mdina is kind of like a city with walls, old well conserved buildings and nice views from the city. There are plenty of narrow alleys to wander around and feel the island´s vibe. From there we went to Dingli Cliffs, which was quite hard to find by GPS as doesn’t seem to be a touristic place. We didn’t give up and end up watching a real spectacle.

 

After the sunset we went to our hotel; we’re based at Mellieha, where it´s the biggest sandy bay in the country; it´s a very calm beach with a blue sea to die for. A nice sunset and good restaurants right next to the ocean. If you are looking for night life, Mellieha is not a place for you, but in terms of relaxing, you should definitely come here.

 

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We had a small kitchen in our bedroom and the complex also had a small shop, great to save money. So we had breakfast earlier morning in our room and then we head off to St Georges Bay – the main entertainment hub in Malta. This beach is in the middle of lots of restaurants, pubs and hotels; most of them were closed in the morning, but I think that was just because it wasn’t high season yet.

St Georges Bay is a small sandy beach that probably gets really crowded during the summer. We drove half an hour from our hotel to get there and we managed to park 5 minutes away from the beach, in a free parking right before the road descents towards the beach.

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St George Bay

Our next stop was at Spinola and St Julian´s bay, in that area, it was a little more complicated to park, as the traffic was intense and there were very few free spaces. We parked on the street where there was no signage of prohibiting parking. We walked between the two bays on a sort of promenade with an amazing view to a very blue sea.
We had a lunch in a restaurant in St Julian´s bay facing the ocean, unfortunately I do not remember the name of it, but we ordered a very well prepared tuna fillet. In the afternoon was time to see Valletta, Malta´s capital.

 

A big version of Mdina, Valletta has even more narrow alleys to explore and a really cool street full of restaurants with outside tables. On the top of this street you will get to a cute square with pretty buildings. Carmelite church is very beautiful and we watched an amazing sunset from behind it, looking towards Sliema. We didn’t get into Malta´s night life as we were looking for a more peaceful time, so back to the hotel we went for a few drinks in a good restaurant nearby. Also, in our hotel there was a bar where we could enjoy life music.

 

Next morning we drove to Qrendi for a blue grotto tour, again, because it wasn’t high season and it was very windy on that particular day, tours weren’t running. We’ve changed our plans a little bit and got back to the Melliha bay to enjoy the beach.

There was a tour company every morning in the reception of our hotel offering tours around Malta. One day before our departure, we went with them to Gozo and the blue lagoon in Comino; very nice tour leaving in the early morning and coming back late afternoon. In Gozo, we’ve been to where the Azure Window was before collapsing and to the Citadella – it´s a really picturesque place.

 

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On our way back we stopped in the blue lagoon, a must see place in Malta. Although the water was unbelievably cold, it´s still a good attraction! There is no way it will be empty and you’ll kind of need to find your way through very hard stones as there is no bay at all, but it’s worth all the hassle.

 

Our flight back home was 12:45 and we really didn’t want to give up about going to the blue grotto, so we checked out from the hotel early in the morning and drove to Qrendi hoping that tours would run. Luckily enough, it did run and it was absolutely great!

 

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As you can see driving around Malta it´s pretty easy and the journeys won’t take longer than 1 hour. If you don’t have many days in the island I totally recommend a car to maximize your trip. It was only 4 days, but we definitely saw most of what we wanted to.

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